View Full Version : What's your favorite piece of bike clothing other than your kit?

02-07-2013, 04:09 PM
These boxers are mine; a gift from my daughter. :hello:

02-07-2013, 04:48 PM
Assos AirJack 851.

02-07-2013, 05:05 PM
I wear my Rapha neck gaitor all the time. Much easier to deal with than a scarf IMO.

02-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Turtle Fur balaclava with Lycra-ish top so it still fits under my helmet. Just used it today.

02-07-2013, 05:52 PM
Without a doubt, Ibex Shak sweater. I have it in the plain, hooded, and cycling version. Between November and March, there probably isn't a day that I'm not wearing a Shak. Looks good on the bike or with a pair of slacks.


02-07-2013, 05:56 PM
I wear my Rapha neck gaitor all the time. Much easier to deal with than a scarf IMO.

Easily my favorite piece of clothing.

02-07-2013, 05:57 PM
i started wearing earmuffs this winter

02-07-2013, 06:02 PM
I'm inclined to agree with KidWok, I've been wearing my Shak sweater for almost 5 years now and its remains my favorite piece of attire, on or off the bike. Their zip neck Woolie is a very nice piece too as a baselayer. I like one of their jerseys too but its their Shak sweater that puts their name on the map. A great garment that is well thought out and executed. If you only buy one thing from Ibex, the full zip Shak is the piece to have.

02-07-2013, 06:12 PM
S-Works shoes.

02-07-2013, 06:20 PM
My Wabi adventure jersey. Perfect with a vest for winter here and also for running.

A close second is my hi-viz Rapha vest. Don't know why but I love the bright pink.

02-07-2013, 06:22 PM
Right now: Gore Phantom jacket


02-07-2013, 06:23 PM
My wife and I just bought Ibex Shak jerseys (non-cycling) 2 weeks ago, and we've hardly had them off since. I'm torn on which I love more though, the Shak or my sweet Coppi cap. I love Ibex.

02-07-2013, 06:33 PM
My SmartWool socks. Comfy!

02-07-2013, 07:02 PM
I really like my fairly cheap Pearl Izumi hi-viz rain jacket. Wear it most of the time when I am not wearing just a jersey. I like to think the color helps me be that much more visible.

I notice that construction workers and police officers are wearing a lot more hi-viz stuff. It really does make them stsnd out when I am behind the wheel.

02-07-2013, 07:09 PM
Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves

Between 55 and 0 degrees, my hands are never too cold or too hot, they keep out wetness if it starts raining, and they're just plain comfortable. I even wear them skiing.

02-07-2013, 07:25 PM
Bought this forever ago, wore it all the time until I lost it about 5 years ago. Worse, they'd stopped making them; I was inconsolable.

Two weeks ago, was at a friend's house and he handed it back.

02-07-2013, 07:54 PM

02-07-2013, 08:15 PM
Another happy Ibex user. The Shak is my favorite cool weather top and their long sleeve tees are great baselayers or standalone tops in the summer. On bikepacking trips I usually wear a woolie as a jersey and carry a Shak in a saddlebag for use around the camp at night or as a backup if the weather turns ugly.

02-07-2013, 08:21 PM
These ...


The. Best. Shoes. (For me.) Ever. Period.

I am on my second pair with a third in the closet, still in the box.

02-07-2013, 08:34 PM
Merino base layers. Life changing, and make a nice undershirt at the office.

02-07-2013, 08:36 PM
My Rapha merino sweater. I think they called it the Fixed jersey. I bought it 4 years ago on eBay UK for $30 and had it shipped to my parent's in Belgium. It's not a bike jersey, it's not a close fit at all and it does not have pockets but says Rapha on the armband. I wear it all the time, I mean all the time and this thing does not want to die. It's still as fresh as on the day I picked it up. It's by far my best sweater :)

02-07-2013, 09:38 PM
another vote for the Rapha neck warmer here, and Rapha winter hat. i also have a Craft Flex hoodie that gets worn probably 200+ days a year, it's "casual, bike-related" at best...

Steve in SLO
02-07-2013, 10:27 PM
my smartwool socks. Comfy!


02-07-2013, 10:47 PM
These boxers are mine; a gift from my daughter. :hello:

I wash mine 3-4 x per week!

02-07-2013, 10:54 PM
I love the rapha winter cap.

02-07-2013, 11:00 PM
Craft base layer. I got a new long sleeve for Christmas with a wind stop front. Quite nice.

02-07-2013, 11:25 PM
Nike pro combat base layers!

02-08-2013, 01:35 AM
My SmartWool socks. Comfy!

There's nothing like the feel of putting on nice wool socks. That is my addiction, cycling and otherwise. My wife and I just sometimes buy each other socks when we see a nice pair.

I particularly like the tallish Pearl Izumi wool blend ones (mine are wearing very thin) and Smartwool 'dress' type socks are so nice. Mmmmmm . . .

What else? My Specialized shoes fit me like a glove - a revelation after a decade of believing that my Sidi's were the ultimate shoes, simply because they were euro and expensive.

My Levi's. Nothing like them.

02-08-2013, 05:06 AM
Rapha trousers - got them on sale a long time ago, they don't even make them anymore, and I spent two years of work wearing them every single day. They still work quite well.

Rapha Merino Track Jacket - same thing as Phillippe, though not as good a deal, it was a good deal and I wear it on an every other day basis. Fantastic.

Woolie-Boolie socks - They're too thick to fit into any of my riding shoes, so I just wear them as everyday socks and they're great.

Gore Jacket, maybe a Phantom? It's the one with the sleeves that zip off into a short sleeved windproof jersey. Got mine in bright yellow. Put my first holes in it while crashing on my commute a couple weeks back. Fantastic jacket. I also use it for running. Beautiful stuff.

Oh, and Oakleys. I wear them everywhere, on or off the bike. I don't have a great collection of off-bike eyewear, so I'm that guy at a wedding wearing a suit and fluorescent green Jawbones, but the optics are head and shoulders above others, I find.

Great question.

02-08-2013, 05:31 AM
Rapha trousers - got them on sale a long time ago, they don't even make them anymore, and I spent two years of work wearing them every single day. They still work quite well.

Wait. Are you the guy who used to work at the Yeti store in Montreal? I once met someone there who told me the exact same thing :)

Bob Ross
02-08-2013, 06:10 AM
Assos AirJack 851.

I was gonna say that too...but after seeing the OP, I think my answer is the cranberry-red "Will Bike For Beer" t-shirt that my wife gave me for my birthday 2 or 3 years ago.

02-08-2013, 07:12 AM
Only one item?
Either Icebreaker Real Fleece Sierra full zip or
Smartwool PHD cycling socks

02-08-2013, 07:31 AM
By far the best piece of winter cycling clothing I have.

02-08-2013, 07:38 AM
But I'll echo Philippe and giverdada in saying the Rapha Track Top (the full zip one) is the cat's pyjamas.

02-08-2013, 07:40 AM
I had to make sure this wasn't a winter clothes thread. Living in Florida my go to item is my Halo sweat band. A ride without it is miserable. I needed it yesterday with temps in low 80's.


02-08-2013, 07:59 AM
I have an Ibex merino addiction. Pretty sure I'll die broke, hungry and really warm.

02-08-2013, 08:29 AM
when i'm on the road and need to inject a little cycling into my boring day-job.

02-08-2013, 04:19 PM
For Seattle weather I'd say the Assos clima micro jacket.

02-09-2013, 04:33 PM
my holiday present to myself....a new black rapha softshell jacket

1/2 Wheeler
02-09-2013, 05:41 PM
My Sachs Hat of course!

02-09-2013, 05:42 PM
bio racer winter jacket I got in belgie about 15 years ago and still going strong...

02-10-2013, 03:43 PM
My cross country near knee length light weight ski socks.
In colder weather , 30's up to mid 50's, I wear those along with my kickers. Kickers have an extra layer of material over knees. to keep knee warm. So has I climb I push down on the socks to allow legs to cool down while climbing. than on level or down hill I pull than back up for warmth. I may look like a dork but my knees all still in great shape after 75 years

02-10-2013, 06:13 PM
Don't have a kit. Never had one and never will but to answer the question Wabi Woolens Adventure jersey. Best. Buy one. You will not ever regret it.:beer:

02-10-2013, 06:24 PM
wow, tough question! lots to choose from, but if it had to be one thing, it would have to be merino wool baselayers. i have excellent ones from rapha, swobo and icebreaker. they really are life changing, in all climates. i wear them as often as they are clean, on and off the bike. simply put, they rock.

02-10-2013, 06:40 PM

02-10-2013, 06:51 PM
S-works shoes

02-10-2013, 06:59 PM
Winter--Wabi Woolens sport jersey

02-10-2013, 07:27 PM
Sidi Ergo 2 shoes. Ride for hours. No sore feet ever. I am only sorry I didn't get these earlier.

Gore clothing. Best stuff made for the money. I have a couple of Gore Windstopper jackets which were south of $200 and are warm and water resistant and allow moisture to exit.

These are two things I can't imagine living without and am sorry I didn't get sooner.