It folds, it's got a Brompton label on and is best used around the city... but this isn't a bike we're talking about from Britain's foremost folding bike brand, it's their first range of commuter clothing with "not a piece of Lycra in sight" for urban cycle trips where more technical-looking apparel isn't essential.
Brompton were inspired to create a range that looked casual but still had features to make it functional and comfortable: "Cyclists are normal people, and so wouldn’t they want normal-looking clothes to cycle in?", they say.
The six pieces were made in partnership with Scottish performance cycling apparel brand Endura to ensure the right balance between casual and functional. The New York Insulated Reversible Gilet (£90, shown above) can be used as an outer layer or for in-between seasons, and like Brompton's bikes it can be easily packed away when not required - although you might struggle to fit the bike in your jersey pocket.
The London waterproof jacket (£150) is made from a waterproof fabric with 15,000mm resistance, with fully taped seams and a breathable material with underarm vents to prevent overheating. There's also the London Windproof glove (£40), the New York Multitube (£20) that can be used as a snood or headband and the Barcelona Coolmax Socks (£12), available in red or blue colourways; the latter being nice, but not quite as nice as our legendary road.cc socks of course.
We're not sure if the new gear folds significantly faster or more easily than other garments, but we do know that you can head over to Brompton's website now to browse the collection if any of it tickles your fancy...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.