Rapha's Guide To Spring Riding

Spring is the time to look ahead. Riding ambitions for the year begin to take shape, and the racing season starts to rear its head.

21 November 2017

While the days grow longer, the weather can remain unpredictable. Follow our guide of tips and tricks to stay ahead of the conditions, and learn what to wear and how to wear it.

The Spring Outfit

As spring dawns, the urge to ride grows stronger every morning. Here is one of our recommended outfits for riding in spring explained from head to toe.

Take The Weight Off

Stay flexible for changeable weather by wearing a lighter weight jersey in case the sun breaks through, and layering up with arm warmers or a packable gilet for chilly starts.

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Visible Effort

Hi-vis elements on the moving parts of your body attract attention, keeping you safer in low light. Wear bright or reflective shoes or socks for maximum visibility when pedalling.

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Layer Up

Several lighter layers regulate temperature better than fewer heavier ones. Start with a good base layer, which traps warm air close to your body even when it’s cold, and wicks sweat away efficiently when you’re working hard.

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Cap It Off

Caps are the swiss army knife of the cycling wardrobe, offering temperature regulation and protection from the sun and rain. Our caps use a range of materials and designs to ensure you're prepared up top.

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Principles For Riding In Spring

Spring is a time of changing weather, and enjoying your ride fully demands preparation and a little know-how. Read our guides to get road-ready this season.

Riding Tips

Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.

Layers are key to comfort in spring – double up on base layers for extra insulation on cold days.

Manage your body temperature before it’s too late. Layer up before you’re cold, and layer down before you’re hot.

Always take lights with you or fit them to your bike should you get caught out by a long ride or a puncture on a short day.

Wear oversocks to keep wind chill off your feet. They’ll also keep your shoes and socks clean.

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