Plan Ahead for Summer – Merlin Cycles Blog
As the UK spring turns into summer (bear with me, ignore the snow outside 🙂 ), it is a good time to look at your summer cycling clothing. Is it starting to look a little bit ‘last decade’? Old, well-worn clothing, not quite ‘retro-chic’ yet?
Check out our summer kit essentials and we will soon have you styling out your summer rides with flair.
The cycling cap is, in every respect, a design classic. It’s got simplicity and flexibility built it. Unchanged for years, the cap can easily be switched around to shelter the neck instead of providing shade to your face. Flick up the peak when you don’t need the ‘veranda’ at the front, or why not go for maximum ‘luft’ (German word meaning air or space) creating a stylish air pocket which also gives a bonus illusion of extra height, it is guaranteed to be respected and appreciated by luft aficionados.
Check out our full range of summer caps here.
3 Top Caps
Cinelli Cotton Cap £11.50 Great choice of designs from Italian style guru’s Cinelli.
Castelli Giro Cycling Cap £9.50 39 grams of style from the Castelli collection.
Assos Exploit Evo 7 Cap £9.95 classic style and function.
Short Sleeve Jersey
It’s all about those tan lines! (But don’t forget sun screen) A short sleeve summer jersey is an essential piece of summer kit. Look for a longer (half or full) zip if you tend to overheat on long climbs. Make sure the cut of the jersey suits your build – yes, thats a polite way of saying think twice about ‘Race Cut’ if you are on first name terms with the staff at your local Greggs. Do you prefer tight & aero or a little more room? Check out our range of short sleeve jerseys here.
4 Top Jerseys
Northwave Storm Short Sleeve jersey £46.50 Designed for warmer climates, breathable Sitip fabric and mesh panels aid cooling and airflow.
Altura Firestorm ladies jersey £40.00 featured packed jersey made with high wicking fabric and mesh under arm panels.
Merlin Wear White Short Sleeve Jersey £14.99 features a casual fit with three pockets in the back.
Merlin Wear Pike Short Sleeve Jersey £34.99 (above) features a full zip and silicone, design depicts the elevation of local climb, Winter Hill.
Not just cool looking. Glasses stop random things from going into your eyes. Things such as stone chippings, flies and other insects can all cause damage to the most delicate part of your body – sunglasses are the first line of defence against them. Check out our range of glasses here.
3 Top Sunglasses
Goodr Non Reflective OG Polarized £22.50 Awesome glasses featuring some brilliant colour options.
BBB Fullview Photocromic £87.95 Open frameless design sorts glasses, available in a choice of colours.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm (above) £130 Unrivalled optics and cool looks.
A good quality set of bib shorts will last for quite a while if they are well looked after. More expensive shorts usually feature a better seat pad, a nicer cut and better quality lycra. Check out our range of bib shorts here.
3 Top Bib Shorts
Funkier Force Active 17 Bib Shorts £44.99 Featuring silicone grippers and an Italian pad in antibacterial fabric.
Merlin Wear Sport Bib Shorts (above) £40.00 Featuring silicone grippers and flat-lock seems all-round for comfort.
Castelli Competizione Bib Shorts £99.00 Feature packed for comfort and speed.
Mitts are another functional piece of clothing which are a summer essential. Yes, you can go mitt free, but if you fall you will be picking bits of road from your palms for weeks. Mitts are great for absorbing road vibrations, stopping blisters and soaking up sweat too. Check out our range of summer mitts here.
3 Top Summer Mitts
Castelli Entrata (above) £22.75 Features absorbing fabris and Castelli Damping System to reduce the effects of jaring on rough roads.
Altura Classic 2 Crochet £16.99 Classic crochet mitts featuring a synthetic suede palm.
Chiba Gel Comfort Active £19.00 Robust palm made from fine artificial leather for extra comfort.
Cool summer socks can go a long way towards stopping hot feet. Coolmax and other specialist technical materials are designed to help keep tootsies fresh. Not all socks are the same! Check out our range of socks here.
3 Top Summer Socks
Castelli Superleggera T 18 socks (above) £17.00 Mesh construction for cool feet, designed for hot days in the saddle.
Fizik Summer Racing Socks £9.95 Blend of Q Skin Microfibre and Lycra, quick drying and featuring anatomic support.
Enve Swiftwick Socks £24.00 high collar, great everyday riding or racing sock.
Let’s be realistic. Summer weather in the UK and several other parts of the world, can be a bit of a lottery. Taking a rolled up jacket / cape tucked into your back pocket or stuffed in a saddle bag can save the day should the dark clouds appear. Check out our range of jackets here.
Top Rain Jackets
Funkier Kids Active Rain Jacket £44.99 Showerproof jacket with reflective zipper.
Funkier Hydro Ultra Rain Jacket £54.00 Waterproof and windproof, ideal for UK summer!
Castelli Emergency 2 Rain Jacket (above) £160.00 Waterproof & slightly stretchy fit, choice of colours.
Vented / Summer Helmet
Helmets featuring lots of vents are great for keeping you cool when the weather gets warm. Useful features include a washable inner liner, this will ensure that your head won’t start to smell and attract flies. Also worth wearing a cap under your helmet, great for soaking up sweat and stopping insects infiltrating your hair.
3 Top Summer Helmets
Lazer Blade+ £59.99 comes with aeroshell, (leave off aeroshell for best summer ventilation) featuring 22 vents and the Rollsys advanced fitting system.
Abus Aventor £79.99 combines striking looks with ‘forced vents’ for cooling and features such as a fine adjustment allows easy fitting, even with a pony tail.
Giro Cinder MIPS Road £105.00 features MIPS technology and 27 cooling vents. The Cinder is fitted with Roc Loc 5 closure system making it easy to achieve the best fit.
Kask Valegro Road (above) £95.00 With 37 cooling vents and a fast-wicking internal lining, the Valegrow will keep you cool and comfortable.
Enjoy your Summer Rides!