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Summer Clothing – Road Essentials

Summer cycle clothing, simple right? Short sleeve jersey, shorts, done. Not so fast…
While dressing for the summer months seems easy at first, the unpredictable nature of British weather may call for a few shrewd choices. In this guide, we’ll run through a few things to consider when picking some summer cycle clothing essentials.

To Bib or not to Bib

While it may seem counterintuitive a bib short is often a better choice for summer riding. Although shorts offer less coverage this quite often come at the expense of comfort. During a long ride in the heat, comfort should come high up the priority list.
The trick is finding a high quality, summer specific bib-short. A quality
bib short will often not make you feel any hotter, whilst offering superior moisture management. Also, keep an eye out for breathable lightweight fabrics.The  Castelli Evoluzione 2 Bibshorts are a strong contender featuring all the elements that make up a great summer bib-short.

Suns out guns out

A true measure of any cyclist is how sharply defined and wildly contrasting their tan lines are. In order to develop a rich mahogany forearm to form the Yin to your biceps Yang, you’re going to need the right short sleeve jersey.
A recurrent theme in this piece is going to be “moisture management” also referred to as “wicking” along with a whole host of other technical sounding names. All this really means is how a fabric deals with sweat. An engineered fabric of this type will transfer moisture away from the skin, aid quick evaporation and have superior breathability. Perfect for hotter conditions.

It’s also worth looking for a bit of ventilation when considering a jersey. A good example that covers all the bases is the Castelli FLUSSO JERSEY FZ – Moisture wicking, mesh side panels, breathability and a super fresh summer colourway that will make you the envy of your fellow cyclists.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

The British weather is a fickle mistress ready to turn on you at a moments notice, so it’s important to be prepared.
Most clothing brands offer some sort of “pac-a-mac” style lightweight jacket. These are somewhat wind & rainproof and can be stowed in a jersey pocket or saddle bag. Perfect for whipping out at a moments notice should the weather take a turn for the worse. the Castelli Castelli Squadra ER Jacket is a good shout, being well priced and available in a choice of colours.

Much like the lightweight jacket, Arm and knee warmers can be stuffed in a pocket or bag just in case temperatures drop. So it’s always worth having some available to you.

Accessorize

Although a fairly obvious suggestion, keeping your peepers protected is often overlooked. UV damage to the eyes is a very real threat, so taking precautions makes sense. there’s plenty of options available when it comes
to sunglasses so go with whichever ones tickle your fancy. Just keep an eye out for UV protection guarantees.

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Best Winter Clothing To Keep Yourself Warm

Now the temperature is dropping below freezing and the winter nights draw in earlier and earlier each day, it’s that time of year to pull out your winter clothing. Or if you’re totally unprepared, and have no clue on what to look for then this little guide should help you out. From waterproof jackets to mudguards and fancy bike lights, we’ve got you covered from head to toe.

Jackets

The key to keeping warm this winter is to layer up, and you’ve got to do this smartly! The most obvious one to start with (especially with the English weather’s reputation) is your outer layer. You want a breathable waterproof/windproof jacket that you can slip on and not only feel comfortable but dry. One important aspect to keep in mind is being seen! We’ll go into more details about the obvious ways of doing this (lights), but remember to get a jacket that either has reflective patches or is fluorescent yellow!

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Our pickAltura Attack 360 Waterproof Jacket (£152.99) – This jacket is waterproof (tick), breathable (double tick) and is durable (tick tick tick). Made with Altura’s Shield Technology, offering 3 layers of breathability that maintain your core temperature, and water/wind protection that bounces water right back at the clouds.

Base Layers

More importantly or at least equally as important, is your base layer. Don’t go throwing on any old t-shirt under your jacket as this is going to end in disaster (or at least a runny nose and feeling like pants). T-shirts are generally a bad idea, as they collect sweat and in sub-zero conditions, you will feel the cold way more, as you’re constantly in contact with freezing sweat. There are base layers that wick away sweat from your body keeping you dry and keeping the warmth in.

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Our pickSpecialized 1st Layer Seamless Base Layer (£49.99) – this is perfect for keeping you warm and dry. Transporting moisture away from the skin and creating the perfect microclimate between your skin and jersey. Incredibly comfortable, and is stretchy enough not to cause chafing.

Jerseys

For added warmth, add in a jersey to your layers to make sure your upper body doesn’t lose any heat. There are plenty around that can work in unison with your base layer, getting that sweat away from your body and making sure the micro-climate within your layers stays the same. Again, they are breathable and lightweight allowing protection and comfort.

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Our pickCastelli Potenza Grey Jersey (£174.99) – With reflective piping around the waistband and down the zips, this has you covered for visibility. Not only that, it manoeuvres sweat away from your body and onto the outside layer of the jersey. Combine this with a base layer, you’ll have a train of sweat working its way through the layers of your clothes.

Overshoes, Hats and Gloves

Much like heads, shoulders, knees and toes, you cannot forget about your head, hands and feet! Hats, gloves and overshoes are just a few important accessories to keeping yourself warm when cycling this winter. You lose a lot of heat from your head, so you want to lock that down asap. Obviously keeping your fingers warm is a no brainer, most gloves nowadays are wind/waterproof and some even have reflective strips! Overshoes might not be for every cyclist, but they do keep your feet dry, however. Other good options are the classic thermal socks for warmth and comfort.

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Our picksCastelli Narcisista 2 Shoecover (£54.99) – This reduces cold feet dramatically, lined with fleece to keep the heat in.
Gore Bike Wear ROAD GTX-1 Gloves (£59.99) – Easy to adjust and a perfect fit. These gloves are made from Gore-Tex and even has absorbent material on the thumb to wipe away that sweaty brow.
Altura Windproof Skullcap (£17.09) – A lovely insulated cap, that’ll keep your noggin’ cosy, with bonus reflective trim!

Bibtights and Trousers

To keep those legs pedalling during the winter months bib tights are probably the way to go. Most offer to windproof to keep out those nasty bone-chilling winds, but waterproof tights seem to be few and far between. Not to say that the bib tights do not have any water protection, most brands have a waterproof finish, enabling water to slip off effortlessly. If you want full waterproof protection, the best product for you is a pair of waterproof trousers, that can easily slip on over your normal pair (if you’re commuting that is)!

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Our picksCastelli Nanoflex 2 Bibtights (£109.99) – Padded in all the right places, with the lower inner leg being completely waterproof! The fabric is stretchy, warm and comfortable. Perfect for those longer rides.
Altura Nightvision Overtrousers (£61.19) – Easy to pull over your everyday clothes, reflective trim to keep you seen and a breathable waterproof fabric that will keep you dry. What more could you want?

Accessories

Last but not least is a couple of accessories that are going to keep you safe and dry (to an extent). Mudguards are perfect for keeping that muddy water from splashing in your face, or worse, up your bum where it might look like you’ve had an accident or two. There is a huge range of lights available, and for the most part, they all do their job quite well. Just make sure you have enough lumens to light up what’s in front of you and a strong rear light.

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Our picksMucky Nutz Butt Fender (£7.50) – In Mucky Nutz’s own words “It prevents soggy arse syndrome”. What more can I say?
Cateye Volt 200 Xc/Rapid Mini Set (£53.99) – This front/rear set is perfect to illuminate those dark country lanes. USB rechargeable and at least 3 hours’ worth of light, will get you to and from work (or out for a nice evening ride).

Hopefully, all this gear will keep you riding even in the sub-zero temperatures. Let us know what keeps you warm whilst out and about!