Upshift your cycling gear to stay ahead of the panache pack
The high fever of fixed-gear fanaticism and steel-frame fetishism may be long passed, but more and more of us are still taking to two wheels. Cities across the world have closed roads to cars and installed bike lanes, making cycling increasingly safe and accessible. We are still of the opinion, though, that if you jump on a saddle, you should look like you mean it and dress for the occasion.
Cycling gear should have a hi-vis, form-fitting appeal all of its own and our suggested kit shifts up a gear visually from the much-favoured but monotonous (and, safety-wise, counterintuitive) all-black approach. Our new favourite cycling tops include the eye-popping Spectrum jersey from Universal Colours, made entirely from post-consumer plastic bottles while still offering all the stretchy breathability you need on a steep uphill climb or determined whizz to the office (should you still do that). Paul Smith was, of course, a committed cyclist long before it was frightfully au courant and his
range of cycling gear includes the natty number pictured above, made in recycled polyester, and featuring a dazzling band of buzzing colour. From Japanese brand Pedaled, we’ve hit on the Marai women’s jersey. Made in Bluesign-approved sustainable materials, it’s ideal for when the temperature drops. And we’re also big fans of the punchy graphics and technical but sustainable fabrics of Melbourne-based apparel label Maap.
Our suggested shades, Kato by Oakley, were designed for riders at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and conform to the contours of the face for a seamless look, while shoewise, we’re going for Fizik’s Vento Infinito Carbon 2 with its pleasingly elegant micro-adjustable system that gives an effortless, precise fit. Saddle up and be safe.