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How To Dress For Autumn | Cycling Kit Essentials For Riding In Fall

How To Dress For Autumn | Cycling Kit Essentials For Riding In Fall

(calm jazz music) – It’s that tough time of year, you just don’t know what
you’re going to be faced with when you step out of the door. Yes, it is autumn or should I say fall for
our American friends. Well, I struggle to know what
to wear the best of times, whether that’s dressing for work or going out for dinner, et cetera. Add change of weather
into the mix, and well, that takes it to a whole another level. I’m pleased to say that today I’ve got the help of GCN español’s Maya. So Maya, thank you for joining me today. – Thank you Heather, thanks for having me. Yes, I agree with you. Autumn is really hard for
changing, especially in the back, because you cannot change your clothes. – [Heather] Yeah, exactly. So today, we’re going to
be bringing you a guide thanks to our friends
and partners over ASSOS on what to wear for autumn riding. (calm jazz music) – Dressing for the unknown? What’s the solution? Layers. – Yeah, you’ve got plenty of
options at this time of year. The great thing is you don’t
actually have to make that call before heading out the door,
and you don’t have to have a support car or a trailer with you. So, let’s say, depends on
obviously where you live to a certain extent, but an
Indian summer isn’t unheard of. So, if the weather is nice
or you’re just going for a short punchy lunchtime ride, then you’re going to want to
keep things light and simple. – [Maya] A short-sleeve
jersey and a pair of shorts will do the job, but to
ensure you are prepared for the changing
conditions in the climate, it’s good to have a
sleeveless underneath layer like a skinFoil. Because if it’s chilly,
like in the morning, it will keep your body temperature warmer, and if the sun comes out, it
will help your body to wick out the swear under your– – Yeah, exactly, and
also if you’re going out early in the morning
and it’s a bit fresher, you might just want a little bit more. If you’re going out
before the sun comes up, then that’s when you
might want something like arm warmers and leg warmers. They just protect your skin
and take that chill off, and the best part is,
they can easily be removed as you warm up, so you peel them off even whilst you’re riding. Now, a trick with the arm
warmers and leg warmers, it’s not a good look, but it’s a good idea to actually pop them on before you put on your shorts and your jersey,
just so that it makes sure that they fit really nice and flat. And then, once you want to take them off, they’ll go small enough
that can actually fit into your jersey pocket. Now personally, I tend to use arm warmers at the first sight of autumn
and keep my legs free, and then when it gets a little bit colder, I then add in the leg warmers. – [Maya] Back to the core. This is the area that
makes the most difference, because once it gets too hot or too cold, it takes a long time to stabilize it. So, bring on the vest or the gilet. It really makes a difference, it’s my favorite piece of wardrobe. – [Heather] Yeah, it’s great,
and if you do start to get a little bit too hot, then you can always
open it up at the front. And you can actually take
it off, as most of them will actually fit small
enough into your pocket. That’s as long as your
pockets aren’t too full of snacks already. – The level-up on clothing
or down in temperature is to wear a long-sleeved
jersey like this. The only this is once you’re on the bike, you cannot change options. What you can is wear a layer underneath, and just take it off and
put it in your pocket. – [Heather] And one of the situations that we haven’t actually talked about, which sadly is quite likely
in the autumn, is the rain. And that’s partly because Maya
and myself both do our best to avoid it, but sometimes
you just do have to go out and ride in the rain or
maybe you’re caught short, so it’s a good idea to have a light-weight waterproof jacket. And you can normally find
ones that are small enough to actually go into your back pocket, or if you don’t have a jacket or you don’t want to
carry anything that heavy, then a waterproof gilet will do a good job of at least keeping your core dry and keeping your morale
high until you can get home and have a hot shower. (light music) Now we’ve covered the key pieces, but we also need to
consider the peripheries. One of my favorite pieces
of gear is the headband, as it’s great if it’s a little bit hot, cause you can wear it
further up on your head and it acts to keep the
sweat out of your eyes. And if it gets a bit
chilly, you can pull it down to cover your ears, and
it’s just stops that draft from the wind. And then sticking with the head, sunglasses are also really
useful, even in the winter. If you can go for some clear lens ones, cause they’ll protect
your eyes from the mud and the water spray coming off the road. And then, if you are riding
at the end of the day, you can get a really
low light in the autumn and it’s quite hard to see, so it’s a good idea if you’re
doing sunset or sunrise to have a pair of sunglasses as well. – When it comes to hands, I personally try to avoid wearing
gloves as much as I can. Because I like to feel
the breaks of my bike. – Yeah, but in the autumn, you quite often want a little bit of protection, so if you want something in-between, I personally opt for
the fingerless gloves. – Yeah, and I always better bring an extra pair of gloves in my bag, in case it gets really cold. – And then it’s your feet. In the autumn I say, you
can usually rely on just a good-enough pair of socks
to keep your feet warm, but if you are going to be
riding in the colder temperatures or a lot in the rain,
probably worth investing in a pair of overshoes,
especially if you plan on riding well into the winter months. – [Maya] Yeah, it’s also a
good idea to get a saddle bag for all those extra layers. So you can free your pockets
and put more stuff in. And, because of the light,
it’s getting shorter, it’s really important to get
some lights on your bike, so you don’t get caught up in the dark. – With a little bit of forward planning, checking the forecast and
utilizing your layers, you should be able to
enjoy some wonderful riding well into the autumn. – And don’t forget, if
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the Charles-Barkley team, you can find that just down here.

14 comments on “How To Dress For Autumn | Cycling Kit Essentials For Riding In Fall

  1. Great work, Heather and Maya! Autumn has well and truly arrived here in Stockholm and with it the perennial game of “what should I wear on my ride?” Some really useful tips here. It was also great to see someone else dealing with the cooler weather. The Kona sunshine was making me jealous!

  2. I did a triathlon in early April in the northern United States last year. The swim was inside, but the bike and run were outside after a night of light snow. I threw on a light jacket, but was not prepared with cold weather riding shoes or gloves. I won't ride in that cold without being dressed appropriately again

  3. Man this video whould have been to great last week before Manitoba got so much snow a state of emergency was declared, got any winter tips.

  4. Most of my riding is commuting so looking pro isn't my priority. Flat pedals with gortex boots. Sometimes if boots are wet from previous day I use waterproof sock in wet boots. With a Base layer, tshirt and waterproof jacket I've been ok down to -7c. Aldi ski gloves, bulky but have lasted longer than much more expensive ones. Get a thermometer for home with an outdoor sensor and get to know what to wear at each temperature. If you're still cold pedal harder!

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