Summer Essentials – Merlin Cycles Blog


As spring turns into summer and weather becomes more reliably good (hopefully / fingers crossed), it is a good time to look at your cycling clothing. Is it starting to look a little bit worn? A bit shabby? or promoting a long since defunct racing team?

Check out our summer kit essentials and we will soon have you styling out your isolation bike ride with flair.

Cap

The simple cycling cap is a design classic. Unchanged for years, the cap can easily be switched around to shelter the neck instead of provided shade to your face. Check out our full range of summer caps here.

3 Top Caps

Cinelli Cotton Cap £13.00 Great choice of designs from Italian style guru’s Cinelli.

Castelli Giro D’Italia Cap £7.50 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! 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. Do you prefer tight & aero or a little more room? Check out our range of short sleeve jerseys here.

4 Top Jerseys

Altura Icon Nebular Ladies Jersey £36.50 Ladies specific jersey from UK manufacturer Altura.

Castelli Giro 102 Sangiovese Short Sleeve Jersey (above) £40.00 Style for Miles, limited edition jersey pays homage to the Giro D’Italia.

Altura Firestorm ladies jersey £41.99 featured packed jersey made with high wicking fabric and mesh under arm panels.

Ridley Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey £62.99 Made by the Belgian Cycling Factory (BCF), these jersey’s are ideal for Ridley fans.

Sunglasses

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 £45.98 Open frameless design sorts glasses, available in a choice of colours.

Oakley Radar EV Path Prizm £115.00 Unrivalled optics and cool looks.

Bib Shorts

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 Havana Ladies Bib Shorts £40.49 featuring advanced fabric and an italian pad.

Altura ProGel Bib Shorts £41.99  A best selling bi short which uses Altura’s ProGel pad for unrivalled comfort.

Castelli 3T XPDTN Womens Short £65.00 Shorts are feature rich and excellent quality.

Castelli Competizione Bib Shorts £100.00 Feature packed for comfort and speed.

Summer Mitts

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 and soaking up sweat too. Check out our range of summer mitts here.

3 Top Summer Mitts

Time Stiletto Ladies Mitts (above) £4.00 French brand, Time make quality products. Mitts feature a towelling thumb section and gel pad on the palm.

Chiba Bio X Cell mitts £13.50 featuring digital carbon fibre palm and elastic tophand for a perfect fit.

Castelli Giro 102 £19.50 featuring a lightly padded palm and printed mesh back of hand.

Socks

Cool summer socks can go a long way towards stopping hot feat. 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 Rosso Corsa Socks (above) £7.50 Mesh construction for cool feet, classic Italian style.

Castelli Sfida Womens Sock £8.00 13cm cuff for extra style, 50% Merino Wool.

Enve Swiftwick Socks £24.00 high collar, great everyday riding or racing sock.

Rain Jacket

Lets 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 Rain Jacket (above) £125.00 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.

3 Top Summer Helmets

Kask Mojito £56.99 Big vents and antibacterial / antimicrobial pads and a shell moulded in Kask’s own ‘In mounlding’ system asure quality and function.

Abus Aventor (above) £72.99 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 £109.00 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.

Enjoy your Summer Rides!



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