When it comes to cycling, what you wear matters; a few simple wardrobe tweaks can be the difference between a comfortable ride and a sweaty, tedious workout. If you’re a casual cyclist used to wearing anything that happens to be clean, making a few informed purchases can help you up your game, especially if you’re thinking about racing, riding long distance or just riding more often.
When your cycling getup fits like a second skin, there won’t be anything to distract you from the road- and your progress. Though many of the best products on the market land in a higher price range, they are usually long-lasting and include built in technology that you won’t find in cheaper clothing. Consider your new wardrobe an investment; you’ll not only perform better but feel infinitely better as well.
Insulated Jacket 3.0
Born in Britain, Albion Cycling operates in ode to the UK’s manufacturing heritage and infamous weather. With foggy mornings, low- hanging mist and sporadic showers in mind, the company’s line of apparel emphasizes practicality and the outdoors. Products are designed to function in different scenarios, whether it be wind, wet weather, or just general chill.
The Insulated Jacket 3.0 merges packability and dependability, making it an all around companion. Lightweight but warm and water repellent, it’s ideal under uncertain skies. The jacket incorporates Evo Vivo recycled insulation by Clo and plays into the steadfast cyclist belief that less is more. Two front pockets, an adjustable hem and an extended rear make this an everyday piece; it also packs into a rear packet so that you can stow it easily in any bike bag.
Ultralight Insulated Jacket
Taking things even further, the company’s Ultralight Insulated Jacket totals only about 99 grams, insulation included. A stuff sack allows it to pack down conveniently, while micro ripstop fabric keeps you ventilated. Designed in Britain and made in Italy, this jacket is great for layering when you’re expecting temperatures to dip or soar quickly.
Long Sleeve Merino Base Layer
Base layers are a staple of any athlete’s closet thanks to their moisture reducing and warmth capabilities. Albion’s Long Sleeve Merino Base Layer is a classic merino wool blend, making the best of a legendary material. Odor-resistant, quick to dry and insulated, this long- sleeve base layer keeps you covered on colder days, especially underneath one of Albion’s jackets. Check out the short sleeve merino base layer for a slightly lighter option.
Based in Essex, Blackmore is another rising apparel brand to come out of the United Kingdom in the last ten years. Emphasizing quality over quantity, Blackmore sells mens’ and women’s cycling clothing inspired by the village of Blackmore, where its founders hail from.
The company’s classic Aero Jerseys guarantee comfort in hot weather, thanks to distinct features like a mesh rear. The aero jersey conforms to your shape while allowing airflow through its extended sleeves.
Storm Salute Jacket
Sleek, savvy and fully waterproof, Chrome’s Storm Salute Commute Jacket is an urban riders’ favorite. Light but brathable, the jackets’ simplicity is its best feature, other than classic cycling- ready details like a drop tail and secure interior pocket. Throw the Storm Salute on during your daily commute or take it along on a day trip out of the city; the jacket is extremely versatile when it comes to layering in moody weather. Casual and cool, it can also become an everyday piece while off the bike.
Men’s Cycling UK Bodyline Jersey
Also hailing from the UK, Stolen Goat builds its mission around non- restrictive clothing that encourages you to get (and stay) outside in any kind of weather. The company’s Cycling UK Bodyline Jersey comes in an array of awesome patterns and colors meant to complement your summer excursion. Aerodynamic, UV protective and fitted, the Bodyline can easily become a staple, especially when layered. Stow your smallest valuables in the jersey’s water resistant pocket and you’ll be all set. If your size is not available and you’re not in a rush, make sure to take advantage of the company’s backorder option.
Men’s Anthracite Gravel Shorts
For gravel and mountain bikers who prefer a casual fit that works on and off the bike, Stolen Goat’s Anthracite Gravel Shorts blend in just enough while still feeling great in action. Durable and with a perfect amount of stretch, these shorts are also waist- adjustable meaning you can customize their fit no matter what position you’ll be riding in. Two out of four total pockets are zippered, so that your phone and wallet can be safely stowed as you head out on the trails. Budget friendly and long lasting, the Anthracite Shorts are a no brainer for anyone who spends most of the day outdoors.
Men’s Sector Tri-Suit
For a more dynamic fit ideal for racing, the professional- level Sector Tri- Suit is a sound choice when speed matters. An all- black scheme with color accents keeps things simple, while a professionally designed pad and quick- dry fabric help you forget the suit is even there. The sleeves and leg panels are extended to keep your arms and legs covered without losing speed, and a lockable front zip makes letting a bit of extra air in easy. A bodysuit might be the kind of piece you only need one of, so make your choice count with the Sector Tri-Suit.
Men’s Escape Quest Short
Though padded shorts are a matter of preference, they can improve your riding experience considerable; giving them a try is always worht it, even if you don’t think you’ll need the extra cushioning. They become even more important on long tours; if you’re going to be spending hours a day on a saddle, a little relief goes a long way. Pearl Izumi’s Escape Quest Short is a budget friendly option to start with. Made to wick moisture and avoid chafing, the shorts are constructed with your body in mind, making sure no pressure is put where it doesn’t belong.
Demo Pro Pants
A household name in everything from frames to fits, Specialized apparel is made to match their highly popular bicycles. When it comes to the brand’s cycling clothing, utility and durability come first. The Demo Pro Pants are fitted at the waist but loose enough to accommodate knee pads; the waist is also adjustable in case you need a few extra centimeters. Water repellent, woven fabric and a tapered leg mean you don’t need to worry about anything but the ride itself. These are a great long- pant choice for any season; pair them with base layers in extra cold weather or wear them on their own for adventure or casual riding.
Men’s Transit Pant
Known for making waterproof clothing that outlasts the Northwest’s notoriously wet weather, Showers Pass is your go- to for all things rain- related. The Men’s Transit Pant is one of the company’s best selling pieces, thanks to a timeless and casual fit, full protection and details that make it a true cycling pant. Ankle zippers make it easy to pull these on over shoes, while three layers of Artex fabric keep you dry. Cinch straps, reflective strips and even a mesh stuff sack for packability complete the package; these are great for commuting and wearing over base layers or a work outfit (don’t forget to size up)! They can also be a lifesaver while traveling and are comfortable enough for an entire drizzly day spent in the saddle.
Gravel Cycling Shoe (Clip in)
The Gravel Cycling Shoe might be an unexpected surprise from a company like Adidas, but it lives up to the brand name in terms of high quality athletic footwear. The Gravel Shoe is made of ripstop fabric, features an inner sock and has a TPU pod compatible outsole. Aesthetically, the shoe references road riding styles, but is built to withstand the trail. Stiff and light, the Gravel Shoe is made with power in mind, making no compromises when it comes to functionality nor aesthetic.
Stamp Speed Lace- Classics Edition
Clip- in shoes are definitely not for everyone, and when it comes to flat pedal shoes, Crankbrothers is a mainstay. The company’s products are made with high friction soles and a tread pattern meant to increase traction when on a pedal; the pattern also increases the shoe’s grip when tackling rugged and uphill terrain. Taking cues from streetwear, the Stamp flat pedal shoes merge a contemporary look with a practical pair of shoes that is ready to take on anything from city blocks to rocky slopes.
With a micro- adjustment dial closing system and black and gold color scheme, Crankbrothers’ Stamp Boa is another bestselling flat pedal option to keep in mind when searching for the shoe that can handle anything.