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TIME TESTED: MULTI-FACETED, QUASI-BIKE COMMUTER CLOTHING
Apparel and footwear picks from editor Tracy Ross.
Club Ride Transit Pant
Field Test: I wouldn’t pay $100 for a pair of fancy chinos, but I gladly would for these babies. They’re so comfortable and cool looking that when I get to work, I don’t change. They’re made of a lightweight, stretch woven fabric with a WR finish for water resistance. I saw the sprinkles bead up when I wore them to hike after I’d ridden my bike home. They also have two roomy pockets good for gum, a lip balm, and two bobby pins; a deep, zippered side pocket held my iPhone 6 (the small one). I like the back pockets, though I put nothing in them. And they were light enough that even on my 10-mile all-slightly-uphill commute home, I was cool enough even on a 80-plus-degree afternoon, and the stretch prevented pulling in the knees. They run a bit large—unless I’m just getting skinnier from all the commuting. Pair with Club Ride’s boy brief-style DamselCham ($40; clubrideapparel.com), with 3D molded triple density foam pad, for comfort, moisture transfer, and anti-chafing during two-hour rides or shorter.
Why It’s Timeless: I’ve worn the Transits religiously for months and they show no wear and tear.
Club Ride Tweet Jersey
Field Test: As far as sleeveless jerseys go, this one is about as non-jersey as it gets. Which I love, because I do not love having to live up to my outfit while on my bike. The Tweet is made of a lightweight, breathable, quick drying fabric. It has deep armholes (but not too deep), a body-hugging fit, and a small chest zipper. But it also has traditional jersey back pockets, in which I have carried my phone, a tiny reporter’s journal, a small billfold, and a piece of pumpkin bread (not concurrently). Not one item fell out, and the Tweet regulated my temperature. Meaning I didn’t arrive at work all sweaty. Which is all you should really have to ask of a commuter jersey (that could easily double as your mountain biking kit).
Why It’s Timeless: You can ride in it, and then go straight to a meeting with the kindergartener’s principal.
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