We love two-wheeled transport – especially when it looks this good.
WORDS & PICTURES BY CHRIS ROWLANDS
Hopping on a bike is one of the best ways to get moving in the summer months – but how does one avoid the fashion faux pas so synonymous with cycling in the sun? Ditch the Lycra and don Modern Traveller’s favourite kit to look stylish whilst saving the planet.
HELMET: LAZER TONIC (£50)
Slim enough to be aerodynamic, subtle enough to be stylish: this simple shell for your skull is both lightweight and comfortable, courtesy of an in-mould construction. Plenty of vents make for a cool cranium, whilst a quick-to-twist dial means fitting is a doddle.
GLASSES: BBB ADAPT PH BSG-45PH (£90)
Too dark for tunnels, too light for lanes: there’s little worse than a poor pair of glasses. Thankfully, these photochromic specs adjust automatically depending on the light levels outside, offering full UV protection in a slim-rimmed package that’s less bike geek, more smooth moves.
JACKET: GORE MEN’S RESCUE WINDSTOPPER (£160)
Windproof warmth that stuffs into a sack as small as a stone: Gore’s toasty jacket is an incredibly lightweight delight of water-resistant wizardry that’ll keep you in breathable comfort, whatever the weather. In-built reflective elements mean you’ll be safely seen, too.
JERSEY: CHAPEAU CAFE TWIN STRIPE (£40)
Forget tight-fitting Lycra: this part-bamboo, part-polyester jersey brings a dose of retro style to the saddle. With subtle stripe detailing and a raft of clever touches – such as a water resistant rear pocket and studded strip to stop the top riding up – this is casual-fit cycling fashion perfect for the café-hopping cyclist.
SHORTS: VULPINE GRAVEL RAIN (£TBC)
Water-resistant, breathable and tough to boot, Vulpine’s Gravel Rain shorts offer a laid-back approach to cycling attire, without sacrificing on substance. Nifty tricks – including a seamless gusset for pain-free cruising – pair with plenty of pockets to make these a sensible choice for saddle-sitters looking to keep things a little more casual.
SOCKS: MORE MILE COLORADO WOOL SOCK (£4)
There are cycling socks, and there are moisture-wicking, Merino wool foot-wrappers that will keep your feet in cushioned comfort in almost all weathers. These Colorado socks are the latter, offering ergonomic excellence in durable form.
SHOES: QUOC PHAM URBANITE LOW (£170)
Style meets substance in these leather upper lace-ups that bring chic comfort to the pedals. A hardened sole wrapped in rubber means they’re stiff enough for sturdy cycling without sacrificing walkability, whilst integrated cleats and reflective heel strips are ideal additions for serious riders.
BIKE: SPECIALIZED ALLEZ ELITE (£715)
Sporting an alloy frame that matches strength with weight-saving smarts, the Allez Elite is a two-wheeled machine that’s ideal for those looking to move from laid-back road rolling to something a little racier. The 20 Shimano gears are good for hills and sprints alike, whilst carbon forks make pesky vibration a thing of the past.
Looking to buy cycling bits? Evans Cycles stocks the lot.