Serious cycling is hard work, and while the average commuter isn’t looking to work up a sweat and doesn’t need to be dressed for maximum aerodynamics, it’s still important to find a balance between fitness fiend garb and looking like a garbage carrier. While going to and from your office on a bike, you want clothes that breathe well for comfort, so you aren’t showing up as a sweaty mess; and you want apparel that still lets you walk by your co-workers with your head held high. Your outfit needs to be able to deal with the troubles of working on a greasy chain and fight getting a skunk stripe as you ride. To this end, we’ve opted to create the ideal attire for the bike commuter.
Everything hits right at the junction of stylish and operational so it fits right, functions well, and looks professional from the bike lane to the boardroom.
Giro New Road Mobility Tailored Trousers
Primarily cotton, these dress blue slacks will hide a myriad of sins from the road while still being able to go hand in glove with your favorite sports coat or cycling shoes. Cut slim and slender, they’ll easily avoid getting caught in your chain and the addition of Lycra lets them breathe and stretch. Capable of going casual, you’ll never need to carry a change when going from work to pedaling to the bar. A wide, gusseted crotch prevents binding and discomfort while in the saddle or breaking in that new office chair.
Outlier Mojave Pivot Shirt
With a few color options to choose from, we suggest you go with the dark gray selection to create a stormy complement to the navy of your pants. A stunning interweave of linen, ramie, and cotton, it’s a challenge to get the Pivot Shirt to hold sweat. It will not only keep you dry and comfortable on your ride, but avoid embarrassing odor from resting on your skin. Swap it out for a natty dress shirt or just throw on a jacket and tie for a day at your desk.
Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket
The snap closures at the front mean less fumbling with buttons and easier transitions on and off the bike. A subtle, zip-in hood keeps you ready for inclement storms or hides away to eliminate drag and distraction when the sun shines. Subtle reflective accents add safety to the early bird worker, or the one burning the midnight oil who needs to stay alive in the dark. Easy to clean and resistive to road grime, there’s an urbane appeal to the Trucker Jacket that nods to sophistication.
Chrome Industries 415 Work Boot
The 415 is a dynamic hybrid that is heavy enough for handling a day on the job site, but is more comfortable than a pair of Chuck Taylors when it comes to using it like a sneaker. Cutting down on the break-in period and the weight when compared to comparable boots, you’ll be able to feel the pedals as you trundle along, but still have sufficient padding for a day on your feet. The red leather adds just enough color to be noticeable without being garish or tacky.
Braun Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
True Swiss Quartz movement ensures that you’ll never have an excuse to be late while the broad display allows you to check the hour at a glance. Perfect for keeping you on time and on track without taking your eyes off the road, the silver body goes with everything, but will really pop next to the green jacket and blue pants. Ideal for looking sharp and making you visible to motorists.
Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket
Stash your cash, smartphone, keys, and cards, this is the water, weather, and wear-proof wallet you need when you’re exposed to everything mother nature feels like throwing at you. Completely resistant to snow, moisture, sand, dirt, grit, and drops, this organizes and protects your gear without being embarrassing to pull out when picking up your morning java jolt. Done up in Bellroy’s all-weather leather, you’ll even get a 3-year warranty against any defects.
Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool
You can’t afford to haul around a bulky, clunky bike tool for fixing your flats, nor can you sacrifice functions when out on the road. That’s why the Crank Brothers have created a more balanced bit of kit. With everything from spoke wrenches to a chain tool, this has all the hex wrenches you could want and your basic screwdriver attachments. It even includes a T-25 Torx tool for working on disc brakes. Short of full bike construction, there’s little this can’t do, and it manages to shine with silver, gold, or black accents.
Defy Bags VerBockel Rolltop Backpack
Never before has military grade waxed canvas looked this appealing. This is your go-anywhere rolltop bag with plenty of space to be loaded with gear, from water bottles on the sides to clip-on accessories snapped to the MOLLE system. Though not 100% waterproof, it won’t let you down when the skies open up on you. A breathable padded lining on the back makes it comfortable for lengthy or daily wear, while a special reinforced pocket lets your laptop to come along for the ride in perfect safety, even if your body picks up some road rash.
Giro Quarter Helmet
Safety might need to come first, but style is a close second in the race for gear you should get. With this quarter helmet from Giro, there’s no need to sacrifice either as the 8 vents and ABS shell make it comfortable and sturdy while also giving it a matte black look that will look perfect on your head or hanging from the clips on your VerBockel bag. Meant for freeriding, dirt hopping, and even taking on tricks, it’s packed to the gills with features that go above and beyond what the toughest commute requires.
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 U-Lock
Tough enough to stand up to some of the worst neighborhoods in New York, the Evolution combines a rigid U-Lock and a cable for locking down the frame and the wheels. Built to battle all but the biggest bolt cutters and leverage attacks, this will not only keep your commuter bike safe, but has a full 360 degree rotation fit that allows it to be transported more easily and fit with the oddest bicycle construction. The disc locking cylinder is among the toughest nuts to crack and tells thieves to look elsewhere.