The shoulder seasons – autumn and spring – are all about layering. Pair your summer shorts and jerseys with arm warmers, gilets, and leg warmers to keep them going for longer and cover your extremities and you should be pretty comfy.
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Items like arm warmers and gilets should be breathable and pretty lightweight, so they can be removed and stowed in a pocket should conditions change.
Spending a lot of money on kit that’s only relevant for a few months of the year can be a bitter pill to swallow – but the good news is if you shop smart, you can find some excellent deals – and many items (OK, except overshoes) will last several seasons.
We’ve picked out some of the best deals right now. With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
Arm warmers and knee/leg warmers
Arm warmers are the handiest tubes of fabric in the world. Roll up when chilly, roll down or stuff in a pocket when warm – read more about arm warmers here.
Knee and leg warmers do much the same job, on your lower body – making summer shorts work hard right up to the beginning of winter.
Sportful No Rain Arm Warmers SS17, were £27, now £21.60
Sportful’s No Rain arm warmers are legendary. They’re water repellent, as well as being soft and flexible so they don’t restrict your movement. Silicone grippers at the top keep them in place – and if you act fast you can get the 2017 version 20 per cent cheaper.
Castelli Nano Flex+ Knee Warmers, were £40, now £27
Castelli’s leg and knee warmers are famous for staying up, without digging in.
The Nano Flex+ version here offer premium protection, being waterproof and warm – perfect for the varied conditions of autumn.
Castelli says these warmers are perfect for temperatures between eight and 22 degrees depending on how susceptible you are to the cold, and the Nanon Flex fabric should provide a comfortable ride as well.
Light, flexible, full finger gloves are the answer…
dhb Windproof Cycling Gloves
These dhb windproof full-finger gloves really help on those cold autumn mornings, without being a heavy duty full winter glove. With a long cuff and fleece lining, they’ll leave no space for the chill to get in, and come at a bargain price at just £12.
The index finger and thumb also come with some silicon grippers, so you can feel secure on the shifters and when braking.
Keep the edge off on chilly mornings, and stuff it in your pocket when it gets warmer – read more about gilets here.
Rapha Classic Wind Check Gilet, was £115, now £69
Rapha’s Wind Check Gilet is the perfect extra layer for windy or changeable autumn conditions.
The lightweight windproof material is ideal for placing this above a long sleeve jersey or lightweight jacket for that added protection. It’s also extremely packable, so you can stow it away in your pocket for those chilly descents.
The Wind Check Gilet comes in a smart blue and black design as well as a white and black colourway and has been marked down from £115 to £69.
When the chill bites, it’s the extremities that feel it first – fail to keep them toasty and you’ll know about it. Overshoes handle your feet – wear them over cycling shoes to add a layer of insulation.
Castelli Toe Thingy 2 SS18, was £17, now £12
OK, not strictly overshoes, but this Castelli Toe Thingy is a great edition to your autumn wardrobe, and are just £12 for the 2018 season version.
Paired with a warm winter sock, the Toe Thingy is great at keeping the chill of your toes and air from the vents in your shoes on a crisp, sunny autumn day.
Available in black or fluorescent yellow, the Thingy can also be pleased under another lighter shoe cover for added protection.
Rapha Oversocks, were £20, now £12
Oversocks are another great addition to your wardrobe for autumn riding. They provide breathability with wind protection, meaning you won’t overheat if the temperature gets up later in the day. They’re also more packable than normal overshoes, meaning they’ll fold up nicely in your pocket if you need to take them off.
These overshoes from Rapha come in a variety of colours, including some brighter options which make them a perfect commuting option.