Spring cycling signals the start of a new season, and for that reason, it is one of our favourite parts of the year at CES HQ. Whatever level you are cycling at, the sun and dry roads are a welcome arrival on the cycling calendar. Spring means riding with fewer layers, drier (and therefore safer) roads, and longer days.
If you are anything like us, you will not miss out on an opportunity to add to your cycling wardrobe. This article looks at some essential spring cycling gear spanning a range of prices for both men and women. If you are a triathlete, you may want to check our beginners kit reviews for men and women.
Where possible, we have pictures colour options in CES Sport colours. However, there are other options for most items.
CES Sport top ten kit suggestions for spring cycling
A buff is the most versatile piece of kit in the bag. Essentially a tubular length of stretchy fabric, a buff can be used as a bandana, wristband and headband; in fact, you can use a buff for many things if you put your mind to it. This guy gets it.
Incredibly versatile, a buff is a must-have for your spring season. Our picks all have excellent moisture-wicking, high-elasticity and funky designs.
Spring cycling budget Buffs:
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A quality cycling cap will keep the sun and the rain from your eyes. On warmer days, the better quality caps will also wick moisture away from your head.
Spring cycling cap (Budget):
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Arm warmers are the ideal addition to your spring kit bag. We love riding in shorts, but spring mornings can still be fresh! Arm warmers mean you can start your ride in short sleeves with extra protection for your forearms. Then remove the arm warmers or roll them down to your wrists if it gets hotter.
The best arm warmers offer high elasticity, wicking and zip closure. At the top of the range, you will start to see seamless designs and super hi-tech fabrics. Other additions can include hi-viz panels.
Spring cycling arm warmers (Budget):
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We are not fans of the long-legged bib. So, we tend to wear leg warmers all year round. That means using a heavier weight leg warmer for those fresh spring mornings and rainy days instead of having two sets.
A good set of leg warmers will repel road spray and grit and wick moisture if things warm up. So quality leg warmers offer leg protection, plus the option of stripping to shorts.
Spring cycling leg warmers (Budget):
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We really wanna see those fingers!
90s Pop culture references aside, we love to ditch the winter gloves and break out the fingerless mitts. Fingerless gloves translate to more grip and feel on brake levers and bars. But, of course, spring can still punish you with cold winds, so your gloves must have some wind-proofing, as well as quality seam design.
The best fingerless cycling gloves have reinforced palms, reduced seams, hi-tech wicking and extra grip panels where necessary.
Spring cycling gloves by gender (Budget):
Spring cycling gloves by gender (Mid-range):
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A showerproof gilet works in unison with arm warmers and a quality short sleeve top to provide layers. Gilets are easy to fold away, store and dry. We generally use a gilet as a shower and windproof top layer.
Spring cycling gilet (budget):
Spring cycling gilet (Mid-Range):
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Short sleeve jersey
We adore a short sleeve cycling jersey. Stylish, comfortable and extremely practical, a short sleeve jersey is a cyclist’s staple. Your jersey will store your pump, snacks and other odds and ends, so don’t buy too cheap. We have picked jerseys with strong pockets and quality fabrics.
Spring cycling – short sleeve jersey (budget):
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Light over jacket
Some spring rides are destined to be wet and windy for the duration. If you are heading out for five or six hours of drizzly riding conditions, then we would suggest a quality, stowable lightweight jacket instead of layers. Modern high-tech fabrics are no compromise when it comes to windproofing, and most are shower resistant.
Most lightweight over jackets will pack down to fit in your pocket or saddlebag should the sun show its face.
Spring cycling lightweight jacket (budget):
Spring cycling lightweight jacket (Mid Range):
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With the days getting longer and the weather warmer, you will feel on top of your game with these fantastic ranges of spring cycle gear. Whatever you choose, have fun out there.
Team CES Sport