One of my frequent observations about cycling and commuting is that most of the clothing you see is made for recreational cyclists. I wear a couple of items myself that, although I prefer not to be on the road without them, are pretty clearly made for roadies.
The primary one is my Pearl Izumi Vagabond Ii Jacket. Although I love it, and it's kept me safe and dry since I've had it, I don't like how it binds around the shoulders and arms when I'm wearing it to work. I don't wear a bike jersey to work, I generally wear a plain t-shirt in the summer and my work shirt during the spring or fall when it's cooler and I don't perspire as much. And in the winter I'm wearing an UnderArmor ColdGear shirt and a fleece underneath it, so that's a bit bulky, too. I'd like to have a jacket that's a little looser, but still has that high-visibility fabric. So far I haven't found one.
Well, the folks at Cordarounds have come to our rescue by introducing their Bike To Work pants. These are khakis that look perfectly normal for your everyday work. But, when you're ready to ride, you roll up the cuffs (which most of us do anyway to avoid chain grease spatter) and they have reflective tape built into the inner lining of the pants! And the pockets pull out to sport the same reflectivity! And the cuffs themselves are made of protective Iluminite teflon for extra strength.
This is exactly the sort of thing that I hope we can plan to see more of in the future as bike commuters become a bigger market force. Thanks to the folks at Cordarounds for their work in making us some pants that serve two purposes!
Here's a video of the Bike to Work Pants in action:
Bike 2 Work Pants from Cordarounds on Vimeo
So... what kinds of commuter clothes would YOU like to see?
People, not speed.