Conditions Guide
Being prepared for changing conditions is important so you can enjoy the whole ride.  The club prides itself in running rides all year and in all conditions so be prepared. This guide makes suggestions on what to wear, eat and drink for various ride conditions.


  • Night
    The Highway code says lights - both front and rear- are mandatory after dark - defined by sunset times.  Club rides generally aren't affected by this but be prepared if the ride is delayed and overruns into dark.  If you do get caught in an area with no streetlights in the dark you will need a powerful front light to be able to see the holes in the road! But keep it dipped (off roaders especially!)!  Reflective clothing is a good idea for night road riding.
  • Day
    For evening rides where the sun is low and can blind other road users or where tree cover makes lanes darker than normal, daytime running lights are recommended but not mandatory.  Most cars these days run their lights on all the time anyway so why not?  Hi-vis clothing works but also wearing light coloured helmets and shoes (which are moving) increases visibility as well. 


  • Waterproofs
  • Carrying a packable rain jacket will keep you warm at least. It doesn't need to be waterproof for light rain or even breathable for short emergencies. There is a good one in the store

  • Eyewear
  • Riding in the rain can throw up debris from the road and it's best to protect your eyes from grit. Having a peak on your helmet or cap can keep the rain off your glasses too

  • Mudguards
  • Not only to keep you clean, but to keep your fellow riders in the group clean. Some Ride Leaders will say these are mandatory. If you don't have them expect to sit at the back of the group for the whole ride! Recommended mudguards here
  • Lights
    Are a good idea whatever the weather, especially riding solo, but when it rains visibility is reduced for everyone. Front and rear, maybe not flashing in a group


  • Layers
    Multiple thin layers are the secret to staying warm in the cold. Outer layer should be windproof and inner layers breathable
  • Gloves
    Insulated gloves are essential to maintain control in the cold
  • Feet
    Waterproof or Merino socks or Overshoes or even plastic bags will stop numb feet
  • Head
    Lots of heat is lost through your head especially at speed with a well ventilated helmet. Cycling caps, skull caps or tubes help here
  • Hydration
    You might not drink as much in cold weather but you'll still need to stay hydrated.
  • Ice
    Icy roads will be dangerous. Avoid shady country lanes when ice is forecast and stick to main treated roads where possible. Look out for black ice.  Riding off road is even better!


  • Layers
    Flexibility in layers is equally important when its hot, particularly if the ride starts early when its chilly, but then warms up.  Gilets are great for this and there is a good one in the store
  • Sun screen
    Long days on the bike means lots of sun exposure, especially on the back of your neck. Wear sun screen!
  • Hydration
    Especially when its hot, make sure you have enough water. Two bottles are recommended. Try to drink regularly before you feel thirsty - set reminders on your computer
  • Food
    This applies to all conditions really. Don't rely on coffee shops for your energy needs - they often run out of cake! Use bars or gels. Eat before you're hungry!