Riders on the storm: spring clothes guide
Yes, it’s a massive cliché, but we Brits love to wax lyrical about the weather. And when it comes to cycling, the weather chat intensifies tenfold, to the point that any cyclist can get out of an awkward conversation or lengthy pause by purely stating the current meteorological facts and how they impact on that rider’s dress code. Then to add insult to injury, when you’re out on a ride in Britain, you’re inevitably wearing either too much or too little, it’s never (OK, rarely) just right. In today’s blog we’re going to be doing a sort of ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ focussing on the items of clothing that will help you get through Spring.
Disclaimer: does not include guide on how to protect yourself from a sudden downpour of cats and dogs.
Keeping your head warm in the rain and the cold is paramount. We lose a lot of heat through our heads so wearing a skull cap or a marginally more fashionable winter cap is a great way to protect yourself from the elements.
In a similar way, a base layer acts as the last wall of defence on a chilly morning ride. Even if the sun is in the sky, it’s important not to underestimate how cold it can still get in the early hours. A base layer is designed to stay dry under your clothing, preventing your core from getting too cold and ensuring you can get the most out of your ride.
You can finish off your look with the all-important jacket for those days when you know that your jersey will not see the light of day. The jackets in this list are perfect for the sort of fine spring rain that you don’t really feel but which somehow manages to soak you to the skin (again, another cliché).
The all-important extra layer
Gilets can be ride savers in the spring. The perfect item of clothing when battling the not-too-warm-but-not-too-cold dilemma, gilets act as a good windstopper and last layer to keep the worst of the road spray off your favourite jersey. What’s more, they’re super-easy to pack down and stow in a pocket mid-ride.
Like gilets, leg and arm warmers can get you out of a spot of bother during a spring ride. We are still very much in the months when you can start your ride in chilly conditions with the hope that the sun might burn through later on. So keep your arm and leg warmers on during the first few hours and then slip them off when it gets slightly warmer.
Your extremities lose heat at a faster rate than the rest of your body so it’s really important to keep them toasty. Gloves are of course a great place to start. In the current conditions, only the hardiest (perhaps, foolhardiest) riders venture out mitten-less, but they do put themselves at significant risk of catching a chill. Full-length gloves will prevent the Raynaud’s from setting in on those early morning spring rides, and most now have touch sensitivity so you can still operate your GPS computer or smart-phone without degloving.
Shoe covers are like gloves for your feet and it is remarkable how much of a difference they make. First of all, even the whitest shoes won’t get mucky under an overshoe so that’s a big plus, and secondly your feet will stay toasty. An overshoe acts as protection from road spray, while also preventing windchill and icy water from getting into your shoes and freezing your feet.
Now you know how to dress for a ride in British conditions there’s no excuse not to get out in those spring showers! To check out all the kit mentioned in person, why not come in store and have a member of staff help you find the perfect gear.
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