We’ve put together a selection of guides to help keep you riding through the change of the seasons.

Here is our road riding 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 commuting in autumn. Or for some general autumn bike servicing advice, click here.

 

Target something: be it a body-weight, a number of miles, a race in the new year, a money saving over the train. Whatever it is, it’s easier and more fun to keep riding when you have something to aim for. We hold RideIt! events all year round so you can always find one to motivate you to ride. Or, you could turn your attentions to training for one of our summer events.

 
Get your kit out the night before: if you check the weather forecast the night before & prepare your kit it means you’re mentally prepared for the next day. It’s then much easier to get up, get on the bike and enjoy yourself whatever the conditions.

 
Upgrade your kit: literally a change of 3-5°C will justify a change in kit. You can do with fewer items if you buy and layer effectively.


Accessorise! Arm and knee/leg warmers are really underrated but combined with a normal jersey and base layer they extend the temperature range of your summer kit. Headbands, hats, buffs are cheap bits of kit that all add up to a more comfortable ride.

 


Invest in a lightweight softshell: wind and water resistant, a lightweight softshell can be combined with thicker baselayers to cover a much wider temperature range. The thinnest ones will also fit into your jersey pocket when the sun’s out.

 
Thermal shorts: great for all but the coldest temps, combined with leg warmers as the temp drops.


Protect your extremities! As the mornings get chillier, they are the hardest thing to keep warm so you should invest in decent gloves, socks and overshoes. If your shoes are tight though you might be better to run oversocks through Autumn and then overshoes when it gets really cold.

 
Get your bike ready for the season: Four season tyres are heavy and mudguards look terrible but avoiding punctures and a wet backside will make riding easier and enjoyable.

 

Be safe: Enjoy your ride rather than worry about the traffic by: picking different routes if the weather turns bad, buying the highest power lights you can afford and wearing bright colours.

 

Recover properly: Riding in the cooler temperatures takes more out of you, meaning your meals and recovery shakes are more important. A lot of people try and lose weight over Autumn-Winter which is great but it’s about riding every week, not getting sick every month.

 
Joel Natale
Head Buyer & Cycling Hobbit