We’re hoping that the weather will be kind on the day of your big ride, but it’s always good to be prepared in case the heavens open. Rain doesn’t need to be a reason to cut your training rides short, either.

By picking up a few extra bits of kit, you can stay ready for changeable British weather without getting too sweaty or shivering in your shorts and jersey.

Lots of cycling kit is made to be adaptable, letting you put things on and take things off as you go. Of course, keeping one eye on the weather forecast is really important to make sure you don’t get caught out!

  • Jackets/Gilets

The most obvious thing to do when it starts to rain is to put on a waterproof jacket. There’s a huge selection of waterproof and windproof jackets which can be packed up into a small enough bundle to fit in your jersey pocket. If the weather is still warm, consider a gilet - having your arms uncovered can really help keep you cool.

  • Arm and leg warmers

If you think the temperature is going to change – for example if you’re heading out early in the morning or late in the evening – it’s a good idea to bring along some arm and leg warmers (or, if you prefer, knee warmers). These are normally made of thermal material and can really add a lot of warmth to your shorts and jersey combo.

  • Overshoes

Nobody likes riding along with cold, wet feet. A thin set of overshoes or oversocks can keep out the water, or at least help to keep in some warmth. As an added bonus, you won’t have to clean the muck off your cycling shoes if you find yourself out on wet roads!

Join us at Cycle Republic for our guide to the essentials by clicking here.

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