Gearing Up for Daylight Savings

In addition to adjusting to the new time, you’ll need to prepare for the weather and light change that comes with it. Here are a few suggestions in planning for darker and wetter riding conditions this fall and winter.

Prepare For Early Evenings and Wet Weather With This Gear

…in autumn the clock jumps backward from the last instant of 01:59 DST to 01:00 standard time, repeating that hour, and that day has 25 hours. 

Daylight Savings is November 6th and in addition to adjusting to the new time, you’ll need to prepare for the weather and light change that comes with it. Here are a few suggestions in planning for darker and wetter riding conditions this fall and winter.

Outerwear:

A. Cafe du Cycliste Albertine Padded Cycling Gillet – Inspired by the mountains and ultra-modern fabrics, including Primaloft Active insulation and merino polar fleece, the new thermal Albertine gilets are built for optimum road performance in cooler conditions.  MSRP $216

B. Pearl Izumi Women’s ELITE Escape Softshell Jacket – The ELITE Softshell fabric provides superior wind and water protection, warmth and breathability for high aerobic outputs. This jacket is water resistant for the woman who doesn’t mind crushing in the rain. MSRP $160

C. Speedvagen Ichico Pit Boot  – Perfect for the muddy pits at winter cyclocross races. Speedvagen brings you Army Green pit boots with the SV shield. The boots are made in the USA and insulated. MSRP $75

D. Walz Caps Cadet/White Wool 3-Panel – Walz Caps are a favorite of the magazine for their comfortability and moisture wicking properties. On the cover of Issue 137, Kelley is wearing one of their Pro Grade Technical Cycling caps, but we also highly recommend their wool caps for cold weather. The Walz Wool 3-Panel cap harkens back to an era of cycling that knew the benefits of natural materials in apparel. The cap features an internal moisture wicking band, and full moisture wicking liner sewn directly into the cap for added comfort. Available in tweed, herringbone, solid, and striped versions. MSRP $40

ED NOTE: Walz Caps just released the cutest cap for kids, the “Buckaroo” is guaranteed to get your kiddo out of that ridiculous monster-face hat and on their way to a life-long obsession with cycling gear. MSRP $30

Bags:

E. Showers Pass Cloudcover Transit Bag  – Embrace the elements with this fully waterproof, lightweight and self-supporting bag, featuring highly reflective integrated LED lights for exceptional visibility. Made with strong welds and aluminum hardware to withstand foul weather. MSRP $264

F. North St. Route Six Custom Pannier – On your next spree, save time and effort, use a bag that packs the best. Handmade panniers by North St. have brighter interiors and plenty of pocket options to pack all of life into. And, with the redesigned and larger version, you’ll find more flexibility than ever. MSRP $119

G. Road Runner Bags The COM-RAD – The COM-RAD is great for the adventurer looking to pack as light as possible. The bag resembles a tapered cylinder with a 10″ diameter base, and a 7″ diameter opening. It is incredibly versatile, while still reliable enough for the overnighter. The dry weight comes in at 5.5 oz while the bag can carry up to 30 lbs. All Road Runner Bags are hand sewn in Los Angeles, CA. MSRP $105

Lights:

H. Garmin Varia Radar Rearview Light Victor’s review of the Varia Radar: The Varia Radar may not improve your performance, but it can make actions like changing lanes, passing cars, or maneuvering around obstacles far easier when you have a better idea of what’s behind you. When some bibs cost more than the Varia and Edge 520 combined, the peace of mind provided by the Varia is money well spent. Be sure to plug the unit into a computer regularly to get the newest software and, as always, trust your own senses first for accurate information about your surroundings. MSRP $200

I. Yunwal Fluorescent Bike Reflective Decal StickersSometimes nothing beats a good deal! These fluorescent bike stickers light up your rolling wheels for dark nights. Never face the challenges of forgetting to pack or install your bike light by always having this handy backup. MSRP $4

J. Blackburn Design Click USB Light – Free yourself from the hassle of batteries! This small but essential accessory makes you visible to traffic. Bright side beams throw off additional light, and the silicone mount fits almost any handlebar. A Micro-USB cable makes it easy—just charge, click and go! MSRP $35

Tools:

K. The Breaker Multi Cycle-Tool – This may not look like your typical cyclist’s tool, but the throwback design of The Breaker makes us feel pleasantly nostalgic. The Breaker is compact and fits nicely into a leather and recycled inner tube pouch.A magnetic tool bit slot is located in the tool’s end allowing the tool to be used like a screw driver. It is cast from stainless steel using a loss wax casting process and then is tool hardened (Recommended by Rob Templin in Issue #137 for touring and travel). MSRP $55

L. Crank Brothers m10 Multi-Tool – The m10 features 10 basic tools for essential tightening and adjustments, with a few welcome extras that the minimalists generally miss, like Phillips head and flathead screwdriver bits, and a T-25 Torx driver for the hard-to-fit mystery bolts on your disc brakes. The Multi 10 also has the ubiquitous Allen wrench set, and Crank Brothers’ comforting lifetime warranty should you somehow manage to break it. MSRP $20

M. SILCA T-handle Folio  –  Based on feedback from pro mechanics, pro cyclists and amateurs alike, the SILCA manufacturing team spent a year developing the best tools for all cycling situations. The kit bag is made from 12 oz. Waxed Duck Canvas, computer quilted with premium reflective thread in the classic SILCA diamond knurl pattern, paired with ripstop nylon and ultra-grippy Dupont Hypalon. Tools include: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm Hex Sliding T-Handle Tools and T25, T30 Torx® Sliding T-Handle Tools. MRSP $185

Accessories:

N. Cafe du Cycliste Socks Merino Nordic – These merino wool socks are as soft as ever while maintaining stretch and strength for long rides. The natural thermoregulating properties of merino wool keep your feet warm in the cold weather. It’s natural antimicrobial properties ensure they are highly odour resistant. The nordic pattern is perfect for the holidays. MSRP $25

O. Blackburn Barrier Mud Guard – Stay shielded from grime, dirt, and crud with the ultra portable and top performing front mudflap. The Barrier Mud Guard by Blackburn Design features a sleek minimalist design that is lightweight, portable and offers total coverage. It mounts with ease with reusable hook and loop straps and is exactly the protection you need when the trail gets sloppy. MSRP $14

P. Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Phone Case – UAG’S premium design and precise engineering provides a case that meets double the military standard for drop and shock protection. The Monarch Series Case also comes accommodate iPhone 7! MSRP $56

Ride Safe Out There!

 
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