On Yer Bike! The Best Cycling Picks In Time For Spring
With spring weather around the corner, Port picks the best kit to get you out on two wheels.
Heading out on your bike when it’s not a bright summer’s day can be an unwelcome proposition, but, let’s face it, you won’t get much use out of it in the UK if you wait for the sun to come out. In any case, whether it’s a crisp morning spin on quiet country lanes or just swapping the commuter crush for some fresh air, the joys of two wheels are too good to keep for the warmer months, as long as you have the right kit.
Cycling apparel is no longer the forgotten, baggy backwater of the activewear industry it once was. The focus, in recent years, of intensive research into technical fabrics and form-fitting functional design, and the wide range of jerseys, shorts and jackets now on offer mean there’s no excuse for staying inside when the weather isn’t perfect. And, in a return to the stylish heyday of the 1950s and ’60s, you can even look good in the saddle.
Here Port gives our lowdown on the five best pieces of cycling apparel that will help you get out on your bike when the weather is good this spring, and keep you there even if it turns bad.
The Cycling Tee
Taking design cues from the classic orange-and-white San Pellegrino jersey (as worn by the most stylish man in the sport, Fausto Coppi), Le Col’s high-performance top is breathable and close fitting, keeping you dry, aerodynamic and, thanks to its distinctive colour, seen.
The Fun Socks
British designer Paul Smith is well known for his love of cycling. Made from a technical sports yarn, these socks echo the colours of Smith’s impressive collection of antique jerseys, and feature some Francophone encouragement for those following on your wheel.
The Cycling Hat
A cycling cap, or casquette, is an essential for any self-respecting cyclist. As much a fashion statement as it is functional, this minimal black design from Le Col will keep the low sun out of your eyes, your head warm and go with anything, on or off the bike. Just don’t get on to the divisive subject of whether to wear the peak up or down.
It’s important to regulate your temperature on the bike – you could be perfectly comfortable on the flat only to find that you overheat on the climbs and freeze on the descents. A gilet, like this one from Cafe du Cycliste, is made from knitted jersey so as to be thermoregulating, and can be easily removed and pocketed when not needed.
The Windproof Rain Jacket
When heading out in changeable conditions, it’s reassuring to know you can deal with the worst case scenario. Ashmei’s windproof and water-resistant jacket is lightweight enough to be stowed in a jersey pocket but more than capable of weathering the worst April showers.
February 20 2019 by Magda