Riding Gear Essentials for the Fall

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September 30th, 2019

Fall is by far my favourite season for riding. The air is cool & crisp, the bugs are gone, the colours start to turn and the dirt is extra tacky. Plus, after a season of riding under our belts, we tend to be at our fittest right around now and ready to take on some long, epic days in the saddle.

 

But as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, getting out for a ride requires a bit more planning and proper gearing. Whether you’re hitting your local trails or heading out on a multi-day bike trip, here are our top 12 gear items that will have you spending more time outdoors and less time cursing the elements.

 

1. Giro D'Wool Merino Gloves - $34.95

 

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Keep your digits warm and cozy with these premium New Zealand merino wool gloves that wick away moisture and prevent funky odours. With functional features like synthetic leather palms, touchscreen-compatible fingertips and a generous microfiber surface, you may never want to take them off. Plus, they look pretty snazzy, too.

 

2. Club Ride Jack Flannel - $99.95

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Club Ride’s Jack Flannel is quintessential fall wear loaded with smart features for long days spent outdoors. With easy closure snaps, three pockets, stretchable armpit vents, reinforced elbow and shoulder patches and a hidden sunglass cleaner, the Jack Flannel has you covered whether you’re hitting the trails on a crisp morning, chopping wood at the cabin or just hanging out at the pub.

 

3. POC Resistance DH Shorts - $100

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These may be DH-specific shorts, but their extra durable water-repellent fabric makes them an excellent choice for cooler temps and long days in the saddle. Pre-bent at the knees, they work perfectly with knee pads and feature velcro waist adjusters, nylon reinforcements in the rear and a zippered front pocket.

 

4. Camelbak Chase Bike Vest - $149.99

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Ever wanted easy access to your snacks, multitool or electronics without having to reach behind you or swing a pack around? The Chase bike vest is your answer with handy quick-access front pockets, a stretch overflow pocket in the rear and a 1.5L Crux reservoir that features a faster flow rate for better hydration. The 3-D vent mesh will keep you cool and allows for better weight distribution than a traditional backpack.

 

5. Patagonia Endless Ride Liner Bibs - $129.99

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Patagonia’s bib features a high quality 3-D Italian chamois, airy stretch fabric and 3-pocket storage that allows you to pack light and pedal hard. With soft, supportive and stretchy fabric, durable odour control and soft silicone leg grips, these bibs will make you happy and your bum even happier.

 

6. Pearl Izumi Versa Barrier Jacket - $140.00

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The Versa Barrier Jacket is a wear-anywhere, do-anything cool weather jacket styled for off the bike, while being perfect on the bike. With hidden hand mitts, under-the-helmet hood and water-resistant fabric, it will keep you looking good in all types of weather.

 

7. Club Ride Gold Rush Pant - $99.95

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With their 'For the Ride and Everything After' philosophy, Club Ride designed the perfect outdoor pants, and like panning for gold, you’ll feel like you just hit the jackpot with the Gold Rush pant. With reinforced panelling for the knees, a metal buckle belt system for waist adjustment, breathable, stretchable fabric and 6 pockets, you’ll be as comfortable in these whether you’re crafting new singletrack or sipping on a craft brew.

 

8. Shimano XM9 boots - $349.99

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A pair of winterized cycling boots that don’t look super dorky? We’re into it. These flexible, mid-top booties by Shimano offer breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX performance and comfort to keep your feet nice and dry. A Vibram outsole provides superior grip on and off the bike, while a firm closure system keeps your heel in place.

 

9. Patagonia Men's Capilene Midweight Bike Jersey - $79.00

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This long-sleeved half-zip bike jersey works as a base layer, mid-layer or an outer layer, depending on conditions. The soft, stretchy fabric wicks moisture on sweaty climbs and keeps you warm during chilly descents. For shorter, fair-weather rides when you’d rather leave the pack behind, its three sturdy rear pockets are perfect for carrying all your essentials.

 

10. Kitsbow Merino Bad Ombre Sock - $30

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These burly, luxurious, high-performance socks will keep your feet and ankles nice and toasty in cooler temps. With the natural warmth and odour repelling properties of Merino wool, the durability of synthetics, and a high-loft footbed to maximize comfort in even the most challenging conditions, these socks are a must-have. 

 

11. Lezyne Power Drive 1100I - $99.99

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A high-performance multi-purpose LED light in a compact, durable body, Lezyne’s Power Drive 1100I packs a big punch in a small, portable package. With 1100 lumens, an easy-to-mount strap and a long-lasting battery, this light should always find a home in your pack once days start getting shorter.

 

12. Buff Microfibre Reversible Hat - $27

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This thin, lightweight and reversible beanie by Buff fits perfectly under a helmet and offers increased warmth, legendary comfort and UV protection made with recycled materials. Plus, it fits into just about any pocket, making it easy to always have on you just in case your ride gets a little frosty.

 

 

Don't let the cooler temperatures keep you inside and off the trails. Remember, there's no bad weather, just bad clothing. Be prepared, plan ahead and pedal into the winter!