Having the wrong kit can really ruin a good ride, especially when the weather turns. When you're training and putting some serious miles in you want reliable kit. Tyres are the key thing to get right. The last thing you want to be doing is stopping for a puncture, especially when its cold and/or wet. I always recommend the following tyres to give you the best chance of avoiding punctures...
Continental Gatorskin Tyres
Having good tires is essential. They need to grip well, ride well and have a reduced risk of punctures, the Gatorskins offer all of the above. All but one of the 14 riders used these tyres for a 1500 mile ride and there was only one puncture, it wasn’t a Gatorskin tyre.
I tend to buy the folding tyres for two reasons; You can easily ride with them in your jersey if you need to and you can test your thumbs by changing without leavers.
I usually buy 23mm in the summer and 25mm in the winter or if I am likely to be riding slightly rougher roads.
The next thing to get right is your kit. Warm kit that wears well is essential on the bike to help you enjoy your ride. I'm a huge fan of the following kit :
Gore cycling Kit
Great kit to keep you warm and comfortable. I've used the power jacket on seriously cold and wet days this winter, it fits well, keeps the cold and rain out and looks great too! I wouldn't leave the house without mine when I'm putting in a winter road ride!
2XU base layers
I love this kit! I've used 2XU kit for rugby, running and cycling, it does the job, wears well and puts up with the strains of all three sports I've tested it with.
Rated more for the way these wear, I've been riding in mine for 5 years, raced Cyclocross and they visit muddy mountain biking trails weekly. They are still going strong! Great design and hard wearing.
I'll always recommend that you try to get the best deal with your local cycle shop, support them and they will support you when you need it.
'With the right kit, there is no such thing as bad weather'. The feeling of getting a good ride in and coming in to the warm for cake afterwards is the best reward for your dedication!
Get out and ride!