It's easy to get caught up in the changing weather come fall. One day you're riding in a jersey, and the next day you're ready to break out a wool sweater. Then the weather gets tougher with night falling faster and rain showers suddenly becoming more frequent. But the elements don't have to be deal breakers that impact your enjoyment on the road. Here are a few tips that can help you savour your cycling season longer, or until you decide it's time to reactivate your Zwift account:
Cycling is a fast-paced sport, which is why there are many different types of clothing that can be adapted to each part of the body and that can be easily removed. As in many sports, the onion skin peeling technique is always preferred. The most important items in mixed weather are cuffs and leg (or knee) covers, which are easily stored in the back pockets of the jersey if it gets too hot. Other important items are extremity coverings, so think long gloves, thin toque and shoe covers to keep your outings enjoyable.
Whether you're riding a road bike, a gravel bike or simply riding to work, the road is always more pleasant when dry. With that in mind, it’s very useful to have a waterproof and breathable jacket to stay dry from the outside, but also to stay dry from the inside when riding in unpredictable weather. Another practical accessory that can be easily removed depending on the weather is the famous “ass saver.” Don't get caught by wet pavement and avoid a wet bib with this mini emergency fender.
For your safety and the safety of others, being visible is essential during fall outings. With the sun setting earlier, having good lights on your bike is very important. There are many different wattages, both USB rechargeable or battery operated, that can illuminate the front and back of your bike. Also consider wearing visible clothes, and don't hesitate to wear fluorescent items either. They’re in style! Finally, use reflective stickers: they come in many colours and are easily camouflaged with your bike.
Get out in the fall and don't let the weather discourage you from these special outings. Think of your comfort and safety, and enjoy your rides until winter arrives!