IT'S COOLING OFF A BIT NOW. IT'S TIME TO PULL UP THE ARM WARMERS AND DIG OUT SOME OF THE WINTER WOOLIES, AND PERHAPS THINK ABOUT GETTING NEW GEAR. AFTER ALL, OUR FAVOURITES ARE A BIT GRUBBIER, GREYER AND DULLER THAN WHEN WE LAST STEPPED OUT ON A FROSTY MORNING.
This autumn/winter we welcome two new brands to our clothing collection: Untouched World from New Zealand and Swrve from across the pond.
Straight out of the mountains of New Zealand and winner of this year's 2010 Eurobike award, Untouched World is a sustainable fashion and sportswear brand using MountainsilkTM, which is a super soft, super fine, ethically and sustainably sourced approved Merino Wool with 5% Lycra for added stretch.
The MountainsilkTM has a unique structure with millions of tiny air pockets within the fabric, as well as the yarn structure between the crimped Merino fibre. This trapped air enables their jerseys to insulate effectively.
Swrve make swish cycling apparel for city riding and living. The design concept has always been clean and simple lines. Form follows function: a dash of elegance and a dash of street. The brand was established in 2005 by riders passionate about bikes but who didn't look as good in Spandex as the rest of us.
We like the look of the Swrve Men's Jeans. Made of 98% cotton with 2% Lycra for ease of movement these jeans come with the same bike-friendly features as found on the shorts: seamless gusseted crotch, articulated knees, lower front and a slight rise in the back and back pockets that fit a mini U-lock.
Another item for autumn riding in the city is the simple Swrve Hiding Hoodie (£31.99), available in loads of colours and for girls and boys.