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

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 Road.cc.

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 www.carbonaut.cc.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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Can't help thinking that main image is a caption competition in waiting

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jova54 [648 posts] 3 years ago
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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  4

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 3 years ago
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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...

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El_Nacnud [5 posts] 3 years ago
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So if it's off-bike wear, why does it need to be cut for cycling?

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jamjam [61 posts] 3 years ago
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i think its for people to ride to somewhere and not look silly once they're there

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jak001 [58 posts] 3 years ago
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Caption: 'Yes you're right, this jersey does accentuate my nipples, why do you think I bought it'.

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nbrus [293 posts] 3 years ago
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Good looking gear...

Caption:  39

"People will cotton-on when you've got cotton on..."  36

I'm a medium ... size that is ...  4

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nbrus [293 posts] 3 years ago
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Or how about this one...

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

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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the second one isn't bad

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 3 years ago
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The shocked look is after they have just searched "Paul Skuse Bristol" on google!

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Simmo72 [591 posts] 3 years ago
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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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ourdave [46 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

OD

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lostinfrance [15 posts] 3 years ago
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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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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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nbrus [293 posts] 3 years ago
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Another one...

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

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 3 years ago
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"if I knee this weirdo in the balls he'll go clean over that stool"

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zanf [796 posts] 3 years ago
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Caption: "You know, from the side you look like Kate Humble. Wanna feel my saddle chafe on your knee?"

OR...

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

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Dr_Lex [275 posts] 3 years ago
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"Two pints of EPO, err I mean IPA, please barman!"

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Benjamin Hall [59 posts] 3 years ago
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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.