Shorter days, cooler temperatures, more wind and rain. But also fantastic colours, less people on the road and for many riders the switch from road to unpaved. Autumn is a super interesting but also challenging season for cyclists. In this guide we tell you how you can arm yourself as best as possible against the changing elements.
The weather in autumn is known for being changeable and unpredictable. Follow our three guiding principles to stay warm and comfortable whatever the weather.
A breathable longsleeve jersey will offer additional insulation for typical autumn conditions. For those cooler rides a longsleeve jersey is exactly what you need to stay comfortable on the bike. We have made a list of our favorites.
Baselayers may not be visible to others most of the time, but don't underestimate the best cycling baselayers. These humble undergarments should form the foundation of your cycling kit when you're choosing what to wear when you go on a ride. They not only offer an extra layer of warmth but they are also regulating your body temperature and managing moisture build-up to keep you feeling fresh throughout your ride.
Handy to stow in a back pocket, or to add an extra layer either at the start or during a ride, a vest is a great go-to item for changeable days. Adding some extra warmth and rain protection without the bulk of a jacket, these vests will pack up to pocket size and remain with arms reach in case the weather changes again.
While your legs are spinning and nice and warm, your torso and arms spend a lot of the time pretty static on the bike. Keeping them warm by wearing a good jacket is paramount, not only for your riding enjoyment, but as the key controllers of your bike, in keeping you safe too. In autumn the shorter days and longer nights will mean that at some point you're probably going to be riding in the dark, or at least lower light levels, so cycling jackets often come with reflective details.
When the colder months are upon us, dedicated autumn and winter bib tights are essential. Vital for keeping your lower half warm, the best bib tights will also ensure that your lower back and midriff are also kept out of the cold. Furthermore, they come with integrated chamois to keep you comfortable on your bike.
Bib Tights Black
Team Evo Thermal Bib Tights
Control Long Bib Olive
Accessories to beat the autumn chill. Add a pair of knee warmers and arm warmers to a short sleeve jersey and bib shorts combo, and you have a good outfit for tackling the autumn weather. The warmers will keep the chill off your hardworking knees and not-so-hardworking elbows. Keeping your hands protected from the cold and rain is also very important. Autumn is the time to pull out the long finger gloves.