While you can certainly choose whether to saddle up in the rain or not, the wind is one of the elements that is much more tricky to avoid at all times.
Even on a still day as you start to descend you’ll soon feel the wind against your body and if you’re sweaty after a climb it’s chilling effect will be magnified even more, making you’re body suddenly feel cold.
One of the most effective and versatile pieces of clothing – and an item that no cyclist should be without – is a good gilet or vest. As they can be worn in almost every condition you’ll soon realise how much of a good investment one is and, as they are now extremely lightweight and packable, they can easily be taken with you or stowed in a rear pocket just in case. Some jackets or jerseys have a front windproof panel although these would be more suited to the colder days as they tend to be made of a thicker fabric.
Gloves with a windproof backing can be another valuable addition to the wardrobe although due to their extra bulk may only be suited to the colder days. Thinner mitts will help take the edge off of the wind as well as offering a layer of protection should the unfortunate happen and you have an encounter with the tarmac.
Overshoes/socks or toe covers can help keep your feet protected and warmer for longer. Once again look for materials that have been specifically developed to block wind as not every material will offer the same protection in certain conditions. At the top end of your body a beanie, skull cap or helmet liner inside your helmet can really help keep you in comfort if you’re battling a headwind, but again, this is normally one for cold days.