As the last days of summer provide us with the warmth that is surely to be missed- autumn is right around the corner. So you know what that means? Cycling layers!
Yes, yes that grand time when temperatures can start in the low 30's in the morning and creep into in the high 50-60's by the mid-afternoon. Layers that are compact and easy to remove are a necessity to ensure optimal temperature regulation. Here are a few of our clothing guidelines to help in the decision making process.
Combining several wardrobe items fairs better than one go-to piece- pairing a short sleeve jersey and removable arm warmers offer more temperature adjustment options than a long-sleeved jersey. Not interested in wearing cycling gear for the day? Wool fabric keeps you warm while drawing perspiration away from your body. It is naturally odor resistant and breathable, so it is an ideal transitional item. Wool road cycling jerseys can also be worn casually with jeans and under blazers and jackets.
Depending on your pedals, rubber soles may provide a more natural grip, while smoother soles can allow your feet to slip. Rough the bottoms with a grater or sandpaper to improve your traction. When wearing cycling shoes, consider a liner sock and a pair of Merino wool socks. Be sure to check the fit before mounting your bike. Shoes should not be too snug to avoid poor circulation. Overshoes and booties also assist in blocking cold wind and maintaining warmth.
Mix and Match
As you switch out your seasonal wardrobe, experiment with different combinations to find the perfect mix for various weather conditions. Get used to layering and be sure to consider fabrics that don't trap moisture- a lightweight, wind-resistant shell as your outer layer is always a good idea.
Take Care of Your Extremities
Helmets often accommodate a thin skullcap or headband to be worn underneath. If the temperature dips, choose a skullcap with ear covers or a thin balaclava to cover your mouth and neck. For your hands, begin with a thin glove or liner then add a thicker, more waterproof glove as needed. Insulated cycling gloves are also a great option.
Autumn brings shorter days. Be sure to place lights on your bike or carry them in your bag for easy accessibility. Reflector clothing and accessories such as tape, stickers, and mounted plastic pieces should be worn and utilized to maximize visibility.
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Enjoy the last days of summer! Happy cycling!