Every “hardcore”, year-round bike commuter was once a fair-weather cycler. Then came the discovery that the key to year-round biking comfort is getting the right gear.
7 Pants, 2 Wheels, 1 Handsome Dude
Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.
Coming up Short(s)
It’s important to keep your closet stocked with a few pairs of stylish, proper-length shorts that show off a little leg, look respectable and keep you comfortable when it’s hot. These twelve pairs will look as great with a t-shirt as they will with a button-up Oxford.
From the Latest Tech to the Tried and True
Summer is the enemy of body temperature and presentability. But a crop of new companies is combining technical fabrics and quality cuts for easy breathing style. That isn’t to say we’re willing to ditch our madras and seersucker just yet, but here are 10 of our favorite lightweight shirt options, new and old.
Fashionable and Functional
Apparel with the technical specs to keep you snug and dry on the trail doesn’t have to look out of place the minute you leave the wild. Exhibit A: these 10 adventure shirts.
To and From, safely and in style
If you’re thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you’ll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We’ve got it all in this Kit, plus much more.
Duds for fitness studs
There are a lot of great menswear companies making high quality clothes to fit most guys and most budgets. Perhaps unexpectedly, one guy who has been overlooked is the athlete. Most clothes off the rack are either made for the average American male (i.e., skinny shoulders and an expanding waistline) or the “in-shape” guy (essentially his waist is not larger than his chest). These ten brands make excellent clothing that flatters and athletic build, and we’ve picked out some staples for your wardrobe.
Today in Gear, we find handcrafted bracelets, “vintage” sunglass frames, affordable skin care and much more.
Outlier Doublebag Two-sided bag with roll-top buckle closures. Fill one side with clean clothes; start your trip. Wear your clothes; change your clothes. Worn clothes go in second side. Second side expands; first side shrinks. Gross clothes don’t touch fresh clothes. Makes laundry easy. An obsessive’s dream bag. (It’s out of stock currently, but keep…
Dr. J: The Autobiography Julius “Dr. J” Erving is, without doubt, one of the most influential ball players to ever touch a court. He spent his career dazzling spectators and players alike with groundbreaking dunk moves and won multiple championships, MVP awards and scoring titles in the ABA and the NBA. That’s Dr. J the…
Hot For Teacher...'s Assistant
So you’ve decided four years of college just wasn’t enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You’ve trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you’ve been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You’re getting smarter — so should your gear.
Clarks Sportswear Tawyer Sky in Camouflage Clarks, ever the go-to for comfort and classic men’s footwear style, has introduced a sportswear homage to the Wallaby to compliment the rest of their line. Obviously, the color scheme plays the lead role here; this camouflage is very much not the “for stalking animals” type. $120 Olympus PEN…
Discovering local frontiers
How far are you willing to go to get something you want? Abe Burmeister’s search for the perfect pair of pants led him to start a new breed of clothing company, despite having no experience in the fashion world. In our final Drafting It interview, we sat down with the Outlier co-founder to talk about…
Not your grandpa's bandana
It’s hard not to deny Outlier’s aim to build the future of clothing with products like the fashionably pragmatic Digital Linen Bandana ($47). The hundred percent linen 23″ x 23″ square pays homage to handkerchiefs of yore with a new twist: digitally printed patterns featuring exclusive work by artist Dan Funderburgh. The kerchiefs’ tasteful looks…
The person who coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun”, clearly never had to travel by air, train, bus, or car during the holiday season. No amount of planning can ever guarantee a smooth journey, but having the “right tools for the job”, as they say, will go a long way towards making…
Stay warm and look sharp when the weather turns ugly with six feet of 18.8 Micron New Zealand Merino Wool wrapped around your neck. Made in NYC, this versatile material is odor resistant and wicks moisture away — which is a boon for those of you who don’t do laundry as often as you should….
We’ve always admired Outlier’s unique blend of style and functionality, and their new Storm King Shell Parka ($650) seems to follow the same great formula. Made from 100% Supermarine cotton, it’s designed to be a highly water resistant and breathable alternative to synthetics like Gore-Tex. Like most of Outlier’s tops, four-way arm construction is also…
Thick and toasty
Outlier continues to crush it harder than David Ortiz circa 2004 (RIP). Their most recent addition, the Chalk Stripe Overshirt, comes from a collaboration with New York’s Chari & Co. The shirt is constructed from a “thick and toasty worsted wool that’s so soft we’re convinced there is some cashmere snuck in the mix” and…
Feed Your Style and Stomach
Normally any connection you could make to sausage and shorts is something we’d leave up to other websites with more libidinous agendas, but in the case of Outlier Clothing, we’ll make an exception. The Wurst Outlier Short ($129) is made from Outlier’s versatile 4Season fabric in a limited blue color that feels great on the…
Rethinking Traditional Design for the Better
Outlier boldly states on their site that the Pivot Sleeve Shirt ($144) is “quite simply a better men’s dress shirt”, and based on their design we definitely think they’re on to something. Known for making attractive but functional clothing for today’s bike commuting professional, this project stemmed from the desire to create a shirt that…