Blue skies

April showers have turned into a chilly May, and I’d be lying if I said that I cycled my way through last month’s torrential rains. When the heavens open a bus is dryer and much more comfortable, but if you’re braving the elements, make sure you stay safe by keeping an eye on your bike maintenance, especially the brakes – remember that wet brakes are less responsive!

For tips on how to stay dry, here’s my How To guide.
And if you want to keep your head in clear skies, check out these beautiful bespoke helmets by New York designer Belle Helmets.

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Sky helmet, @Etsy or @bellehelmets.com. £95.35 or as agreed with seller.

That time again, old boy.

This year’s Tweed Ride will be on May 6th, and they are holding a raffle to see who can be one of the 400 participants. Entries must be received by midnight tomorrow night (Saturday 7 April), so if you’d like to take part, pop down to the website and register now.

http://tweedrun.com/

Cath Kidston bike-bargain

coverWe may be in a draught warning zone, but Spring showers are always a possibility, and we can definitely guarantee our fair share of Weather once autumn sets in. Once you’ve decided on your cycle outfit, the last thing you want to do is to have to sit on a wet seat and soak your bum, so a saddle cover is the best solution.

Hurry down to your local Cath Kidston or visit the website and pick up their funky saddle cover with 15% its usual £3.50 price using the ecode EGGS. The discount expires on 31st March so don’t think about it for too long or you might miss out!

Cath Kidston Be A Good Sport bike seat cover.

Clarks

I couldn’t help but share this wonderful shop display with you – all the way from Edinburgh! This is the current display at Clarks on Princes Street and gosh how lovely is that bicycle with its matching fabric seat and mudguards? Plus a wicker basket brimming with flowers and shoes is enough to get your heart racing. Those delightful canary yellow t-bars are on their way to me thanks to the joys of internet shopping. Summer cycling, here we come…

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Staying Dry

After our mini heatwave in the last couple of weeks it’s time to think about the opposite of April showers, and consider staying dry in Autumn. Thanks to the ladies who responded to ‘wet wet wet‘ in July I can share with you two companies that create beautiful waterproof coats for chic cyclists. Why make do with unsightly standard cyclewear or standard clothing that isn’t quite up to the job?

First up, it’s the Cambridge Raincoat Company, a home-grown design company that addresses the lack of functional coats for cyclists that don’t want to sacrifice in the style-stakes. The waterproof knee length coats come in red, green, mauve or yellow, with matching polka dot lining to stop the wind chills from filtering though. Plus if you opt in for the reflective embroidery you’ll be sure to be seen without the need for a hi-vis vest that may ruin your look. Get one here for £135 and ‘like’ the Facebook page for a peak at some more pictures.

Water Off a Duck’s Back has had a fair bit of attention recently (check out the review in The Guardian), and if you’re not feeling bold enough for a splash of colour then their black macs might be for you. The main difference is that this is a wrap coat, meaning that there are no buttons to hold the coat closed, just a belt at the waist, and rather than the optional hi-vis, each mackintosh comes with reflective strips that can be cunningly hidden and revealed as required by folding up/down the sleeves and collar, and turning the belt sash. Buy here for £130 in either black or stone and check out the recently launched Men’s version for £140.

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Left: Water off a Duck’s Back mackintosh in Black.
Right: The Cambridge Raincoat Company mackintosh in Poppy Red.