Summer's here, so get your wet weather cycling gear on!!!

Cyclist in floodwater UK

Battling through (courtesy of The Telegraph)

Is it just me, or are we missing a fundamental part of what constitutes summertime? Making less appearances than a politician when a scandal bubbles to the surface, I give you the sun! I've been eagerly anticipating its arrival, but for all my wants and desires it has remained just out of reach, hiding behind a thick bank of cloud. Unfortunately, our friend the sun has been replaced with a slightly duller, wetter colleague known as heavy rain.

I don't mind the rain and am happy riding along in standard summer clothing, just so long as  I know there are dry clothes and a shower at the other end (plus a hot chocolate - perfect), but the latest downpours we've been having require proper wet weather gear to keep the rain out. After all, a ride in the rain is actually exhilarating, waking those senses out of their slumber and making you realise you're alive. Kids love it too. The other day was a good example, as it had rained relentlessly all day. However I decided that in usual fashion I'd collect my son from a friend's house on the bike, knowing full well he'd have a blast. So there we were, heading home, splashing through the puddles, cheering when we hit a big one and having the time of our lives. Compare that to the glum faces peering out of their car windows as they passed, wondering why we were so cheerful. It's simple really - getting out and doing it, whatever that may be, is far better than being an observer. After all, we don't dissolve upon contact with water do we? The only complaint? We missed ONE big puddle.

We got home grinning as though we'd found a secret stash off sweets, faces tingling and  both sopping wet. Easily sorted by dry clothes and a towel (plus the essential hot chocolate) we cuddled up on the sofa and laughed about the ride, while I smiled, realising that its days like this that great memories are made of.


Altura Childrens Night Vision Waterproof Jacket

The Altura Night Vision jacket is one of the best selling adult waterproof jackets on the market due to its combination of Altura Night Vision childrens waterproof jacketfit and finish, visibility and protection against the elements.  They now do a youth size - fantastic!

  • Waterproof, breathable and durable
  • Highly reflective trim
  • Front hand pockets and rear pocket
  • Water repel reflective zips 100% Polyester (Shell) 100% Polyester (Lining)

Available in black or yellow from Merlin Cycles



Altura Cresta Kids Gloves (RRP £19.99)

Altura Cresta kids glovesGreat value children's waterproof gloves with a warm thermal lining, so ideal for cycling or building a snowman!

  • Fully waterproof and breathable construction
  • Tough, hardwearing Griptex palm
  • Snug fitting knitted cuff
  • Reflective trim

The Cresta glove is available in sizes suitable for children aged 5 years upwards, and can be purchased from Wiggle


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