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10 of the best commuter cycling gear

Want some biking kit that you can wear into the office or down the pub without looking like Spider-Man? We’ve got you covered…

Gore Bike Wear Cosmo Two Way Jacket

£150, evanscycles.com

Breathable and waterproof, this Gore-Tex jacket features high visibility reflective panels on one side, plus a much smarter two-tone grey look when you flip it inside out. Also features a hood squirrelled away in the collar.

Read our full review.

Swrve Cordura Jeans

£80, swrve.co.uk

Looks like a regular pair of jeans, right? Well, it isn’t: the fabric is far more hard-wearing than on your old 501s, the crotch is gusseted so your saddle won’t tear a hole in it, and turning up the right leg reveals a reflective strip for safety. Cycling Stuff staffers swear by ’em. Available in regular and skinny fit – the latter being perfect if you’re riding a fixie…

DZR Ovis Shoes

£95, alwaysriding.co.uk

Cycling shoes that manage to avoid looking like cycling shoes, these SPD pedal-compatible sneakers come with a reflective badge on the back, a flexible leather upper and soles that flex further to the rear, giving you more pedal power on your bike and letting you walk naturally (i.e. without looking like your legs have seized up) when you’re on foot.

Vulpine Merino T-Shirt

£55, vulpine.cc

Don’t look like a Lycra-clad numpty when you’re pedalling to work this summer – this brand new t-shirt is cut for cycling comfort, and its rear button pocket features a thin reflective Scotchlite strip that’ll hardly be noticed when you’re in the pub.

Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket

$130, levi.com

No need to bring two jackets with you when cycling to work – this classic denim jacket looks good but ticks all the commuter-friendly boxes. It’s water and dirt resistant, protected against odour (your colleagues will thank you) and sports reflective tape on its adjustable side tabs.

Overade Folding Helmet

£TBA, overade.com

If the size of your bicycle helmet is putting you off using it, French firm Overade has the answer: a helmet that swiftly folds down, letting you chuck it in your bag. Unfortunately the design has yet to come on sale, but keep an eye on the website for future updates. Patience being a virtue and all that.

Rapha City Rain Jacket

£220, rapha.com

Spring is in the air – but April showers can always catch you out. Make sure you’re snug and dry inside this breathable waterproof jacket, which comes packing a zip-away high-visibility storm tail to make sure you stand out.

For a more wallet-friendly option, there’s the Surface Aquaphobic Wool Jacket (£90, surface-clothing.com). And if the weather turns really nasty, pick up Rapha’s Mackintosh-inspired Mac Softshell, made from adaptive Schoeller C-Change fabric.

Bontrager Commuting Wool Long Sleeve Top

£80, bontrager.com

Perfect for those chilly early morning rides into the office, this slim-fitting Merino wool top is smart enough for off-bike wear too. A reflective strip on the back pocket keeps you visible in the gloom.

Muxu Ride Shirt

£60, muxu.cc

Now this is interesting: an actual shirt, with actual buttons and a collar (!) designed for cycling. The fabric is breathable and loose where it needs to be, and there’s a concealed button-down rear pocket for storing essentials.

DK City dbRevO wheel

£1000, ezprobike.com

When you look at the prices of our 5 of the best electric bikes, it’s clear a cheaper option is needed. DK City has the solution with its dbRevO wheel – available in 20 or 26in sizes, the dbRevO packs in an electric motor and a 24v battery, giving you instant electric power. Well, not quite instant – you’ll need to swap it out for your front bicycle wheel and add the wireless controller. Then you’re set for an instant electric boost to your pedal power – goodbye sweaty rides to work.

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