So you don’t have to contend with public transport in the morning, but commuting to work on a bike is not without its pitfalls (or potholes). As well as dodging HGVs, in summer you face numerous climatic conundrums. And while you certainly want to be noticed by motorists, you definitely don’t want to light up the pub in a sweaty hi-viz jacket.
“I’m not a great one for Lycra,” admits designer and cyclist Bill Amberg. “For me, it’s about riding slowly and not pumping up hills. Now I’m cycle fit, I don’t get too hot — unless I’m running late.”
Thankfully, a new generation of cycling gear will stop you getting flustered and keep you looking sharp — lightweight, functional and breathable, but not a million miles from what you would wear any other day. Think discreet reflective details, not Community Payback bibs.
Here’s our edit of the best gear for stealth cyclists:
All-in-one bike tool by a British start-up with its head screwed on. The Nutter bike tool, £40, by Full Windsor
Face it: it’s better to mess up your hair than your head. Black Watts helmet, £58, by Bern
Tip: two different types of locks make it a lot harder to nick your bike. Evolution Mini, £45, by Kryptonite
A tailored technical jacket: light, strong, stretchy and moisture resistant. Navy lapelled jacket, £300, by Rapha
Bradley Wiggins collaboration with a zip-up rear pocket. Mustard cycling shirt, £70, by Fred Perry
Apply before long-distance rides. Chamois Cream, £12 for two, by Chapeau!
British-made. Berlin backpack, £280, by Bill Amberg
Tough and water resistant. 511 Rigid Commuter jeans, £70, by Levi’s
Pass as work shoes but can be fitted with cleats. Brown derbys, £219, by Quoc Pham
Iconic stainless steel-framed Acciaio bike, £5,595, by Condor