Fall is an ideal time to be on the bike, as summer’s high temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change color. Whether you’re suiting up for a Gran Fondo or looking to tackle some long training rides before winter hits, these new fall gear picks will help you enjoy the cooler weather and improve your comfort on the bike.
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Rapha Shadow PT Long-Sleeve Jersey
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With the new long-sleeve version of the Shadow jersey releasing this fall, Rapha proves that racing in the rain doesn’t have to be miserable. By applying a durable water-resistant coating to the yarn of the fabric twice — before it’s woven and at the end of production — Rapha has created a hydrophobic jersey that is as waterproof as a rain jacket while maintaining a high level of breathability. Even on extended climbs requiring intense effort, you won’t overheat in a way that would usually have you peeling off your rain gear. Also, the fleece lining and technical wind-blocking material will keep you plenty warm when the weather gets colder.
While the Shadow line is plenty pricey, this is a quality piece that fits extremely well and will be unlike any other piece of racing gear in your closet.
Search and State Lightweight Merino Base Layer
When morning and evening temperatures take a dip, you’ll need a good base layer that takes the chill out of the air. This merino wool base layer from Search and State is a near-perfect option, thanks to its ability to wick away moisture and maintain breathability during hard efforts while also providing excellent thermoregulation properties to insulate in colder temperatures. It fits well underneath a jersey and is durable enough to survive many rounds through the wash.
Castelli Riparo Rain Jacket
For those moments when you’re caught in an unexpected downpour, count yourself lucky if you’ve got the Castelli Riparo rain jacket tucked away in a jersey pocket. While not the most breathable, it is definitely one of the best at keeping you dry in heavy rain. The polyurethane membrane, woven outer shell, elastic cuffs and high collar are sure bets to keep any water from creeping inside. The sealed seams and zippers along with the reflective color schemes also show a good attention to detail, which we’ve come to expect from Castelli’s high-quality apparel.
POC AVIP Softshell Glove
Nothing will make you quite as miserable as having cold hands. When short-finger gloves just aren’t cutting it, the POC AVIP Softshell Gloves should be at the top of your list. Featuring a windproof fabric across the top of the hand, a lightweight brushed fleece inside to keep your hands toasty and a neoprene cuff that fits nicely under long-sleeve jerseys and jackets, it’s a glove that’s ideal for temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Other details that are a nod toward style and function include a reflective logo and silicone prints on the palm that help to improve grip in foul weather.
Specialized S-Works Sub6 Road Shoes
The trend toward cycling shoes with laces may be fading, but the new S-Works Sub6 shoes may be the lace-up that’s here to stay. While the fit can’t be dialed in on the bike, shoelaces provide a reduction in weight and evenly distributed pressure along the top of the foot. What makes the Sub6 different from other lace-up models is the PadLock heel cup, which is among the most aggressive and secure you’ll find in any racing shoe. The stiffness of the carbon sole, extremely low weight (194 grams) and the included Warp Sleeve that can be slid over the shoe to improve aerodynamics make this one of the best racing shoes we’ve tried in 2016.
Assos fuguSpeer_S7 Winter Socks
The fuguSpeer_S7 from Assos are not your regular socks. The RXQ material across the toes and heel is similar to the wind-blocking and moisture-wicking material used in the company’s popular arm and leg warmers, and it helps to maintain that delicate balance between frozen toes and sweaty feet. When winter comes along, they can also be worn underneath a shoe cover for an extra barrier to keep you warm in the most frigid conditions.
Catlike Mixino VD2.0 Helmet
Aero road helmets are definitely fast, but they can also be hot. While this can be a negative in July and August, during the fall or winter they can help retain heat and keep your head dry. The Mixino VD2.0 is a versatile option because of the solid shell, which can be removed for warmer rides and added for aerodynamics or colder temperatures. The interior of the helmet is also plenty comfortable and well-padded for those long days in the saddle.
Lezyne Macro Drive 800 XL Light
Dwindling daylight hours as winter approaches probably mean you’ll be forced to ride in conditions with limited visibility. The 800-lumen Macro Drive from Lezyne uses a bombproof aluminum shell that’s compact and dissipates heat better than most other lights of a similar size. In the economy mode, you’ll get up to nine hours of run time, while the overdrive mode will provide you with just over an hour and a half at full power. Charge time is about four hours and the Li-Ion battery can be plugged into any USB device.
SKS Raceblade Pro XL Silver Fenders
Wet roads can cause you and your bike to become a muddy mess. To keep you clean and comfortable when riding over wet surfaces, fenders are an ideal solution to prevent water spray. What we like about the SKS Raceblades is that they’re easy to take on and off and fit almost all road bike frames. They also come in two different sizes, with the standard Raceblade fitting tire sizes 18c to 23c and the XL version being suitable for tire widths of 25c to 32c.
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