We like to think of September as a bit of bonus summer time, but now it's October there's no denying Autumn is here. It's the time many of us take a little step back and start putting in some easier miles, taking the time to enjoy the scenery a bit more. Going back to work or school might involve new commuting routes, and we're also starting to think about resuming some indoor training in the absence of those post-work evening rides. And, it's cross season! Time to embrace to mud and have some fun with teammates. Here's an edit of our favourite pieces to take you through Autumn in style and comfort...
Autumn layering doesn't have to just mean basics - layer on on some patterns with the Good Cycling base layer under the Marker jersey. This is the funkiest baselayer we've ever seen and it does an excellent job of wicking away moisture and trapping pockets of air to keep you warm and dry. It's also a great piece to wear on the turbo trainer or in the spin studio if you are starting to take things inside.
The Good Cycling Gilet looks great over the top and is the best way to be bright and visible on the roads without going full day-glo. Both the baselayer and the gilet pack away tightly into the jersey pockets (the baselayer comes with a small bag - we think it doubles up well as a bag for your gilet in the Autumn as you are less likely to want to change your baselayer in cool weather!)
The Splatter Kit by Two Circles
If you're into Cyclocross, this is a perfect outfit to get covered in mud. The race fit jersey features a slight V at the neck and slightly longer length sleeves; it's super flattering and looks pretty badass. Layer the Lightweight Gilet over the top for a bit of extra warmth if there's a breeze. The jersey and the gilet both feature a light mesh back to keep you cool, but the gilet also folds up small to be stashed in a jersey, as it doesn't have pockets.
If you want something with a unique design that's still quite subtle, the Pedalling Squares jersey and matching gilet could be just it. The vest matches the jersey and also looks perfect layered over something black and long-sleeved. It has pockets for easy access to your stuff and a high neck keeps the wind out. The jersey and gilet both have a slight sheen to the fabric that is really unusual and classy.
On a cooler day, you'll want some arm warmers and a more substantial gilet. The Dots gilet from Two Circles is sturdy and wind resistant, with matching arm warmers (and jersey and shorts if you want the whole kit!) Pockets in the back mean no fussing around under your gilet to grab your snacks, and the fabric has a bit of stretch in it so you feel snug but not constricted.
Not a Gilet convert?
Gilets (or vests for those over the pond) are one of those things that lots of cyclists just don't get... until they try one. So why buy a gilet over a jacket? Is it really necessary?
Don't underestimate how much difference it makes keeping your core body warm. Keeping the wind off your front will stop you from feeling the chill, whilst keeping your underarms breathing so you don't overheat! Gilets also offer unrestricted movement of your arms, whereas jackets can pull on the wrists or flap a bit on the arms. Gilets keep you aero and are also smaller to pack away for climbs or sunny spells. When the colder weather comes they also make a great layering piece underneath a jacket or over the top of something like a Gabba.