By the Bicycle Times staff
How do you dress for a ride? This question is more complex than it may seem at first. But with the aim of helping you answer it for yourself, here we present a collection of clothing reviews, along with some advice on how to combine pieces for different outfits to match different conditions. The reviews are loosely arranged in outfits according to the weather in which you’d wear them, going from warmer to cooler. We also present some “Extras to Consider” with each outfit, things you may want to bring along in a bag to be prepared for changes in temperature or to accommodate different needs. Read the complete introduction here.
Even "The Dude" would abide in the Bowler Jersey, with its classic styling and snazzy collar. Made from 87% polyester, 13% spandex, it’s soft, lightweight, and wicking, but by no means wimpy. Not too baggy or too tight, just casual and cool, yet functional. A hidden full-length zipper is concealed under the snaps, and the vented underarms and two vertical panels down the back help regulate body temperature. I like that it doesn’t become too discolored when I sweat. There’s a chest pocket and three rear pockets—the middle one is zippered, and my only complaint is that the zipper snags easily. Paired with the Days-2-Short, it completes an outfit that is perfect for commuting or rolling to a pub and hanging out. Retail is $90, a little steep, but it is a high-quality shirt. Made in U.S.A.
2. Club Ride 2-Day Shorts
The Days-2-Short shell is made from 97% nylon, 3% Spandex. The shell is stretchy for functionality and the inseam panel is seamless and even stretchier for pedaling. Two slanted hip pockets, zippered rear pocket, and buttoned thigh pocket keep the design clean, and cam tabs easily adjust the waist. The removable, 82% polyester, 18% spandex mesh liner has a comfortable chamois. I like that the shorts fit above the knee and look casual, not too baggy. They dry quickly and manage odor well, and without the liner they work great as activewear. Retail is $100. Made in U.S.A.
The tekoPOLY Men’s Light Minicrew socks are made from 100% post-consumer waste (plastic bottles, to be exact) in a 100% wind-powered factory in North Carolina. For $12.95 you get soft, comfortable, wicking socks that could help save this big, beautiful world that we ride on. No nitpicking here. Also available in low cut and in ultralight weight.
Armwarmers are instant long sleeves for when the temperature drops, and they take up very little room in your bag.
Your fingers will be the first to get chilly. Plus the terrycloth patches on these gloves give you a means to wipe sweat or snot. $22.Tweet Print