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.

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.

Riding tips

Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride. Here are some tips and tricks for riding in Autumn.

Add hot water to your energy powder in bidons for chillier starts to the day. Or take tea.
Lay out your kit the night before a ride – it’ll save you from scrabbling around for that missing arm warmer, or convincing yourself you don’t want to get out and ride.
Tape up the holes and vents in your shoes to help keep out cold air and moisture.
Manage your body temperature before it’s too late. Layer up before you’re cold, and layer down before you’re hot.