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Although it doesn’t look cycle-specific to the untrained eye, the Ride shirt is a good choice for scooting around city streets in summer.
It’s cut close to the body so it doesn’t wave about uncontrollably as soon as you hit 10mph, and it doesn’t feel too tight either thanks to a little stretchy elastane in the fabric and an unobtrusive pleat behind each shoulder. These folds actually work really well to give you a bit of extra comfort when you’re stretched out to the bars.
The rear is extended slightly to keep your lower back covered – and that certainly doesn’t look out of place on a collared shirt – while the seams are positioned away from the top of your shoulders so there’s no uncomfortable pressure point up there if you use a courier bag, for example. You get a pocket hidden in the seam on either side of the chest and another zipped one around the back – again disguised in a seam – that comes complete with a hole for plumbing your ipod lead internally. It’ll hold your keys, cash, mobile and other essential gubbins easily enough.
This isn’t a shirt you want to pedal too hard in, though. Apart from the elastane (4%), the fabric is cotton, and although that feels great next to your skin when you’re off the bike or just cruising about slowly, work up any sort of a sweat and it gets damp and doesn’t dry very quickly. Plus, in the blue (shown) and stone (browny grey) colour options, it shows. Dark patches really aren’t a good look.
So, this is a good shirt for its intended purpose – which is riding around town at a sedate pace, maybe to work or to get a coffee, and then wearing for the rest of the day when you’re off the bike too. But anything more strenuous than that and the lack of a technical fabric will leave you uncomfortable. For that reason, it lacks the versatility of Muxu's Ride Stripe Polo Shirt.
Some useful bike-specific features but the lack of a technical fabric limits its versatility
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Make and model: Muxu Ride shirt
Size tested: L
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, but not as much as Muxu's Ride Polo Shirt
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Age: 39 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
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.