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.