VELOBICI Armwarmers, £38,

At first glance these sleeves look like a shrunken pair of woolly stockings, but they’re actually extremely practical and lightweight bike apparel. When the weather’s changeable but you’re too warm for a jacket, that’s when they come into their own and these seamless examples from Velobici are the height of luxury. Available in grey or black, they have thumbholes to stop them riding up your arms and a subtly-stitched logo on the inner arm. One size fits all (except perhaps the smallest ladies) and they roll up compactly to fit in any jersey pocket. MC

PROS good for interseason rides
CONS more ‘urban’ than ‘race’