Spring comes as a blessing to many cyclists as the cold winter weather turns into fine, sunny days. As everyone begins to return to their summer wardrobe, cyclists should be doing the same as the cycling gear needed in winter is different to the required gear for warmer weather.

 

When choosing your new cycling wardrobe, you should be considering weather factors (sun, rain, wind), temperature and the changing nature of spring weather. There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to dressing for spring cycling. Everyone has a different personal preference, and what time of the day you ride and the location of your rides can also affect what you should wear.

 

The wrong type of cycling gear can affect your performance and your health, so it is important to consider the gear you need as the seasons change.

 

Keep your cool

 

Spring cycling clothing should be lightweight to ensure you don’t overheat. Spring temperatures can vary up to 10 degrees during the day, so you need to account for this when dressing for a ride. Layering is very important as you need to be able to adjust to the changing temperatures. In winter, many cyclists will wear a long sleeve base layer to keep the cold at bay, however, in spring you should switch to short sleeves as your base. From there, you can start layering with jerseys and jackets.

 

Stay sun safe

 

Helmets should be worn whatever the weather, but in spring, helmets with a longer front will help to keep the sun out of your face. They can also protect your face from swooping magpies. If you already have a helmet, a cycling cap worn underneath will do the same job. As the sun’s rays get stronger, you will need to consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and avoid glare. Choose glasses with a high UVA and UVB resistance and polarisation for sunny days.

 

Dress for the unexpected

 

Spring weather tends to be unpredictable. One minute the sun is shining and the next, torrential rain. Arm and leg warmers are easy to carry and will give you extra protection if the weather suddenly decides to turn cold and windy, and a lightweight jacket is always a good idea to protect you from any unexpected showers.

 

As winter turns to spring, you’ll be able to enjoy more time outdoors - just make sure you dress to suit the warmer weather. To update your cycling wardrobe, check out our range of clothing or feel free to contact us to learn more about cycling in spring.