Bike week: our favourite cycling gear for the summer
There’s nothing quite like a ride in the sunshine, with friends around you and perhaps a pub in the distance. But that’s not to say summer cycling doesn’t bring its challenges, too – particularly in the wardrobe department. So we’ve rounded up our favourite gear for this unpredictable time of year.
We love this bright jersey, with breathable side mesh to keep you cool and reflective accents for twilight rides. Moisture-wicking keeps you dry, and the graphic design makes you feel you’re part of the team.
Race Day Short Sleeve Jersey, £59.99
Some summer days you just can’t face bibs. And these are without a doubt the most flattering cycling shorts we’ve ever tried, and they stay put, too. Featuring’s Rapha’s new seamless chammois and sleek side pockets to keep phones and similar secure.
Women’s Core Cargo Shorts, £95
The base layer
Setting off early? Ward off morning chills with this sleeveless layer from Megmeister. It offers light insulation and is designed for high intensity warm climate riding, with excellent moisture wicking and a second-skin fit.
Women’s DRYNAMO Cycle Sleeveless Base Layer, £49.95
The warm layer
Because come on, it’s still the UK. When the weather’s not playing ball, this windproof, fleeced jacket keeps you warm while still offering breathability. Plus, it includes a much-needed touch of colour to brighten grey days.
dhb Blok Women’s Windproof Softshell, £75
Be seen in this lightweight helmet from female cycling specialists Liv. With airy ventilation and moisture-wicking inner fabric you’ll keep cool, even on the most gruelling hills. It sits snugly thanks to a head-hugging fit system and a super-tough polycarbonate shell keeps your noggin safe.
Rev Comp Helmet, £49.99
Nope, we’re not suggesting you stick a cumbersome sat nav on your handlebars. But stopping to check your phone can be a thing of the past with this clever device from Blubel. Waterproof and shockproof, it connects to an app via bluetooth, providing turn-by-turn directions using the LED design. And it doubles as bell.
Blubel Bike Navigation, £79
Quite simply, this is a beautiful bag, on or off the bike. With a sleek, minimalist design, this roll top messenger-style backpack features attachments for lights and locks and an ergonomic design to keep you cool. But really, who cares? Just look at it.
Roll Top Backpack, £100
This versatile little number stows away in a back pocket or back, ready to slip on when the inevitable UK summer weather hits, or you need a little extra coverage. With a cooling effect and UV protection, use as a scarf, balaclava, headband, wristband or even hairband.
Buff CoolNet UV+, £16.95
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