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The Best Summer Cycling Kits for Men

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new picks for 2017. You can find last year’s picks on Page 2.

Summer is upon us, and as we drop the insulated booties, scrap the full-leg tights, pack away the windproof jacket and push the indoor trainer behind the sofa, so too do we greatly anticipate new, calf-highlighting warm-weather kits. Few glories in the cycling world are as gratifying as a tight kit, freshly shaved legs, a clean bike and a new, unstained cap. So, to get everyone in the mood for big-ring grinding, I asked the cyclists on staff to pick the kits they’d love to slide over their svelte frames. Each selection reflects different personalities and rider types, and each kit is primed to hit the pavement, from summer’s egg-yolk sunrises to its orange-sherbet sunsets. Matthew Ankeny

Café du Cycliste

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Based in Nice, France, Café du Cycliste was born with the premise of looking great at the mid-ride coffee shop and still having the performance chops to ride all day. This summer’s collection is bold — epitomized by the print on the Zahira Fleur jersey. It’s a difficult look to pull off, for sure (a beard and long hair certainly help), but you’ll stand out from the black-clad crowd.

Zahira Fleur Jersey by Café du Cycliste $144
Josephine Bib Shorts by Café du Cycliste $190
Sardine Cycling Cap by Café du Cycliste $31

Rapha

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Rapha. What more must be said? The U.K.-based brand is synonymous with quality, understated, well-thought-out cycling apparel. The brand recently redesigned its Pro Team bib shorts, and they are perhaps the best Rapha has ever made. If you want to learn more about Rapha’s design philosophies, check out our interview with the brand’s creative director, Alex Valdman.

Synthe MIPS by Giro $270
Lopez Sunglasses by SALT Learn More
Pro Team Midweight Jersey by Rapha $185
Pro Team Bib Shorts II by Rapha $295
RCC Socks by Rapha $20
RCC Cap by Rapha $35
Style Rules to Ride By
1. Socks match the kit, match the bike, match the wheels.
2. Bibs always. Shorts never.
3. Keep your junk in your pockets. Nothing looks more disheveled than a tube hanging out the back.
4. Glasses over helmet straps.
5. Six-inch socks, the way the pros do.
6. If you’re wearing arm protection, mind the gap — don’t let the bicep show between jersey sleeve and arm protection.
7. Hats are cool and all, but keep the brim down, unless you’re in Italy.
8. If you’re not a pro, don’t wear a pro team’s jersey.
9. Boldness equates to speed. The faster you go, the more flare you’re granted.

Velocio

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Endorsed by New Englander, maple syrup lover and professional cyclist Ted King, Velocio is very firmly planted in the top three cycling clothing brands in existence. The attention to detail, colors and material choice all make for lust-worthy kits that are instantly recognizable on the road. We’ve included the Signature Bibs here to complete the Signature kit, but the Luxe bibs are perhaps the best we’ve ever tested.

Signature Jersey by Velocio $169
Signature Bib Short by Velocio $229
Signature Sock by Velocio $19
Nightfall Cap by Rothera $30

Podia

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Podia is a relatively unknown brand in the cycling world, but its poppy designs and bright colors make them stand out from the crowd. The Club Colors jersey features body-mapped ventilation panels that give you plenty of breathing room where you need it most. If you get satisfaction when people respond “Who?” after you tell them who makes your kit, then Podia is for you.

Club Colors Light Jersey by Podia ~$124
Club Bib Shorts by Podia ~$186
Rainbow White Socks by Podia ~$16
Chihiro Cap by Rothera $30

Pactimo

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Colorado’s Pactimo is one of our favorite cycling clothing brands. They make ultra-comfy bibs, jerseys that feel like a second skin and some of the best cold-weather cycling apparel out there. The brand’s summer kit is no different. Enough style to keep things interesting, without looking like a bowl of Froot Loops.

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Summit Aero Trace Jersey by Pactimo $130
Summit Stratos Bib by Pactimo $225
Sleeveless Base Layer by Pactimo $40
Converge Cycling Cap by Pactimo $25
Trace Socks by Pactimo $12
Synthe MIPS by Giro $270
R1B Uomo Shoes by Fizik $400

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