The definition of a 'longer ride' will be different for each individual - if you are just used to riding four miles a day and no more, then 15 miles will feel like a long time in the saddle. If your commute is ten miles each way, then you might be looking at this kind of gear for rides of 50 miles plus. Whatever your 'longer ride' definition is, I've hand-picked my top choices to keep you comfortable and dry! All of these items are in-stock at the shop with different sizes/colours.
Morvelo Bibshorts – regular length shorts for warmer days or thermal ¾ length bibshorts for colder weather. Bibshorts are great for comfort on long rides – there is no tight elastic digging into your belly and making things uncomfortable, and the padding in the Morvelo ones we stock is specific to women’s anatomy making them even more comfy.
Endura Long or Short Sleeved Baselayer – again make your selection based on how cold it is out. These are super soft and naturally sweat wicking - keeps you warm when it’s chilly, and cool when riding on warmer days.
Vulpine Short Sleeved Merino Alpine Jersey - a thin layer to go over your baselayer which is still breathable, and has the added bonus of back pockets.
Morvelo Long Sleeved Thermal Jersey – this is a compact but cosy outer layer for when you go riding on colder days.
Endura Pakajak – a lightweight waterproof to take along in the back pocket of your jersey or a saddlebag, to whip out in the likely event of a downpour!
Bontrager Circuit Helmet – super lightweight with plenty of holes to help prevent your head from overheating, with a very comfortable fitting system.
With the above outfit options up your sleeve, you should be comfortable, not too weighted down with spare kit, but still prepared for changes in the weather. Happy touring!