Spring Cycling Essentials: Dressing for Comfort and Performance

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for this essential posting on cycling wardrobe for the summer months.

As the longer evenings finally arrive, it’s time to bid farewell to winter clothing (fingers crossed) and start planning your wardrobe for the summer months. But when it comes to spring cycling attire, what should you prioritise to make the most of your time on the bike?

What To Wear:

  • Layer Up: Spring weather can be quite unpredictable, so layering is essential. Begin with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin. Check out Cycle SuperStore’s range of base layers HERE. Add a long-sleeve jersey or a lightweight jacket for extra warmth, and top it off with a windproof or waterproof layer if necessary. Layering allows you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates during your ride.
  • Choose Breathable Fabrics: Opt for clothing made from breathable and moisture-wicking materials like polyester or merino wool. Each fabric has its own advantages. These fabrics help regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable, whether you’re sweating during a climb or facing a cool breeze.
  • Consider Arm & Leg Warmers: While you might have packed away your winter bib tights, you may still need the additional warmth that arm and leg warmers provide. These versatile accessories offer extra warmth when needed and can be quickly removed and stashed in your jersey pocket if you start to overheat. They’re perfect for spring rides when temperatures can vary widely. Check out CSS range of arm and leg warmers HERE.
  • Don’t Forget to Protect Your Extremities: Remember to shield your hands, feet, and head. Wear lightweight gloves to keep your hands warm and offer protection in case of a fall. Consider using shoe covers or toe covers to keep your feet dry and comfortable. If your feet begin to overheat, you can easily remove them and stow them away in your jersey pocket. Explore CSS range of shoe covers HERE.

In addition to clothing considerations, it’s important to think about visibility. While the evenings are getting longer, low-light conditions may still pose a challenge.

Wearing bright colours or reflective clothing can significantly increase your visibility, especially if you’re cycling early in the morning or late in the evening when visibility is reduced. This applies to choosing eyewear as well; opt for lenses that can adapt to different light conditions you may encounter during spring rides.