Got a favourite sleeveless outer layer? Tell us about it.
Gilet, vest or sleeveless jacket — whatever you call it, it’s one of the most useful items in a cyclist’s wardrobe. A gilet keeps the breeze off your torso when the weather is cool, but not so cold you need a full jacket. It can be easily rolled up and tucked into a pocket when it warms up, or you can tuck a gilet into your pocket if you expect cooler weather later in the day.
This apparently simple garment comes with a huge variety of different features, though. Do you prefer a mesh or a ‘solid’ back? Super-light or sturdier fabric? Pockets or none? A lined collar or simple nylon? Tell us which gilet you prefer and why, to help your fellow cyclists pick the best gilet.
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John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.