Inspired by all the Tour de France action? Or simply got the urge to get out for a (gentle) spin and feel the wind in your hair, with all the ace weather we've been having?

Whether you're a wannabe racer or easy weekend rider, the good news is cycling is big business - so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting kitted out.

Here are some of our top picks for summer cycling...

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:: Le Col Pro C2 Jacket Nero/Battleship, £220

Want the protection of a jacket but the weight of a jersey? Thin, lightweight, breathable and water-resistant fabric make this Le Col jacket a great choice all year round.

:: Oakley M2 Frame XL Sunglasses with Polished Black Frame and Prizm Road Lenses, £108, Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Keep the glare out of your eyes with some robust and well-fitting shades. These certainly look the part and, designed specifically for road biking, promise to be 'the best' money can buy.

:: Le Col Women's HC Jersey Turchese, £150

Hopefully, you'll be co-ordinating with those glorious summer skies in this muted turquoise jersey. Super-soft premium fabric, roomy rear pockets and a zipped compartment, headphone port and silicone-gripper hems, what more could you want?

:: Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer, £154.50

Relatively new to the Polar range, this sophisticated but compact bike computer will take your commitment and kit to the next level. 16 hours' battery life, Polar Smart Coaching and real-time performance data, it's got all those tracking boxes ticked. Comes with two months' Strava Premium Membership too.

:: Ribble Men's Red Jersey, £55 (available from July 13)

Brand new for SS17, this Ribble short-sleeved jersey looks - and feels - far more expensive than it is. And who knows, the racing red might even inspire some PBs.


:: Electra Matte Mint Helmet, £49.99

Who says style and safety can't co-exist? This foam-lined ABS hardshell helmet, with detachable sun visor, comes in small, medium and large - and will look good whatever you're wearing.

:: Olive and Orange by Orla Kiely Classic Bike Bell - Duck Egg, £6, Halfords

Functional can indeed be fun, as this sweet Orla Kiely print bike bell goes to show. And it's a bargain too. Ding-a-ling.

:: Endura Women's Pulse Shorts, £43.69, Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Not a fan of Lycra, but still want to keep discomfort and sores at bay? These shorts are loose and airy, but the flat-fronted waistband, 200-series chamois and chafe-proof seamless inner leg panels mean they're proper suited for those long rides too.

:: Electra Wicker Basket - Grey, £24.99

Not in a sweaty rucksack kinda mood? Accessorise with a basket, like this sturdy wicker one from Electra, instead; plenty of room for all those picnic supplies and a rolled-up rug.

:: Vel Race Cage, £11.99, Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Every cyclist needs to keep well hydrated, even if you are just cruising along country paths. We love the slick design of this Vel bottle cage, available in a choice of eight colours (a great choice for road bikers too).

:: Sako 7 Roses Socks, £18.99, Halfords

Practical and pretty, these limited-edition rose-print 39% Coolmax and Nylon-blend socks will keep feet comfy and aired - and raise a smile every time you glance down at your pedals.