British springtime, there's nothing like it. Cycling under crystal clear blue skies in the cold air that's yet to warm from winter. It's the stuff dreams are made of.

It's not quite time to tuck away the jackets, and layering is still key, but there's a fitting burst of colour needed to match the blossoming flowers that line the road sides.

In a bid to beckon you out of your winter blues, we take you on a whistle-stop tour of the hottest pieces of cycling kit you need for your spring 2015 wardrobe.



1. Statement Accessories - Helmets

We love bold, brightly coloured helmets here at VeloVixen. They're the perfect antidote to raise your spirits after a cold, harsh winter. And, if most of your cycling wardrobe is black, a pop of colour on a helmet is a surefire win to perk you up this spring.

Add a flash of colour with any of these helmets from Bern, Hardnutz or Sawako Furuno - they meet all of the requisite safety standards and look super stylish doing so.

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2. April Showers - Cycling Waterproof Jackets

Growing up, I fondly remember both my Grandma and Mum wisely repeating the saying 'ne'er cast a clout till May be out.' Not one to go against the Medlock women, I've never discarded my waterproofs until summer has fully arrived.

Two worthy entrants into the women's waterproof jacket market for SS2015 are Vulpine's exciting NEW Gill jacket with unique venting system and the stunningly elegant Colette from the ever chic Café du Cycliste bunch. Both showcasing the mulberry/violet hue that is apparently bang-on-trend for this time of year (who knew?!).

So don't let the rain dampen your spirits this Spring, shop our selection of the best wet-weather pieces for women.

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3. No Wallflowers - Big, Bold & Beautiful Colours

Don't panic, we know not everyone wants to wear head-to-toe colour on the bike, however, it is so empowering to finally have the option if you so wish.

Why not try a pop of colour on your top half, to brighten your black bib shorts? Or if you just want to dip your toe in the water, what about a statement accessory? Go wild with one of our vivid cycling caps, tickle your tootsies with some striking socks or even splurge on a bold pannier bag to add a splash of colour on and off the bike?

You can really go to town with the bright and flattering patterns on the matching bib and jersey combinations from Brighton-based Morvélo. Then there's the sharp new shades from Vulpine's SS2015 range, the aqua and mulberry shades are to die for. But, if truth be told, we've been waiting for an excuse to buy a Hill & Ellis pannier bag, and now that excuse has arrived - in the shape of Jasper. With a penchant for orange, Kirsty has fallen head over heels in love with Jasper and will be sporting one on her bike in the not too distant future!

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