Cold weather cycling: handlebar muffs vs heated gloves

March 2, 2010

Motorcycle couriers who brave the roads come wind or shine have long used handlebar muffs, but they are not readily available for cyclists – the designers of the BarBra are hoping to change that.

The BarBra is a waterproof nylon wind guard that attaches to the handlebar stem to shield the rider’s hands from cold air and rain.

Yannick Read from the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “Riding a bike wearing thick gloves can feel like driving in heavy boots – handlebar muffs might not win points for style but they allow you to wear thinner gloves and retain good feedback from the brake levers.”

The Barbra costs less than £30 (including postage from Canada) from the Barbra website.

Heated gloves for cycling

The clocks go forward later this month but it still feels like mid-winter on a bike in the mornings. If you can’t see yourself using a BarBra, battery-powered, self-heating gloves cost from £12.99. They are designed with motorcyclists in mind and might be too thick for some, but it might be a price worth paying for toasty fingers on a winter’s morning.

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