Clothes for Your Rides of Fall­ing Leaves

Dress right to keep cy­cling into au­tumn

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Late in the rid­ing sea­son, you need cloth­ing op­tions. If all goes well, you’ll have sunny, warm tem­per­a­tures all au­tumn. Or, you’ll amass some brag­ging rights for get­ting out in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. Ei­ther way, out­fit your­self in the right gear and you’ll have great au­tumn rides.

The Pearl Izumi Elite soft­shell gel gloves ($100, pearl­izumi.com) A keep your dig­its warm so they’ll do what you re­ally need them to do on a ride: shift and brake. The sub­stan­tial pads on the palms will keep any harsh road vi­bra­tions at bay. The gloves seal up nicely around your wrists. The Gior­dana Fu­sion long-sleeve jer­sey ($199, un­oim­ports.com) B , with its soft, fleecy in­side, works well as a stand­alone top in cool weather. The col­lar sits close to the neck to keep out the breeze. The Fu­sion is not so tight that you can’t add a layer be­neath. It’s also not too bulky, so you can throw an­other layer on top eas­ily. It’s a truly ver­sa­tile piece. There’s a bit more merino wool used at the front of the Pearl Izumi PRO Trans­fer wool long-sleeve base layer ($150, pearl­izumi.com) C than at the back, giv­ing you a bit more in­su­la­tion where you need it. The ma­te­rial does a great job of mov­ing mois­ture out. Handy thumb loops at the cuffs help you to keep cold air from sneak­ing in. The MEC Cale­fac­tion arm warm­ers ($25, mec.ca) D keep the chill off your limbs un­til you’ve warmed up. The sil­i­con grip­pers make sure the warm­ers stay in place un­til it’s time to stow them in your jer­sey pocket. MEC Cale­fac­tion knee warm­ers ($29, mec.ca) E can add the right amount

of cov­er­age in weather that’s not too cool. Also, you don’t want to cover up your wicked cy­cling socks if you don’t have to.

The Louis Garneau Neo Pro­tect II shoe cov­ers ($30, garneau.com) F are some se­ri­ous booties. The flu­o­res­cent yel­low in­creases vis­i­bil­ity. The hook-and-loop “zip­pers” are long, which al­low you to get your shoes into the cov­ers eas­ily. If you face a nasty cy­clocross course and want ex­tra trac­tion, the cov­ers have holes to let spikes pass through. A wind vest like the POC AVIP ($ 175,

poc­sports.com) G can cut through the cold air, let­ting you stay out longer. The fab­ric at your front is sub­stan­tial to block the wind, while the back panel of­fers a lot of stretch and bet­ter breatha­bil­ity. poc’s avip col­lec­tion has a fo­cus on safety, which, on this piece, means a colour scheme that pops and a re­flec­tive logo at the back.

The Ther­mod­ry­tex fleece in the Sport­ful R&D bib tights ($235, mvc46.eu) H is com­fort­able against your skin. The ma­te­rial also wicks away mois­ture. At the cuffs, the tights have 5 cm of grip­per as well as good zip­pers to keep things snug and look­ing neat. If you ever won­der about the var­i­ous den­si­ties of pad­ding in the TC Pro chamois – which is de­signed for ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers – they’re clearly la­belled. The Cana­dian Cy­cling Mag­a­zine cap by Biemme ( log­i­cas­port.com) I is a rare item on the road. If you are keen to get one, you’ll have to watch the Cana­di­an­cy­cling­magazine web­site for give­aways of this cus­tom cas­quette. The Castelli Prefetto Light 2 jer­sey ($240, mvc46.eu) J is your top of choice for crisp fall days. Maybe you’ll need some arm warm­ers at the be­gin­ning of the ride, but it will be so nice when you take them off and are still able to keep your core warm and dry.— CCM

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