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Rain - it's unavoidable in the UK but with the right garments riding in the rain need not be an unpleasant experience.

With modern technological garments you can stay dry and comfortable and keep on enjoying your cycling - whatever the weather. One of the main issues for wet weather gear is breathability - how to stay dry by keeping the wet weather out but not trapping sweat in. Good layering with a wicking base layer is key to keeping dampness away from your skin.

Gore-Tex is one of the leading fabrics for both waterproofing and breathability. Cut is important to avoid any irritating noisy flapping material that will slow you down or get caught on your bike. Drawstrings, high collars and adjustable cuffs all add to a jackets ability to keep you dry. Look for jackets with a long back or drop down flap to protect your backside when hunched over the handlebars. Jackets are available in different styles, the Gore-Tex Paclite is small and lightweight so can be carried with you in case of a sudden downpour, other jackets are more heavy duty and designed for the days when you set off in the rain.

Women are advised to go for a female specific cut to minimise unnecessary bulk.

Waterproof trousers are an option for commuters as they can be slipped on over your civvies and protect your clothes on short journeys. If you are out for a long ride or training then Lycra tights coated with Teflon or Aqua-repel will help to keep you dry but even once wet Lycra Roubaix holds much of its heat so is the best choice for winter rides.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012