Two male cyclists riding in the summer Cycling is different in the summer. The days are longer, mudguards have long been removed and, for the most part, it’s warmer. On occasion, it’s too warm and, equally, sometimes it’s downright changeable, too.
In this guide to summer cycling kit, we’ll run through what you need to stay cool and comfortable when the heat hits, and what you need if the weather’s not playing ball. Layers are still your friend
A gilet is easy to stash in your jersey pocket, just in case. Felix Smith / Immediate Media
Summer cycling clothing should be adaptable, using thin layers that can be added or removed throughout the day as conditions dictate.
Even in summer, mornings can be cool, especially if you’re at altitude. Equally, conditions can change quickly and it pays to be prepared for summer storms or chilly descents.
The focus should be on lightweight materials to help wick sweat away from the body and prevent that sticky, clammy feeling. Technical materials used for summer clothing also encourage ventilation to keep you cool
Layers are key in winter, of course, but in cold weather it’s all about retaining warmth, often with an element of wind or water protection.As with most things in cycling, there’s lots of choice when it comes to summer cycling kit. What’s right for you will likely be determined by factors including the weather you typically encounter, how far you’re planning to ride, how hard you’ll be pushing yourself (and how much you’re […]