First question: shorts, knickers, or long tights? (Not sure? We can help with that.) But if you go for shorts, here’s a little advice: if it’s colder than 60° (15.5°C) outside, consider covering your knees. The synovial fluid that keeps your joints lubricated and moving smoothly doesn’t work as well when it’s cold outside. So when in doubt, throw on a pair of kneewarmers—preferably, ones with wind-blocking technology—to keep the breeze off your knees.
Choose Your Chamois
Most cyclists find that bibshorts—versus shorts—provide a little extra protection from chilly breezes. So if you want to keep your core warm but your legs uncovered, consider a heavier-weight pair of cycling bibs. A unique combination of water and wind-proofing with a brushed interior make the Course Thermal Bib a great choice for foul-weather riding when you don’t want the weight of long pants.
Cycling knickers, which fall just below the knee, are another excellent option for transitional temps. For the smoothest look and feel, choose a pair of knickers with a built-in chamois and a brushed fabric. Or, if you’re looking for multi-sport functionality, consider a pair without a chamois that you can layer over top of cycling shorts, or wear on their own for yoga or running.
Finally, long pants/tights are your best option for days when you don’t expect the temps torise much during your ride. Look for cycling tights with strategically placed fabric panels that shed water and wind, yet allow for breathability in key areas, such as behind the kneesor at the lower back.
Layer Up Top
Arm warmers were made for shoulder seasons (even though they stop just short of yours!).Give yourself plenty of options by pairing cycling arm warmers with a short-sleeve jersey and a lightweight cycling vest on a cold morning. If you heat up, you can tuck the warmers in your vest pocket, or shove the vest in your jersey pocket (or do both!). Options are key for comfort.
Merino wool cycling jerseys have made a comeback in the cycling and running world inrecent years, and for good reason. Combined with polyester, our Polartec® Power Wool jersey is designed to keep you warm and dry even in damp conditions. On a windy day, though, nothing beats our Course Wind Pro® long-sleeve jersey, with a brushed back to let heat escape and serious wind protection in the front.
Top it Off With a Jacket
A lightweight cycling jacket repels wind and keeps the heat in, yet lets you vent when needed. You’ll likely use this layer often during the short days of autumn, so consider a color that’s as bright as your retinas can handle—or explore our HiViz360 line, which lights up in headlights for maximum visibility. Headed out when it’s pouring down rain? (We salute you Flahute.) Top things off with our 4 Seasons jacket, designed for the rider who’s not afraid of getting a little wet—but who would prefer not to.
Add Cycling Gloves and Booties
You can often combat the chill of a fall ride with just a light pair of cycling gloves. For fall,look for a glove that’s breathable and transfers moistures efficiently. Garneau Ergo Air®technology will evacuate moisture and keep your hands dry. Softshell gloves are often a good way to bridge the gap between your mesh gloves and winter hardshells. Our latest Proof Thermo Gloves area a great example Same goes with a pair of toe covers; you might not need the protection of a full pair of booties quite yet, but prefer an extra layer over your toes. Still chilly? Go for a pair of lightweight cycling shoe cover designed to block the wind and some water. You’ll get protection without risking overheated, sweaty feet.
All geared up and ready to hit the road? Good. Now get out there and don’t hesitate to remove extra layers as needed !