The late fellwalker Alfred Wainwright had it right: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.” Cycling during Autumn months can subject us to a rather wide range of weather conditions. Early Autumn we can be treated to an after-party of warm weather left over from the summer, but by November temperatures can plummet to below freezing.
A cycling gilet really serves its purpose during Autumn rides. They’re ideal for this time of year. Most gilets are designed to be windproof (although this is not always the case) and help protect your upper-body from windchill whilst riding. Even on a warmer day, when you may not be wearing the gilet during the ride, it’s great to throw on at a (café) stop to prevent your body cooling down too quickly.
Check out Cafe du Cycliste’s ‘Albertine’ padded gilet. It’s a synthetic down cycling jacket that provides highly effective insulation coupled with extreme breathability. Oozing style through simplicity, the jacket’s adaptability on the bike is further increased by a back section constructed from a merino polar fleece fabric. https://www.cafeducycliste.com/men/men-s-jackets-gillets/mens-thermal-cycling-gilet-albertine-navy-khaki.html
Rapha’s Brevet Jersey is the bedrock of the Brevet collection, designed to be the go-to jersey for any style of riding that requires self-reliance. Whether that be week-long adventures on gravel roads, or post-work spins on your local trails. With the women’s Brevet, Rapha has aimed squarely at producing a garment suitable for endurance riding. The resulting product isn’t just good for that purpose though, it also makes a soft, comfortable and immensely practical long-sleeved jersey for transitional seasons, and riders who aren’t a fan of traditional Lycra garments. http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/brevet-jersey/product/BJR05XX
Arm warmers and knee warmers are arguably the most versatile pieces of cycle clothing you can own. They are designed to be worn with short-sleeve jerseys and their simple, tubular design makes them easy to remove and put back on. Being compact, they can be easily rolled up and put into a pocket if the ride warms up. An invaluable piece of kit to keep in store during the coming months.
Like with cold fingers, cycling with cold toes or feet is no one’s idea of fun. Lots of cycling shoes have vents and mesh inserts for ventilation and to help keep the weight down. That’s great in the summer, but when the temperatures drop to single digits in the Autumn, your feet will be one of the first things to feel the effects. Toe covers and overshoes are great for keeping your toes and feet warm. They will also help prevent your cycling shoes getting covered in the grime thrown up from wet roads.
Choosing the right clothing for any bike ride can be tricky. There are lots of variables to think about: weather conditions, time of day and length of ride you are doing. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The three rules to follow when getting kit ready for a ride are: always check the forecast before you ride, be prepared for changeable conditions and be comfortable in what you are wearing.