Looking for some new cycling apparel to wear this spring and summer? Let us help you with your next kit purchase. We have spent months riding and reviewing some of the freshest kits, shoes and socks on the market.
See reviews here:
- Kit review: round one featuring Velocio, Rapha, Specialized, Search and State, and Fondo– here.
- Kit reviews: round two featuring dhb, Pearl Izumi, Ten Speed Hero and Machines for Freedom
- Shoes ridden and reviewed featuring Bontrager, Giro and Pearl Izumi
Here are our tops picks:
Favourite bibs: Velocio Superfly
Velocio’s Superfly bibshorts are hands down my favourite bibs at the moment. And with wider straps and a beautiful navy blue colour, the 2.0 are even better than the original.
A true performance short with ample compression in all the right places, the Superfly has and added bonus in that they’re made to make nature breaks easy. Velocio’s solution comes in the form of a zipper and stretchy razor back bib straps. You can keep the zipper closed for regular dressing and undressing but when nature calls, simply unzip, squat and pull down the shorts. No helmet, jersey or jacket removal required. And while visible, the zipper is hardly noticeable while riding at all. Like blue as much as I do? Check out the new Helen Wyman collection!
Machines for Freedom
All Machines for Freedom (MFF) products are gorgeous, but I particularly love the GeoFloral Print and the Modern Dot Print. The jerseys are eye-catching on and off the bike, in a very classy kind of way. There are many fun designs on the market right now, but these jerseys are something else. They’re timeless –just as suitable for a 20-something fashionista as a 55-year-old weekend warrior. This is the kind of jersey you want to be wearing walking into a coffee shop.
Ten Speed Hero (TSH) is a small “friend-based company” out of Chicago that’s been making a name for themselves with their bold and vibrantly coloured, hipster-friendly designs in kits and socks. From their funky, geometric shapes in bright colors to classic black-and-white patterns, you can’t go wrong with their styles.
American company Panache Cycle Wear makes high quality cycling wear recognisable by its bold, geometric patterns. The Mondrian, pictured above, is perhaps the flashiest of their designs and it’s one I have been lusting after for a while. Is it too much? No such thing!
Black Sheep Cycling
Black Sheep Cycling makes highly technical, super lightweight quality apparel with styles for everyone. From their classic solid colourways to their funky collaborations (like the new Strava kit) and limited edition kits, there is something for every subculture of the cycling community.
There are many more awesome designs I could and want to include but these brands tend to make unisex (a.k.a male) apparel instead of women’s specific apparel. Here’s looking at you, Cadence Collection, Team Dream, and Donkeylabel. I’d love to see a women’s line!
Best wallet-friendly quality cycling apparel:
Buying cycling apparel can get spendy really quickly. Luckily, there are brands out there that want to make quality apparel for the masses. With UK-based dhb you get style, Italian-made quality and comfort for a wallet-friendly price.
For many women, the cost of quality gear is a serious hurdle to them enjoying cycling to the fullest. dhb seems to counter that with an extensive line of women’s apparel.
Now this is a tough one. I have a massive sock problem and simply cannot stop myself when I see a new hawt pair of tall socks. I.Must.Have.Them.
So here are my top favourite sock makers:
Of course I had seen their products all over Instagram and on the road, but I hadn’t met Handlebar Mustache in person until Interbike. I was good and “only” bought four pair and I love them all.
Because duh. With almost a cult-like following, it seems like everyone these days are sporting The Athletic socks and why wouldn’t you when they look this good?
Ten Speed Hero
To match your Ten Speed Hero kit or on their own, TSH hero has a great range of socks to add a little flare to your cycling wardrobe.
Our very own CyclingTips selection.