A range of UK cycling brands are expanding beyond just bikes and accessories into apparel, bringing to market some classic cycling jackets that combine technical performance with natural elegance. Without an ounce of lycra in sight, these stylish cycling jackets can be worn all day, straight from the bike to the office or bar.
At Interbike last month, Pashley unveiled a new apparel collection. Starting with a men's and women's cycling jacket (pictured above), the weather resistant tweed, with reflective detailing, will cause you to be the envy of any tweed ride or even your daily bike commute.
Part of the Brooks John Boultbee (founder of Brooks) collection, the men's and women's Criterion Jacket was designed together with famous English bespoke tailor Timothy Everest. The outer jacket is made from Ventile, a waterproof and windproof treated woven cotton textile designed in England during the Second World War. The inside of the cycling jacket is lined with water resistant tweed, with Savile Row lining for the sleeves.
Internal shoulder straps let you remove the cycling jacket when warm and wear it like a backpack for the rest of your commute. A waterproof flap, velcroed to the bottom of the cycling jacket, can be dropped down to protect your backside from a wet saddle or road splash.
The Criterion Jacket features plenty of pockets, with two weather protected chest pockets and a zippered arm pocket with key fob. Two rear pockets are protected by a snap flap, while an internal electronics pockets protective connects to headphone loops inside the cycling jacket.
The classic English tailoring of the Brooks Criterion cycling jacket does not come cheap, with a retail price of €1000 or £867.
The Oratory Jacket from Brompton is a stylish fitted jacket for both on and off the bike. Made out of EPIC cotton, the cycling jacket is windproof, water repellent, and fully breathable. Modern features include headphone loops, pit zips, a transport card pocket in the sleeve, and reflective taping on the collar, lapel, and sleeves. A high-visibility panel folds out of the back pocket for added safety on your bike commute.
The Brompton Oratory cycling jacket retails for $400 (£250, €300) and can be ordered from the Brompton website.