Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just beginning, having the right clothing for different weather conditions can make all the difference between having a great ride turn bad, quickly.

From scorching summer days to chilly winter rides, here are a few basic tips to work with Mother Nature.

Warm / Hot Weather (22°C and up)

Summer Cycling

As the temperature rises, it's crucial to stay cool and comfortable on your bike. Lightweight, breathable fabrics are your best friend in hot weather. Opt for moisture-wicking materials that draw sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry and preventing chafing.

Consider investing in:

  • Cycling Jerseys: Look for jerseys with mesh panels for maximum ventilation. Short sleeves or sleeveless options will help you stay cool.
  • Bib Shorts: Bib shorts offer support and comfort on long rides, with built-in padding to cushion your sit bones.
  • Cycling Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV rays and glare with a pair of cycling-specific sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen: Don't forget to apply sunscreen to exposed skin.  Actually, apply sunscreen before every ride and all weather conditions.

Cool / Cold Weather (13 to 21°C)

Cold Weather Cycling

When the temperature starts to drop, it's time to layer up. Breathable layers that can be easily added or removed as needed are key to staying comfortable in cool weather.

Essential items include:

  • Long Sleeve Jerseys or Jackets: Choose lightweight, thermal jerseys or jackets to trap heat while still allowing moisture to escape.
  • Cycling Tights or Leg Warmers: Keep your legs warm and protected from the wind with snug-fitting tights or leg warmers.
  • Gloves: Insulated gloves will keep your hands warm and maintain dexterity for braking and shifting.
  • Headwear: A thin skullcap or cycling beanie can help retain heat and protect your ears from the cold.

Super Cold to Freezing Weather (below 13°C)

Cycling Freezing Weather

When temperatures plummet (and you still want to get out on your bike), proper insulation is essential to stay warm and safe on your bike. Layering is still key, but you'll want thicker, more insulating materials.

Prepare for freezing weather with:

  • Insulated Jacket: Choose a windproof and water-resistant jacket with ample insulation to keep you warm in freezing temperatures.
  • Thermal Bib Tights: Thermal bib tights provide extra warmth and coverage for your legs.
  • Booties: Keep your feet warm and dry with neoprene booties that fit over your cycling shoes.
  • Buff or Balaclava: Protect your face and neck from biting winds with a fleece-lined neck gaiter or balaclava.

Raining Weather

Cycling in Rain

Don't let a little rain dampen your cycling plans. With the right gear, you can stay dry and comfortable even in wet conditions.

Make sure to pack:

  • Waterproof Jacket: Look for a jacket with sealed seams and waterproof zippers to keep rain out.
  • Shoe Covers: Keep your feet dry with waterproof shoe covers.
  • Cycling Cap or Helmet Cover: A cycling cap worn under your helmet can help keep rain out of your eyes, while a helmet cover provides additional protection.

Being able to cycle year-round is the goal and investing in high-quality cycling clothing that is designed for all weather conditions is key.

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