As the days continue to get shorter, we are greeted every morning with a slight chill in the air this time of year. With greater swings in the temperature, the need for more gear becomes apparent. Luckily, apparel companies have come a long way to meet the high performance and low weight demands of most cyclists these days.
Here is a short list to keep you prepared for the mix of weather fall may throw at you:
“Don’t forget your hat!” is something we may remember from our youth. Moms knew then what we know now. Keeping your head warm will help keep you warm. Check out Rapha’s cycling cap for a windproof, breathable option that looks great off the bike as well.
There is probably no more important riding accessory than this. A good vest will protect your torso and extend the temperature range of comfortable riding down another 10-15 degrees. Small enough to fit in your pocket, light enough not to be noticed (50g), Castelli’s Leggero Vest gets the job done.
Paired with a vest, these fleece lined tubes give you the flexibility to enjoy the coldest of autumn’s chill. When the temps get back up midway through your weekend ride, simply slide them down your arm or remove completely. Again, Castelli offers an innovative and water resisting option with their Nanoflex model.
Frozen knees make for bad riding. Your knee joints flex and extend thousands of times on a typical ride. Take good care of them by keeping them warm with a pair of quality knickers. The fleece lining is also a welcome addition for cooler weather and can be worn on many winter days as well. If price is no bother, check out Assos S5 knickers.
Sometimes referred to as “shoe condoms”, these small accessories help protect your little piggies from painful numbness. Sugoi makes a good “one size fits all” water and windproof cover that should suit most needs.