10 Reasons we Can’t Wait for the Clocks to go Forward

On Sunday, 26th March the earth’s orbit around the sun results in equal lengths of day and night. The arrival of warmer climes, softer air and longer days prompts cyclists around the country to take a collective sigh of relief.

The springing forward of the clocks by an hour is all it takes to see many of us dusting off our trusty frames and pedalling off with glee. Here are 10 reasons why we can’t wait for the clocks to go forward.

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Restoring the feeling in our fingers and toes

We certainly won’t miss the inevitable turning point in our rides when all sensation in our fingers and toes is lost to the grip of the winter wind despite our gloves and overshoes. What a pleasure to have full control over our extremities again.

Get all the feeling back

No more turbo

Watch out turbo, your days are officially numbered with the promise of better weather and lighter evenings. We’ll just have to catch up on our Netflix binges some other time.

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No more sweat on the living room floor

The gift of time

Getting ready for a ride in the winter involves more layering than an onion. This dressing process is incredibly time-consuming (especially if, by the time you’ve finished getting dressed, you need the loo). The changing of the clocks means that not before long all you’ll be donning is a pair of bibs and a jersey.

No need to wear everything you own

Bye bye booties

Booties or overshoes are very effective at keeping the wet and the wind off our feet but it can sometimes take a test of will and stamina to pull them on. This neoprene struggle will soon be replaced with the slip of an oversock or toe cover to take the edge off until summer arrives.

Oversocks, Overshoes and Toe Covers for Spring Cycling

Release the shoe

Outdoor snack stops

No longer do we have to huddle inside cupping a steaming coffee as it reheats our insides. We will soon be able to take a pew outside in warmer spring weather and refuel al fresco on our longer rides.

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Take a break and bask in the sunshine

Escaping the shackles of winter tights

Who cares if it’s technically still only 14 degrees, you’re legs have been cooped up in a pair of winter bibs for the last few months. Let them feel the wind on their skin.

Go on, get them out

Upping our sock game

Now that our feet have been released from overshoe prison, our collection of beautiful, colourful socks can now be revealed and worn with pride.

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A lift in spirits

It’s got to be said that more hours of daylight can definitely boost incentives to get outside for a ride. As cyclists, we tend to photosynthesise when the sun pokes its sleepy head out of winter and raises our morale.

Turning the frown upside down

Our rides about to get a whole lot prettier

Frogs are spawning, birds are returning, hedgehogs are waking up and flowers are blooming. Your rides are about to get filled with all the perks of this annual re-birth. Smell the scents, enjoy the pretty blossom falling and relish the slightly milder winds. This is of course before the hayfever season kicks in and Mother Nature turns your rides into a blurry, watery mess.

Spring has sprung. Image: Chris Lu

Not too hot, not too cold

Daylight Savings Time also marks the start of a temperate spring climate that really lends itself to riding. Sitting in between being so cold we can barely brake to deliriously grappling our bottle cages for water, spring cycling is a happy medium and its arrival is imminent!

Image: Lorna North

More spring riding tips:

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Gear Guide: Choosing the Right Spring/Summer Clothing


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