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Whether you’re new to the sport or have been riding for years, the health benefits of cycling are clear. Offering far more than just physical fitness, cycling can play an important role in one’s mental health. Depending on your personality type and lifestyle, your enjoyment in the sport is likely to come in different forms. Some riders prefer riding by themselves to explore new places and have a few hours of solitude, with their rides giving them quality alone time out of the house to help clear their head, unwind and recharge. Others love the sport for the social element and light-hearted competition amongst friends, or maybe just the cafe stops and guilt-free post-ride meal. The type of rider you are doesn’t matter, the important thing is that you’re out there taking care of your body and mind.
When you first decide to step up your bike game from a leisurely Sunday cruise into cycling for sport, the world of road cycling gear can be a daunting place filled with strong opinions and sometimes contradictory information. In an effort to cut to the chase, in this article the cyclists on the HEY GENTS team have highlighted a range of well-designed cycling gear that we’d recommend to any keen road cyclists regardless of their experience level, focusing on high-quality, understated designs in neutral colours. Forget an overload of fluoro colours and ostentatious prints, there are modern brands offering minimalist cycling kit and accessories that will seamlessly fit in with your personal style — the idea being to buy well-made products that will last, and designs that you won’t quickly tire of, so you can focus on riding your bike.
Starting with safety first, there’s no denying the importance of ensuring your head is adequately protected in case of a crash. There are plenty of models on the market across a range of price brackets, but skimping on your helmet may not be the wisest decision. A trusted, specialist brand such as POC is your safest bet. Hailing from Sweden, their brand mission is to save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents — developing their products in close collaboration with some of the world’s foremost sports medicine experts and brain scientists. Designed for aerodynamic performance as well as safety and ventilation, the POC Ventral Spin road helmet features airflow zones that allow the helmet to pass through the air with great efficiency. By leading air through rather than around the helmet, wake is minimised while ventilation and cooling properties are enhanced. The helmet comes in matte white or matte black for a sleek appearance, as well as a handful of other colours and finishes.
Clipping into your pedals boosts your pedalling power and gives you greater control over your bike. Your road bike shoes should be super comfortable as well as include key features to support your foot and therefore, performance. Night Mono is the lightest shoe from British brand Quoc who are focused on delivering unmatched comfort, classic styling and high-quality cycling shoes. Available in a stealthy black or fresh white colourway, Night Mono is built for speed and features a unidirectional full carbon sole that’s strengthened around the cleat for lossless power transfer to the pedals, and tapered for weight-saving in non-critical zones. The innovative and silent Bolt Straps™ provide a closure system free of velcro so you’ll benefit from long term durability and avoid that annoying velcro noise that’s impossible to do quietly when leaving the house in the early morning.
Cycling eyewear can help to keep you safe while riding by reducing glare and providing better visibility. They’ll also protect your eyes from dirt, dust, insects, or anything else that might be flying through the air. Producing their collection in Italy, Alba Optics is a contemporary brand bringing iconic cycling eyewear shapes of the past back to life, and enhancing them with the latest in modern technology. Inspired by models of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the Alba Optics Delta glasses feature Tr90 — a frame material made from nylon and carbon fibre that’s 20% lighter than traditional materials. This high-resilience material reverts to its original shape after being bent or deformed and is safe on the skin even with prolonged use. The interchangeable VZUM™ lenses provide UV400 protection, and their shape aids the rider with clear vision when shifting their eyes from the pedals to the road. The photochromatic lens version pictured here guarantees excellent visibility in both bright and poor conditions, darkening with exposure to brighter light.
Simply put, being seen means staying alive when it comes to road cycling. Bike lights are invaluable pieces of gear, and one of the first things you should ensure is on any new bike. Not only essential when riding in the early morning and evening, but a good light will also never go astray during the day when you’re sharing the road with cars. Melbourne-based brand Knog’s Cobber range produces an impressive 330° of light to ensure you’re seen from all angles. The Cobber range is incredibly bright, with the Knog Mid Cobber (pictured) providing 320 lumens on the front and 170 lumens on the rear. One simple button operates eight pre-programmed modes, or you can customise your lights via the ModeMaker app. The Cobber range is 100% waterproof and mounts with ease via silicone straps — no tools required.
Your jersey and bib shorts form the basis of your year-round cycling attire. Fit is crucial when it comes to these garments. Well-designed cycling jerseys and bibs that fit correctly will enhance performance as well as comfort in all the critical areas for big days in the saddle. Additionally, quality materials and refined cuts will go a long way in avoiding an unflattering look.
Founded in London, Rapha has been making cycling clothing for over 15 years. Striking a balance between comfort, performance and style, their extensive range caters to everyone from absolute beginners to WorldTour professionals. One of the lightest and coolest jerseys in Rapha’s line up is the Pro Team Flyweight Jersey. Designed for training and racing in humid conditions, the jersey is made from lightweight fabrics providing excellent ventilation and features UPF 40 sun protection on the back. The breathability of the fabrics means they dry very quickly and you won’t be weighed down by sweat in the heat. Pair the jersey with Rapha’s Pro Team Bib Shorts II — providing top-notch comfort and durability. Suitable for anything from everyday training to the pro peloton (they’re worn by the riders of EF Education First Pro Cycling), they come in two leg lengths for the perfect fit. The dual-density Pro Team chamois pad is supportive with minimal bulk, while the main fabric is lightweight and fast-wicking with superb compression.
Based in Melbourne, MAAP is committed to bringing a new perspective to performance cycling apparel. The team at MAAP is obsessed with quality, function and precision — engineering technically-advanced garments that excel in all conditions and at all levels of the sport. The MAAP Training Jersey and Training Bib have been designed with comfort and durability in mind — ideal for long rides and endurance training. Coming in MAAP’s signature Team Fit, the Training Jersey is form-fitting with contoured panelling designed to hug the body while not restricting any movement. Made in Italy with Italian fabrics, the lightweight moisture-wicking material combination will keep you cool when the temperature rises. The high compression of the Training Bibs reduces muscle fatigue and shortens recovery times. Chamois perforation provides increased airflow in key areas, while dual-density padding reduces vibrations from the saddle and road, and alleviates pressure on your back through the seat.
BBUC (brillibrilliant/unicorn) aims to serve all people with an interest in bicycles as well as serious cyclists, promoting cycling as a meditative activity and tool for self-discovery. BBUC offers both performance and casual ranges, and in doing so helps break down some of the preconceptions new cyclists may have about performance cycling kit. The brand’s ‘Everyday’ collection is made in Italy and designed to be mixed and matched with other colours in the range. The Everyday Jersey comes in super light and smooth fabrics and is ideal for warmer temperatures, while the Everyday Longsleeve Jersey is best for colder weather with insulating pre-dyed schoeller® fabrics. Both come in the brand’s aerodynamic fit with fully hidden front zipper and a hidden zippered pocket for cards and keys. Pair the jerseys with the Everyday Dance Bibs or Everyday Thermal Bibs — complete with an ergonomic construction, compressive fit, comfortable chamois and minimal branding.
More advanced than your average socks, cycling socks are loaded with features to support your feet during your ride. Based in Germany, FINGERSCROSSED offer high-performance cycling socks that don’t compromise on design. Made with PROLEN®YARN, their thermoregulating socks are 50% lighter than cotton with an abrasion resistance 2.5 times higher than both wool and cotton. The high compression of the socks encourages better blood circulation and stabilisation. Socks are a part of your cycling kit where you can get away with going a little wild with colours and patterns, and FINGERSCROSSED’s range offers a nice balance of prints, stripes and solid colours to suit your vibe on the day.
When it comes to keeping warm while cycling, layers are your friend. As your body heats up, you’ll want to be able to begin to strip off and stay comfortable. As well as offering a range of jerseys, bib shorts and other cycling kit, Pas Normal Studios’ collection of jackets and gilets (or vests) will ensure you’re protected from the elements when the weather turns for the worse. Based in Copenhagen and knowing a thing or two about cold weather, the brand’s contemporary aesthetic and innovative designs combine to offer modern cyclists technically-advanced apparel made with uncompromising attention to detail. The Pas Normal Studios Stow Away Gilet and Stow Away Jacket are ideal for unpredictable weather. They will protect you from the wind and occasional shower and help keep you warm through early starts and cold descents. When the weather heats up, the lightweight and durable water repellent garments can be easily packed away into a jersey pocket. The Stow Away Gilet features mesh side panels to provide optimal ventilation and is suitable year-round, while the fitted elastic cuffs of the Stow Away Jacket prevent cool air from entering through the sleeves and make it better suited to colder rides.
Base layers play an essential role in wicking sweat away from your body, aiding temperature regulation. Often coming in lightweight mesh or breathable Merino wool and short-sleeve, long-sleeve and sleeveless versions, they’ll help to keep you comfortable year-round. Pick one up to match your kit — including offerings from BBUC, Pas Normal Studios and Rapha. Pictured below, Rapha’s Merino Mesh Base Layer can be worn under a jersey on hot days, or under several layers in cooler conditions.
Gloves and arm warmers are a welcome addition to any keen cyclist’s kit — perfect for keeping you warm when you need it and stripping off when you don’t. Pas Normal Studios’ Control Light Gloves are full-fingered and offer a good level of insulation without any bulkiness when stowing away. A touch-screen friendly yarn allows you to use your phone or cycling computer without taking them off. The brand’s Control Arm Warmers feature a premium SuperRoubaix thermal fabric with wicking properties to reduce both chilling and overheating. The arm warmers are completed with a durable water repellent treatment that prevents the fabric from becoming saturated with water if you get caught in any heavy rain.