Summer is arguably the best time to be a cyclist. Whether you’re going on a post-work ride on a sunny evening or spending the weekends gliding down country lanes, not much can beat the feeling of the wind in your face and the sun overhead.
If you’re from the UK your wardrobe is probably better equipped for drizzle than dazzling sunshine, but every year a scorching heat wave catches us off-guard so it’s worth having some appropriate cycling gear to make the most of it.
We’ve selected the best cycling clothes for the summer, all designed to be lightweight, breathable, and comfortable in the sun.
Jersey – Our Pick
Hors Categorie Hex Jersey – £150
The Hors Categorie Hex is made from a fabric specifically designed for the wildly fluctuating temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the jersey of choice among cyclists because of its naturally high wicking and cooling properties in hot weather. It also provides insulation against the cold, meaning you don’t have to throw it back in the wardrobe once summer’s over!
In tasteful navy blue and with its soft fabric, covered zip, four pockets, and zip-up back, it’s not only stylish, but practical too.
Gloves – Our Pick
Endura Hyperon – £28
A good pair of lightweight, comfortable gloves are another essential for cyclists this summer. Our pick? Endura Hyperon.
Given an impressive 9/10 rating by Cycling Weekly, these gloves offer protection without being at all bulky. You’ll be thankful for the breathable mesh on warm days!
Windbreaker – Our Pick
Showers Pass Ultralight Wind Jacket – £65
The Ultralight is not only reasonably priced, but can be packed neatly into your bag. A lightweight, durable and breathable cycling jacket, it’s easy to see why the Ultralight is so popular.
It’s the perfect summer accessory for blocking wind and drizzle, and its bold colours are great for brightening up overcast afternoons!
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Helmet – Our Pick
POC Octal MIPS – £150
The POC Octal MIPS was something of an industry disrupter upon its release, by redefining the aerodynamics of the modern bike helmet. However, it’s quickly proven to be one of the safest, most lightweight, well ventilated cycling helmets around.
If you’re not already sold on the Octal being the ideal helmet for the summertime, it even features an integrated sunglasses holder!
Shorts – Our Pick
Castelli Free Aero Race 4 – £150
The Free Aero Race 4 are the shorts of choice for Team Sky and the best-selling Castelli shorts ever.
They’re renowned for their uniquely high wicking fabric, snug and flattering fit, and proprietary Progetto X2 Air Seamless seat pad.
The 2019 update to these shorts have only built on their predecessor’s success. There have been improvements made to the fabric construction (for greater breathability), air resistance and fit. We all like to look good, after all!