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 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 road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 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.