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The Cyclist's Closet: Rapha Gingham Longsleeve Shirt

Rapha Gingham Longsleeve Shirt     Photo: Courtesy Rapha

If you buy just one piece of bike-commute gear, make it this gingham Oxford. It’s as soft and luxurious as cotton, but the quick-dry fabric breathes, sloughs off sprinkles, and doesn’t wrinkle even if you cram the shirt in your pack. Off-the-shoulder seams ensure that bag straps won’t rub you raw, and the front button flap means you won’t lose a button every time you unload your courier bag. There’s staid gray for those who fear pink (and even a Team Sky blue option), though this shirt is so good that I’d get one of each. $145  

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