How can you possible link Katie Perry to cycling I hear you cry? Well, through some quite quintessentially British. We all love talking about the weather in the UK and this autumn and early winter season has been one of mixed weather. Quite simply "'You're hot then you're cold, You're yes then you're no,You're in then you're out". So whilst Katie wasn't entirely talking about the weather when she wrote that pretty famous song, she did somehow manage to perfectly sum up the feeling of every cyclist right now in the UK. "You're hot then you're cold".
Seriously, you can step out the front door one morning and there is blizzard sweeping across the front of the house, forcing you to pull on all of about 20 layers just to leave the house, only for it to be about 16 degrees in the evening and you ride home feeling like someone has stuck you in the oven to roast. The best part about all of that is you're guaranteed to go to bed thinking it's going to warm tomorrow morning so you'e got the shorts ready to go only to find there is probably a hurricane the next morning that means it's easier to sail to work than it is to ride.
"You're yes then you're no". So you've probably discovered that no matter what you wear it's probably wrong, and unless you've got the skills of a clairvoyant you'll be constantly opening up the nearest weather app to get a feel for what to wear. Nearly every cyclist, me included, has a favourite weather app that we rely on to cruch that cloudy data, only for it to be completely wrong 99% of the time. Of course we'll all still check that app every single day but it will always be wrong, no matter how right we want it to be. We could just poke our heads out the door, but wheres the fun in that?
"You're in then you're out". I think this year I've been in and out of my gloves and rain-cape more often than I've been in and out of bed. It's a constant battle between just sucking it up and getting wet because you're bored of taking the jacket on and off, or staying dry, but feeling like you're in the Sahara desert, probably sweating so much that it might as well be raining on you anyway. I don't know about anyone else but eventually I just give up and get wet because it's easier.
So, just like the wedding cake in the Katie Perry video (Yeh, I'm still dragging this one out), the best thing to do seems to be to layer up with any many easy to remove sections as possible to cope with the weather. On the top I've opted for a thin merino base layer, the versatile Gabba and some nano-flex arm warmers to keep my options open. Equally. whereas I'd normally be in full bibtights by now, I'm still in leg warmers and Nano-flex 2 shorts so that on a warm day the legs can still seek sunshine, but the fleecy shorts keep them cosy. I will point out other brands are available but I just haven't bought them yet.
It would be quite nice if the weather would settle down a little but for now it seems, the weather related Strava titles will continue to roll in and we'll be typically British and complain for a little while longer.