What's the Best Riding Clothing?

One of the questions I get a lot from people who are just beginning on their bike commuting adventure is "what should I wear to ride on my commute?"

The question comes from numerous sources: experienced recreational cyclists who are just deciding to start commuting and want to know how I manage with all my spandex AND my work clothes; new cyclists who don't want to wear all those silly skin-tight outfits but don't want to sweat in their work clothes; and even folks who are looking for work clothes in which they can ride and not look too bad.

In the past, I've given you my philosophy about utility/commuter cycling (which you can refresh yourself with here). And I've told you all about my Pearl Izumi Jacket and its visibility, comfort, water-shedding ability, and durability. I've waxed nostalgic about what I've worn for my winter riding. And I've told you about some of the new items out for cyclists from Cordarounds and Arc'teryx, among others.

But now, I want to hear from you - no matter what your riding philosophy. Are you a jersey-wearing roadie who extends his workouts into his commute? Are you a messenger, and wear clothes that are durable and built for urban biking? Are you a college student, and just wear whatever to get to and from class? Are you a professional like myself, and have a special set of clothes that serve you best to get to and from the office or elsewhere?

Chime in! Share your favorite riding wear, and give us some short particulars. We can all learn from each other here!

People, not speed.


  1. I'm so relaxed about the whole thing. I wear a lot of skirts, which I tie up in knots. Other than that, I don't worry too much about special clothing. I do have really industrial fur mittens for the winter, though, and a fleece cap for under my helmet. Riding in the cold sucks, but a bit less if you have the right gear.


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