Clothing advice: Make sure your kit fits after Christmas

Here’s a tip for anyone thinking of getting back on their bike this weekend after a winter lay-off… try your kit on before you get to the garage with your bike keys in your hand.

One member of my family found last weekend, to his cost, that a winter of enforced hibernation accompanied by a Christmas blow-out and copious beer consumption can turn a leather jacket that fitted like a glove last year into something resembling a bolero jacket.

As my wife often tells me, a few extra inches makes all the difference.