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Cycling Clothes for Summer

Summer has arrived, and even if you sometimes have to confirm that by checking the calendar rather than looking at the weather, it’s the best time of year to get on your bike and hit the road. Of course, to do that in your winter cycling wardrobe will result in sweating like a watering can and bemused looks from fellow riders, so here’s an array of gear to help handle the eccentricities of the British summer.


Urban CoolMax® Merino Polo Shirt

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Urban CoolMax® Merino Polo Shirt

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This polo shirt sacrifices little in the way of technical detail for its casual style. The cycle-specific fit means it won’t ride up when you’re hunched over the handlebars, the material is breathable, and there are even some crafty easy-access pockets. £49.99, buy on endurasport.com (opens in new tab)


Sportful R&D Jersey

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Sportful R&D Jersey

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If you’ve signed up for a sportive, or even if you’re just planning some long weekend cycles, a proper cycling jersey is a must. So light you’ll barely know it’s there, the Sportful R&D is the ideal pick for the hotter months, even if the mercury doesn’t always rise that much in the UK. £75, buy on sportful.com (opens in new tab)

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Vulpine Merino Sunset Hoodie

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Vulpine Merino Sunset Hoodie

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Even at the height of British summer, early-morning and late-evening rides are likely to be a little too fresh for a T-shirt alone. This sumptuously comfy merino hoodie is light enough to wear without breaking a sweat, and styled so you can wear it anywhere. £119, buy on vulpine.cc (opens in new tab)


Levi’s Commuter 541 Athletic Fit Shorts

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Levi’s Commuter 541 Athletic Fit Shorts

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All manner of cycling features are smuggled into these Levi’s shorts, including stretchy, water-repelling fabric, a higher rise at the back, and even a u-lock holder. £90, buy on levi.com (opens in new tab)


Pongo Staples Collection Socks

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Pongo Staples Collection Socks

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Quality socks make all the difference in every walk of life, so investing in a pair of PONGOs might be the smartest addition to your cycling wardrobe. Technical mesh will keep your feet cool and comfortable no matter how far and fast you ride. £13, buy on pongolondon.cc (opens in new tab)


ASSOS T.neopro_S7 Bib Shorts

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ASSOS T.neopro_S7 Bib Shorts

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Swiss brand ASSOS has a well-earned reputation for producing some of the most comfortable cycling clothes around, so if you’ve plenty of long rides lined up this summer, you can’t go wrong with its entry-level bib shorts. £120, buy on assos.com (opens in new tab)

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Under Armour CoolSwitch Compression Leggings

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Under Armour CoolSwitch Compression Leggings

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Wearing compression leggings either during or after long rides should help your legs recover a little faster, and these are a smart pick for cyclists who want those benefits while also keeping cool. £35, buy on underarmour.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Nick Harris-Fry
Nick Harris-Fry

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.