After a long winter we’re all eager to get back outside and there’s nothing quite like getting back on your bike for the first ride of spring. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of warm sunny rides all winter, but spring usually has some wet weather in store. To help you battle the rain and enjoy your time out there, we’ve compiled a list of essential gear for smooth spring riding.
A helmet may be the most essential piece of gear (besides your bike). For the spring, we like the Allston by Bern, with 16 vents that you can open or close when the heat starts to kick in. A foldable visor keeps the sun out of your eyes and the Zipmold fit makes for a comfortable ride—the Allston is a great spring helmet.
A Repair Kit
Getting stuck with a flat is awful, especially when you don’t have the right tools to make the repair. A bike wallet is a great, compact option that will give you peace of mind. The wallet holds everything you need for a quick repair on the road or trail.
syncros.com; ride wallet and tools sold separately
A Waterproof Jacket
When it comes to spring cycling, outerwear can mean the difference between being comfortable and being soaking wet. If you live in a place where early spring tends to be cold and wet opt for something like the Cranky Jacket from nau—it’s three-layer knit shell is breathable, waterproof and warm. Toward the end of spring, choose something lighter, like the Second Light Jacket from Stio, which is made to be light enough to block out the morning chill and rain, of course.
nau.com; $325—stio.com; $109
Protect your eyes on the road from sun and unexpected pebbles. The Nike Ignition multi-sport glasses offer comfort and stylish design. The strong frames and secure-wrap design keep the glasses in place through your toughest rides.
nikevision.com; price not available
Just as it’s important to protect your eyes, it’s vital to protect your hands. Block out wind and everything else the road has in store with the Trek Factory Racing Replica Windshell Glove. The softshell protects the outside of the hand while the synthetic leather palm helps with grip.
A Seat Bag
No one likes fiddling with their phone, keys, lock—you name it, the simple solution is a tiny bag that fits beneath your seat. The Novara Nucleus is a no-frills pack that stores it all without a worry. The pack also comes with a loop so you can attach your light and some reflective hints for improved visibility.