LET'S FACE IT: When it comes to fashionable, bike-appropriate attire, your average menswear ensemble is already pretty well suited to the task. A rolled cuff here, a bit of wicking material there, and you're done.
The real field of innovation is going to be in bicycle-appropriate attire for the feminine set, who sometimes eschew that mode of transport simply because it involves too much luggage, too many wardrobe changes, or an outright exchange of style for practicality—to say nothing of trying to support local, independent design. Enter Caitlin McCall, who recently graduated from a program at Portland Sewing with her line Quick Study (quickstudyclothing.com)—designed to specifically addresses these issues.
1: The up-cycled wool blend material is compactable to pack easily, resists wrinkling, and is naturally odor resistant.
2: Cut high in front for a comfortable forward lean while avoiding creases in clothing underneath, and cut lower in back for added warmth (especially under a backpack or messenger bag).
3: Fully lined in recycled polyester wicking pique fabric that is treated with chitosan—a process that combines natural biomass from shrimp and crab shells with fibers during the dyeing or finishing process to inhibit growth of odor- and stain-causing bacteria. Can be thrown in both the washing machine and dryer.
1: Incorporates synthetic wicking athletic mesh material for good wind resistance and excellent resilience against wrinkling. Also available in a warmer blend of bamboo, cotton, and spandex. Good to go in the washing machine and dryer.
2: Pockets specifically designed to fit smartphones while preventing them from falling out in a forward lean, offering security as well as quick, easy access.
3: Cut with enough flair to flatter, but not enough to flap in the breeze.
1: Made from a bamboo/cotton/spandex blend with good elastic recovery, and natural antimicrobial properties. Fully lined in recycled polyester wicking pique fabric treated with chitosan that pulls moisture from skin to outer layer and provides wind resistance. Odor resistant. Can be run through both washing machine and dryer.
2: Hem curved at sides for increased mobility.