Cycling in changing weather conditions can be tricky. You might start your ride in the frosty cold and find by mid- morning you are bathed in sunshine and overheating. With huge temperature variations throughout the day, the key to comfort is layering and having items of clothing like gilets and lightweight jackets that you can put on or take off as the weather changes. They can be worn when needed or stuffed in a jersey pocket or saddle bag once removed.
START WITH A BASE LAYER
A good base layer is a must and should fit close to the skin. In the summer, they wick away sweat keeping us comfortable on long rides. In the winter, they will keep your core warm and protect you from overheating. They come in long and short sleeve versions and here is a selection of base layers to see you through changing weather conditions and temperatures.
WHAT IS A GILET?
A gilet is essentially a sleeveless vest with a full-length zip and designed to provide an extra layer of protection on your torso, blocking the wind, and ensuring your arms don’t overheat. When they’re not needed, they curl up into a small pack that will fit in a jersey pocket.
DON’T FORGET YOUR HEAD
You can lose about a third of your body heat through your head, so keeping your head warm in cooler or changing weather makes a massive difference. A cycling beanie or cycle cap works perfectly here. Cycling caps usually have a tiny brim that will also block the rain and not obstruct your vision when riding. You could also use a thin beanie under your helmet for added warmth and remove it once you warm up. Look for lightweight designs easily stowed in a back pocket or saddle bag.
Neck tubes are incredibly versatile. Designed as a multifunctional product you can wear them as a neck-warmer, a bandana, a sweatband, or even a facemask. Made from quick-drying fabric, they are a highly breathable and insulating cycling accessory. They will keep you warm and comfortable in cooler windy conditions or soak up and wick away perspiration in warmer weather.
Check out these lightweight cycling neck tubes with original Cycology designs.
Arm warmers fit snugly from your wrist to just below your shoulder. The ability to roll them up or down while you ride makes them ideal for rides that have a large change in temperature.
WHEN THE GOING GETS HOT
Lightweight, short sleeve jerseys are the best option for summer cycling with a full-length zip to allow airflow when needed.
In hot weather and prolonged sun, sun sleeves are the best removable accessory. They are made from thin material designed to protect your skin and reflect the sun- contributing to keeping you cool.