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5 Essentials for Spring Riding

Posted on March 04 2020

For the team here at Racer Sportif March always seems to be a busy month. Many riders trickle in as the outdoor riding season looms, or has already kicked off for the “tough” riders who can’t resist bundling up and getting their wheels moving again. The spring offers some spectacular riding, though March and April temperatures fluctuate greatly riders with the correct gear can out and enjoy some of the cooler, sunny days. The cycling apparel industry has come a long way since the days of baggy wool jerseys and rain capes that flap in the wind. Even gloves, caps and booties have become lighter, warmer and allow riders to feel more connected to their bike. Here are my top 5 pieces every cyclist should have for early spring riding.

The Head

I will start with the head and neck as this is one of the most crucial areas to protect during cold weather riding as you can lose a whole lot of heat from your noggin if it’s not covered up, keeping your neck warm is also crucial and can prevent athletes from catching nasty head colds or a dreaded sore throat. 

The Castelli Difesa 2 Cap is a great option for early spring riding, the cycling cap with a classic brim will also cover your ears for when the temperature is hovering around 0, should it warm up you can always flip the ear covers up for more airflow.

The second piece for your head also comes from Castelli in the form of their numerous iterations of their classic Head Thingy. This piece is a neck buff and can be pulled over the head to your neck to offer protection from the elements. This piece can be worn in a number of ways, hence its name head thingy. Choose from thermal to lightweight options and protect your neck this spring!

Jackets

Investing in a quality cycling jacket is essential for those living in the northern hemisphere. Yes you can wear 3 different pairs of arm warmers and two vests but you will end up looking like the Michelin man and probably have some skin showing that should not be out until later in the season. Having an outer layer jacket which you can dress according to the weather underneath will not only be more comfortable (less layers) but also regulate temperature better than trying to pile on summer apparel which is not necessarily designed to operate in the colder temperatures.

 

Knickers

One of my favourite pieces of cycling apparel are ¾ tights also known as knickers. The great thing about these is that it is the happy medium between a full tight and a short, allowing you to keep the knee warmers in your drawer. Assos makes a great option in the Mille GT Knickers, there are ideal for temperatures above 5 and below around 12. Think of these as your best friend when it is too hot for a full tight but not warm enough to have your knees out!

Feet

We have all been there when your toes go numb and there is nothing you can do but get home and scream in the shower as feeling returns to them. This spring don’t let yourself fall into another dreaded spring filled with cold feet. A warm pair of booties can often make the difference between just how long you can stay on the bike in the colder weather. Even as the temperatures begin to rise treat your toes right with the Toe Thingy 2 from Castelli, these are specific toe warmers that can easily be packed into a jersey pocket after a few hour of riding and an increase in temperature.

 

 

48 comments

  • Lindsay: March 08, 2020

    Yay spring riding!

  • Ryan: March 08, 2020

    Great article!!

  • Luigi Fagnani: March 08, 2020

    Great information, thanks for the tips. Looking forward to the upcoming season!

  • Paul Conrow: March 08, 2020

    Nice tips! Thank you for the ideas!

  • Piroska: March 08, 2020

    Great tips! Spring is such a beautiful time, but certainly can be cooler than we’d like. Being prepared is the key.

  • Florence Cochrane: March 07, 2020

    Nice post with great tips. Thank you for shareing.

  • Cheryl k: March 07, 2020

    These are great tips. Thank you for sharing them.

  • yuhan feng: March 06, 2020

    my first stop online bike shop, keep rocking

  • William Haslett: March 06, 2020

    Found some useful tips in this article. Looking forward to spring so I can start riding.

  • Jo-Anne Pfoh: March 06, 2020

    thanks for always providing great info

  • Dale Steele Nicolov: March 06, 2020

    I love the merino wool socks for keeping my feet warm.it is great to feel a warm breeze against the Spring sun .Biking gives a sense of skiing.There was a episode of the Waltons years ago where the Mother felt rejuvenated and young again when she was able to take off on a bike again.

  • Donald Bridge: March 06, 2020

    Would really like to win one of these bikes.

  • Maciej: March 06, 2020

    I’m too fair-weather to go out in the spring. Few more weeks of TrainerRoad still ahead.

  • Brian Wright : March 06, 2020

    Hope to be riding in a few weeks, iffy due to recent shoulder replacement. Should be decent riding weather by then

  • Chris Corwin: March 06, 2020

    Spring…here I come!

  • Gord: March 06, 2020

    A very good article for bike riders to read.

  • Alison K: March 06, 2020

    Looking forward to incorporating your suggestions. Thanks.

  • Leah Bleecker: March 06, 2020

    Love this post! Great info for a beginner cycler like myself. Will be stopping by the shop to get new biking shorts soon. Thanks!

  • JACK ROSENFELD: March 05, 2020

    VERY INFORMATIVE !

  • Vincent: March 05, 2020

    Riding while the snow melts on the Side of the road are simply the nicest rides… Reminds me of early springs when we were kids and just couldnt Wait to get the bike out

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