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GUIDE: Get a grip with 8 of the best Autumn, Winter & wet weather tyres

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Now that the dark nights and wetter conditions are here, in the UK, we’ve put together this handy guide to eight of our best tyres for autumn and winter riding.

Once the wetter, harsher weather arrives, road surface conditions can deteriorate making bike handling trickier without the right tyres and the risk of puncture higher.

Invest in a new pair of road tyres for the winter and they’ll keep you riding right through to springtime.

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Continental GP 4 Season

Available in three widths – 23, 25 and 28 mm – the GP 4 Season from Continental is one of the very best wet weather tyres out there.

When I canvassed opinion from fellow staff who commute to Ribble throughout the winter months, our chief Product Tester Andy simply replied, “4 Seasons, 4 Seasons, 4 Seasons!” He added, “I got 4,000 miles out of the last set. They have really good grip in all conditions, especially the wet damp roads and good puncture protection.”

Personally I’ve also successfully used them in an alpine Etape du Tour to minimise the puncture risk and maximise cornering grip should I be caught in a downpour. The GP 4 Season is a truly versatile tyre and it will serve you well right through the winter.

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Michelin Power All Season Folding Tyre

With the Michelin Power All Season, its grip that is the focus of the fabled French manufacturer’s performance claims. These great tyres are also available in three widths (23, 25 and 28mm). The thick tread contains Michelin’s Aramid Protek Plus puncture protection layer.

Road.cc were impressed with this tyre, “The tyres feel supple and I found my favoured spot at around 95psi, which gave a cushioned, luxurious ride while still allowing me to spin along at what I fondly imagine to be a good pace.”

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Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme Weather Twinpack

A grippy, competition tyre for extremely cold and wet weather conditions, the Fortezza Senso Xtreme Weather features Vredestein’s newly developed XWS compound developed for low rolling resistance and outstanding grip.

Cycling Weekly call these “good all year round” and road.cc were “impressed by their sure-footedness.” Also available in three widths (23, 25 and 28mm).

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Schwalbe Durano Plus Folding Tyre Twinpack

The SmartGuard protection belt made of elastic rubber achieves an unusually high level of protection for a racing tyre but the flip side is that it makes this a heavier tyre – which is perhaps not a really bad thing in the winter months.

The dual compound ensures optimum adhesion, even on the wet rides of autumn and winter. Schwalbe call this “the most puncture-proof racing tyre there is” and it’s available in 23 and 25mm widths.

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Continental GatorSkin Folding Tyre

The Gatorskin is famous as a hard wearing, puncture protected tyre designed for fast riding and commuting. It’s probably the most popular road bike tyre in the UK with cut-resistant Duraskin and Kevlar-reinforced layers.

The slick tread for exceptional grip in both wet and dry conditions which makes it such a winter favourite.

Once known as the Ultra GatorSkin before the new GatorHardshell was introduced there is a 25mm width option which adds some extra comfort to your ride.

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gatorhardshellContinental GatorHardshell Folding Tyre

If you’re a fan of the GatorSkin then you can take it to the ‘next level’ with the Continental GatorHardshell for even more protection. These road tyres are practically bulletproof or at least I cannot remember ever having a puncture whilst using them – they are perfect for winter when the last thing you want to be doing is changing a tube at the roadside.

According to Road.cc the GatorHardshell “should reward you with exceptionally long life, puncture resistance, a very comfortable ride at speed and very good value for money over the life of the tyre.”

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COMMUTER & TOURING TYRES

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Schwalbe Marathon Rigid Tyre

For a less racy bike or a rougher commute you might want to consider the ever-popular Schwalbe Marathon. The Marathon’s highly elastic GreenGuard puncture protection layer is 3 mm thick and one of the main reasons that this durable tyre is commonly used on touring or adventure bikes.

The Marathon is a legend, a good solid commuting tyre available in a wide variety of sizes.

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Continental Touring Plus Rigid Tyre

The commuting tyre for those riders whose only concern is puncture protection is the Continental Touring Plus. This extremely tough puncture-proof layer is virtually impenetrable to stones, glass and thorns.

Like Schawlbe’s Marathon the Touring Plus is a popular touring tyre with a fast rolling central tread section. Between the tread and the carcass, a puncture protection layer of highly elastic special rubber is practically impenetrable and successfully defies all foreign objects from getting to the inner tube beneath it.

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GUIDE: Staying visible, warm and safe when riding after the Clocks Go Back

Here we go! British Summertime is ending – the clocks go back at the weekend, but with the right kit there is no need to stop riding through the autumn and winter.

Get yourself the right clothing and kit and there is lots of riding to enjoy on the shorter days like getting in the long winter miles, safe commuting, exhilarating night rides or even the thrills of cyclocross racing.

The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time at 2am on Sunday, October 30. That means all clocks are turned back to 1am at that time.

It might be the start of the winter season, but the good news is you’ll get a whole extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.

Light up, layer up, embrace autumn and get out and ride!

STAY VISIBLE

The most important aspect of riding once the clocks have changed is to make sure you are visible to other road users. It’s time to invest in new lights – front and rear – with enough power to make you seen and ensure that you have brighter coloured clothing with at least some form of reflectivity and visibility.Light sets

There are a number of bike accessories that can also help with your visibility.  Some mudguards have a reflective stripe, as do some commuting tyres, or adhesive reflective strips can be stuck to your bike. Lots of clothing, helmets or luggage items will have reflective patches which it’s worth looking out for when making your purchase.

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STAY WARM & DRY

As the temperatures tumble it’s also obviously very important to stay warm on your rides. If you have the right clothing, that’s doing its job properly, then you are much more likely to get out in the autumn and winter weather and feel safe in the knowledge that you’re going to be warm and comfortable whatever the elements throw at you.

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It’s time to think about whether your clothing selection is good enough to get you through the winter. Have you got warm base layers, enough mid-layers and is your jacket outer shell really up to the job?

Make sure that you have good quality options for all the three key layers – as you may know, layering your clothing is the trusted way to maximise your comfort and allow for adjustments. A good base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the middle insulating layer protects you from the cold; and the outer shell layer shields you from rain and wind. As well as thermal baselayers, Roubaix clothing tops and jackets, don’t forget to think about tights, hats, gloves and socks for your extremities.

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STAY SAFE

Good lights and visible clothing will both help you stay safe this winter. Make sure that you also have the other accessories that won’t leave you stranded in the cold or wet.

It’s time to stock up on inner tubes and more durable winter tyres. If you’re riding in an area you are not that familiar with then a GPS unit is handy to carry and when the weather gets really cold consider carrying a tyre sealant canister to make punctures much quicker to resolve.

Whatever you do though, don’t let the weather stop you enjoying that ride!

See our Winter Wheel packages here

FOCUS: Getting the edge with the new Garmin 820

GPS technology has made a huge impact on cycling in recent years. What started out initially as basic navigation tools are now used to record all kinds of data about your rides (and with the Edge 820 those of your friends) and is even used to live track the progress of the top pro riders on the road in the biggest races.

Garmin are the undisputed leaders in GPS products for cyclists and the Edge 820 is the latest in the company’s line-up and aimed to keep you more connected than ever on your rides.

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As well as the main features such as touchscreen navigation that you’ve come to expect from Garmin products the Edge 820 has new features aimed at keeping you connected with family and other riders out on the road through the GroupTrack feature.

GroupTrack connects your Garmin to your smartphone and allows you to track other riders within a ten mile radius which is useful on a group ride or checking if your friends are out riding as well. The accelerometer feature is designed to detect if you’ve had a crash and can send a message to the emergency services with your location.

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Cycling Weekly magazine tested the Edge 820 in August – “Connectivity-wise, the Garmin Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ sensors, and has a number of different metrics that will interest those doing serious training and riding with a power meter and a heart rate strap.  Namely it will estimate your VO2 Max and will also advise on how much recovery you should take after a ride.”

The Garmin Edge 820 is also compatible with Garmin’s range of Varia products which mean that you could project your stats onto your sunglasses and use with the Varia rear light and radar which warns you of cars approaching from behind.

“My favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced”

“Out of the box and the unit is very sleek with a smooth glass front and the buttons very well hidden at the bottom and sides of the unit. Aesthetically, this is my favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced,” say Cycling Weekly.

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GROUPTRACK

If you ride with friends, now you can use GroupTrack to keep an eye on everyone in your pack, even if someone pulls ahead or falls behind. Just glance at your Edge to see the connected riders in your group as dots on the map. If someone stops, their dot becomes a hexagonal stop sign, telling you how long they’ve been stationary. Also, see other riders in your group in list view, where you’ll be able to see their current speeds and how far they are from you. Although the ability to be seen is available to all riders using a LiveTrack-compatible Edge or Forerunner® device, cyclists must be equipped with an Edge 820 or Edge Explore 820 to view others on the map.

Time to upgrade?

Either side of the Edge 820 sit the top of the range Edge 1000 and the Edge 820 Explore which is cheaper but does not have the same performance features.

“A pleasure to use,” Cycling Weekly concluded about the Edge 820 so perhaps it’s time to upgrade your Garmin or enjoy GPS technology for the first time.

See full details of the Garmin Edge 820 here

Features
  • Lightweight and compact with 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that works with gloves and when wet
  • GroupTrack1 feature keeps tabs on everyone in your riding pack
  • Advanced performance monitoring includes VO2 max, recovery advisor, Strava live segments, FTP, performance condition and advanced cycling dynamics2
  • Built-in incident detection3 included; compatible with cycling awareness accessories such as Varia Vision™, Varia™ smart bike lights and rearview radar
  • Bike-specific navigation pre-loaded with Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn navigation


Garmin is a world leader in satellite navigation and GPS technology. Since it was established in 1989 Garmin has been creating pioneering products to appeal to a wide range of customers. These include motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts, as well as leisure users in the aviation and marine markets. Over the past decade Garmin has been at the forefront of cutting-edge GPS technology and has led the way in setting industry standards. All Garmin units are made to be as user-friendly as possible. With simple operations, logical menus, smart features, and easy-to-follow manuals, each product is built to be intuitive and fun to use. The Edge and Forerunner product range offer all the features you would need maximize your training.

NEW IN: See What you’ve been missing with Oakley

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Oakley have been designing state-of-the-art shades since 1984 and they are the choice of no fewer than six pro World Tour teams as well as riders like Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead.

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Oakley Evzero.

They are the go-to brand for so many cyclists thanks to their unique blend of great optical quality and eye-catching, innovative design. As Cycling Weekly put it succinctly, “When it comes to sunglasses, Oakley is hard to beat.”

Oakley worked in collaboration with former World road race champion Mark Cavendish to create the most popular pair of sunglasses in the pro peloton, the Jawbreaker. Together they produced a pair of distinctive sunglasses that are guaranteed to get your friends talking.
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Known for its wide, wraparound lens, the Jawbreaker offers excellent peripheral vision with a wide uninhibited view. Adjustable arms ensure a good fit as does the comfortable nose piece.

Off, or on, the bike the distinctive Turbine has Oakley’s HD Polarized lenses which filter out 99% of reflected glare without the haze and optical distortion that can come with other traditional polarized lenses.

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Mark Cavendish Edition Jawbreakers.

Oakley innovation has reached the pinnacle of performance by offering everything from surge ports, for cooling airflow, to Unobtainium® components for a comfortably secure fit.

The hassle-free lens changing of Switchlock™ technology for vision optimisation in any lighting conditions. Choose the optimum lens for the prevailing light conditions with ease.

With a 40-year heritage of uncompromising excellence meeting the needs of world-class athletes isn’t it time that you decided to see what all the fuss is about?.

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GUIDE: Top Picks from our Recommended Cold Weather Favourites

A handpicked selection of some of our top Cold Weather Favourites… Ribble recommended Autumn products from Sealskinz, Spokesman, Endura, Campagnolo, Lusso and Elite…

USE CODE: COLD10 at checkout to save an extra 10% on these top Autumn/Winter picks.


Spokesman Merino JerseySpokesman Merino Jersey

Based on the Merino Thermoseal jacket, this jersey is an all-round versatile garment. It is constructed from New Zealand Merino Sportswool™. The fabric has a polyester facing for durability but a merino inner layer for thermoregulation. It is a soft and comfortable fabric which is also highly breathable.

  • New Zealand Merino Sportswool™
  • High Wicking and Hydrophobic
  • 3 pockets on rear and zipped valuable pocket.

RRP £100.00
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Endura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base LayerEndura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base Layer

Enjoy the naturally insulating and low odour properties of fine gauge Merino wool. Cycling Plus gave this 9/10 – “Silky-soft woollen baselayer offering plenty of warmth” – High warmth/weight ratio even when wet. All seams flatlocked for comfort Athletic fit.

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Sealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle GlovesSealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle Gloves

Premium gloves crafted from the finest components including digitally textured leather palms and Kevlar reinforced palm padding for grip and comfort. Totally waterproof, breathable and windproof ideal for keeping warm and dry during your Autumn and Winter riding.

RRP £55.00
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Sealskinz Thermal Liner SocksSealskinz Thermal
Liner Socks

Close fitting, ankle length Merino wool inner socks for additional insulation.
Can also be worn on their
own as a warm and cosy
pair of socks.

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Sealskinz Windproof Skull CapSealskinz Windproof Skull Cap

Close fitting, lightweight and breathable skull cap designed to be worn under a helmet. This sets the standard for additional three season protection against cold-weather.

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Sealskinz Merino Liner GlovesSealskinz Merino Liner Gloves

Increased comfort and moisture control with these close fitting inner gloves in fine Merino wool. Ideal to wear under waterproof gloves to provide additional insulation.

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THERMAL BOTTLES

Campagnolo Super Record Thermal BottleCampagnolo Super Record Thermal Bottle

Easy to grip, ergonomically shaped bottle featuring Campagnolo’s membrane technology. Thermal for 4 hours. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. Capacity: 500ml.

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Elite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr BottleElite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr Bottle

A ‘twin’ bottle construction with a full wrap of Elite’s Nanogel, a solid insulating material. Thermal for up to 4 hours. Easy to grip bottle that will fit in most standard bottle cages. Capacity: 500ml.

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ROUBAIX CLOTHING

Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)

Thermal Roubaix fabric designed to keep you warm while wicking away moisture to keep you dry. Features Lusso’s pro gel pad and foot loops to help keep the tights in place.

RRP £65.99
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Ribble Roubaix Knee WarmersRibble Roubaix Knee Warmers

Roubaix lined leg warmers for when the temperatures start to drop. Pre-contoured construction offering a superior fit,
for extra comfort for the colder rides. With silicon leg grippers.

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