Now that the longer nights are creeping in alongside the weather getting warmer, there is no better time to spruce up your wardrobe with some new Spring and Summer cycling garments. At this point, your Winter clothing has most likely taken a beating from the relentless, poor British weather whilst starting to become uncomfortable in the Spring sun. With Spring comes a variety of unpredictable weather - one minute it can be sunny followed by heavy downpours - to combat this, it is good to be equipped with the correct cycling garments to make your experience more enjoyable!
What is essential to look out for when buying clothing?
Spring riding is like playing the lottery... you just never know what weather you're going to get! Therefore, it is key to ensure that you are prepared for all kinds of scenarios so you aren't caught out regardless of the weather. Admittedly, on a road bike, this can be a hard task as you don't want to be carrying around layers of clothing but you also don't want to be caught out.
When it comes to Mountain cycling, the chances of getting muddy are quite high for a good 9 months of the year so your outfit often has very little changes depending on the weather. Although, it is always good to spruce up your look for the season ahead with the latest gear!
Jackets are an indispensable piece of clothing that are designed to be comfortable, warm and dry. Whether you are a commuter, mountain or road cyclist, the jacket is essential. In the Winter months, we usually advise that you wear a thermal and waterproof jacket to keep you. However, in the summer it is often advised to carry around a lightweight jacket that is breathable, waterproof and capable of wicking away sweat on warm but wet rides.
Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket
There's fantastic breathability and monster durability. Packed full of features for an epic MTB ride, or a piece of mind commute to work.
- Ventilation from large underarm 2-way zipped vents extending onto back compatible with back packs
- Front pockets doubling as vents hidden internal pocket and sleeve lift pass pocket
- Water-repellent front zip with storm flap
Castelli Perfetto ROS Long Sleeve Jacket
Castelli's Perfetto ROS Long Sleeve jacket gives you unbeatable dry-weather comfort whilst keeping you protected when the rain picks up.
- Two rear pockets with integrated pump sleeve for easy access whilst wearing gloves
- Dropped-tail for protection from wheel spray
- Taped shoulder seams and covered YKK Vislon zipper for additional rain protection
When the forecast does look promising and you don't feel like taking a waterproof jacket - it might be advisable to take a lightweight and packable windproof Gilet. Gilets often come in handy when the weather suddenly turns but it isn't cold enough to put on or carry around a foldable jacket.
When it comes to picking and choosing your Jerseys, it's always good to have a few in your wardrobe as back ups and to spruce up your look. When it comes to picking your road cycling jerseys, the dream would be to stock up on short sleeve jerseys that are comfortable, well fitted and are good at wicking away sweat. Unfortunately, this is Britain that we live in - so for the Spring months, it might be worthwhile in investing in some longer sleeve jerseys that will take the edge off of the wind when it hits you.
Endura MT500 Ink Long Sleeve Jersey
Moisture-wicking and lightweight fabric make the MT500 Ink comfortable for long rides. With interesting graphics, this jersey is ideal for mountain bike riding
- Fast wicking, lightweight, recycled fabric
- Trail friendly styling
- Full sublimation print for a fresh look
Castelli Lamitica Jersey
Based on the Squadra, Castelli have developed their Lamitica cycling jersey so that it combines a ProSecco Micromesh fabric for the body with Velocity Rev2 fabric for the sleeves. This makes it light and breathable where you need it, and great fitting across the shoulders.
- 3 rear pockets
- Reflective details
- ProSecco Micromesh breathable body fabric
Now that Summer is just around the corner, many of us are debating on whether to get the knees out or keep them in. When riding in Summer it will be very beneficial to invest in a lightweight and comfortable pair of bibshorts as these will keep you cool as well as giving you a lovely tan. However, when riding in Spring, it really is a case of checking on the weather forecast. Instead of investing in both bibshorts and bibtights, why not just get bibshorts and pair them up with some leg warmers for the rides when it may be a bit colder.
MTB Shorts & Trousers
When it comes to Mountain bikes, now is around the time when we start to find our shorts at the bottom of our drawers after a long winter. Riding in shorts as you're smashing down a trail is probably one of the best feelings but when it is wet and cold it can become pretty unpleasant. Pairing your shorts with a set of knee pads or leg body armour will not only keep you warm but also make you more confident on the trails. Purchasing shorts that also come with an inner layer of padding will also increase your comfort on your saddle as you ride.View our range of SS21 Shorts
In my opinion, gloves are a necessity on every bike ride, no matter what the weather is! Gloves act as an essential piece of clothing that stop your hands from getting blisters, sore and sweaty from your grips or bar tape. In the summer months, most riders tend to opt for fingerless gloves as they offer great breathability without losing sight of the extra padding and grip from your gloves.View our range of SS21 Gloves
In the summer months, Sunglasses are absolutely essential at providing you with the best experience possible. We've all had it where we're riding into the sun and can't see ahead too far ahead of us which can become dangerous when looking out for cars, corners or potholes. With an ergonomic and aerodynamic design, sunglasses complete your outfit as well as becoming beneficial on the roads and trails. On the trails, sunglasses or goggles don't only act as protection from the sun but they also make sure that dirt and dust can't get into your eyes as you're riding.