In theory, riding a bicycle in the city shouldn’t require anything more than regular clothing and a bicycle helmet. In reality, cycling is physically active and requires engagement with the elements. That’s part of what we love about it!
Many cyclists are building all-weather performance and fashion into their wardrobes by mixing cycling-specific apparel and accessories with their everyday favorites. The following list of links includes both well-designed urban-specific and road-cycling gear to give you the widest array of options in your personal quest for style, comfort and utility.
The bicycle will accomplish more for women’s sensible dress
than all the reform movements that have ever been waged.
Author Unknown, from Demerarest’s Family Magazine, 1895
OUR FAVORITEs for WOMEN’s Cycling Wear
Modern design meets technology in this cycling outerwear collection that incorporates LEDs for night riding safety.
Stylish and durable rain capes perfect for cycling from a small company based in Providence, RI.
Chic twists on traditional cycling apparel and accessories by a cheeky British maker. Think bicycling capes and tartan-lined saddle bags.
Women’s merino wool cycling apparel and outdoor clothing with clean lines and bold colors.
Sporty layering pieces ranging from bras to winter-weight jackets – all in the soft merino wool favored by cyclists for warmth, wicking and anti-odor properties.
Creators of “The Perfect Bike Pant” for daily commuting and everyday wear, combining performance fabric and features with fashion styling.
Stylish tailored women’s apparel for commuting to work or cruising around town.
Style and performance meet in flattering cycling tops designed with technical features for a cool and comfortable ride.
My Alibi Bloomers are designed to wear under skirts; a demi-pad adds comfort and a sleek design eliminates bulk.
Sustainable urban and outdoor apparel designed for modern mobility.
Versatile dresses that move with you on a bike or anywhere else an active life takes you. Lots of patterns and colors to choose from with a fit that flatters a variety of body types. The Ruu-Muu design has two rear pockets for stowing essentials.
Simple, good-looking clothing for city riding. Best known for their commuter pants. (Brooklyn, NY)
British maker of stylish performance wear — including a city riding line — steeped in the traditions of cycling glory.
Practical, durable cycling outerwear (pants and jackets) and accessories designed to keep road cyclists and commuters warm and dry.
A wide range of women’s apparel for road cycling, city riding and spinning.
Luxurious safety wear made from sustainable materials. Vespertine offers a wide variety of reflective fashions, ranging from flower pins to vests and jackets.
This mountain biking apparel maker offers skirts with shorty liners and removable pads that suit city riding, as well as trails.
PLUS – SIZE
Women’s plus-size cycling apparel from a variety of manufacturers.
A comprehensive source of performance cycling clothing that also offers a good selection of name-brand apparel in plus sizes.
Offers Terry-branded shorts, jerseys and jackets in plus sizes.
Maternity cycling shorts, jackets and tops.
A wide selection of stylish and functional maternity tops and jackets designed for outdoor adventurers, including maternity cycling bib shorts, all made of technical fabrics that stretch and wick moisture. Leggings and skirts round out the collection.