Category: apparel

Betabrand women’s bike commuter apparel for 2015

Betabrand commuter apparel 2015

You might know Betabrand for their fleece “dress slacks” and YouTube ads for their awesomely obnoxious disco pants, but did you know this San Francisco clothing manufacturer has been selling practical urban cycling apparel since at least 2010? A woman’s cycling pant was added in 2012, and they’ve continued to expand their women’s bike-to-work clothing through 2015.

They have jeans, slacks, skirts, a shirt dress, shoes, socks and scarves. View and buy the complete collection here.

Crash Test Dummy bicycle jersey

This is an ad. Somebody’s got to pay for that coffee I bought for all of those bike commuters this morning in San Jose.

I’m not a fan of Primal Wear’s designs, but I might make an exception for their Crash Test Dummy bike jersey.

primal wear crash test dummy jersey

This jersey is available online via Amazon in short sleeve, long sleeve, and triathlete versions. It doesn’t appear any are available through Amazon Prime at the moment.

Women’s cycling jeans?

Everyday urban cycling jeans and similar pants that can be worn on and off the bike are available for men in dozens of styles from dozens of vendors large and small. The only apparel designed for women, though, tend to be overly casual or sporty apparel like skorts, shorts and cycling.knickers.

Does a market for women’s cycling jeans exist? Designer and bike commuter Victoria Brewer is testing that through this Betabrand project for women’s gray bike-to-work jeans.

Women's gray bicycle jeans


Giro “New Road” cycling apparel

Technical cycling apparel for men follows the trend of more style and less sport.




In their continuing move to diversify away from bicycle helmets, Giro recruited HomeRoom designer Alex Valdeman to develop their “New Road” line of apparel, which launches today through select retailers in North America, Germany and Switzerland. Valdeman’s designs blend Merino wool with technical fabrics and treatments.

The made-in-USA collared shirt shown to the right is the Giro Wind Shirt. The cotton / Lycra poplin is treated with a polymer coating to encapsulate the fabric for a breathable, water resistant shell that can be worn on and off the bike. Clean seams and hidden details create a refined look.

The 5M Overshort shown with that shirt is a blend of brushed merino wool and polyester fabric for 2-way strtech and quick dry performance. Features of these button fly shorts include a secure phone pocket and a rear u-lock pocket.

The zip up Waterproof Jacket is made from Pertex, a performance fabric that retains a cotton like hand, but is waterproof, windproof, and highly breathable. Hidden details include waterproof zippers, taped seams, a phone pocket, hidden shoulder vents, and an offset front zipper.

SS Merino Crew, a streamlined alternative to a traditional jersey, is made in the USA with a wool fabric with a durable, nylon core. Giro claims this pocketed T is one of the lightest Merino jerseys available. Three rear pockets.

Other apparel in the “New Road” line include padded undershorts (with and without a bib), a more traditional Merino jersey, a high neck zip up long sleeve wool / poly jersey, a 3/4 sleeve jersey, a sleeveless jersey, and a wind vest, all in various shades of gray and other muted tones. Find more information at