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Café du Cycliste launches summer clothing

New offerings in both the performance and city ranges

Café du Cycliste has a new superlight jersey in its range for spring/summer, along with new colour options for existing designs in the clothing range.

The brand, based on the on the French Riviera, has added the new Fleurette jersey (€120), for both men and women, to its Sur Le Bitume performance range. Intended for hot weather, it's made from a lightweight (130g/m2), stretchy fabric that’s designed to shift moisture away from your body.

It comes with three pockets in the lower back, the two side ones with slanted tops for easier use, plus an additional fourth zipped pocket.

The Violette merino jersey (€120, men’s and women’s versions are available) comes in a couple of new colours: this orange and a dark blue version too.

It has a full-length front zip, three open rear pockets, a zipped key pocket and a pump pocket. There’s another zipped pocket on the chest that Café du Cycliste calls an iPod pocket.

The lightweight merino Lucienne (€130) is available in this new dusty green colour. It’s designed as a race-fit summer jersey with mesh panels on the back and underneath the arms to improve breathability.

Over in the Sur le Zinc city range, the Simone merino polo shirt (€125) is available in a range of colours. There’s a hidden reflective band underneath the collar that you can show if you’re riding at night.

The Paulette shorts (€105) come in new colours too. These are lightweight and stretchy, and there’s a large, removable reflective panel in the back pocket that’s designed to help get you seen at night.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Miles253 | 10 years ago

Digging the colours, like something plain but punchy

Leviathan | 10 years ago

But there is almost no writing on it, I want to know what kind of french washing up powder you use. I'm out.

tomgth | 10 years ago

That's nicely understated gear! If you like UK/North American sizing, DannyShane does a nice/quality fit.

thebongolian | 10 years ago

I've just got a fleurette jersey. Sizes a bit bigger than Castelli or Rapha. The medium I have is a nice snug race fit. In Rapha or Castelli a medium a touch tight and a large a touch loose so it's nicely in between.

The _Kaner | 10 years ago

Sensible sizing: Sur le Bitume performance jersey have a fitted cut adapted to cycling...
I have a Violette (M with full length zip) and the size is comparable to Rapha (M) Belgian Jersey (full zip) from around 2011.
Material is slightly thinner than the Rapha merino tops and I'd say stretches (read- more prone to being saggy). But still a quality garment...worth the cost in my opinion, especially if they are bought at sale time (25-30% discount)  11

isaacrsmith | 10 years ago

I have a couple of their pieces, their winter jacket and their waterproof short sleeve jersey and found them excellent quality, with nice fit and the attention to detail that one would expect at the price. Sizing is more UK/North American than Italian.

A word of caution on the winter jacket though. It's very warm, but not very waterproof, so great for cold dry winters, but not so good the the UK.

psychonabike | 10 years ago

These look nice, and a bit different. Anyone got any experience- how do they compare to other higher end stuff like Assos/Rapha/Castelli? Is the sizing sensible or 'italian'?

stuartp | 10 years ago

Is that Julian Clary cycling in a quarry?

Very nice understated clothes BTW

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