Rapha’s guide to spring riding
Spring is the time to look ahead. Riding ambitions for the year begin to take shape, and the racing season starts to rear its head. While the days grow longer, the weather can remain unpredictable. Follow our guide of tips and tricks to stay ahead of the conditions, and learn what to wear and how to wear it.
The spring outfit
As spring dawns, the urge to ride grows stronger every morning. Here is one of our recommended outfits for riding in spring explained from head to toe.
Brighter up top
Almost all our products feature visibility elements, including the Rapha Helmet, which has wide reflective strips on either side.Shop the Helmet
Take the weight off
Stay flexible for changeable weather by wearing a lighter weight jersey in case the sun breaks through, and layering up with arm warmers or a packable gilet for chilly starts.Shop Accessories
Hi-vis elements on the moving parts of your body attract attention, keeping you safer in low light. Wear bright or reflective shoes or socks for maximum visibility when pedalling.Shop Socks & Overshoes
Several lighter layers regulate temperature better than fewer heavier ones. Start with a good base layer, which traps warm air close to your body even when it’s cold, and wicks sweat away efficiently when you’re working hard.Shop Base Layers
Cap it off
Caps are the swiss army knife of the cycling wardrobe, offering temperature regulation and protection from the sun and rain. Our caps use a range of materials and designs to ensure you're prepared up top.Shop headwear
Principles for riding in spring
Spring 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.
A guide to staying dry
Showers and gales can arrive unannounced in Spring. 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, ensuring your core stays dry and warm.Read the guide
A 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
A 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
A guide to changing conditions
Spring 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
Souplesse Aero Jersey
Streamlined and cut for racing, this is a cycling jersey designed for high-performance riding.
Souplesse Bib Shorts II
Soft and supportive cycling bib shorts designed for racing and training with an improved fabric and new fit.
Women’s Classic Wind Jacket II
Windproof, water resistant and extremely breathable - ideal for riding in a range of conditions.
Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.