Dress for success: what to wear on the bike for all weather conditions

How to dress, whatever the weather

Cool and dry

Mid-weight clothing and removable/packable layers are the name of the game for cool but dry days.

This weather can throw up a few options as the seasons change so try to assess at what temperature you need what level of protection – for example when you need to dig out the knee warmers and full length gloves. We’re all different so the best way to find out what works best for you is to experiment. You’ll soon have the experience to know what works for you in a variety of conditions.

Knee warmers, arm warmers and gloves keep bulk low while giving extra protection from the elements (Pic: Media 24)

On milder dry days shorts and knee (or leg warmers) are an ideal combination, keeping bulk to a minimum as well as being easy to remove if you do get a little warm. Layer up, starting with a good base layer, jersey (either short sleeved with arm warmers or long sleeved) followed by a gilet. These items offer excellent versatility and can be rolled up, down or removed to moderate your temperature.

It’s amazing how much of an effect cold hands can have on your ride. Lightweight mid-weight gloves are very useful as the temperature starts to drop, especially as your hands are static and take the full brunt of the wind. Opt for slightly thicker socks, although you don’t want to go too thick as you need to maintain blood flow to your feet, which is where a pair of oversocks to cover your shoes can come in very useful. The traditional cotton cap comes in handy at keeping your head warmer and sheltered from the wind – not only that but they look cool, too!

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