There’s something really quite special about getting out on your bike during the autumn and winter months. The low, golden sun shining through the changing leaves. That fresh, crispness in the air as the last of the morning’s frost starts to thaw. The little winter hare that doffs his cap as he hops across the perfect, pothole-free country lane in front of you. Okay, okay. I’ll stop. That’s the “Instagram” version of winter riding. Those perfect clear sky, bright sunshine, cold crisp days do happen (I remember this one time in November 2015…). But often the “reality” version features grey clouds, driving rain and headwinds that have more determination than my sausage dogs when they’re doing something mischievous.
The prospect of continuing to go out on your bike through the autumn and winter months might sound a tad unappealing. But with the right gear, even the real pea-souper days that veer more towards the “reality” side of the Insta vs Reality scale can actually be downright enjoyable.
With so much cool-weather cycling kit out there, it can be overwhelming to know what you really need. Especially if you’re building your kit collection from the bottom drawer up. Now, obviously, we’re big kit aficionados here at SG and we’re always up for an excuse to fill our wardrobes with more snazzy cycling gear. But we also understand that sometimes you just want to know that you’ve got the basics covered.
So without further ado, here’s our go-to guide for the essential autumn kit you’ll need to keep the good rides rolling as the seasons change.
The Autumn Cycling Essentials Starter Kit
Orkaan jerseys: the Goldilocks of the cycling world
How does Goldilocks like her porridge? Not too cold, not too warm and definitely not lumpy. It’s got to be just right. And our Orkaan jerseys are the cycling kit equivalent of the *chef’s kiss* perfect bowl of porridge.
Water-resistant and windproof with a super cosy Roubaix lining, the Orkaan jerseys will keep you riding happy across a wide range of cooler temperatures. Available as short- or long-sleeved version, they’ll keep you warm, but not too warm. They’ll keep the rain at bay without that ‘boil in the bag’ feeling. You can wear them on their own if it’s not too chilly, or layer up with a base layer, arm warmers and one of our gilets when the temperatures drop. Did someone say “all-rounder”?
Gilets to beat the wind chill
The key to all-weather comfort? Layering and the flexibility to dress up or dress down on the go as conditions change. Pair one of our Bodyline gilets with your Orkaan jersey and you’ve got the ultimate combination of water resistance and an extra layer across your torso to keep the wind chill at bay. Lightweight and packable, you can easily stash your gilet in your back pocket so it’s there when you need it and barely noticeable when you don’t.
Tend to feel the cold a touch more? Go for one of our Orkaan gilets – they’ll give you that extra bit of warmth and they still roll down small enough to be able to store them in your jersey pocket.
Arm warmers are a great option for ultimate versatility when conditions are changeable. Made from the same water-repellent, wind-resistant fabric as our Orkaan jerseys, the Orkaan arm warmers give you extra warmth when you need it – and the freedom to simply roll them down and stash them in your pocket when you don’t. Ideal for those Sunday morning rides when it’s chilly first thing but warming up by lunch time and you’re not quite ready to commit to long sleeves all-day long.
Lightweight full finger gloves: the ultimate in-betweener
When you don’t quite need the full-on warmth of our Climb & Conquer gloves, but you still want a bit of extra protection from the elements, our lightweight full finger gloves are the ultimate “in between” option for cooler days on the bike. Featuring anti-slip material and padded palms for all day comfort, they also have touchscreen fingertips for route checks and mid-ride photo stops.
Bandidos: for when the breeze bites
Our bandidos/neck warmers are a great addition to your cycling armour on windy days and rainy rides. Not only will they help to keep you warm, they’re also great as a bit of extra protection from road spray or flying mud on soggy trails. With a Stolen Goat bandido, the only thing you’ll have stuck on your face is a great big smile as you soak up your time on two wheels.
So there we have it: the key bits of kit and accessories to get your cycling wardrobe ready for all of your autumnal adventures. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride!