Advance Commuter Tip: Newspaper!

When I was a young pup, I couldn’t afford any type of winter clothing for cycling. So I resorted to using newspaper underneath my jersey as a way to keep warm during my rides. It was my step-brother that gave me this tip. He had seen pros do the same thing in old photos and videos of the Tour De France…back in the Eddy Merckx days.

What this does is soak up your sweat and prevent cold wind from touching your skin. All you have to do is fit a few pages on your front side(chest) and a couple more on your back. Generally, my legs don’t need them. But you can wrap sheets of paper around your thighs. Heck, if you want to impress the ladies, just stick a rolled up section down your shorts…

The only drawback to this technique…your skin will look like the Business Section of the paper. The ink gets absorbed and leaves an image of whatever was on the page you used. But don’t worry, it washes off!


  1. Yant January 22, 2008 5:09 pm 

    Pro’s still do it on the descents when they don’t have a gillet

  2. RL Policar January 22, 2008 5:10 pm 

    wow no way! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ghost Rider January 22, 2008 5:14 pm 

    10 million homeless people can’t be wrong! You’ve discovered a legendary trick that hobos use to keep warm on chilly nights…apparently, newspaper is windproof.

  4. Tejvan Pettinger January 23, 2008 5:06 am 

    It’s saved me on a number of occasions when I’ve lacked clothes. plastic bags can be useful for keeping feet dry as well.

  5. Quinn January 23, 2008 9:42 am 

    I can imagine a few places newspaper would be a wee bit uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t take the risk of it sliding into those spots!

  6. Paul January 23, 2008 10:03 am 

    Even better, USPS and FED-EX envelopes are made of tyvek. It’s wind-proof. Stuff one down your jersey or whatever!

  7. RL Policar January 23, 2008 10:22 am 

    Fedex adn USPS…dude! I should make a jacket out of one!

  8. Paul January 24, 2008 3:19 pm 

    I’d like to clarify my comment on tyvek envelopes. More correctly they are the package you would receive a shirt or jersey. Bigger than a envelope.

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