Hey guys, am I the only one here looking for Cycling Spring Rides? It’s March but every time I stick my nose out the door these days I go back inside to get an extra layer – or my skis.
But winter is the season of opportunity. I was in the middle of a 30×1’ turbo set last week when a ray of sunlight suddenly appeared through the window at the 18th rep. It wouldn’t get better than that! I peeled off the sweat-soaked t-shirt I was wearing. I replaced it with one of my favourite cycling jerseys and took my music outside. Summer vibes!
Note: Short sleeves may have been a little optimistic as my nose has been running since but I’ll spare you the gory details.
Following my favourite moto : if you don’t have the legs, at least make sure you have the look! You may have noticed there are no saggy back-pockets or multi-logoed jerseys on my cycling photos. You know that moment when you go round a bend and your pump and powerbars wrap themselves round your belly-button? A sharp shove of the elbow and the gilet and banana on the other side hit you in the ear? NO GO.
I’ll take the label of #cyclingsnob, that’s OK. Basic nutrition and wind protection are necessary however my bike looks a million bucks and there’s no reason the guy riding it should look like a snail going on a Caribbean holiday.
I have three rules I stick to when it comes to choosing a kit 👉
You’ll regularly find examples of my favourite cycling outfits in the gear section of the blog. The first one to feature is one I’ve been testing and wearing for a year now. KATUSHA Sports’ Superlight Kit; I’m wearing the Breakaway colours here.
I’m wearing a SIZE M jersey and L bib. The jersey sits perfectly – no fault to find there. The bib however could do with an extra 4cm in length to avoid the hot-pant effect on my giant legs: NOT a good look at the post-ride café. That said the pad stays where it is meant to stay and does the job; no issues on my undercarriage, no shammy cream needed!
As always you get what you pay for… The superlight kit has a fairly hefty PRICETAG, coming in at €140 for the jersey and €200 for the bib. It’s well in the ballpark at this end of the market though, so if you’re looking for something a little different to a few known cycling brands beginning with “R” (of London) or “A” (of Switzerland), KATUSHA’s option could be a cool alternative.
Generally speaking, the brand’s designs are all about simplicity and clean lines at the service of cycling performance: you won’t find patterns or funky colours, but you will be impressed with the technical properties. At the end of the day, I want to look good and push the pedals hard; and that’s what I get in the Superlight kit.
Unfortunately it looks like it’s meant to stay in the drawer for another few weeks until Mother Nature decides to send us some sun again. Second option: plan a warm-weather getaway and get my Superlight swag on!
Photo credits : Jochen HAAR Photography
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