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7 Cycle-Friendly Outfits That Don’t Involve Lycra

Of all the lockdown pursuits we’ve found ourselves sucked into in the past 16 months (don’t come near us with sourdough starter or banana bread ever again), cycling is the one we’re happy to let stick. If, like us, you’ve long sworn off two wheels thanks to horror stories and angry drivers, you may have found yourself converted under coronavirus. There has been a boom in weekend cycling over the last two years, with its popularity spiking to 60% in some areas. We may be able to move with a bit more freedom now, but the pandemic has shaken the dust off the idea that cycling isn’t worth your time.

Enter the bike. If you were lucky, you bought one before The Great 2020 Shortage (when it became nigh on impossible to find a reasonably priced bike anywhere, online or off) or maybe you already owned one and now had the time to explore your surroundings and fix all the niggling issues you’d experienced on your two-wheeled commute. Either way, more of us are cycling than ever before.

However, while we’re chuffed with the freedom our newfound mode of transport gives us – the trick is to get out there and practise! – we have no intention of donning Lycra à la Bradley Wiggins (although we do have a soft spot for Rapha’s ’70s cycling jerseys).

No, we want cycle-friendly get-ups that won’t make us look like we’re training for the Tour de France. It’s key to remember that not all outfits are suitable for your two-wheeled steed. Our general rule of thumb: always wear a helmet; avoid loose trouser legs (or invest in some ankle straps to keep them from tangling in your chain); get familiar with breathable fabrics (you’ll sweat regardless of temperature); stay away from white trousers unless you want some fetching oil stains; and pack a bag that either fits in your basket or sits close to your chest (you won’t want it bashing against your knee when you’re tackling a steep hill).

Ahead, we’ve compiled some sweet looks that’ll see you hitting the roads in style (and, more importantly, comfort). Scroll through to find eight cycle-friendly outfits we’re donning right now.

ABUS ABUS Scraper 3.0 Helmet Orange M, $, available at Halfords

Batavus Batavus Stratos 2020 Hybrid Bike, $, available at Evans Cycles

Girlfriend Collective Girlfriend Collective High Waisted Bike Short Daybreak, $, available at The Sports Edit

Ganni Basic Cotton Jersey T-Shirt, Smiley Yellow, $, available at Ganni

Weekday Wander Cat Eye Sunglasses, $, available at Weekday

Nike Nike Heritage, $, available at Nike

Good News PALM UNISEX – High-top trainers, $, available at Zalando


Arket Multipocket Crossbody Bag, $, available at Arket

Ganni Pintucked Tiger-Print Cotton-Poplin Mini Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter

H&M Cycling Shorts, $, available at H&M

Bern Bern Watts EPS Helmet, $, available at tredz

& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Sandals, $, available at & Other Stories

Raleigh 2021 Raleigh Strada Ladies City Hybrid Bike in Blue, $, available at Balfes Bikes


Zara Long Floral Print Jumpsuit, $, available at Zara

VIROKI Ankle Strap, $, available at Etsy

Novesta Star Master, $, available at END.

Halfords Chelsea D Shape Wicker Basket, $, available at Halfords

Raleigh Detour Womens Hybrid Bike, $, available at Halfords

Lazer Next+ LED Helmet, $, available at Halfords


Apollo Metis Apollo Metis Womens Electric Hybrid Bike, $, available at Halfords

Zatchels Chestnut Handmade Leather Saddle Bag, $, available at Zatchels

Dashel Urban Cycle Helmet Sage Green, $, available at Dashel

Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $, available at Weekday

H&M Linen Blouse, $, available at H&M

Done London LEANNIA – Black, $, available at Dune London


Faithfull the Brand Ondine Floral-Print Linen Shorts, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Weekday Stella Tank Top, $, available at Lyst, Weekday

Triple 8 Triple 8 Sweatsaver Certified Rubber Helmet – Mint, $, available at Route One

Pinnacle Pinnacle Cobalt 1 2020 Womens Hybrid Bike, $, available at Evans Cycles

Adie Adie Large Front Basket with Holder, $, available at tredz

Superga 2750 COTU Classic in Green Sage, $, available at Superga


Jigsaw Stripe Slouchy Breton Tee, $, available at Jigsaw

Rejina Pyo Cropped Checked Tweed Straight-Leg Pants, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Mongoose Mongoose Urban Helmet, $, available at Halfords

Birkenstock Milano Oiled Leather Sandals, $, available at Birkenstock

Eastpak Springer Opgrade Jungle, $, available at Eastpak

Ortler Ortler Detroit Women Kelly Green, $, available at Bikester


& Other Stories Belted Linen-Blend Romper, $, available at & Other Stories

Hush Foxhill Espadrille Sandals, $, available at Hush

BTWIN BTWIN 500 City Cycling Bowl Helmet – Chocolate, $, available at Decathlon

Prada Mini Nylon Backpack, $, available at LUISAVIAROMA

Ortler Ortler Van Dyck Women Black, $, available at Bikester


Creme Creme Caferacer Uno 3-Speed Women Sunny Orange, $, available at Bikester

Halfords Halfords Wicker Bike Basket, $, available at Halfords

M&S Collection, Marks & Spencer High Waisted Cropped Leggings, $, available at Marks & Spencer

Office Fixture Square Toe Ballerina, $, available at Office

Monki Oversized Cotton Shirt, $, available at Monki

Triple 8 Triple 8 The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet, $, available at Skate Hut


Credit: Original article published here.

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