We’ve put together a selection of guides to help keep you riding through the change of the seasons.
Here is our commuting advice, but if you’re a multi-discipline rider or thinking about trying something new, why not check out our advice on MTB riding and road riding. Or for some general autumn bike servicing advice, click here.
Dress right: The Autumn essentials I find it hard to survive without: waterproof gloves that don’t make you too hot (I have Endura Strikes), mudguards, clear glasses, an under-helmet hat and a buff to keep my neck warm, and a Gore rain jacket for wet days that keeps me comfortable come rain or shine.
Stand out: To be seen on the busy London streets I always try and wear bright-coloured clothing - it helps me stand out from the sea of black most cyclists wear. Reflective elements are always helpful and I tend to turn my lights on before most others. I love my rechargeable Lezynes.
Maintain it: Get yourself some wet weather chain lube, keep your tyres pumped up and come prepared for punctures – or at least plan your route to pass as many Evans Cycles stores as humanly possible.
Consider cyclocross: CX bikes are the hard-wearing big brother of road bikes with disc brakes and enough clearance between the wheels and fork/stays to fit chunky tyres. And all this with the class and beauty of a road bike’s geometry. They’re made for Autumn.
Sit up: A commuting-in-comfort tip is to check that your saddle is at the correct height. It may not be specific to Autumn, but there is nothing worse than a bad back during a long, hard day’s work! Another comfort tip is to wear padded shorts, especially for longer commutes. If you prefer the look, padded undershorts can be slipped easily under normal clothes.
Pedal well: Again, not an Autumn-specific one but if your commute is over a mile I’d suggest SPD pedals and shoes. They keep your feet in the correct position on the pedals, the stiff sole helps you as you push down and you can also pull up (amazing on hills believe me!)
Position yourself: As the nights get longer it’s particularly important to take the right position on the road. This means riding confidently, climbing out of the gutter and cycling in the path of a car’s left wheel, where you will be clearly seen by drivers.
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