More Brits are cycling than ever. Expensive public transport and journey-clogging traffic make bicycles perfect for the commute, while an ever-increasing interest in staying healthy has spurred many to cycle in their spare time. In 2015 it was estimated that around 1.3 million Brits over the age of 16 cycled five times a week, a number likely to have increased.
But with the cold winter months now approaching, it can be tempting to give up the pedals until Spring's long-awaited return. Cycling to and from work in the dark may not appeal to many, while a long weekend ride in the countryside doesn't have quite the same lure when it's 5C and horizontal rain is battering the side of your face.
These days, however, there really is no excuse for a winter hiatus. With technology improving each year, staying warm, and safe,is certainly not a problem.
The Telegraph caught up withGary 'Flash' Blesson, who runs cycling retreats in Portugal and blogs for bike insurance providers Lexham Insurance. Having barely stepped off the plane,Gary admits he's finding the cold something of a shock. "The weather's gone sort of pear shaped", he offers.