Autumn and winter cycling offers a unique and picturesque experience, but it comes with its own set of challenges. To help you make the most of this beautiful yet demanding season, we’ve put together a list of essential gear that will ensure your rides are comfortable, enjoyable, and safe.
Guiding Light: Illuminate Your Path
As the days grow shorter, cycling in low-light conditions becomes inevitable. A reliable bike light is not just a convenience; it’s a safety must-have. It ensures you’re visible to others on the road and helps you navigate dark trails. Look for a light that offers good visibility and long battery life. For example, the Exposure Lights Race Mk16 might be a good fit for your needs.
Weather Warrior: Conquer the Elements
Autumn and winter weather can be unpredictable. Having proper clothing is essential to stay comfortable and safe. Opt for waterproof and insulated jackets that will keep you warm and dry. Layering your clothing is also a good idea, allowing you to adjust to changing temperatures during your ride. The Rapha Pro Team Insulated Rain Jacket could be an option to explore.
Mudguards: Stay Clean and Dry
Mudguards, or fenders, are often overlooked but play a vital role in keeping you clean and dry during wet and muddy rides. They prevent water and mud from splashing onto your clothing, making your ride more comfortable. A good option to consider could be the Ass Saver Mudguard, coming in at around £10, it’s a cheap and cheerful mudguard that fits all bikes.
Bike Maintenance: Protect Your Investment
With wet and muddy conditions, your bike is likely to take a beating. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to keep your bike in top shape. Consider investing in a bike cleaning kit, including brushes, degreasers, and lubricants. Proper bike maintenance prolongs the life of your components and ensures a smoother ride. A good idea would be to look at our Muc-Off range of products. Personally I would opt for a wet lube and maybe look at the Muc-Off eBike Corrosion Defence Spray, which is mainly used to protect your batteries and any electrical parts on your bike. However this will also do no harm to your non electric bikes also.
Capture the Moments: Document Your Journeys
Autumn and winter bring stunning landscapes and unique riding experiences. A camera allows you to capture these moments, turning your rides into memorable adventures. Whether it’s your smartphone, action camera, or a dedicated camera, having the means to document your journeys is a great way to share your experiences with others. Why not check out our new GoPro stock we have?
Tire Confidence: Choose the Right Tires
The type of tires you use can significantly impact your ride. For autumn and winter conditions, consider tires with good grip and puncture protection. Tires designed for wet and slippery surfaces will give you the confidence to tackle various terrains. A tire such as the Continental Double Fighter III could offer the traction you need as it is particularly appealing to the leisure rider as it’s fast on the road and grippy in the corners which is perfect for a ride around your local area, whether that be on the road or on gravel paths.
Bike Selection: Tailor Your Ride
Your choice of bike can make a significant difference during the colder months. Look for a bike that suits your riding style and the terrain you’ll encounter. Features like wider tires, disc brakes, and a robust frame can enhance your experience in autumn and winter conditions. A model like the TREK Dual Sport 3 could be a good choice as it has the geometry for a comfortable ride and also has ample tire clearance to be able to stick a chunkier tyre on when things get slippy.
If you are looking for an even easier, leisurely ride, you need to check out the E-Bike version of the TREK Dual Sport…The Dual Sport+
On a whole, preparing for autumn and winter cycling is all about ensuring your comfort, safety, and enjoyment. These essential gear items are not just for the pros; they are designed to make your rides more enjoyable and accessible. So, gear up, stay safe, and make the most of the incredible cycling experiences the autumn and winter seasons have to offer.