You might think that setting off on a long cycle requires just a bicycle, a sweat-wicking tee and a vague sense of direction. But with myriad boutique cycling brands offering up kit and accessories that marry fine form and function, it’s hard not to become a self-proclaimed cycling geek.
And while cycling-friendly apparel like bib shorts and cleats don’t come with any innate sex appeal, you don’t have to be training for the Tour de France to appreciate the way they’ll act as a second skin when you take to the saddle. Not only that, a wardrobe filled with quality cycling apparel will provide the much-needed padding to ensure you’re not bemoaning a sore arse for days after you take to the bike.
With so many cycling clothing brands now touting cutting-edge tech in their jerseys, gilets, cycling shorts, leggings et al, catering to everything from racers and road bikes to mountain biking, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a comprehensive list of all the best cycling clothing brands to know. Spanning high-end minimalist designs to eye-catching Giro d’Italia prints, see our picks below.