We went down to John's Bikes Christmas Cracker in lovely local Bath last night and bumped into Antonia Maybury who's just set up a new clothing company, Water off a Duck's Back. Antonia found herself disappointed at the range of cycling gear available for women after getting back into cycling, and decided to do something about it: this cycle macintosh is the first product she's bringing to market.
"I didn't want to roll out of the pub and have to put on my hi-viz jacket for the ride home", Antonia told us, "So this coat is designed to look good off the bike but also be functional on it." Essentially a non-bike-specific black coat off the bike, there's reflective panels hidden on the back of the belt, behind the cuffs and under the collar. Before you get on the bike it's a simple case of revealing all the reflective and setting off for home; turning down the cuffs also makes the sleeves a bit longer for better wrist coverage on the bike.
It looks a nicely thought out garment and Antonia is currently looking for stockists in the bike trade across the UK, as well as – she's hoping – more mainstream outlets too. If you're in the Bath area you'll be able to get them from John's Bikes as soon as the first production run is ready.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.