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
Style and performance meet in flattering cycling tops designed with technical features to keep you cool and comfortable on your ride. The pattern is called Cycledelic, but we hear Pucci calling. Through June, 20 percent of online sales support a documentary film about women’s cycling by Olympic hopeful and journalist Kathryn Bertine.
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.
Stylish tailored women’s apparel for commuting to work or cruising around town.
Women-specific cycling apparel, inspired by mountain biking culture. Their stylish waterproof jackets and pants are well-suited to city riding, too.
A full line of apparel and accessories inspired and tested by pro cyclists, but designed “from the breasts down” by and for real women. Bold colors and simple designs with minimal cutesiness.
What started as a popular purveyor of lounge wear morphed into a maker of eco-sportswear, designed primarily for urban cyclists.
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.
Simple, good-looking clothing for city riding. Best known for their commuter pants. (Brooklyn, NY)
Sustainable and functional unisex line for urban and rural street cyclists.
Well-designed apparel, accessories (and Public-brand bicycles) for urban cycling, including a good selection of jackets and footwear.
British maker of stylish performance wear — including a city riding line — steeped in the traditions of cycling glory.
Women’s cycling fashions in funkie modern and retro prints. Bippie Dress or Go-Go Skirt, anyone?
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.