As we move farther through the year and into the latter months, the always-predictable shifts in weather will surely follow. And now that we have officially entered the Autumn season, as you may already be able to tell, many of us are getting prepared by digging out our waterproof layers and picking up the umbrella as we head out the door… just in case!
But what does this mean for cycling? Cyclists always find themselves against the elements; Whether it’s scorching sun or freezing snow, if the weather takes a turn cyclists will undoubtedly get caught up in the mix. Cycling in Autumn is an interesting one; It’s often not the worst time to don the helmet and get behind the handlebars, but nor is it the best.
Sporadic bouts of wind and rain are synonymous with Autumn, which is why it’s essential that cyclists do all they can to not only keep moving during this time, but keep moving in a way that’s still safe and enjoyable. But fear not; There are always ways to deal with various unpleasant weather predicaments you may find yourself in!
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With this in mind, here are some cycling in Autumn essentials to help you beat the elements:
They might be seen more as “winter-wear”, but there’s no doubt that when the temperature drops, you want a reliable pair of gloves on your hands.
Considering your hands will be firmly locked and not moving a whole lot as you ride, especially compared to your legs, you’ll want to make sure you can keep your palms and digits appropriately warm.
As with most cycling clothing, there are countless styles and designs of gloves, each with their own advantages, but it comes down to how you take to them as a cyclist. Some people prefer a full-covered glove that stretches over your entire hands. However, for a little more freedom and flexibility, some prefer to wear fingerless mitts that offer some warmth without too much resistance.
Unless you know you’re going to be cycling in Autumn in the rain, we’d recommend going with a good windproof pair as opposed to waterproof, as waterproof isn’t always the most breathable material.
A reliable pair of socks is something you definitely don’t want to miss, in any of the colder months. But having the right kind of socks is essential if you want to get the most out of your cycling performance.
For example, having a bulky pair of socks might sound good for keeping the chill off your feet and ankles, but you don’t want anything too bulky because you might start cutting off your circulation. Which, given just how much work your legs and your feet will be doing, is not a good idea!
For cycling in Autumn, keep them thin but with just enough padding to keep your feet toasty and comfortable, especially on the colder days.
Again, this is a piece of cycling apparel that has many different variations, so be wise in choosing the right one for you!
Generally, for cycling in Autumn, we’d recommend sticking with a lightweight, windproof cycling jacket that’s not going to cause you any restrictions in movement. Plus, they’re usually very breathable, meaning that if the weather does suddenly buck up and the temperature begins to rise, you won’t begin to boil.
Also, depending on your cycling style, you may want to consider avoiding pockets if you want to maintain speed and don’t want the temptation of anything weighing you down.
If you’re worried knee warmers might sound like a bit much for the current climate, three-quarter cycling shorts might be a good way to go.
They’re not as imposing as full-length, which might be a bit of overkill depending on the temperature, but they also offer enough in the way of warmth and wearability for the majority of Autumn weather.
Also, they’re one of the more regularly-seen choices of cycling gear around, especially amongst the more dedicated cyclists of the bunch.
So if you want to look the part and feel the part while cycling in Autumn, three-quarter shorts are your best choice.
For the majority of the year, most cyclists are happy donning a simple helmet to protect them in the event of an accident. But if you’re looking to protect yourself against the elements as chill sets in, it could be a good idea to add an extra layer beneath your helmet to keep your head and your ears warm.
A simple cycling cap is often more than enough to provide you with the extra insulation needed to help you retain heat (you lost the majority of heat from your body through your head) and some variations even offer a short peak to help keep the sun out of your eyes and your vision clear on particularly sunny (but still cold) days.
But beyond this, if your ears are where most of your worries lie, there are plenty of versions of earmuffs that will serve you well when cycling in autumn.
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