The days are getting shorter and cooler now that autumn is approaching. Rides that begin in mid-morning warmth can become uncomfortable once the late afternoon shadows take over.
It is a good idea to stuff a pair of arm warmers and a lightweight vest in your jersey pockets.
Bontrager’s Arm Warmers are the perfect take-along for changing weather. They’re made of thermal fabric for warmth and breathability, have grippers inside and out to keep them in place, and they’re small enough to easily roll up and tuck in a pocket or pack so you’re always prepared.
A small LED flashlight, such as the Planet Bike Superflash or Bontager Flare, should be stashed in your under-saddle bag. A “flashlight” app for your mobile phone can also be handy.
Planet Bike’s Superflash/Blaze Combo Light Set is a commuter’s dream that maximizes your visibility on dark, moonless nights. The Blaze boasts a Nichia half-watt white LED with a brilliant beam specifically designed not only to be seen, but also to let you see where you’re going. The Super Flash aims 2 LEDs plus a half-watt Blaze LED for light that can be seen for up to 1 mile! They both feature flashing and steady modes, include batteries and deliver run times of up to 100 hours.
With darkness coming earlier now, any mechanical problem is magnified without proper lighting. And you want to be seen by drivers in the dim light of sunset.
If you’re planning a long ride, consider a more powerful handlebar and/or helmet light with the juice to get you home safely such as the Light & Motion Vis 360 + Lighting System.
Visibility and comfort are key to keep you riding as the weather gets cooler and days get shorter. Make sure you have what you need.