As the weather changes and becomes a little unpredictable, choosing the right clothing for your ride can be a tricky endeavour.
Here are a few handy hints to keep you warm, dry and happy during the changes of season.
(1) Wear a sweat-wicking base layer. We recommend a mesh base layer or merino layer for cooler rides, to be worn directly against the skin under your jersey. Wearing this wicking layer will help to keep you dry and warm, even during a hard, sweaty ride. This base layer will move the sweat away from your skin, transferring it to the next outer layer.
(2) Keeping the wind out can be key. Adding a strong wind chill to already low temperatures can make a ride almost unbearable at times. Keep the wind at bay by wearing a wind-proof Gilet or jacket, a cap, ear warmers and also a snood or buff around your neck. To cover your ears you can wear a thicker / wider headband. Your face, neck and chest are all very sensitive to changes in temperature, so be sure to cover your skin as much as possible.
(3) Cold feet. A lot of women suffer from cold toes and fingers. Double layering your socks, without restricting the blood flow, can be a good start to keeping the cold and wind from chilling your toes. Also try wearing shoe covers (or toe covers) - these are real winners on a terribly cold day and do a great job at keeping your shoes dry from road spray (and clean!) Another reason for cold feet and hands can be due to poor circulation. Ginger is known to aid circulation, perhaps try a warming ginger tea this season.
(4) Layer up baby. During those in-between months, when the temperature is changing constantly throughout the day, it's wise to regulate your temperature on the bike through wearing, or packing in your jersey pocket, additional layers of kit. Start with a base layer, then jersey, Gilet, arm warmers, leg/knee warmers under your bib shorts. Carry in your back pocket a rain cape or wind proof jacket. This will then give you several options on the ride no matter what the conditions. You can always wear more and then peel off the layers as the day warms up. Remember it's much better to be warm than to be cold on a ride. Err on the side of caution - layer it up baby!