When I headed out on to the roads of East Sussex yesterday to test ride the new Merckx EMX-3 Ultegra Di2, borrowed from i-ride.co.uk for the day, I wasn't expecting to have to dig out an item of clothing from the depths of my wardrobe.
Usually reserved for spring and serving as a transitional item of clothing, from the winter protection of overshoes to naked shoes in the summer, oversocks are a handy accessory when it's a bit cold and damp. As it was yesterday.
Actually it chucked it down with rain for the first few miles. I could have done with my neoprene overshoes. As the rain eased and the wind picked up, the rest of the roads on my 65km route were sodden. And caked in a fine layer of dirt, grit, leaves and the occasional patch of mud. I was glad I had had the foresight to pack my oversocks.
But I can't remember the last time I had to wear them in August, or for that point any of the summer months. The weather this summer has been more unpredictable than ever, which makes oversocks a valuable purchase. As I found out yesterday, they're not just for the cooler months, they're useful year-round.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.