Comfort should be your watchword while cycling, especially during the toasty summer months when temperatures are high and your sweat glands are working overtime. You want to be able to cycle like you’re gliding through air – not with your clothes sticking to you or chafing your skin.
And the last thing you want is your children suffering if you go on a long family bike ride through the countryside, or even just for a few laps around the park.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with some essential bits of cycling gear for you to wear this summer. Take a look and get kitted out!
Our first choice, a bicycle helmet, is also our most obvious – but we highlight it with good reason.
It’s tempting to go for a quick cycle and enjoy the wind in your hair, but you’re potentially opening a world of trouble if you don’t wear a helmet while you ride. Think of it as that extra layer of protection that could make all the difference in the event of a cycling mishap, which we all experience from time to time.
A decent bike helmet will cost anywhere from £30. This might seem like a large investment, but it’s impossible to put a price on your safety.
It’d be easy to think you don’t need a base layer during summertime, given that its main function is to retain heat when temperatures are low. But the need to wear a base layer is still vital in the summer months, although it has a very different purpose.
Instead of retaining heat, your polyester summer base layer will absorb sweat efficiently, keeping you dry on those more intense cycle rides.
Arm and knee warmers
Summertime isn’t all sunlight, picnics and hay fever. As anyone who’s struggled through a British summer knows, the weather can be more changeable than a politician trying to appease a fickle public.
And when you’re battling severe conditions on your bicycle, the last thing you want is your joints seizing up. That’s why arm and knee warmers are vital clothing items, no matter what the season – and they’ll cost you less than £30.
Although you might not notice while exercising, the sweat which builds up on your chest can be bitingly cold. Your summer gilet will keep any wind at bay preventing you from getting cold, as you ride.
What’s more, you can scrunch up your gilet and fit it in your saddle bag whenever you don’t fancy wearing it, making it a perfectly portable piece of clothing.
Your hands will be gripping your handlebars for prolonged periods of time if you’re planning an epic bike ride, and you don’t want to suffer numb digits from the cold. Purchase a pair of cycling mitts that will increase the shock absorption in your hands and keep them protected from any sudden adverse weather conditions.
But before you and your family head out on a lengthy journey, make sure your bike is Keep Your Bike Safe with a Service! by having one of our professionals give it the once over.