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Essential Cycling Kit for Commuting to Work

Ever had to hang your sweaty tee on the back of your chair whilst you attempt to dry it after another fraught ride to work?

Don’t worry, we’ve got some simple shortcuts to make your ride to work as easy as possible.

A Merino Baselayer or T-Shirt

Commuting to Work Essentials

Wool is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Its natural oils absorb bad odours unlike polyester, or get heavy like cotton when wet. Merino will always dry faster than a cotton tee, and did we mention you won’t stink in front of your colleagues? Baselayers can be worn under a jersey or cycling jacket.

Available in long and short sleeve, they usually have a sporting cut but are not figure hugging, so you can wear it as a casual tee, too.

Cycling specific trousers

PeDAL ED Cycling Chino

Lycra is never going to be suitable for after-work drinks. Enter new cycling chino from PEDALED. What’s the difference between cycling chinos and regular trousers? A diamond-shaped gusset. The theory is that standard seams generate pressure in places you really don’t want it. They are reinforced around the butt, with reflective features and anti-snag material in the cuff.

Swrve’s Selvage jeans are constructed from USA-made selvage denim, with similar features to PEdALED's chinos, including the reflective cuff.

Padded undershorts provide ride extra comfort if you want to ride with cycling jeans or just your regular trousers. Finished with flat-lock stitching, the fabric wicks sweat, so unlike your regular briefs they won’t get all clammy. They’ll stay in place as well so you don’t flash other riders.

Cycling Specific Socks

Cycling Sock

Any old sport sock won't cut it. Grab a pair of Condor merino socks, which are reinforced in the toe and has a padded heel. They hold their shape and won’t make your feet sweat as well as lock in the smell.

Try the Defeet Wooleator, a sock proudly made in the USA. The double cuff holds the material in place and the reinforced heel and toe guarantees long-lasting performance and reduces ache inducing vibrations from the road.

Puncture beating essentials

Punctures are indiscriminate and can strike anyone down at anytime. Adding a small saddlebag with a tube and tyre levers to your bike means you can leave it there and forget about it until you need it.

Saddlebags keep everything you need in one place, instead of having to fish out a stray tube or lever from the bottom of your bag.

If you are a puncture jinx, try our special bundle offer of 10 inner tubes for the price of 5.

Saddlebags come in a range of shapes and sizes designed to hold everything from tools to energy bars.

Mission Workshop and Ortlieb Backpacks

Ortlieb Commuter DryPack

This German-made backpack from Ortlieb is built to last. The rubber base will stop your contents getting wet from back wheel spray, whilst the foam on the back and laser cut holes in the straps allow for air to flow and keep you cool.

Discover backpacks from Ortlieb

Famous for their overbuilt backpacks, San Francisco's Mission Workshop has spent the last decade using tech and design to make city dwellers the masters of their environment. Mission Workshop have garnered so many fans over the last twenty years thanks to their no-quibble guaranteed for life warranty policy. It makes their backpacks excellent for the abuse daily commuting in changing weather can bring.

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