Cities are evolving to become a bit friendlier to casual cyclists – so it’s about time clothes did too. While lycra shorts and garish waterproof jackets are still the uniform for commuter cyclists, there are some labels out there catering to the more discerning rider, who wants to feel comfortable on their journey and look good at the end of it.
These labels are finding new ways to incorporate reflective elements to clothes, from stripes on the turn-ups of jeans, to reflective piping underneath layers of fabric, to brand new technology infused in the clothes themselves. Jeans are being designed especially for cycling, with stretchy, tough denim and waterproof qualities. And waterproofs themselves are no longer exclusively neon yellow, bulky and unflattering, if you know where to look.
We got on our bikes in the city and put gear to the test in all weathers on rides to and from work. We chose pieces for a combination of comfort on the bike and style both on and off two wheels.
1. Fierlan Navy Cycling Layering Jacket: £100, Fierlan
Specialist women’s cycling kit company Fierlan has been producing lovely-looking gear since 2014, with a focus on flattering shapes. This high-necked jacket flares out slightly at the waist, so it skims over the hips rather than clinging to them. It’s super light and silky soft, but remarkably water-resistant; after a rain-soaked 45-minute ride, drops were still beading on the surface, and the inside was dry. The coral-coloured sleeves and inside collar are a nice touch. It’s a snug fit across the chest, and the fabric doesn’t stretch, so if you prefer your kit a little looser, opt for one size up. Buy now