You won't be missed in these funky cycling shoes inspired by the Tour de France yellow jersey. Pros will say you should be in clip-ins but if that isn't for you, or you don't want them for a short ride, these are ideal. Plus, they are smart enough to keep on once you get off.
If you've got a lot of miles to cover, some skin-tight gear is (regrettably perhaps) essential. These shorts have padding and lots of supporting batches. If you're no Wiggo, you can opt to wear a baggy pair of shorts over the top.
Rohan makes a great range of cycling clothes including this short-sleeved jersey, which is a great base layer to add to or wear on its own if the sun is shining. Apparently it has some anti-odour technology too so won't stink on longer rides. Plus, it has two rear pockets for your all-important snacks and repair kit.
For those who like a nice fit but not a Lycra fit, burgeoning British brand Vulpine does a fine line in smart attire, including these tailored shorts in breathable, water-resistant fabric with just enough stretch and button adjustors to limit unsightly flapping.
Ditch yellow for pink and the official leader's jersey of the Giro d'Italia. Designed by Sir Paul Smith and hand-made in Bergamo by classic Italian brand, Santini, it eluded Bradley Wiggins but can be yours – if you feel up to wearing it.
Champion a young British brand in Route Clothing, which emerged in style from Glasgow last year with a range of slim-fit T-shirts sporting cycling graphics. One is made of a bamboo/organic cotton mix, making it ideal as a base layer.
Invest in something from Rapha's growing range of women's gear. The souplesse jersey is a fitted top designed for race or sportive riding (go up a size for a more relaxed, about-town fit) that comes in mauve, light blue or dark blue and includes three rear pockets.
Just because it's summer doesn't mean you don't need to think about being seen in the evening. This hi-viz jacket is warm enough for a cool evening but not so heavy you'll overheat. It's not the most fashionable bit of kit but you shouldn't leave the house without some fluorescent on. It is suitable for men and women.
These aren't the most padded ladies shorts on the market but they fit snugly and the purple trim looks great. Ideal for the serious weekend rider, they have an elasticated waist so will fit most shapes and sizes.
A long ride can play murder with your hands if you hit potholes or poor road surfaces. These gel gloves should take some of the pain out of it. They have gel protection for your palms and a plenty of all-round padding.