When you think of men’s bike clothing, a picture of riders racing in the Tour De France or the USA Pro Challenge may be the first thing that comes to mind, but biking has grown in popularity outside of the professional race circuit. The professional bike racers have their official team gear, but the average consumer has a larger selection in their own fashion choices.
Personally, unless you are part of a team race, I am not fan of spandex shorts. A great alternative to the “TMI” silhouette with the spandex shorts is the Zoic Ether Bike Shorts. It has the performance features of quick drying, rugged nylon outer fabric, a mesh inner liner with leg grippers to keep it in place while you are riding, multiple zippered pockets for storage. The cut is slim and adjustable, without looking like a sausage casing! It comes in taupe, charcoal grey, and black for $60.
In men’s tops for biking, you want something that is lightweight and stylish. The North Face Captain Ten Speed Bike Jersey is constructed of a fabric called Vaporwich that helps to move moisture on your skin to the outer layer to dry. It also provides a UPF of 30 and has a back zippered pocket for essentials while riding. For $60, you can get this jersey in black/blue and black/red combinations.
For footwear, the Giro Trans Road Bike Shoe offers a microfiber, mesh, and synthetic leather upper for lightness. The Velcro closures and molded EVA foot bed ensure a personalized fit and the carbon composite sole provides better pedal traction. It is a little pricey at $225, but at REI there are also other styles and brand available for less.
Another essential for successful biking is a great bike. The moda bikes at Eureka make up a solid selection of professional style bikes that range from 750 to 3500 Euros. One of my favorites is the Moda Alto for 999.99 Euros. With its red and white aluminum frame, American Classic Hurricane wheels, slim Barelli seat, and quality gear system you will be able to cruise your favorite spots in style.