Stylish cycling apparel is no longer an oxymoron. These essentials will keep you looking sharp no matter where you're headed.
Nonetheless Garments Trench shirt
This DWR-treated cotton-nylon “shacket” ($198) is more technical than it looks: a seam down the back expands for better mobility on the bike.
Giro New Road Crew 3/4 shirt
The Crew ($85) nails the sweatshirt look but is made from a fastwicking merino-wool blend.
Point6 Cycling Contender socks
Some of the softest merino socks we’ve ever worn. ($17)
Mission Workshop Small R6 Arkiv pack
It looks like your standard-issue weatherproof commuter backpack, but an ingenious webbing-and-Velcro rail system accepts a slew of modular pockets. Pouches for laptop, cell phone, and folios, to name a few, can quickly be added and removed depending on the, uh, mission at hand. ($209 and up)
Limar Velov helmet
Four vertical adjustments mean it snugs down securely on every head shape. But what really sets the Velov ($95) apart is the removable plastic panels, for ventilation on warm days and full coverage when the weather is bad.
Club Ride Pin'It shorts
Cut high in back for coverage in a tuck, the stretchy nylon Pin’Its ($80) have all the features of your favorite riding shorts but still pair fine with a button-up. Note: might be too slim fitting for some.
Rapha Gingham long-sleeved shirt
It might look like crisp poplin, but this tailored dress shirt (we love the concealed collar buttons) is actually made from a wrinkle-free synthetic, with shoulder seams set low to prevent rubbing on your messenger bag and a button-down rear pocket. The cut is modern, but the stretchy fabric is uninhibiting on the bike. ($145)
Chrome 415 work boots
These ¾-cut, boot-style sneakers ($120) are dressy enough for the office but have sticky rubber soles that won’t slip on flat pedals. And because the uppers are double-stitched, 1,000-denier Cordura, they’re tough enough for just about any urban adventure.
Sombrio Bang denim jeans
Three reasons why these straight-leg jeans ($89) will outperform your old favorites on the bike: (1) a gusseted crotch for easier pedaling, (2) a zippered rear pocket, and (3) a reflective strip that’s visible when you roll up the cuffs.