The change of season from winter to spring, is seemingly the nicest. The cold, wet days turn to dry. The hint of sunshine and vitamin D dawns and the daffodils blossom. But possibly the toughest transition, is that for a cyclist. Winter jackets, leggings, longer fingered gloves and overshoes, are now intolerable with the added warmth of spring.
This being said, the habitual British weather doesn’t make it easy. With the added warmth, the raindrops remain. Balancing staying dry, without over heating is a challenge. Equally, trying to staying warm, without the risk of sweat is no easy feat.
Having the support of Primal, makes this transition an easy one. A 2-3 sometimes, 4 hour ride, can be a challenge knowing what to wear with the constant change of weather, cold mornings, warm afternoons and the odd downpour. To make this manageable I like to keep my outfit changeable this being done with the use of a few essential items.
Firstly Arm warmers, these for me are must have for every ride (also with my handover in just under 4 weeks they are also helping me to avoid those pesky tan lines) they are great for just starting off on your ride if the temperature it still a little on the chilly side and are easily removed should things start to heat up, they have a silicone band around the bicep area helping them to stay in place.
My next must have garment is my onyx wind vest, again this folds up nicely into my pocket and im never without it, even on days when the sun is shining and its feeling warm, this time of year I find the temperature can start to change pretty fast and its always great to have it on stand by. One of the features of the onyx wind vest that I love is that it has three pockets on the back meaning its still easy for me to access anything I need to such as snacks with out having to try and reach into the pockets on my jersey, for me taking both hands off the bars is a big no no so these pockets are a big help!
My third and final, couldn’t do without item is the onyx rain jacket, when I say this jacket is incredibly Light I mean it, Made from Toray fabric, with a side zipper to allow access to pockets, the jacket is translucent meaning you can still see your kit underneath. Again this jacket folds up really small, I often keep mine in my saddle bag along with all the usual things that go with preparing for a puncture. It’s the perfect protection for those showers that just were not predicted.