For many of us, cycling is about more than what we do when we’re actually on the bike. If you let it, riding can become a huge part of who you are, and many of us like to show off our favorite past-time when we’re in our civvies.
I know I’m not just talking about myself because a number of cycling manufacturers have branched out into casual clothing, and they wouldn’t do so if the market wasn’t there.
There’s a lot of it out there, and personal preference is going to come high on the agenda, but here are a few of my favourite bike themed tops and jackets…
At £55, you would expect good quality and having tried this one on in the Condor store, I can confirm it felt like a luxury item with a warm fleece lining. Styled like a ‘grown up version of a varsity jacket’, this one is all about belonging to the tribe, and World Champion stripes on collar and cuffs are a nod to cycling heritage.
This one is designed I expect with the male form in mind, but it felt lovely and snugly for a woman, too.
I love this jacket so much, and so does everybody else, hence why it’s back after a sell-out summer of success. Anna Glowinski designs cycling kit for women, and she’s on to a hit with this cardi, which is all about shouting your hobby loud and proud.
Like the Condor Tudor York, this jacket gives a nod to retro cycling, down to the three-pocket design on the back.
As you can see, I’m quite a fan:
I’m dropping the traditional, luxe, subtle style here and going in with the big guns. I’m a massive fan of The Clash, and this T-Shirt might not be for you if you have never shouted along to Joe Strummer as he sang: “I’m so bored of the USA.” I have, and I think this Vicious Velo take on the lyric is awesome.
Who are Vicious Velo? I’ll let them explain themselves: “Inspired by early punk ViCiOUS VELO are a group of bike riders and racers who love cyclo-cross and road racing. Don’t call us a club or a team, we’re neither. We’ve no rules and no team orders. You’re either with us or against us.”
I’m cheating a little bit here, because this is technically cycling gear. However, if you know who The Sufferfest are, it means you’re probably putting a good amount of time in on the turbo trainer or rollers, and thus you might feel just as comfortable in kit as out of it, and you could easily sling this jacket over a tshirt with jeans.
The Sufferfest design training videos for indoors sessions, and wearing this you can show the world what you’ve been up to in your free time. Most of them won’t get it, but those that do will nod with deep respect (you hope).
This is $129.99, (£80) but it’s Tech-Fleece lined and designed to be a performance bit of cycling kit as well.
Have you got a favourite piece of cycling themed casual clothing?