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Is Ralpha the death of bicycle Lycra?

New jeans developed specifically for cycling take away all your excuses for wearing Lycra

Ralpha has developed a pair of jeans that could replace Lycra – great news if you have that guy in the office who insists on coming to his desk in skin-tight gear before showering.

They’re made from a super-strong fabric, and feature a high rear and low front, a reinforced back pocket to hold a compact D-lock, and a reflective logo inside the right leg so you can roll it up to go all high-vis. Demand is so great for the £150 jeans that the mill in Italy has crippled under the pressure.

Alternatives include a Paul Smith-Urban Outfitters collaboration at £145 that features a reinforced rear to cut down on saddle wear and a reflective details on the right leg cuff. American company Swerve has a pair with similar attribute for £68 on Cycle Chic.


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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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