'Tis the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! It's also the season of rain, sunshine, rain, storms, rain, and mixed days. Essentially, the weather is a little more unpredictable than usual at this time of year, but you can bet that it involves rain and probably lower temperatures. Theoretically.
So to help see you through, we've selected a range of kit that's ideal for this transitional season.
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Castelli Gabba 2 Short Sleeve Wind/Rain Jersey
The Castelli Gabba jacket could have be designed with British riding in mind. It has a windstopper membrane and a water resistant coating, and is race proven in some of the worst conditions you're likely to encounter.
We like the short sleeved version because in the autumn, while it's likely to be wet, it's also often warm and muggy at the same time and a full-length waterproof jacket can sometimes be too much. This could well be the solution.
Lezyne Deca Drive Loaded Front Light
Lights are very much an essential now that the days are growing shorter with it getting dark in the morning and the evening — but don't let the gloom stop you riding safely. The Lezyne Deca Drive packs in a max output of 800 lumens, which will run for 90 minutes, or 150 lumens with a run-time of 16 hours flashing, which is more than enough for either your regular commute or a little night riding.
It's USB rechargeable and comes with an extra battery so you can keep the spare ready to swap over if you want to ride for longer.
Castelli Nano Flex Arm Warmers
£28 From £19.99
Arm warmers are one of the key items of clothing you need for transitional seasons. They're perfect for popping on when it's cold first thing in the morning, then whipping off when the day starts to warm up.
The Nanoflex arm warmers from Castelli feature a water resistant fabric so they'll help keep off a little light rain as well as keep you warm.
Endura Stealth II Waterproof Jacket
Breathable, water-resistant soft-shell jackets are ideal for autumn mountain biking. Advances in technology make the water-resistant properties enough to fend off most of the rain you're likely to encounter out on the trails, barring complete downpours, and they are considerably more breathable than the majority of waterproof jackets. The result is something that will keep you warm but not too sweaty.
Gore Bike Wear Women's Alp-X 3.0 Gore-Tex Active Shorts
When the weather gets really bad, a pair of waterproof shorts matched up with a good jacket are absolute bliss on the trail, preventing water from seeping through and leaving you with a soggy chamois. With premium performance Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, these shorts will fend off water left, right and centre, and with a decent discount they won't leave you out of pocket either.
Muc-Off 8 in 1 Cleaning Kit
Autumn weather means more rain, which means more mud. It also means more wear and tear to your drivetrain, so keeping your bike clean is essential for prolonging the working life of the components. Stock up now on cleaning fluid and brushes, so you've got no excuse when the rain hits.
Alé Women's Excel Suez Jacket
A winter jacket made with a windproof membrane, the Excel Suez Jacket from Alé will keep you toasty when the weather gets cold. It features a high collar for keeping drafts out and a cosy fleece-lined lycra. The downside is it's only available in limited colours and sizes, with only XS and XL currently available. However, if you like the look, check out the other Alé products at Wiggle as there are more items on sale and more bargains to be had.