[This article was last updated on October 29, 2020]
Want to proclaim your allegiance to the world's greatest activity, sport and mode of transport? Here's a selection of our favourite cycling T-shirts so the world knows you love riding bike even when you're not doing it.
Type 'cycling T-shirts' into Google and you get a vast range of choices: brand logos, political statements, jokes good and bad, homages to races and straightforward cycling-themed art.
Here's a selection of our favourite cycling T-shirts. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
The incomparable Merckx by CycloBuzz at RedBubble
A play, of course, on the iconic Coke slogan, from Rinsed.
There are a number of Kraftwerk-inspired cycling T-shirts around. We like this take on the iconic Tour de France cover.
From kiddie trike to road racing bike.
The infinity symbol in chain links. Simple.
Just keep in mind that after you wear this you can never again skip a ride because it's raining.
A 1977 Raleigh Gran Sport featuring state-of-the-art centre pull brakes, square-taper cranks, and toeclips and straps.
Billed as 'the genetic road map of cyclists' by Cycology.
Just in case any of your friends need reminding that cyclists are the pinnacle of human evolution.
Here's a tribute to the race's last-placed rider, the famed lanterne rouge. We've all been there. Artist Anthony Robson has a couple of dozen other designs too.
Monuments and climbs abound at velolove.cc and this Galibier number is a fairly typical example. Done in a cheery blue, it doesn’t scream cycling, which makes it all the better in our book.
A tribute to the Tour of Italy from Rinsed T-shirts.
Often a crucial climb in the Tour de France, the windy mountain is celebrated by this T-shirt from Amazon.
Always a significant climb when it's included, some say the Tour de France is won on l'Alpe d'Huez.
The only grand tour that more-or-less started on time this year, and we love the colours.
We're quite fond of baked goods as well, so if anyone can find a 'Will ride for cake' shirt, let us know.
The wisdom of renegade scientist Dr. J. Frank Parnell from Alex Cox's 1984 cult science fiction movie Repo Man.
Don't we all feel like this some days?
A bit more straightforward than some of the others, but a fair bit less costly as well. It also leads us neatly on to:
The expanded version of the timeless cyclist's formula. Can you ever have too many? If in doubt, consult the T-shirt.
Inspired by Transport for London's ludicrous 'Cyclists Stay Back' stickers of a few years ago, so we include two car window stickers, two A6 stickers and five business card stickers with each T-shirt and for every tee we donate £5 to the Cyclists' Defence Fund. The front has a small road.cc logo.
Is there any cycling brand with a mightier heritage than Campagnolo?
Probably the UK's most controversial cycling brand, so here's one of their T-shirts for you to argue about.
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Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
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