Best Cycling kit?

by Harryb2996   April 8, 2014  


i am looking to get some new kit just a short sleeve jersey and some bibbed shorts.

anyone got any good suggestions/past experience with kit.

i currently have some cheap (but very good) DHB kit i use for commenting and wanted to get something new and better comfort wise.

anyone have any suggestions - i know most kit is personal preference but i just wanted to get an idea of what people have found good.


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i think getting the size right is rellay important. all the brands vary. i am medium in some, xl in others, large in most. confusing or what. why not buy some more expensive dhb gear if the sizes are good for you?

posted by philtregear [81 posts]
8th April 2014 - 20:37


Gkam84 wrote:
Rapha Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor

Never had any trouble with the bits of Rapha I have...

With regards to the OP, I rate castelli well, best thing you can do is see what fits you best, some brands size up differently in proportions for others and can take some trial and error to get the right sizes for the right brands.

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posted by glynr36 [503 posts]
8th April 2014 - 20:44


Assos Bibs. Have a look at Prenda's for jerseys

posted by dunnoh [177 posts]
8th April 2014 - 20:52


I can assure you, i am lots of things but 'little' isnt one of them and have no trouble getting into Howies stuff.

posted by Some Fella [823 posts]
8th April 2014 - 21:31


Castelli make great gear, lasts really well!

posted by SPAM Naval [141 posts]
9th April 2014 - 9:18


Try CervoRosso for premium quality and fit. It may be a little more expensive, but certainly not in the Rapha/Assos price range...the fit is very good and the comfort (pads etc) is first rate....and the selection is excellent as is the customer service (...personal touches, handwritten notes, thank you's etc)...and they look terrific too....

Check out their Facebook page, there was a discount code/promo ongoing


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posted by The _Kaner [498 posts]
9th April 2014 - 9:23


If money is no object you cannot, in my opinion beat Castelli. If money is tight try Start Cycles. Its a Newcastle based company which do their own make and its very good and ridiculously cheap.

I use a lot of their gear, its comfortable, fits well and is not adourned with numerous names and badges.

EDIT: forgot to add their make is "More Mile"

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
9th April 2014 - 9:30

9 Likes are great for colourful, unusual jerseys. Sets you apart from the logo-plastered big brands like Castelli, or the minimal Rapha/Torm/Chapeau style ones.
Bibs - I'm happy with my Chapeau ones, and the Assos are obviously good too.

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
9th April 2014 - 10:12


Also, Milltag are a UK company, run by just a couple of people. So support them!

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
9th April 2014 - 10:14


I'm not impressed with castelli jerseys. Parted with a lot of money last summer for a fuga jersey only to find it ladders like cheap womens stockings every time I wear it. I swear i put a ladder in it as i took it out of the packaging.

I also own a rapha long sleeve brevet jersey which cost a bomb, even in the sales. With all their chat about the importance of fit, after a few washes i'm starting to find the forearms too tight and the torso to loose. I'm tempted to cut the lower arms off and ping it back to rapha to repair it into a short sleeve.

posted by Scoob_84 [233 posts]
9th April 2014 - 10:35


You could go fir Planet x's own brand for training and summat decent like endura/castelli - for those long days when a good set of padding and a decent fit help a great deal.

Saying that, go to a good LBS and try stuff on. You'll be surprised at the difference in sizing and fit. Personally for me louis garneau tights are the worst fit. Altura are the best.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [125 posts]
9th April 2014 - 11:13


I love Castelli, and I'm becoming an even bigger fan of Sportful, which is the same company but cheaper and often a bit more subtle.

I also have a lot of DHB stuff that is really good.

posted by bollandinho [58 posts]
9th April 2014 - 14:19


I'm a big fan of Pearl Izumi. The sizing is spot on for me and the bib tights, 3/4s and bib shorts are comfy even after 6hrs in the saddle.

It's well priced as well, especially in the sales.

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posted by S13SFC [102 posts]
9th April 2014 - 15:15


From my recent experience:

For bibs, both long and short, I love the higher end Giordana stuff. The cheaper end can be a bit thin. Castelli also make great shorts.

Jerseys-wise I like Torm and Castelli depending on where in the world or what time of year it is.

Some of my favourite stuff though is Campagnolo and a brand called Oneten neither of which are available any longer.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [310 posts]
9th April 2014 - 15:22


For a cheaper take on Rapha, try Torm. Have a great, well made jersey, at a third of the price!

posted by NickK123 [78 posts]
9th April 2014 - 18:43


My wife and I have both become castelli fans. The Gabba has been fantastic, worn throughout winter with a merino baselayer, sorpasso bibs (the pad is excellent, the same as the body paint shorts that I wore for London to Paris 21 hours in the saddle over 2days)

Not cheap though, although end of season bargains can be found

posted by Stratman [39 posts]
9th April 2014 - 20:36


+1 for Castelli, you can find bargains on Ebay, the fit is superb once you get your sizing right.

+1 for Giordana, their FR-C jersey is just amazing for cold days that might rain.

And don't forget Decathlon, they make good stuff for peanuts for city riding and touring.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [414 posts]
10th April 2014 - 8:44


Castelli for me. Just size up from whatever DHB gear you have and remember Castelli are race fit so it will always be snug.

I got the Body Paint shorts in the end of season clearance recently for £105, down from £175.

The Gabba and Nanoflex stuff is awesome too.

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posted by TheHound [67 posts]
10th April 2014 - 11:39


try on different stuff from brands that you like on, find the best fit and stick to that brand forever, eventually you will find what items fit best from each brand.

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posted by pants [102 posts]
10th April 2014 - 14:17


Sportful all the way for me - good quality, very good pads in the shorts / tights and not barmy at cost. I also have a Torm jersey which is great quality and as mentioned above sensibly priced compared to other "Sportwool" / Merino brands

posted by chris75018 [100 posts]
10th April 2014 - 15:32

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+1 for Giordana bibs - Fusion or Silverline is great for sportive activities.
+1 for Castelli jersey.

posted by longtimejones [5 posts]
11th April 2014 - 16:35


If you are only getting one top-of-the-line jersey, I would highly recommend a Merino wool cycling-specific jersey. I have 2 Icebreakers but I like the look (and price) of the Torm's mentioned in an earlier post.

I used to reserve mine for commuting but last year I made it my standard kit for all but the hottest (>30C) days. The comfort and thermal/moisture balance can't be beat by a synthetic. The newer knits fit like everyday cycling jerseys should.

And the best feature is you can wear them for multiple rides between washings...just hang them to air dry...which saves money and they last longer. I do mine once a month (> 20 hours of riding).

posted by massspike [119 posts]
11th April 2014 - 18:37


zipvit kit is 25% off now, use code ZVKIT at checkout!

(i just like their kit).

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
16th April 2014 - 23:08


I have just recently purchased the below, they are great, comfy and such a great price.

These 2 together are such a great outfit and designed by the FDJ team.

posted by KOShea20 [6 posts]
17th April 2014 - 6:55

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Our club recently moved to Bioracer for kit - shorts are comfortable and look great

posted by s_lim [131 posts]
17th April 2014 - 9:13


Le Col make really comfortable shorts which I got at the end of last season. The new sport shorts look really good, with a slightly different design and I believe an upgraded chamois.

The pro jersey is really nice as well. Very well made and comfy. And the new sport jersey is a slightly odd design but I'm told is very comfy. Plus its a british brand

posted by EvansYelhsa [12 posts]
17th April 2014 - 11:57


If it fits and is affordable then it's generally a good bet.

There are very few 'bad' clothing firms these days, so its really down to fit and price.

good luck!

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

posted by themartincox [381 posts]
17th April 2014 - 18:06

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Do try out Santini bib. Have 2 of them and ever since I bought those, I have never turned to my older bibs, F2P and some other China bibs. Jersey wise imo it's all the same for me

posted by kenong [26 posts]
25th April 2014 - 0:52


Another vote for Torm jerseys, Sportful bibs and Nanoflex/No Rain. If you're not keen on screamy Castelli logos then Sportful is exactly the same gear at a lower price. That said, the Castelli Free Aero bibs are supremely comfy. Sugoi's bibs are also very comfy but size up on the large side.

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posted by Swami Dave [51 posts]
25th April 2014 - 7:26

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My favourites out of my gear:
Autumn/Spring (and quite a bit of summer..) SS jerseys- Torm
Hot weather SS Jersey - Endura/Sugoi
roubaix bib shorts - dhb (but then I only have dhb...)
Normal Bib shorts - Mavic
Bib Tights - dhb
Long sleeve jersey - Endura Roubaix
arm warmers - dhb
knee warmers - dhb
base layers - helly hansen
Cold weather gloves - gore soft shell
gilet - sportful
jacket - haven't really found a favourite. prefer a gilet, but that's just me...
sunglasses - salice


posted by MrC [14 posts]
26th April 2014 - 13:27