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Our Picks for Spring Cycling Gear

We talked to the rad women of Trek Travel and gathered together a list of their go-to gear for spring riding. Here are their top picks, tried and true from the icy thaw of Madison to the mud and grit of the Spring Classics.

Updated March 26, 2020

Bontrager Elite Large Seat Pack


“I keep tissues in my seat pack. Mornings and late evenings are still a bit chilly and there’s no escaping the inevitable nose-drip!”

Patagonia Women's Rain Jacket


Patagonia Women’s Rainshadow Waterproof Jacket–lightweight and breathable, but keeps you dry if it starts to mist. Perfect for commuting in the spring!”

Patagonia Houdini Jacket


“I would say the Patagonia Houdini Jacket. Basically everyone I know has one, and we all stop and put them on or take them off at the same time when we are riding in a group. Kinda funny! I love this thing— it is super light, packable, well-fitting, and good looking. It’s a staple of any adventure-riding wardrobe I would say! Especially great for spring and fall since it’s not that heavy- just warm enough to take the edge off on long descents or as that last layer when you are finishing a day-to-night ride and the temps start to drop.”

Tenspeed Hero Sprinkles Socks Trek Travel Spring Gear


“One of my favorite things about spring is breaking out the fun socks! Gone are the days of wool socks and boots. We are celebrating warmer weather, people! Get out your fancy socks! Some of my favorites are made by Ten Speed Hero, like their Pink Sprinkles socks. ‘The colorful sprinkles on these socks bring to mind the delight that we experienced as children,’ TSH says, which directly relates to the delightful feeling of riding a bike. And when those brightly colored socks get covered with grit and salt from the Wisconsin roads, that’s when they really shine.”

The Pink Sprinkles socks are no longer available, but check out their awesome current socks at

Bontrager WaveCel Helmet


“My new helmet! I don’t wear a lot of pink, but this helmet looks awesome and is a great spring color!”

Bontrager Thermal Arm Warmers


Arm warmers are a must on chilly spring rides!”

Spring riding gear ideas


“So hard to say, but I’m going to go with an Ass Saver because you know…mud.”

Bontrager Trek Travel Spring Gear


“Spring gear is all about layers, Bontrager Thermal Leg Warmers, toe covers, a wool baselayer, Bontrager Windshell gloves, and a good jacket are key.”

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