Guest blog: A guide to spring cycle clothing
My guest blogger reveals the right kit for happy spring cycling. When people think of seasonal cycle wear, typically they will consider the most suitable apparel for both summer and winter. But one of the trickiest riding seasons to prepare for is spring because of the variable weather conditions.
A guide to what to wear on your bike in spring
Start at the base: Baselayers are particularly handy at this time of year for keeping your core body temperature warm. As the weather warms up, swap long-sleeved baselayers for short-sleeved bases. If you think it might turn cold, pop a long-sleeved baselayer in your cycling jersey pocket or carry arm warmers (see below).
Keep your limbs warm: A genius item of kit, both leg and arm warmers are great for spring riding. They are lightweight and pack up into a small ball so they can be stowed in your pocket or saddlebag. Some people pop arm warmers and other essentials into an empty water bottle and place this in a second bottle carrier on the bike. There are various brands and warmths of arm and leg warmers available form most bike retailers.
Don’t get caught out in a downpour: There’s nothing worse when than enduring a heavy shower in the midst of a long ride and having to then finish the remainder of your journey soaked to the bone. Always keep your waterproofs close-by, whether it’s a rain jacket or backpack cover for your possessions.
Body warmer: A great piece of kit for keeping you warm when you set out – and then discarding as you heat up is a cycling gilet. Look for windproof and/or waterproof cycling gilets.
Don’t get cold – and wet – feet: While there may not be any need for insulated boots in spring, overshoes may still come in handy for keeping your feet warm and dry. As with the warmers, they can easily be removed if the weather warms up and won’t take up much storage space.
Obviously your choice of cycling clothing depends on the individual. The more experienced a rider you become, the more you will get a feel for exactly what you need to stay warm while keeping your load as light as possible.
Thanks to Cycle Stuff Direct, which has been formed by a diverse group of cyclists, for this blog.