I don’t like-a Ly­cra. Is there bike cloth­ing I can wear that doesn’t make me look a dick?

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AGuru is no MAMIL, and shuns ‘ tech­ni­cal’ cy­clewear. Yes, it’s prob­a­bly good for keep­ing the el­e­ments out, but do you RE­ALLY want to re­sem­ble a colour-blind trans­ves­tite fetishist when you’re com­mut­ing to Houn­slow?

An ob­vi­ous al­ter­na­tive is to just wear, you know, clothes. Like a nor­mal per­son. How­ever, if you like to ex­ert your­self a bit, you ide­ally want some stretch to the fab­ric. And, of course, a din­ner jacket isn’t su­per-vis­i­ble dur­ing these dark winter nights.

So Guru takes the third way: dap­per clob­ber specif­i­cally built for rid­ing.

His ab­so­lute favourite in this area right now is the the Raver Wave from Dash­ing Tweeds. This is a proper, three-piece tweed suit, but made us­ing ‘Lu­matwill’ cloth – a mix of Merino wool and 3M re­flec­tive yarns that looks nor­mal in day­light but lights up like a Christ­mas tree when hit by head­lights. Though, at £2,080 for the jacket, £1,040 for the trews and £940 for the waist­coat, this op­tion is per­haps not for the more ca­sual cy­clist, and you’ll need a hel­met shaped like a bowler hat.

For a look that’s less aris­to­cratic and more hip­ster-sharp, try pair­ing the Fox Wil­son Preston jeans (£89) with Giro Repub­lic’s LX Road Shoes (£150). Fash­ioned from brown leather, the shoes are an un­usu­ally stylish mix of sports-ca­sual and clas­sic; and though they’re two-bolt SPD pedal com­pat­i­ble, they can be walked in. The jeans are your clas­sic skinny kecks, but with flouro de­tail­ing on the in­side of the right leg (just roll up and go!) and a loop for your U-lock. They’re made of Schoeller 3XDRY denim, so are water-re­pelling, stretchy and, cru­cially, odour-re­sis­tant, so you won’t stink.

For some­thing a bit more mod, try Fred Perry’s Bradley Wig­gins shirt (£75), which has stretchy bits and ven­ti­la­tion eye­lets (plus a great big Perry logo, of course), or an ace-face­friendly Ted Baker Zipthru jersey (£95) from its Rais­ing The Han­dle­bars range.

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