Cycle clothing and gear is a topic I seldom cover here on The Urban Country, for there is no shortage of bicycle blogs out there already reviewing the latest bicycle clothing and gear.
But with the winter fast approaching for me here in Toronto, Canada I thought it would be appropriate to share some advice and suggestions for readers to help find the right clothing and gear for urban bicycling in the winter season.
Being an “avid” urban cyclist means shopping for the right cycle clothing and gear. Careful consideration is required to find cycle clothing that fits your body type and ensures that you will be comfortable while pedaling your bike around the city.
There is no shortage of cycle clothing stores both online and in person. It is imperative to find a cycle clothing store that suits your style.
Following are some clothing suggestions to help prepare for the approaching winter season for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
For cycling coats, you might want to consider a store called Banana Republic. Here are a couple jacket ideas for both him and her:
Screenshots courtesy of banarepublic.com
Or perhaps you would like something a bit more casual. Abercrombie & Fitch provides superb quality jackets for more casual cycling occasions:
Screenshots courtesy of abercrombie.ca
If you’re in the market for urban cycling pants, a store called Zara provides trousers for almost any urban cycling occasion:
Screenshots courtesy of zara.com
You won’t want to leave home without a pair of gloves and a scarf, either. A little clothing chain called GAP can help you find a scarf and gloves that will protect you from the elements:
Screenshots courtesy of gap.com
The point here is that cycling clothing need not be bought only from cycling or sporting stores.
When we go shopping for clothes, we don’t walk in and ask the salesperson if the have “winter walking jackets” or “winter driving jackets”. We walk in the store and ask simply for “winter jackets”. We wear our winter jackets whether we are walking, driving or bicycling.
Instead of thinking of bicycles as merely sport and recreational devices that require special gear, we need to start viewing bicycles as a functional tool that doesn’t require any cycle-specific clothing or gear.
Cycle-specific gear certainly has its place – especially for sport and racing, but urban bicycling can be done comfortably in your regular clothes; especially if you choose a bike designed to properly withstand the elements.
If you dress for the destination instead of the journey, you will discover the freedom and convenience of a bicycle to a level that you wouldn’t otherwise if you required a shower and a change room at your destination to get out of your cycle-specific gear.
Disclaimer: I strongly recommend you shop at locally owned clothing stores when possible rather than the multi-national corporations I have highlighted above.