March 7, 2011

In Colorado, the famous moniker “in like a lion, out like a lamb” struggles to apply to our weather. In fact, March is the snowiest month of the year for most of the state. If you’re going to survive riding your bike in Colorado during the month of March, you need to be an expert in layering your riding apparel.

We think the key to layering is knowing which pieces are interchangeable and which pieces are not. Most people aren’t going to carry an extra pair of bib shorts on a ride, so it’s important to pick the right pair of bibs before you leave the house for your ride. Also in that category are: shoe covers, leg warmers, and baselayer.

Finding the right combination of apparel that is not interchangeable will take a bit of trial and error to perfect, but there is another set of apparel that can give you greater flexibility while riding.

Your jersey, arm warmers, gloves, and wind vest are the best interchangeable apparel options for layering in the springtime. While you can put extra apparel into your jersey pockets, keep in mind that if you leave for a ride with a bulky long sleeve thermal jersey on, you’ll probably keep it on for the entire ride.

If you think you might get hot with a long sleeve thermal jersey on, look for a good short sleeve jersey, wind vest, and arm warmer combination that also keeps you warm. Arm warmers can be rolled down on climbs, and wind vests are easily stowed away in jersey pockets.

March is a great time to get your bike off the trainer and outside on the roads you love, spend some time thinking about good apparel combinations and you’ll enjoy spring riding even more!

Check out some PRO layering from Team Garmin-Cervelo this classics season:
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