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Oversocks? In August? Surely some mistake

Think oversocks are just for spring? This unpredictable weather is changing that

When I headed out on to the roads of East Sussex yesterday to test ride the new Merckx EMX-3 Ultegra Di2, borrowed from 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 worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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