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Upshift your cycling gear to stay ahead of the panache pack

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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.

 ?? ?? Right, Zachary wears top, 150, by Pedaled. Lisa wears top, 150, by Pedaled. Glasses, £204, by Oakley Below, Zachary wears top, £155, by Café du Cycliste. Lisa wears top, £100, by Maap
Right, Zachary wears top, 150, by Pedaled. Lisa wears top, 150, by Pedaled. Glasses, £204, by Oakley Below, Zachary wears top, £155, by Café du Cycliste. Lisa wears top, £100, by Maap
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 ?? ?? Left, top, £140, by Paul Smith. Glasses, £241, by Oakley Below, top, £120, by Universal Colours Bottom, shoes, £330, by Fizik. Socks, £14, by Universal Colours Electric bike in silver, £2,690, by Ora ïto, for Angell
Left, top, £140, by Paul Smith. Glasses, £241, by Oakley Below, top, £120, by Universal Colours Bottom, shoes, £330, by Fizik. Socks, £14, by Universal Colours Electric bike in silver, £2,690, by Ora ïto, for Angell
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