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How to Dress For Spring Cycling?

When the clocks spring forward, so too does cycling season. The weather warms up, flowers start to bloom, and everyone starts shedding layers of winter apparel. Commuting to work or school becomes a little bit more tolerable when the wind isn’t howling and the roads are dry. Cyclists have several options for enjoying the season while reducing their carbon footprint. 

How should you dress for cycling in springtime?

Dressing for cycling in Spring is a little different than dressing for cycling in Fall or Winter. The temperature is warmer, but there are still a few cool breezes to deal with. In general, you want to dress in light layers so that you can adjust as needed. You also want to make sure that your clothing flows well and is comfortable.

Here are a few tips for dressing appropriately for your spring cycling adventures:

  1. Dress in layers. The temperature can vary a lot from day to day in the spring, so it’s important to dress in layers that you can easily remove or add as needed. A light jacket or hoodie is perfect for cool mornings or evenings.
  1. Protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. The sun is powerful and can be especially dangerous in the spring when it’s more intense and prolonged.
  1. In case of rain, pack a light raincoat or jacket that won’t weigh you down. A light raincoat or jacket is a must-have for spring cycling. It will keep you warm if it’s chilly and protect you from the rain if it starts to pour.

Generally, the number of clothes you wear depends on you and your body type. If you get cold quickly, you may want to layer up, but if you are more of a warm-bodied person, you may want to tone down on your layers. It also depends on what kind of cyclist you are. If you like to race, it is best to wear thin layers to get soaked in your sweat.

Types of cycling apparel you will need this season:

  • Cycling Jerseys:

You can get jerseys in both short and full sleeves. It is better to get the long-sleeved ones for springtime since they give you better insulation. The season is such that it is too hot for a thick jacket but too cold for a short-sleeved jersey, so a long-sleeved jersey is the best option.

There are so many designs that you can choose from, and they are also available in a variety of colors and fabrics. A good jersey can be worn over other clothes or as a gilet or jacket layer.

If you want, you can even get a jersey made of windproof fabric, and it will work as well as any windbreaker. Some long sleeve jackets have zippers on them, which come with added pockets so you can stash away your warmers or even some snacks when going for a ride.

  • Cycling Shorts:

There are a bunch of different types of cycling shorts available for cyclists. You can opt for the bib shorts, which you can easily pair with leg warmers for the early morning rides and take the warmers off if it gets hotter.

Bib knickers extend below the knee and are typically worn for the colder morning rides when there is a nip in the air. You also get thermal bib shorts made of warmer fabrics, so you get more insulation during frigid mornings.

  • Cycling Warmers:

You can find these warmers in different variations, such as arm warmers or leg and knee warmers. These are some simple and essential accessories that you can add to your cycling clothes collection, and they are versatile and can be adapted to wear according to your needs.

They are also relatively small and lightweight compared to jerseys and shorts, so if you are feeling a little chilly on your way out, you can put them on. If you start to feel warmer after a while of cycling, you can take them off and put them inside your backpack if you are carrying one or even stash them inside your pockets. They are small and foldable, so it is easy to stash them away anytime you feel like it.

Usually, you will find that these warmers are made from Lycra. The thicker ones are made from wool and are meant to be worn during the winter season since they add more insulation. Warmers are designed so that they do not restrict your movement. Rather, it helps you articulate each muscle and joint while also keeping you warm and comfortable.

Note that you should try on these warmers before you purchase them to be the perfect fit for you. Else it is too thought they might end up cutting your blood circulation or worse, if it’s too loose, they will slip off.

  • Cycling Gilets:

Gilet is a lightweight sleeveless shell jacket. These jackets are designed to give an extra layer of protection to your torso while ensuring that you don’t overheat your arms. They are generally made of super lightweight materials, so you can easily fold them up into a small package and stash it away in your backpack or even your jersey pockets if they are big enough.

You can wear this over any short or long sleeve jersey for added protection from strong winds, and it acts as a windbreaker without the sleeves. You also get heavier versions of the gilets, which are meant for those chilly days when you need an extra layer of insulation throughout your ride duration.

  • Lightweight shells:

Lightweight shells are like gilets in their functionality, except that it comes with sleeves. These shells are suitable for chilly and cloudy days of expected rainfall. During the windy season, you can wear these lightweight shells to work as a windbreaker when you’re riding your bike.

  • Base layers:

Base layers are suitable for those chilly mornings. For the spring season, short sleeve base layers are the best. You can pair them well with jerseys and warmers. You even get base layers which are super lightweight and great for the summer season. They are made of very breathable materials, so you don’t feel suffocated even when you’re wearing them underneath your jerseys.

If you want to go out for a faster and harder ride, you can opt for the lightweight and airy base layers. These layers are suitable for absorbing sweat so you can stay dry throughout your ride. The most common material for base layers is Merino wool, a natural fabric. This comes in a variety of different weights so that it can cope with the different temperatures outside.

  • Socks:

Although the season is warmer, you still have to keep your feet warm from the chilly breeze that can get in between the vents on your cycling shoes. Oversocks can be worn over your shoes and up your leg, and they give you just the right amount of warmth and protection from the wind. If you don’t need that much insulation, you can go for regular socks that you wear inside your shoes.

Cycling socks are made of premium quality materials that keep your feet dry throughout your ride. Some even have a sound support system inbuilt into the socks to help with a comfortable ride.

  • Cycling gloves and mitts:

When it is freezing outside, you can wear a lightweight pair of gloves to keep your fingers and hands warm. This is a good insulation choice for your hands when it’s still cold out for fingerless gloves. However, for the warmer days, you can go for mitts that help with your grip and protect your hands from blistering.


Cycling in the springtime can be a great way to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. The roads are less crowded and the scenery is beautiful. Just be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and take caution when riding in wet conditions.