Monday, December 11, 2017

You might assume that any advances in cycling fabric technology are only for pros looking to shave milliseconds off their times or MAMILs seeking any advantage possible to make their weekend slog up Box Hill easier.

You would be wrong. Those marginal gains in fabric tech also trickle down into clothes for the everyday cyclist – the commuter, the lazy-ride-to-bruncher, the warm-weather weekender. The result of that is that you can now wear what appear to be entirely regular-looking clothes that actually contain sweat-wicking, odour-dampening, water-repelling tech, so you can be both comfortable and stylish on your bike.

Fill your wardrobe with these ride-ready garments and you’ll never need to carry a full change of clothes with you again.

Vulpine Harrington

The definitive urban cycling jacket resists all but the very worst weather, has a cycling fit and magnet-sealed back pocket (magnets are easier to open on the go. And very cool. Magnets are cool) and is styled in such a way that it can be carried off anywhere. It’s pricy, but this jacket will serve for almost all occasions in almost all conditions from autumn through to spring, making it worth the outlay. And it‘s now available in black, navy or olive green. £170, buy on vulpine.cc

Resolute Bay LS1 Commuter Jacket

By day this is an understated grey jacket, with a high collar and low drop on the back making it ideal for cycling. But it really comes into its own at night, when the reflective details appear. While other jackets opt for flares of reflective material here and there, the LS1 has opted for a stripe pattern that both looks excellent and is nigh on impossible for other road users to miss. In fact they’ll probably compliment you on your excellent jacket as they drive past. £120, buy on resolutebayclothing.com

Spoke Bulletproof Chinos

These excellent chinos have several cycling-friendly features subtly woven in, the best of which is the water-repelling fabric, which sees off showers with ease. There are also reflective details on the piping of the leg, which show when you roll them up for riding, and a reflective flash in the back pocket. Spoke also makes sure every pair of its chinos fit superbly with three build options, so if off-the-peg trews don’t sit right on you, these will delight. £129, buy on spoke-london.com

Swrve Cordura Slim Fit Jeans

Like most trousers designed for cyclists, these Swrve jeans have a higher waist at the back to stop you revealing more than you’d like when bending over the handlebars, but they also have a lower waistline at the front to stop your belt digging in while riding. There’s also a seamless crotch for comfort, reflective details that reveal themselves when you roll the leg up, and a back pocket designed to fit a small U-lock. £80, buy on swrve.co.uk

Lululemon ABC Pant Slim

The ABC in the name stands for anti-ball crushing, a sentiment we can all surely get behind. These pants back up their ABC claims by providing some extra room in the seamless gusset, and that’s indicative of the supreme comfort you can expect from them when riding. The stretchy material is as unrestrictive as wearing PJs or joggers, but they’re smart enough to wear when you’re out, while the reflective details on the legs and water-resistant fabric are ideal for cycling. £118, buy on lululemon.co.uk

Primal Rhapsody Hoodie

This casual hoodie has several sneaky design adjustments to make it ideal for cycling, such as long sleeves and a elasticated hem that won’t ride up, reflective strips on the sleeves and a handy upper arm pocket. The fabric is breathable and wicks away sweat like a champ, making this a fine pick for summer evenings. £75, buy on primaleurope.com

Huez Softshell Sweat Crew

Every wardrobe needs a plain black sweatshirt and if said sweatshirt has ingenious reflective and water-repelling properties built in, then so much the better. Just imagine the amazed looks on the faces of those around you when you breeze through a summer shower with a bone-dry torso thanks to this magic jumper. £130, buy on huez.co.uk

Rapha Merino Oxford Shirt

The button-down Oxford shirt is a classic garment suitable for all occasions, but this update adds new details like covered buttons as well as functional tweaks. Rapha’s version is made of a merino and cotton blend to wick sweat away and avoid unpleasant odours, and it includes a reflective tab on the back for night rides and a chest pocket with hidden zip to access valuables mid-ride. £110, buy on rapha.cc

Vulpine Extrafine Merino T-shirt

Just about the most comfortable T-shirt you’ll ever wear in any conditions and one that really excels when riding. Cut to look good both on and off the bike, it’s made of “extrafine” merino wool, so it dries rapidly and resists smells like a champ. £80, buy on vulpine.cc

Swrve Modal Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Stylish cycling gear can get pretty pricy, but you can stock up on the basics via American brand Swrve without breaking the bank. Its long- and short-sleeve tees and polo shirts are made with Modal fabric – which is comfortable and wicks sweat away in a similar manner to merino wool – and they’re available in several colours at a superb price. £20, buy on swrve.co.uk

Rapha Long Sleeve Summer Wicking Shirt

Ideal for the one or two days of the UK summer that hit the uncomfortably hot mark, or indeed for taking on holiday to sunnier climes, this lightweight shirt wicks sweat at a furious pace to keep you dry and comfortable. £100, buy on rapha.cc

Endura Urban Concrete Polo

A tight, cycle-ready fit and a plunging neckline that can be unbuttoned for extra ventilation make this great for riding. When you arrive at your destination, button it back up and you have a polo shirt ready for all your smart-casual needs. £59.99, buy on endurasport.com