Rapha's Guide to Spring Riding - Best Men's Cycling Kit To Wear

Rapha Guide to Riding in Spring - Men

For the first time in months, there’s warmth in the sun and it’s light in the evenings. Spring has arrived. Make the most of it with our comprehensive guide.

30 September 2021

After the long, dark nights of winter, there’s nothing like the smell of spring in the air and the prospect of warmer weather and longer days to look forward to. Though the days are getting longer and the weather is gradually getting warmer, it still pays to be prepared to avoid being caught out in a sudden rain shower or rolling up underdressed to an early morning ride.

Staying comfortable at this time of year is all about layering. Our range of highly breathable, sweat-wicking base layers will help you build solid foundations in any conditions. And to adapt to changes in the weather, we also recommend lightweight layers like gilets and windproof jackets and adaptable accessories like arm warmers that can be removed if the temperature rises. For consistent comfort this spring, follow our key considerations and build your ideal spring riding outfit below.



It pays to prepare with one or two extra layers in spring. Build on firm foundations with a breathable, sweat-wicking base layer beneath your jersey and add removable layers like jackets, gilets, gloves, arm warmers and leg warmers for a fully configurable outfit.


To shrug off sudden showers and ward off the worst of the wind, always make space for a packable jacket or gilet that can be stowed in a pocket, pulled out and put on when needed.


When riding early in the morning or later in the evening, it’s important to make sure you’re visible. Pick from our broad range of products with reflective detailing to make sure you stand out.


Each of our collections is designed for a different kind of riding. Whether you’re looking to build form for an early season sportive or to make the most of the lighter evening and improving weather, browse the outfits below for technical garments that are tailored to spring conditions.


To browse all of our collections together and compare side-by-side, take a look at our full spring range. From the miracle merino wool base layers to waterproof jackets that make the most of the latest fabric technologies, we’ve got every layer of your outfit covered.


From short sleeves for sunny rides to insulating long sleeved jerseys for cooler conditions.

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Browse our range of lightweight, packable jackets and gilets.

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Find your perfect pair of bib shorts for consistent comfort on any ride.

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Keep out the elements and plug the gaps in your outfit with arm and leg warmers, collars, gloves and more.

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