Summer’s hoving into view, and for those of you that get to work on two wheels this poses two big questions. Are there any cycling clothes tough enough to survive the season? And is any of it remotely stylish? The good news is that we’ve unearthed a selection of the best in-the-office/on-the-bike clothes that’ll keep you in the saddle and looking sharp.
It looks like a normal zip-up windbreaker, but it’s made from water-resistant, breathable micro-ripstop fabric, and incorporates 3M reflective strips so you can be seen on those dark winter commutes. It’s also got a dropped back hem for coverage when you’re riding, secure pockets for your keys and an adjustable waist to stop it flapping around when you get up to speed.
In the office
OK, so you probably won’t wear this at your desk, but it’s stylish enough to turn up to work in, and pull on when you head out to lunch break. It’s also light enough to fold into itself should you need to stuff it into your bag.
Made from 100 per cent organic South African Merino wool, this crew neck will keep you warm on your way to work, but the really clever bit is the construction – it’s made without internal seems to cut down on chafing. There are also reinforced thumb holes to keep your hands warm, a reflective sleeve badge and on the back you’ll find a discreet buttoned external pocket.
This is about as trick as it gets in terms of hidden cycling features. It’s made from 94 per cent cotton and four per cent lyrca, so there’s just enough give when you’re riding. The internal seams are felled flat so they don’t chafe, and there are darts at the shoulders and sleeve for a better fit when you’re crouched over your bike’s bars.