Rapha's Guide to Summer Riding
Finally, all your hard work and commitment on the bike pays off. Long days of sun stretch out, made for riding, racing and exploring with friends. Still, summer brings its own set of challenges to the committed cyclist. Follow our guide of tips and tricks to stay comfortable on the road as the heat rises.
The summer outfit
Whether you’re cultivating tan lines while enjoying a gelato or leaning to the extreme in a criterium, here’s our recommended outfit for riding in summer, from top to toe.
Bright sun casts deep shadows. Polarised lenses make it easier to see between areas of light and shade, and glasses protect your eyes at speed from dry, dusty roads.Shop Eyewear
Super light Flyweight jerseys and bib shorts keep you cool on the hottest days, wicking quickly to keep you cool and dry as you make the most of the better weather.Shop Flyweight Collection
Cast a shadow
Antibacterial tape in our Pro Team and Lightweight caps stop sweat getting in your eyes, wicking and drying quickly, and the peak protects you from the sun’s glare.Shop Headwear
If you’re starting early or likely to be out late, carry a lightweight, packable layer in your pocket for the times when the temperature dips.Shop Jackets & Gilets
Principles For Riding In Summer
We all love the sun, but riding year-round means being prepared for anything. Read our guides to get the most of your time on the bike.
A guide to staying dry
Showers and cool breezes can still cause problems in summer. A lightweight and packable wind jacket can help protect you on descents and in sudden showers, helping to keep you comfortable.Read the guide
A guide to being seen
Long days still start and finish with low light, and making sure you’re seen at all times is always sensible. Items with reflective elements on moving body parts (legs and feet, elbows and wrists) make sure you stand out to other road users. All Rapha bib shorts feature reflective tabs on the thighs, and our jackets use reflective piping on the sleeves.Read the guide
A guide to staying warm
Layering your kit is key to temperature regulation. Build your outfit on top of a base layer, and add packable items that can be easily taken off or put back on as the temperature rises and falls.Read the guide
A guide to changing conditions
Highly versatile, lightweight and designed to keep your core warm and protected, a gilet is the perfect back-up kit should you get caught out, and takes up less space than a jersey pocket.Read the guide
Brevet Lightweight Jersey
A jersey designed for adventures in the hottest conditions on self-supported rides.
Pro Team Flyweight Glasses
Supremely light, performance eyewear designed to be worn on your fastest rides.
Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.