Summer cycling gear

Whilst it may not always feel like it, we are currently in the summer. This means a very different set of cycling gear. For casual cyclists this is the perfect time to don the t-shirt and shorts or skirt look. For those who like their cycling gear then it’s the season when the cycling jerseys and vests come into their own.

After a quick look on any online cycling gear retailer, such as Primera-sports, you’ll quickly discover there’s a fairly bedazzling range of options. Let’s start at the bottom.

Cycling underwear

Padded cycling undershortsFor those that don’t want to don the Tour de France style throughout but like benefiting from the padded comfort then padded cycling undershorts are a good idea. This DHB undershort is a prime example and is available at a good price of £16.99.

The advantage is that on longer rides you feel more comfortable. Thanks to the material, breathability and padding in the design of the short.

Summer jersey

Summer cycling jerseysWhilst this is really heading into Tour de France territory, especially if you choose a team design, you can see the advantage of the short sleeve summer jersey on long rides. It keeps you cooler for longer, fits more tightly to your skin and often has storage pockets to keep those bits you need quick access to.

Shorts

There’s two styles to road cycling shorts. The bib fitting or the standard elasticated waist. Bib obviously is better at keeping the shorts in place. The advantage for the summer is in the breathable material used and the close fitting design that prevents chafing. Assos clothing have a good range of designs.

Summer cycling capsSummer cycling cap

Light summer cycling caps are good at keeping the sweat at bay. After all, helmets do seem to be a place for much heat concentration. Typically, the short flap at the front characterises a cycling cap. Although, any hat as long as it fits comfortably under your helmet and isn’t made of too thick material will be fine.

Summer cycling socks

Another piece of important summer cycling gear is the feet. This important contact point between the rider and the bicycle can get very uncomfortable as the temperatures rise. Thin summer socks keep the sweat at bay and allow as much air as possible to reach the feet.

Short finger summer cycling glovesGloves

By providing extra padding to reduce vibration and bumps at the handlebars, gloves are an essential for many cyclists. The long fingered versions are likely to soon get pretty hot. Thinner, summer versions with the fingerless design mean you can still benefit from the padding but not have to put up with sweaty hands.

What’s the most important item of summer cycling gear?

You may be looking at all these and thinking: There’s no way I can invest in all that stuff. You really don’t have to. As I said in the beginning of this post, professional cycling gear isn’t for everyone and you can just as easily pedal in your typical shorts and t-shirt. The best thing to do, is think about which parts of your body are most uncomfortable. For example if you are getting painful wrists then some padded summer cycling gloves could be the solution. This should help you get only the cycling gear you really need.

I’ve not yet mentioned cycling glasses and will be covering these in a later post.

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13 Responses to Summer cycling gear

  1. botogol 22/06/2011 at 9:39 am #

    summer cycling gear? I’ve just bought myself a new rain-jacket.

    • Henz 22/06/2011 at 10:09 am #

      My thoughts exactly.

  2. whitey 22/06/2011 at 9:45 am #

    Summer’s dead baby.

  3. Andreas 22/06/2011 at 11:51 am #

    Lol – where’s your summer optimisism!

  4. whitey 22/06/2011 at 12:20 pm #

    optimism taken away from me by mudguards, overshoes, rain jackets, you name it ;-)

  5. Andreas 22/06/2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m sure the sun will return! Courtesy of global warming

  6. Ciarán 23/06/2011 at 7:32 am #

    Does anyone really need to buy this rubbish? Open your wardrobe, don a pair of shorts and shorts, then get riding!

  7. Phil 23/06/2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Summer- shorts and wicking T shirt. If it subsequently rains, I get wet. If it starts off bad, out comes the Buffalo- which then steams me alive as I reach the last 100m of my climb to work *grin* We had summer back in April.

  8. nilling 24/06/2011 at 11:12 am #

    For a cheap wicking tshirt I’ve used Decathlon Kalenji running gear at £2.99 tis a bargain :)

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/d-essential-club-t-shirt-165819329/

  9. Barry 25/06/2011 at 3:23 am #

    Down here in the ozoneless layer of the atmosphere long. light sleeves and neck covering are very necessary. hard to find in cycle gear! Cheers.

  10. John Rawlins 01/07/2011 at 2:55 pm #

    M&S do some great cycling underwear at an even better price – three for 15 quid. See: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Ultra-Active-Plain-Hipsters/dp/B003BAGSCU?featurereview=10308966

  11. David Robinson 02/07/2011 at 6:50 pm #

    HI Can anyone suggest helpful bike shops in Central London that are likely to have a good range of cycling shorts actually in Stock to be able to try them on. I am looking for baggy type shorts that have detachable inserts and probably at the largest size available 40 inch. I live in Devon but will be taking a train next week arriving in Paddington so a resonable underground trip from there would be good Thanks for your help David

    PS a recent replacemaent Brookes B17 for my well worn in one sold with my old bike demands padding at least until the new one is broken in. The old one was immensely comfortable. I regret not keeping it!!

  12. Will 04/07/2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Regarding your painful wrists advice, it’s more likely, should you have this symptom that its a sign of bad posture on the bike. Best advice is to tighten up stomach muscles to take the weight of the arms and wrists.

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