We’re out at the Berlin Bike Show, Berliner Fahrradschau, this weekend and here are some of the best urban cycling clothes we’ve spotted.
Amity is a German brand that makes jackets and coats for both men and women, and very stylish they are too, we reckon.
It looks like an everyday coat until you turn up the collar, turn down the cuffs, and reverse the half-belt at the back to reveal reflective material.
The Franz is priced €399 (£311).
The Paul is made from the same EtaProof fabric but it’s a totally different cut. This one is €389 (£303).
Unfastening zips on the sides of the back provides more freedom for reaching forward to the bars comfortably and displays more reflective fabric.
Both are available in navy and beige, with the Franz available in black too.
Amity offers women’s versions too.
You can buy direct from www.amity-shop.de.
O1O6 is another German brand and its Lehel jacket is made from Loden wool that’s designed to be windproof and waterproof. It’s also has a Teflon coating to add dirt resistance so a quick brush can usually clean it. We couldn’t comment on the performance because we’ve not used it, but it looks pretty neat.
The Lehel boasts several other bike-specific features including inner cuffs to keep cold air out and stretchy panels around the shoulders that provide a greater freedom of movement.
The price is €649 (£505).
Finland’s Pelago is going to launch a new range in collaboration with Carhartt www.carhartt-wip.com later in the year.
The sleeves and back of this water repellent Carhartt WIP x Pelago Freeway Your Mind jacket are cut longer than normal for cycling and there’s reflective tape on the sleeves and pocket.
It’ll cost €249 (about £194) when it goes on sale in August. The collaboration extends to other clothing, a bike and a bag from Mission Workshop.
Segrasegra has a large range of urban cycling clobber including these jeans that are designed so that there’s no seam through the seating area.
Tabs and poppers allow you to cinch the leg in when you get on the bike and there’s reflective trim hidden inside that you can reveal if you turn up the leg.
These are priced €185 (£144).
The jacket comes with reflective elements and that’s an old inner tube used over the top of the breast pocket. It’s €365 (£284).
You can order via email. Go through www.segrasegra.cz
We’ve reviewed Velocity’s Women’s Cycling Trousers, designed and made in London, on road.cc in the past, but we’ve not looked at these Sprinter ones before.
They’re mostly cotton with some elastane in there to provide stretch, and the knees are articulated to provide more ease of movement. The fabric has a NanoSphere coating that’s designed to provide water and stain resistance.
The pocket trim is reflective and so is the logo that you can reveal when you turn up the leg.
These are £90.
Men’s clothing is on the way from Velocity too, but not just yet. We'll tip you off as soon as it is.
Alberto is a clothing brand with bike-specific jeans and trousers in its line-up. These ones are made from a slightly stretchy denim with a Ecorepel DWR (durable water repellent) treatment from Schoeller Technologies. www.schoeller-tech.com
You get reflective trim on the rear pockets (you can see it on the pair behind) and there’s more reflective print inside the lower legs. An anti-slip band inside the waist is designed to keep them in the right place.
This pair has reflective belt loops.
And this is a women’s model.
Prices start at €99.95.
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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.