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Cycling clothing Guide – winter, spring, summer and fall


Cycling is a great way to exercise, explore the world around you, and have lots of fun. But many factors affect our experience when we’re out riding, such as the temperature, wind, how prepared are we etc.. This cycling clothing guide will help you make sure you’re dressed for cycling in whatever conditions you may encounter! 


When it’s time to buy new cycling clothing – what should you look for at first and why?!

When it’s time to buy new cycling clothing, you should look at the function and fit first and foremost. If you don’t like how the clothing feels on your body, you won’t wear it and it will just collect dust in your closet. The function is important because there are many different types of clothing. The type of fabric can also affect temperature control; some fabrics retain heat better than others, some release heat better than others, and some do both!



Cycling clothing differs from regular clothing in a few ways:

  • First, it’s often made of a tough fabric that doesn’t bunch up or become uncomfortable when you’re on the bike for long periods.
  • Second, cycling-specific clothing has been designed to make sure you have the right coverage and ventilation for your cycling position.
  • Third, cycling gear usually have certain features that make them ideal for cycling, such as pockets and zippers to store your necessities and reflective components to keep you visible.

Scenic route is always welcome when you are pushing your limits on a road bike.

The following cycling clothing guide will help you understand what type of clothing is best for your needs. 


Clothing for different seasons

Cycling clothing will vary depending on the season you’re cycling in. Winter cycling gear will insulate you and keep you warm, Summer cycling clothing is usually made of lighter materials that allow airflow and help cool your body. Spring and fall cycling will require a bit more layering, as the weather is typically unstable at this time of year. 


How should I dress for cycling in spring?


During winter time you should always expect cold temperatures and some snow.

Spring is the transition time between cold winter weather and hot summer weather. The temperatures are typically unstable, which is why it’s important to dress in layers during this season. You should dress similarly to how you would dress if you were hiking or camping outdoors. Here’s a brief list of what you might consider wearing: 



Bike shorts; Depending on the temperature they can be summer shorts or thicker spring/fall shorts. Often accessorized with knee or leg warmers. You can also use knickers or lighter long tights.

Cycling jersey with short sleeves; depends on the temperature. Often accessorized with arm warmers. You can also change the cycling short sleeve jersey with a light jacket that usually has a really light highly breathable material on the back and thicker material on the front. Under the jersey or a jacket it is a must to wear a base layer. The thickness depends on the weather in which you are going to ride.

A waterproof layer, such as a windbreaker jacket or shell are recommended for descents or if rain starts falling. 

Warm socks that are made of materials that wick away moisture. Be careful of how much room you have in your shoes. If the shoes are really tight with summer socks we recommend to wear summer socks also in the colder weather.

Cycling gloves for colder weather. Usually they have longer fingers and warmer material

Base layers are usually lighter with long sleeves. It depends on the climate.

Headband or a cap to cover your forehead and ears. We would not reccomend a full on winter cycling cap.

Toe covers will protect your toes and are a must in our wardrobe for fall/spring cycling.

It’s important to be prepared for wind and rain during the spring and fall – especially if you live in a climate where these things are as common as snow. To keep yourself as comfortable as possible, cycling clothing needs to be flexible and adjust with your body as you ride. If your clothing feels like second skin you probably have a wonderful cycling kit.


How should I dress for cycling in the summer?


Cycling in summer is always a pleasure.

During the summer, temperatures are usually stable – meaning they won’t vary too much throughout the day. However, you can still build up a sweat during your ride. That’s why it’s important to consider the materials of your cycling clothing. Cycling clothing for hot weather is typically lightweight and breathable. “Technical fabrics” which are made of wicking materials that cycle the sweat away from the body. Here’s a brief list of what you might consider wearing: 



Cycling shorts with a good chamois. It will take some trial and some time to get acquainted with your best pick of cycling shorts. If you want to avoid those errors, APPROVED ASSets Womans and Mens cycling shorts are the right choice. In our opinion good shorts are an investment which is necessary for the best cycling experience.

When you invest in a new pair of cycling shorts, you would like to give them the best possible care when it comes to washing. We have the best experience with ASSOS garment cleanser. It’s perfect for top end athletic equipment because not only does it clean textiles but also neutralises odor while maintaining their breathability and preserving color sublimation.

The cyclist’s skin is often damaged by contact with the saddle. The ASSOS Skin repair gel is designed to help you withstand the tough season in style, with an anti-irritant formula for men and women that resides on your sensitive skin without compromising its health. It’s free from unnecessary perfumes or dyes so it won’t irritate those who are allergic.

A cycling jersey with short sleeves which is made of materials that cycle the sweat away from the body.

Breathable socks from “technical materials” are a must, you can also use compressing socks. Socks have also become a fashion statement in the past couple of years.

A good lightweight summer base layer is a must when we talk about the right summer clothing.

A lightweight windbreaker jacket or shell is great for late afternoon descents.

Open finger gloves that will offer better grip, give you some more comfort and will offer you protection if you fall.

Cycling clothing for summer needs to be lightweight so the breeze can flow through it easily. Clothing that covers too much skin can make you overheat quickly – especially if it’s dark, which makes your sweat more noticeable and may cause you to feel hotter than you are. Make sure there’s airflow between your skin and your cycling clothing to prevent rapid sweat accumulation! 


How should I dress for cycling in the fall?


Cycling in fall but still thinking about summer and sea.


During the fall, you still need to prepare yourself for wind and rain if it’s a common occurrence in your area. However, you don’t necessarily have to switch out all of your summer clothing – just make sure you layer appropriately! Here’s a brief list of what you might consider wearing: 

Cycling shorts; depends on the temperature they can be summer shorts or thicker spring / fall shorts. Often accessorized with knee or leg warmers

A cycling jersey with short sleeves; depends on the temperature. Often accessorized with arm warmers. You can also change the cycling short sleeve jersey with a light jacket that usually has a really light highly breathable material on the back and thicker material on the front. Under the jersey or a jacket it is almost a must to wear a base layer the thickness depends on the weather in which you are going to ride.

A waterproof layer, such as a windbreaker jacket or shell, recommended for descents or if rain starts falling. 

Warm socks that are made of materials that wick away moisture, be careful of how much room you have in your shoes. If the shoes are really tight with summer socks we recommend to wear summer socks also in the colder weather.

Cycling gloves for colder weather. Usually they have longer fingers and warmer material

Base layer with long sleeves that wicks out sweat and keeps you warm

Headband or a cap to cover your forehead and ears. We would not reccomend a full on winter cycling cap.

Toe covers will protect your toes and are a must in our wardrobe for fall/spring cycling.


How should I dress for cycling in the winter?


A must-have protection during winter cycling.

The winter is undoubtedly the toughest time of year to dress for cycling – but there are ways to make it easier! Preparing for winter cycling is all about layering. Here’s a list of what you might consider wearing during your next ride in the winter: 


  • Warm bib tights with wind resistant material on the front. Recommended also a water repellent material
  • Winter jacket
  • Thermal socks or winter shoes
  • Warm cap to keep your head protected
  • Winter gloves
  • Winter overshoes
  • Thicker base layers

By putting this list into practice, you can be sure that you’ll be prepared for anything winter throws at you!

If you’re considering buying new cycling clothes, the first thing to consider is what time of year it will be when they’ll be worn. If your bike ride is in winter and you live in a cold climate, buy heavier clothing made from water-resistant materials that protect against wind chill. For summer riding, make sure to wear light fabrics with ventilation for hot days or rainy conditions. In all cases, layering can help keep your body temperature regulated as well as provide protection from the elements! We hope this has been helpful!

Be on the lookout for more articles about cycling news on our website www.approvedcycling.com!

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