The sun is shining (well, mostly), the blossom is blooming, the hedgerows are scattered with spring flowers, which can only mean it’s time to get yourself kitted out for those endless days of summer riding. Nothing inspires a cyclist like the first days of spring. So get yourself some fresh new cycling clobber to see in the new season, get out on the bike and ride.
Whether you’re riding to work now the days are longer, stepping up your training for a sportive, or are enjoying the fact that the trails are beginning to dry out – April showers notwithstanding – there’s new kit for everyone in this week’s BikeRadar Bargains.
Spring road cycling kit
Start working on those cycle tan lines with short sleeved jerseys and shorts. Feel that Vitamin D forming in your hungry skin.
Specialized Comp Racing Bib Short 2015
Specialized men’s bib-shorts:
Some serious bib shorts with a serious discount, the Comp Racing bib shorts from Specialized feature Lycra with a compressive fit to aid muscle action – a good option if you’re getting your kit together for some spring sportives.
Available from Tredz
Castelli Raffica Cycling Jersey
The Castelli Raffica jersey features what Castelli calls its CarboNot fabric – a stretch material with wind-resisting properties and excellent breathability. The jersey features a full-length YKK zip with three rear pockets and some reflective tabs. It’s also available in black and red, with good size availability.
Gore Bike Wear Women’s Power 3.0 Jersey SS15
Gore power 3.0 women’s jersey:
Available in blue or pink and orange, the Power 3.0 jersey is a slim cut performance garment designed for summer riding. Get ready for sportive season!
Spring commuter cycling kit
Commuter cycling wear for men and women, whether you’re looking for hi-vis and bright, or urban cycling kit that will take you from bike to office in style.
Hoy Vulpine Women’s Saitama Trail Short
Vulpine women’s shorts:
Constructed from a cotton-feeling ripstop fabric with a four-way stretch, these women’s shorts are designed for commuters who don’t want to go all-out Lycra. Casual styling with a women’s specific cut make these a good choice for summer rides on warm days. They’re cut higher at the back to prevent inadvertent underwear flashing to the traffic behind you, and have five pockets with room for phones, keys, change and whatever else you fancy carrying.
And if you happy to like ripping up the trails after work, then these shorts will see you through. Now all we need is the sunshine!
Altura Night Vision Short Sleeve Jersey
Altura night vision men’s jersey:
Night Vision products from Altura are well known for their dazzling brightness and reflective elements. If bright as you like is your preferred commuter style, but you want something a little lighter for warmer weather, these short-sleeved jerseys will see you right. There’s a limited selection of sizes and colours available, and the price does vary depending on what combination you want, but there are bargains to be had.
The women’s version of this jersey is also on sale, in bright yellow or pink – again with limited sizes.
Available from Merlin Cycles
Giro Women’s Ride Light Jersey
Giro ride women’s jersey:
The Giro Ride jersey is designed to be loose fitting with a more urban, relaxed style than the majority of cycling jerseys. Available in grey marl or blue, it’s also got a whopping discount off it at Wiggle, and is available in a great range of sizes.
Available from Chain Reaction Cycles
Club Ride Simply Bandara Womens Jersey 2015
ClubRide women’s jersey:
Is it a jersey? Is it a shirt? It’s both! The Club Ride Simply Bandara jersey is designed to look smart-casual so it’s perfect for riding into work and rolling straight into the office. Available in grey, black, grey/blue and burgundy, and in sizes from XS to L, there’s plenty of choice still available.
Levi’s Commuter Drop Hem Tech Tee
Levi’s commuter t-shirt:
This T-shirt, part of the Commuter range from denim super-brand Levi’s, features a fun cycle-inspired motif, plus a dropped rear hem for coverage and reflective detailing. Perfect for riding round town then just hanging out in.
Levi’s Commuter 511 slim fit jeans – performance indigo light chain
Levi’s commuter jeans : levi’s commuter jeans
Like the Levi’s Commuter T-shirt? Why not go all out and get the whole outfit. These jeans feature a slight stretch to the fabric for comfort when riding.
Levi’s Mens Commuter Windbreaker III Ripstop Jacket Graphite
Levi’s commuter bomber jacket: levi’s commuter bomber jacket
Let’s face it, it’s not that warm yet, and it’s probably going to rain at some point. And if you’ve got the T-shirt and the jeans already you might as well get the jacket too, right? If you’re still not convinced, take into account the fact that it’s got a water repellent finish, zip pockets at the rear and a reflective trim.
Spring mountain biking kit
The wind in your helmet, dry-ish trails beneath your wheels, green trees and blue skies. Mountain biking in the spring and summer is a magnificent thing. If you need some short sleeve tops or bright new shorts for the new season, look no further.
Club Ride Bandit Women’s Jersey SS15
This women’s jersey from Club Ride is made from a lightweight and breathable material and has a media pocket and reflective elements, and when the sun comes out the SPF20 fabric will give you some protection – fingers crossed we need it this year!
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Tilt Jersey (Dusk – 2015)
Troy lee skyline jersey: troy lee skyline jersey
With raglan sleeves, a drop tail and breathable wicking material, the Skyline Jersey from Troy Lee is a versatile garment that’s equally suited to ripping up DH trails as it is to XC adventures.
Madison Leia Women`s Short Sleeved Jersey
Madison short sleeved women’s jerseys: madison short sleeved women’s jerseys
A trail jersey for under a tenner? Not bad! And there’s an excellent selection of sizes and colours still available. The Madison Leia short sleeved jersey has a selection of back pockets for stowing your gear, plus a zippered pocket for valuables.
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Turquoise Short
Troy lee skyline men’s mountain bike shorts: troy lee skyline men’s mountain bike shorts
Brighten up your riding wardrobe with a cheerful pair of Troy Lee Skyline shorts in turquoise. The shorts are constructed from a two-way stretch fabric with a stretch back panel for ease of movement and side pockets for stowing your essentials. Yes, jelly babies count as an essential.
Hargroves has some other bright colour options available. We’re also partial to the cyan blue colour way.