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The 10 Best cycling gear

It’s summer, it's sunny... it’s the perfect time to get on your bike. Here’s all the kit you’ll need for the hot weather...

1. Litho 18

£75, uk.thenorthface.com

There's nothing nice about getting a sweaty back from your rucksack on long summer cycles. This clever pack has vented straps and supports to encourage airflow.

2. Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube

£3.99, evanscycles.com

This lube is made from Teflon so forms a surface barrier on your chain and cassette to stop dust and road grime from getting hold.

3. Flux 88 shorts

£59.99, madison.co.uk

The last thing you want in summer is a pair of tight black shorts. This baggy olive pair (available in men's and women's sizes) are just the ticket to keep you cool.

4. Slant gloves

£30, uk.thenorthface.com

A pair of lightweight summer gloves are essential. The soft mesh used in this pair keeps your palms cool, while still giving plenty of grip and protection.

5. Velow Kruizer

From £60, eastpak.com

Try this light satchel from Eastpak. It comes in three sizes with an integrated bike-light holder and lots of reflective patches for night riding.

6. Rapha Lightweight Jersey

£105, rapha.cc

Ideal for the roadbiker who wants to stay cool when the mercury is rising, this jersey is made from a merino-blend fabric which is very breathable and soft on the skin.

7. Reverb helmet from Giro

£49.99, madison.co.uk

This smart helmet it has six long air vents to keep the wind in your hair and it has a detachable cycling cap-style visor to keep the sun out of your eyes.

8. Kryptonite Evolution Lock Kryptoflex Cable Combo

£49.99, evanscycles.com

Cycling to the shops this summer? Try this D-lock and extended cable combo to keep light-fingered bike thieves at bay.

9. Muc-Off Trigger Spray

£7.99, halfords.com

The hosepipe ban can make keeping your ride clean after a long off-road scramble. This stuff works a treat. Use it with an old rag and a jug of water.

10. Continental Grand Prix 4 Season

£33.93, wiggle.co.uk

These military-grade tyres have layers of Kevlar (the stuff in bullet-proof vests) to stop shards of glass and nails ruining your ride.