Rapha’s guide to autumn riding
Autumn can be one of the best times of year to ride a bike, but for many riding through the seasons can be daunting; short evenings and changeable weather often mark the time to hang up the wheels. Follow our guide for tips and tricks to stay on the road, and learn what to wear and how to wear it.
The autumn outfit
Conditions vary and the days can be unpredictable, so dress with versatility in mind. Here is one of our recommended outfits for riding in autumn explained from head to toe.
Keep your head
A shield from the rain, a buffer for the wind and a layer of warmth where you lose heat the most. Choose a cap or hat that reflects the conditions facing you.Shop Headwear
Begin with the base
Layering is the best way to manage your temperature as the weather changes. Make sure you have options to layer up or down, starting with a good base layer.Shop Base Layers
Warmers let you adapt to the conditions on the go. Keeping arms, knees and neck covered will help to ward off wind chill, but can be easily taken off if the weather heats up.Shop Accessories
Cover your shoes
A pair of oversocks can add a much needed boost to the warmth of your feet, offering extra insulation and protecting socks and shoes from the grime of Autumn roads.Shop Oversocks
Principles for autumn riding
Autumn is a time of changing weather, and enjoying your ride fully demands preparation and a little know-how. Read our guides to get road-ready this season.
Rapha’s guide to staying dry
Showers and gales can arrive unannounced in autumn. Road spray and rain come at you from all angles, presenting challenges from head to toe. A rain shell with a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment will keep the worst of the water away in sudden downpours, keeping your core dry and warm.Read the guide
Rapha’s guide to being seen
Low light and shorter days make visibility critical at this time of year. Items with reflective elements on moving body parts (legs and feet, elbows and wrists) make sure you stand out to other road users. All Rapha bib shorts feature reflective tabs on the thighs, and our jackets use reflective piping on the sleeves.Read the guide
Rapha’s guide to staying warm
Layering your kit is key to temperature regulation. Build your outfit on top of a base layer, and add packable items that can be easily taken off or put back on as the temperature rises and falls.Read the guide
Rapha’s guide to changing conditions
Autumn riding can mean big swings in temperature, so being prepared before you step outside is key to a successful ride. A gilet is highly versatile, lightweight and designed to keep your core warm and protected, the perfect back-up should you get caught out, and takes up less space in a jersey pocket.Read the guide
Long Sleeve Tricolour Jersey
A warm and comfortable long sleeve jersey inspired by the classic ‘tricolore’ designs of the early 20th century.
Classic Wind Jacket II
The Classic Wind Jacket is designed for temperate cycling conditions, cool morning starts, descents and sudden showers.
Classic Bib Shorts II
Our award-winning cycling shorts feature an improved chamois pad for all-day comfort.
Wind-resistant oversocks, introducing a pioneering reflective yarn for increased visibility.
Merino Short Sleeve Base Layer
A soft and warm under vest that wicks moisture superbly and is extremely odour resistant.
Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride. Here are some tips and tricks for riding in Autumn.