The weather is once again getting nice for those of us trapped in places other than Southern California, and that means that it’s time to start biking to work again. Cycling to work has many benefits: it’s active, it wakes you up, it reveals tons of cool things along your route you’d otherwise miss by driving. But bike commuting can also mean sweat, stench, chafing, uncomfortable clothing and looking like a dork. But all of that can be avoided with the right wardrobe. We picked out five of the best brands making clothing perfect for a spirited ride to the office or a slow spin to work. The best part? You won’t have to change when you get there.
Commuter Cycling Wear That Can Take More Than a Small Beating
Favorite Piece: Signal 5-Pocket Pants
The Bike to Pair It With: Speedvagen Urban Racer
San Francisco–based Mission Workshop is known for its tough bags, but it also produces some incredible clothing pieces. Durability and innovative materials are key here; these pieces have everything from Polartec to Schoeller. The Bremen Wool raincoat even boasts a waterproof wool-based fabric.
Road Cycling’s Top Brand Does More Than Skin-Tight Racewear
Favorite Piece: Loopback Jacket
The Bike to Pair It With: The Bixby by Shinola
Most people know Rapha for its high-end road cycling apparel, but the brand’s City collection does more than an adequate job at keeping riders comfortable on your commute. Just like its road cycling wear, Rapha’s commuter digs fit well and offer a minimalist aesthetic. The Oxford has a great fit, built-in stretch and an on-seam hidden pocket. It even looks sleek under a sport coat.
Technical Apparel as Tough as the City of New York
Favorite Piece: 60/30 Jacket
The Bike to Pair It With: Cannondale Bad Boy 1
Outlier started in New York City strictly making bike commute clothing, but has since branched out to elevated staples built with durability in mind. Its commuter wear is still top notch, boasting breathability, quick dry times and most of all durability.
Tailored, Technical and Built to Last a Lifetime
Favorite Piece: Field Overshirt
The Bike to Pair It With: Stromer ST2 S
Arc’teryx’s Veilance line focuses solely on technical urban wear. Even though its digs are a bit on the pricey side, they are well worth it for their versatility: they’re perfect for cycling to work, taking a meeting, then having a beer in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
OG Style Paired with Technical Accents
Favorite Piece: Workshirt
The Bike to Pair It With: State Bicycle Co. Elliston Deluxe
If you prefer your commuter gear a tad simpler, Levi’s Commuter collection is perfect. The 511 jeans offer a slim, athletic fit, but with enough stretch to move with you. Reflective details dot both the Trucker Jacket and the jeans for safety in traffic.