Gloves, Lights and 7 Other Essentials for Fall Cycling

With a few essentials you’ll be safe and comfortable regardless of the season

As the temperatures take a downward turn and the days get shorter, it’s important to have the right gear out on the road. You don’t have to stop cycling when it gets chilly, with a few essentials you’ll be safe and comfortable regardless of the season.

Gloves
When the temperatures drop and you take your bike for a spin, your fingers will be feeling the cold first. Put on some full finger gloves to protect your hands from the cold.

Quality Lights
Shorter days mean steadily darker commutes and afternoon rides, so a set of quality front and rear lights couldn’t be more essential.

Helmet
This is one piece of gear that should always be worn year-round.

Convertible Jacket
In the fall a light jacket that can vent when you need it to is crucial. Waterproof qualities also help out a ton when the weather takes a turn.

Arm Warmers
These tiny pieces of fabric won’t take up much room and they shouldn’t cost much but they are life savers when there’s a chill in the air. As it starts to get chilly, you can slip a pair on along with your summer jersey to avoid a bulkier getup.

Knee Warmers
Much like arm warmers, these low-profile fabric slips will help keep you warm and dry into late fall.

Skull Cap
You can lose a lot of heat from the top of your head without a barrier between your helmet. When it gets chilly be sure there’s a skull cap or other thin material to keep the heat in.

Shoe Covers
Cycling shoes tend to run tight so fitting in some heavy socks might be out of the question. In that case, shoe covers or toe covers will help keep your feet from freezing over.

Tool Kit
You’ll be happy you have a good kit when you find yourself with a flat in the cold. It’s worth it to learn some basic bike maintenance and build out a kit that best fits your needs.

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