What was once the fiercely-guarded domain of Lycra-wearing
performance purists has now been peddled back on track,
to the land of the free and the inoffensively dressed. One thing
remains a sticking point however: how to look the part
(ie experienced commuter) whilst dressed for quite another
(ie the office)? As ever, there's a skill to it, and here it is
DON'T SACRIFICE STYLE
Modern riding kit now means you can look as dapper and as individual on the bike as off it. A range of city riding clothing is available, including tailored three-piece suits and shirts cut to be comfortable when cycling. Or just keep a suit at work.
THE WEATHER ISSUEIf you live in a city prone to showers, carrying a lightweight jacket is always wise. Waterproof jackets have improved dramatically in recent years and the old compromise of waterproof versus breathable has all but disappeared, thanks to more technical garments.
FROM BIKE TO BOARDROOMThe secret to arriving crisp and collected is underwear: a merino wool layer is soft and itch-free, will keep you dry and better yet, is naturally anti-bacterial so will deal with any odour issues. Start your day by putting on a merino base and then layer up as normal.
ROLL-UPS ARE BESTThat right trouser leg flapping into the chain? Reflective velcro straps, traditional bicycle clips or tucking your right trouser leg into the sock all work but, to pass the real style test, roll your right trouser leg up to mid-calf. You'll instantly be entered into the road rider club.
on your helmet