Best shoulder season cycling gear: what to wear in the fall and spring

spring and autumn riding
(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

Go out on a ride in the summer and winter and you can be pretty sure of what to expect. If it's warm when you leave, it's probably warm when you come back, and likewise with cold conditions. You pick clothes that fit the weather and there's not much to worry about.

Riding in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall is different. It rarely seems to be quite warm enough for summer clothes but then it's too warm for winter clothes. And then comes the challenge of variability.

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