Cycling Clothing

Cycling Outwear

Too cold, too wet, too windy…find the outerwear that’s right for your ride. Outerwear has come a long long way since your mom was pinning your mittens to your puffy jacket. Hi-tech fabrics, performance and comfort design features, and even an appreciation for a a bit of fashion are all available. cycling-outwear

When choosing outerwear, it’s important to try and determine what conditions you’ll be encountering on your ride. The three biggies that confront you are rain, wind, and cold. While there’s outerwear for nearly every condition, all have some cross utilization possibilities. But, remember, no one piece can do it all without some sacrifices. That’s where choosing the right piece of gear or combination may make all the difference.

Rain is probably the numero uno reason cyclists stay indoors. But, with an appropriate choice of a rain jacket/shell and maybe rain pants, you may find things are not so scary after all. Rain gear definitely falls into the category of “you get what you pay for.”

The main ingredient for dry comfort is some form of water repellant or waterproofness. These fall into two categories: Durable Water Repellant (DWR) finishes or waterproof hi-tech fabrics like Goretex or eVent/Elite. Most more expensive outerwear, use a combination of both, possibly even in layers as part of the design. Couple this with venting such as pit, collar, and neck zips and the jacket becomes a performance tool that keeps you dry and regulates your body temperature during exertion.

Usage and the clothing you wear underneath also play a role. Some jackets are made to be worn over bulky cold weather clothing while others are tailored to be worn over a thin base-layer or cycling jersey.


Cycling Bottoms

Wearable and practical commuting shorts/pants and why you need them.

What if you took all the benefits of a cycling kit and combined it with casual and stylish active wear? You’d have Swrve, Club Ride and Chrome. These three companies have brought active cycling gear to a whole new level. Developing shorts, knickers and pants that not only feel comfortable on the bike your can comfortably transition from your bike to work or out to dinner and not look like that guy… you know the one at Starbucks in his full kit! cyling-bottoms-woman-on-bike What’s the big difference between theses brands and regular active wear? Well to start, the fabric. All these brands are using stretch cotton and hi-tech fabrics, which is designed for on bike use clothing. If you are not aware of what stretch cotton is, you’re about to fall in love! Stretch Cotton is a blend of cotton and Lycra which provides all the comfort and softness of cotton but also allows for some stretch and flexibility. This equals a garment that is not only comfortable, but allows for easy movement in shorts and or pants. Just like your bib, but without looking like you’re headed to climb alpe d’huez.

Stretch cotton will change the way you feel and dress on your daily commute. No more bringing a change of clothes to work. Now you will be able to comfortably ride into the office, park your bike and fit right in with your colleagues in your stretch cotton. Trust me, its more comfortable than the slacks or jeans you’re wearing now and looks nicer as well.

These active wear companies are going to change the way you dress and more importantly feel in your day to day clothing. Comfortable, windproof, water resistant clothing that looks good. This is a movement! You will be seeing larger companies soon jump into the mix. Levi’s is entering the game with their own stretch cotton blend; this is not a fad it is going to change how you expect your clothes to feel.

After we started receiving our first shipments of these brands, our staff quickly started buying them up before we even got them on our site! In all of my years riding, racing and commuting I have never been as comfortable in my new urban kits. This is quality cycling wear that just happens to look nice off the bike as well. Once you find out how articulated knees, gusseted crotches, and stretchable materials work for you, you’ll never look back.


Cycling Tops

Cycling tops are designed to be comfortable, functional, and maybe even stylish! Everyone has seen bright multi-colored bicycle specific jerseys. And, they’re great for club rides, advertising, or just having a Walter Mitty journey in your own Tour De France. But, cycling tops have come a long way and are now more breathable, stylish, and still provide some unique design features that make them great choices for cycling. commuting-tops Before you start shopping, there are some things to think about. What kind of cyclist are you? What are your needs? Do you need to change once you’re at you destination or do you want to be able to roll straight into your destination without worrying about changing? What kind of weather will be out there? Are you afraid of the dark?

The nice thing about contemporary bicycling clothing is that manufacturer’s designers are invariably cyclists themselves. They design with riding a bike in mind. And, they know what works. Today’s cycling clothes take the approach that your bicycling lifestyle doesn’t have to interfere with your activities off the bike. So, going to the store, commuting to work, or just meeting up with friends at your favorite spot doesn’t have to have the flavor of the finish line at the Paris-Roubaix. Cycling clothing has become “lifestyle” clothing – for wear on and off the bike.

Riding your bike is all about freedom, comfort, and still looking good. Contemporary cycling clothing seeks to satisfy these qualities through functional design, technical fabrics, all with an eye toward projecting a casual style. Designers look to make shape and fit work for cycling posture and position. They build in pockets, flaps, and ventilation features that are bicycling centric. Technical fabrics will often provide moisture management, wicking control, quick drying qualities, stretch, and feel good next to your skin. Tops may have to work with other pieces of clothing as well. How they work with bicycling pants, baselayers, and jackets is also part of the equation.