Carbonaut - New UK bike clothing brand launched

Clothing for cyclists to wear off the bike, but still look like cyclists

by Mat Brett   October 31, 2012  

A new British cycle clothing brand has just been launched to produce casual wear aimed specifically at cyclists. The Carbonaut Clothing Company is based just outside Bristol and we already have some of the products here at

Paul Skuse, founder of Carbonaut, said, “We identified that there was a real lack of casual wear options available to cyclists once off the bike. For us, being a cyclist means so much more than just riding, racing and training and we wanted to encapsulate this in the casual wear market.”

Carbonaut also say that they’re big on social responsibility – everything has been made to strict ethical and ecological standards.

So, there you go, those are the marketing angles. Essentially, this is clothing for cyclists to wear off the bike.

The Café Vélo Hoody comes with a high neck, an adjustable hood and a two-way zip. You get a zipped phone pocket and a dropped hem at the rear. It’s a fitted cut and it’s 100% cotton. No, that’s not a hi-tech sports fabric – this is a casual top. The Café Vélo hoody is £75.


The Classic Jersey is mostly cotton too, although there’s some (8%) elastane in there to give it some stretch. It comes with a dropped tail and, like the Café Vélo Hoody, it has a zipped phone pocket. This one is £45.

The Breakaway Jersey is very similar but it’s long sleeved. It comes in carbon grey and macchiato colour options and is priced at £57. 

You can buy Carbonaut clothing direct from their website

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Can't help thinking that main image is a caption competition in waiting

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
31st October 2012 - 17:08

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tony_farrelly wrote:
Can't help thinking that main image is a caption competition in waiting

If you insist, go on then.

You provide the prizes and we'll provide the captions Big Grin

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posted by jova54 [663 posts]
31st October 2012 - 17:25


Off-bike-wear for cyclists - it's about time, I've been wandering round naked for years whenever not on the bike.

Certainly looks like cycling kit.

Don't know about a caption, if he gets any closer he's going to be making a move...

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
31st October 2012 - 17:36

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So if it's off-bike wear, why does it need to be cut for cycling?

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posted by El_Nacnud [5 posts]
31st October 2012 - 17:43

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i think its for people to ride to somewhere and not look silly once they're there

posted by jamjam [61 posts]
31st October 2012 - 17:57

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Caption: 'Yes you're right, this jersey does accentuate my nipples, why do you think I bought it'.

posted by jak001 [58 posts]
31st October 2012 - 18:14

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Good looking gear...

Caption: Thinking

"People will cotton-on when you've got cotton on..." Party

I'm a medium ... size that is ... Big Grin


posted by nbrus [286 posts]
31st October 2012 - 18:49


Or how about this one...

"I seem to have lost my bike ... its red with with white handlebars..."

Rolling On The Floor


posted by nbrus [286 posts]
31st October 2012 - 19:20

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the second one isn't bad

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
31st October 2012 - 19:23

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The shocked look is after they have just searched "Paul Skuse Bristol" on google!

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posted by Fixie Girl [125 posts]
31st October 2012 - 19:43

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I don't get it myself. Cycling gear looks good on a bike, off the bike you look like a twat. I suppose its better than golf where you look like a twat even when playing.

it serves a market for people who like to say look at me I ride a bike but not right now

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posted by Simmo72 [546 posts]
31st October 2012 - 20:05

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Caption: "Hello, my name's Jeff and i'm a cyclist don't you know. Care to join me for a quick game of pocket billiards? Mmmmmmm..."

I am largely indifferent to the idea of cycling-inspired street wear but I can offer an opinion on the Carbonaut website. It's not good.


posted by ourdave [48 posts]
31st October 2012 - 20:52


Rohan looks a bit different is reassuringly expensive and lends one a carefree/privileged look in the "Old Dog and Duck" pub of a Sunday lunch time. Seems they now have a bit of competition.

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posted by lostinfrance [15 posts]
31st October 2012 - 21:28

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What a strange idea.

I have finally got myself some civilized trousers to commute in (the Levis ones, an heartily recommend) and I've bought these because I don't like looking like a bike rider when I'm not riding.

posted by bashthebox [764 posts]
31st October 2012 - 23:09

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Another one...

"...these merino shorts are a bit itchy..."

Plain Face


posted by nbrus [286 posts]
1st November 2012 - 7:25

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"if I knee this weirdo in the balls he'll go clean over that stool"

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
1st November 2012 - 10:11

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Caption: "You know, from the side you look like Kate Humble. Wanna feel my saddle chafe on your knee?"


"Look at me pretend to change gear but using my penis!"

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posted by zanf [724 posts]
1st November 2012 - 12:13


"Two pints of EPO, err I mean IPA, please barman!"

posted by Dr_Lex [215 posts]
1st November 2012 - 14:45

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I have to say, I do like the grey long sleeved jersey. £57 sounds like a fair price too. I may have to buy myself a present.

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posted by Benjamin Hall [65 posts]
7th November 2012 - 13:28

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