How to plan for spring rides / March 2021
No season has less predictable weather than spring. Temperatures may be generally rising, but rapid changes in conditions will necessitate excellent planning. Everything from sunny and warm to blustery and snowy conditions can meet every ride. That’s why you’ll definitely always want to include a wind and rain proof jacket or gilet in your back pocket.
Always dress according to how hard you intend to ride. If you are planning on taking it easy on a ride with a coffee stop in the middle, then you’ll want to dress with an extra level of warmth, but make sure it’s breathable too. If you are heading out for an intense ride, then lighter layering is best. Always make sure you’re packing a gilet just in case.
Breathability & Packability
When choosing your wardrobe for spring, dress in layers that work together in terms of breathability and insulation. Make sure each layer has ventilation points to help evacuate any excess heat. Keep in mind that you’ll want an outer layer that can fold down and be packed in your rear pocket so you can bring it out once you need a shield for the wind.
Ready to wear
You know what to consider when planning to head out for a ride. Now you can check out our extensive collection of cycling clothing that can take the weather-sting out of spring.
"When we were starting Isadore, we asked ourselves what were the clothing items we just never had right when racing, and a packable wind and rain resistant jacket was at the top of the list. That’s why our Essential Jacket has been designed to be protective and breathable at the same time. You don’t want to be as wet from your own sweat as you would be from the rain! It’s good for spring days that can go from sun to storms and back to sun again."
"I feel like I did enough racing when I was a pro, so when I go out, I just like to hit the roads, see some nice sights, and enjoy a few hours on the bike with Martin or some other friends. It’s all about the pleasure of seeing the beautiful world around me. That’s why I will usually pull out my Alternative kit since it makes me feel better about using 100% recycled materials. I almost never leave on a ride without my Alternative Gilet just in case the route home has a chilly wind. If there is a good chance that I’ll be out closer to dusk, then I’ll grab the Alternative Essentials Jacket since, like the Gilet, it has the reflective panels, and with the long arms will offer just that extra dose of insulation I’ll probably appreciate after the sun is below the horizon."
"Though we aren’t racing anymore, we can get pretty competitive when we join a group ride with some old pro friends. Those are the days I pull out my Echelon kit. If it’s cool with a chance for rain, I stuff my Echelon Light Jacket in my back pocket just in case. Or if I know we will be doing some longer climbs, I’ll definitely have my Echelon Gilet for the descents. You never know when a spring shower will turn a sunny day into a very wet experience."
Take a look at our full range of clothing for spring riding
Ensure your ride is comfortable when wearing our men’s bike shorts and bib tights
Cover up to hit the roads wearing our men’s cycling jackets and vests with reflective details