For this reason we have been reading up about cycling in the winter, especially reading on the websites of Shane from shanecycles.com and of Helen from Helenstakeon.com which both have cycled in the winter in serveral places as Alaska, Lapland, Sibiria. They both recommends the use of pogies. We tried contacting some companies and asked if they could ship to Bishkek but no reply from DOGWOOD DESIGNS and www.hotpog.co.uk/. We decided that we would make them ourselves searched the internet and found information on DIY pogies from winter jackets. Spot on and we went to the Osh bazaar in Bishkek where we found some military jackets. We are very happy with the outcome although we have not yet cycled with the pogies, soon to happen though. see bottom of page for our experiences with the pogies.
Pogies DIY project
First step is to cut the jacket in two halfs, the idea is to use the arm as the fitting on the handlebar, the body part for you hand and arm.
The half jacket soon to become a pogie
Fitting the inside to the outside fabric of the pogie
Next step fit jacket halfs on handle bar and take measurements. Make sure to have more outer fabric to be able to close around the handle bar. Cut and start the sewing. If possible place extra padding.
Martin sewing the pogie
design check of pogie
Final design and fitting on our bicycles
Final Winter Cycling Pogies DIY
Susanne testing the fit of the pogies
Martin testing the fit of the pogies
Experience with Winter Cycling Pogies DIY
We are still in Bishkek and have not yet cycled with ourWinter Cycling Pogies DIY. Soon we will continue into the central asian winter on our bicycles for a first time experience of bicycle touring in the winter.