What cycling clothes we wear in Crete

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What cycling clothes we wear in Crete

 
 

Cycling in Crete is a pleasant outdoor activity even in the winter. The climate in Crete is temperate and is considered as one of the finest, mildest and healthiest in Europe. We can go for a ride with lightweight clothing the most months of the year. Compared with the rest of Greece, Crete is about 4-5 degrees warmer in the winter months. Summers are cool because of the yearly northern wind that brings the breeze of the sea.

 
Spring: in March and April the days have grown enough but it is still cool. We wear a base layer and a light long sleeve jersey (or a short sleeve Jersey in combination with thermal sleeves).

In April and May we wear summer clothes but do not forget to put in your luggage a windproof and a waterproof jacket which you will take on the mountains if the weather is not good.
Summer: in the summer the temperature is higher. Short sleeve jersey and short pants are enough. If we ride or stay outside after the sunset, at places higher than 800 meters of altitude, it is advisable to carry a windproof jacket. During the summer months, avoid cycling the very hot days, use sun block and do not forget to spread it behind the ears and the neck.

We highly recommend to use UV protection arm sleeves, not only they protect our arms but they are cool also
Autumn: in September and October the weather becomes cooler. During the day we still wear our summer clothes but we carry a windproof jacket. When there is provision for rain put in your backbag a waterproof jacket. Do not forget and your swim wear, the sea is still warm.

In November the days are shortened enough and the temperature is lower, we usually wear long tights and long jerseys and the coldest days a windstopper. Windproof arm and leg sleeves in combination with short jersey and pants are highly recommended.
Winter : we wear warmer clothes and always a waterproof jacket in the backbag. A base layer, a windproof jersey and long tights are ideal. Thick padded jackets are not recommended as they are very warm. Generally we apply the principle of onion, we wear 2-3 slim clothes (one above the other), instead of a thick and very warm, if we feel warmer we put out one or two of them. The warmer days we wear short jersey and an isothermal base layer but once the sun goes down we must wear a long jersey or our rain jacket.
 

Checklist

1WINTER MONTHS

Always
✔ Rainjacket
✔ Long tights
(or Shorts + leg warmers)
✔ Jersey long sleeved
(or short jersey + arm warmers)
✔ Underwear
✔ Gloves long finger
✔ Shoes + winter socks
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ Bandana winter

The rainy days
✔ Rainpants
✔ Wintergloves
✔Winter shoes
✔ Rain cap
✔ Extra socks

Extras
✔ waistcoat
✔ Overshoes
✔ Raincap

We do not recommend thick shoftshell jackets for your bike tours as they are very warm for Crete

2MARCH

Always
✔ Long tights
✔ Short tights + leg warmers
✔ Jersey long sleeved
✔ Jersey short sleeved + arm warmers
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ Rainjacket
✔ Undrwear
✔ Waistcoat
✔ Gloves short finger
✔ Gloves long finger
✔ Bandana summer
✔ Shoes + winter socks
✔ Socks

Just in case
✔ Raipants

Extras
✔ Cap

The sunny days do not forget to use sunblock.

3APRIL - MAY

Always
✔ Short tights or shorts
✔ Jersey short sleeved
✔ UV arm protection
✔ Waistcoat
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ Sun block
✔ Gloves short finger
✔ Gloves long finger
✔ Shoes
✔ Socks
✔ Bandana summer

Just in case
✔ Underwear
✔ Rainjacket
✔ Leg warmers

Extras
✔ Cap
✔ Flip flops

4SUMMER MONTHS

Always
✔ Short tights or Shorts
✔ Jersey short sleeved
✔ UV arm protection
✔ Sun block
✔ Bandana summer
✔ Shoes
✔ Socks

Just in case
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ waistcoat

Extras
✔ Cap
✔ Gloves short finger
✔ Flip flops
✔ Swimsuit & towel

We do not recommend sandals if you come in Crete for mountain biking. If you choose to wear a shleeveless jersey be carefull with the sun.

5SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Always
✔ Short tights or shorts
✔ Jersey short sleeved
✔ UV arm protection
✔ Waistcoat
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ Sun block
✔ Gloves short finger
✔ Gloves long finger
✔ Shoes
✔ Socks
✔ Bandana summer

Just in case
✔ Underwear
✔ Rainjacket
✔ Leg warmers

Extras
✔ Cap
✔ Flip flops
✔ Swimsuit & towel

6NOVEMBER

Always
✔ Long tights
✔ Short tights + leg warmers
✔ Jersey long sleeved
✔ Jersey short sleeved + arm warmers
✔ Windproof jacket
✔ Rainjacket
✔ Undrwear
✔ Waistcoat
✔ Gloves short finger
✔ Gloves long finger
✔ Bandana summer
✔ Shoes + winter socks
✔ Socks

Do not forget
✔ Rainpants

Extras
✔ Cap

The sunny days do not forget to use sunblock.

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