Just because you ride your bike to work every day doesn’t mean you have to look like you do. We found the most stylish and functional commuter kit on the market, from the bag on your back to the shoes on your feet. It’s time to upgrade.
Chrome Industries Blake Cycling Trucker Jacket ($135)
Chrome Industries took the classic trucker jacket and gave it cycling-specific details, starting with the cotton and polyester twill blend with 2 percent spandex for added stretch and breathability. It has two zippered chest pockets as well as a rear zip stash pocket. The longer tail adds coverage when you’re on the bike, and a vented shoulder yoke opens up for breathability and more mobility when you’re getting after it. Reflective hits on the arms add visibility.
Timbuk2 Lightweight Parker Pack ($219)
You want your commuter pack to be able to handle the elements, haul your gear, and look professional in the office. The 30-liter Lightweight Parker hits all those requirements with a tough, water-resistant 940-denier Cordura nylon and a super-reflective bottom panel for extra visibility. The pack is loaded with goodies like a suspended padded laptop compartment big enough for a 15-inch, and a floating pocket for your phone and sunglasses. Side zippers allow you to expand the pack when you want to carry extra clothes for the gym.
Trew NuYarn Merino Club Shirt ($85)
This understated polo is made with NuYarn, a merino and nylon blend that’s as soft as wool but has the durability of your favorite performance poly. It’s incredibly stretchy while wicking and drying fast, and offers a great warmth-to-weight ratio. The best part? It’s machine washable.
DZR Orvis Shoes ($129)
The Orvis is a full-grain leather high top that hides cycling-specific details beneath its street-savvy looks. The shoe’s internal shank gives you the stiffness you need while pedaling but the flexibility you want for walking into the coffee shop. An elastic lace catch keeps your laces from getting trapped in the chain, while the natural gum-rubber soles are sticky on any surface. And they’re compatible with SPD or Crank Brother cleats.
Kitsbow Haskell Pants ($180)
We’ve been fans of Kitsbow’s Haskell shorts for a while, so we were psyched when the company released these tailored pants. The woven nylon construction is soft and stretchy for on-bike performance, while the cut is classic enough to handle work presentations. Two snap rear pockets and a zip cargo pocket keep your goodies secure on the bike, while reflective hits on the hips and cuffs add visibility. Tapered ankles give the pants a modern look and keep your hem out of the chain.