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Account Director Ollie heads out for a ride around the South Downs, putting dhb’s Aeron range to the test

Every Tuesday I usually try and slide off a little early and head on down to my local bike shop, BikeULike, in Southsea to join their weekly training ride.

A few weeks back, we headed north to clock some 30 odd miles of the South Downs on a perfect 25 degrees, blue bird summer evening. It was an absolutely perfect opportunity to give the new Aeron Short Sleeve Jersey and Bib Shorts from dhb a go….

Size wise, for anyone that knows me, I don’t need to head on down to “Tall & Mighty” for my threads, I usually wear size S. Other kit over the years has always been a bit of a gamble, sometimes bumping up to a size M, but dhb’s sizing guide is spot on and worked well.

The jersey has a nice aero profile but isn’t too constrictive and its breathability keeps you nice and cool on the climbs. There’s even a nifty little-zipped pocket to stash your front door key. A sectioned pouch around the back gives ample room for ride supplies, keeping them secure and from bouncing around on the sprints.

As for the Bib Shorts, I won’t go into too much detail around the chamois pad, but they were extremely comfy. dhb have cleverly included grip strips, perfectly positioned to keep the shorts in place throughout the ride, keeping mid-ride adjusting to a minimum.

All in all, this Aeron kit is a solid, well-designed upstairs downstairs combo. A future go-to kit for a quick few laps on the seafront or long Sundays in the saddle.

Oliver Robinson