With spring not too far away, it’s time for road cyclists to be thinking about stepping up their training, looking for new routes and replacing tired gear.
We chatted to James Clarkson, blogger at CCCYCLE and co-founder of brand new, Sheffield-based cycling clothing brand Curbar Cycling, to pull together a spring kit list that'll help you tackle the local climbs in both comfort and style.
- Packable rain jacket or gilet
I know us Brits like to get our short-sleeved jerseys out as soon as the sun shines, but I would recommend not going full summer too early. Take a packable rain jacket to cover all bases, offering protection from the rain and a practical way to stay warm if the temperature drops.
- Short-sleeved jersey and shorts
Visibility and style are fundamental to us at Curbar Cycling. Our jerseys are available in different colours and patterns so you can stand out from the crowd and let your personality be known. All our jerseys are race cut, with a longer short-sleeve (the latest trend in the pro peloton) and we design the pockets to be strong and sturdy but flexible enough to expand when filled.
- Breathable Performance Socks
To stop those feet from overheating and retaining moisture.
- Arm and Leg warmers
Sitting underneath a short-sleeved jersey and bib shorts, arm and leg warmers are great ways to maintain your body temperature without overfilling your pockets. Just roll them up and pop them in one of the back pockets of your jersey.
- Energy Bar
I tend to pack flapjacks or cereal bars – I particularly like Clif Bars when I go cycling in the Peaks. Whether you’re on a long bike ride or exploring a new trail, energy bars will keep your glucose levels up, keeping you going for the duration.
It may be a bit geeky but I know most of us like to monitor our speed and distance, and I love how these GPS trackers also measure your cadence (the speed at which your feet turn the pedals) and the power you’re exerting.
As spring approaches you may need to swap your clear glasses for sunglasses, to help protect your eyes from that glare.
Don't forget the usual essentials, like a helmet and hard-soled cycling specific shoes. And look out for the launch of Curbar Cycling in March, to to pick up a colourful new jersey in time for spring.