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Best Urban Cycling Clothing Brands in the World (Top 15)

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When asked to think of what “a cyclist” looks like, many people will conjure up an image of a MAMIL (a middle-aged man in Lycra).

At Discerning Cyclist, though, we’re on a mission to prove that you can cycle in style and comfort – especially if you’re commuting by bike or just like cycling around town.

In this guide, therefore, we’ve compiled 15 of our favorite urban cycling clothing brands that perfectly toe the line between style and function. In its simplest form, we want to present you with stylish, everyday-looking clothes that boast discreet functionality for cycling.

At the end of the post, we’ll also take a deeper look at the best commuter cycling clothes and where you can find them.



Best Urban Cycling Clothes Brands (Top 15)

  1. chrome industries logo

    Chrome Industries

    The Kings/Queens of urban cycling

  2. Ministry of Supply

    Office-friendly gear built for cycling.

  3. rapha logo

    Rapha (City Colllection)

    Premium stylish cycling clothes

  4. duer

    DUER

    Stylish urban gear for active people.

  5. mission workshop logo

    Mission Workshop

    Premium technical urban cycling wear.

  6. ornot clothing logo

    Ornot

    Stylish clothes for cycling… Ornot.

  7. velocio logo

    Velocio

    Beautiful, functional clothes for cycling.

  8. sigr logo

    Sigr

    Classic Scandinavian minimalist style.

  9. osloh logo

    Osloh

    Superb cycling jeans.

  10. Vulpine

    Chic urban lifestyle cycling clothes.

  11. Club Ride Apparel

    Fun bike clothes built for adventure.

  12. endura logo

    Endura

    Highly functional cycling clothes.

  13. Proviz

    The hi-viz of hi-viz.

  14. vaela logo

    Vaela

    Super chic clothes for female city cyclists.

  15. Cleverhood

    100% waterproof capes and jackets that look cool.



1. Chrome Industries

When it comes to stylish commuter cycling gear, Chrome Industries are the kings of the urban jungle.

That’s largely because Chrome are devoted to urban cycling. It’s what they’re all about. As they put it, their mission is “making durable useful gear that works on and off the bike”.

And Chrome are no flash in the pan. They’ve been hard at it since 1995.

Their gear looks great, feels fantastic on the bike and is tough as a

The great things about Chrome’s gear is that not only does it look and feel great, it’s also as tough as old nails.

Chrome’s sturdy backpacks and messenger bags are amongst their most popular products, but they also make great urban bike shorts and shoes with stiff soles for cycling.

Chrome Highlights

Chrome Industries Product Range

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Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Great urban style

✅ Durable products

✅ Lots of waterproof gear

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available
  • Customs fees may apply upon arrival

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Chrome


2. Ministry of Supply

“The world’s best clothing, backed by science.”

That’s the claim that Ministry of Supply make and it’s hard to argue against them.

The American-based company was launched in 2012 and they essentially create high-performance business wear for men and women.

At Ministry of Supply you’ll find a extensive range of smart shirts, trousers and even blazers that have been built to be light, stretchy and comfortable – which means they also perform exceptionally well when cycling to work too.

Beautiful gear – but pricey.

Ministry of Supply Highlights

Ministry of Supply Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Chic style

✅ Lightweight, breathable products

✅ Suitable for the office

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Pricing

  • High
Shop at Ministry of Supply


3. Rapha (City Collection)

Ask any keen cyclists what brand they think of when you mention the words “cycling” and “fashion” and Rapha will almost certainly be the answer.

Rapha are very much a Marmite brand – some people love (like, really love) them, while others hate them. This is largely because Rapha is all about exclusivity and their pricing is undoubtedly on the high side. That said, you do get real quality for your money.

The majority of Rapha’s production line in focussed on road cycling. But if you’re after stylish clothes you can cycle in (i.e. something you can ride to work in and then look smart at the office), the Rapha City Collection is nothing short of stunning.

Rapha Highlights

Rapha City Collection Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Great urban style

✅ Smart enough for the office

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK, with distribution centres around the world (including USA)
  • International delivery available

Pricing

  • High
Shop at Rapha


4. DUER

Despite DUER not necessarily being a “cycling brand”, it nevertheless makes absolutely awesome activewear for commuters. The gear looks and feels great.

They specialise in making trousers and shorts, which they claim are the “world’s most comfortable pants”.

And having worn various of their garments over the years, they’re not far wrong.

Their urban pants are built to stretch and breathe – while never compromising on style.

So while DUER isn’t focussed only on cyclists, they have nevertheless managed to create some of the best urban cycling pants in the world for men and women.

DUER Highlights

DUER Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Elegant urban style

✅ Stretchy pants that breathe

✅ Comfortable for cycling

Shipping Notes:

Pricing

  • Medium
Shop at DUER

5. Mission Workshop

If price is no issue and you want the very best urban cycling clothing for men built with premium modern styles and incredible high-performance technology, then Mission Workshop is an important port of call.

Their commuter gear is the perfect blend of style and function and no-one would suspect that you are wearing “cycling clothes”.

I’ve reviewed a few pieces of Mission Workshop gear in the past including The Hayes shirt and the outstanding The Division Chino.

As I alluded to at the start, though, this is truly premium gear and you’ll be paying a premium for it (The Division Chinos come in at £205/$225, for example). But if you’re happy to pay for the best, you certainly won’t regret it.

Mission Workshop Highlights

Mission Workshop Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Elegant urban style

✅ Premium build quality and materials

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

Pricing

  • High
Shop at Mission Workshop


6. Ornot

Ornot is a quirky San Francisco-based cycling brand that has an excellent non-cycling-cycling-clothes range suitably called “Wear It On Your Bike Ornot“.

Ornot specialize in sporty cycling wear, but their urban range is excellent. It consists of hoodies, jumpers, t-shirts, trousers and some excellent – and I mean excellent – urban bike shorts.

They’re still early days in their urban wear journey, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that they continue to expand upon their already excellent range.

Ornot Highlights

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Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags
*NOTE: ORNOT DO CREATE WOMEN’s CYCLING WEAR. THEY JUST HAVEN’T CREATED ANY URBAN WEAR FOR WOMEN AS OF YET.

Why We Like

✅ Expertise in cycling

✅ Cool, minimalist styling

✅ Extremely comfortable and perfect for cycling

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available
  • Customs fees may apply

Pricing

  • High
Shop at Ornot

7. Velocio (Commute Range)

Velocio are commite to creating “cycling apparel that improves the experience of riding”. The majority of their gear is devoted to road cycling or touring, but you’ll also find some urban cycling gems in their Commute range.

The Commute range isn’t the biggest, but there is some really stunning pieces to be found with the Velocio Recon Snap Jacket being one of the favourite jackets I own – it’s stunningly stylish, while also being incredible lightweight yet warm due it’s fleece lining.

Although it’s not the biggest collection, Velocio have covered all bases, with a range of jackets, tops, t-shirts, trousers, shorts and accessories available for both men and women.

Velocio Highlights

Velocio Commute Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Elegant urban style

✅ Built for cycling

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available (inc. free EU/UK delivery on orders over €100)
  • Customs fees already applied to price

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Velocio


8. Sigr (Commute Collection)

Scandinavia knows a thing or two about style and cycling, and Sigr is the embodiment of this.

Based in Sweden, Sigr’s Commuter range is a thing of elegant practicality. Their range of urban cycling clothing remains small, but everything in it oozes quality.

That said, you’ll find everything you’ll need for a summer or winter commute: trousers, chinos, shorts, a polo and a couple of great cycling jackets – all of which comes in both men’s and women’s versions.

While their urban range in minimalistic in design, Sigr have managed to squeeze in as much cycling functionality as they could into their products, meaning as well as breathability and stretch, you’ll also find reflective detailing on the rear of their trousers and shorts.

Sigr Commute Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Elegant urban style

✅ Built for cycling

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Sweden
  • International delivery available (inc. free EU/UK delivery on orders over €100)

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Sigr


9. Osloh Bicycle Jeans

While Resolute Bay are the masters of cycling jeans in Europe, in North America, that title belongs to Osloh.

Indeed, Osloh specialise in only creating cycling jeans. I’ve tried and tested them through the years and they are extremely hard-wearing and they are probably the toughest jeans you’ll ever own.

Osloh produce bike jeans for both men and women and there are two things I can guarantee you’ll find: lots of reinforcement on seams and hard-wearing areas and an abundance of pockets (7 pockets, on the Traffic Jean, for example).

Although they only make jeans, Osloh also sell some other handy cycling accessories, including the innovative Tex-Lock plus some other cool lights, mirrors and bike bells.

Osloh Highlights

Osloh Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Good-looking jeans

✅ Smart enough for the office

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • Free international delivery on all orders

Pricing

  • Medium

Osloh Promo Code

  • Use code DISCERNING5 for $5 off at Osloh.
Shop at Osloh


10. Vulpine

A few years ago, Vulpine were the darlings of urban cycling fashion. And it wasn’t hard to see why. They had mastered the art/science blend of form and function, creating a stunning collection of city cycling gear and accessories.

But it all came tumbling down in 2017 when the company surprisingly went into administration despite raising over £1 million in online crowdfunding barely two years earlier.

The company was subsequently bought by another cycling brand, but they too went bust not long later.

But now Vulpine seem to be finding their feet again under new leadership and a more pragmatic business model.

Regardless of all of the “off-the-field” problems, Vulpine remain a great place to find some great-looking urban cycling attire packed with discreet functionality for cycling for both men and women.

Vulpine Reviews:

Vulpine Highlights

Vulpine Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Large range of gear

✅ Stylish gear

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK
  • International delivery available

Pricing

  • Medium
Shop at Vulpine


11. Club Ride Apparel

Club Ride Apparel aren’t an “urban cycling” brand per se, but rather a cycling adventure brand with a focus on casual mountain biking style.

Their casual cycling range is perfect for bike touring and all sorts of cycling adventures – but some of their gear is also ideal for commuters and city cyclists.

Club Ride have produced no shortage of eye-catching cycling shirts for men and women, as well as casual padded cycling shorts.

Club Ride Apparel Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Casual style

✅ Built for adventure

✅ Packed with discreet cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in US
  • Flat-rate $20 international shipping

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Club Ride


12. Endura

Founded in Scotland in 1993, Endura have become a mainstay on the commuter cycling scene with their vast range of comfortable cycling gear.

Endura is now one of the most established cycling brands in the world with a huge selection of products for both male and female riders.

Endura Highlights

Endura Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Massive collection

✅ Extremely comfortable

✅ Packed with cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK
  • International shipping available

Pricing

  • Medium
Shop at Endura


13. Proviz

If you want to be seen on your bike, then you can’t miss Proviz.

Provizspecialise in providing hi-vis and reflective outerwear for urban cyclists.

When light beams hit a Proviz jacket, the jacket becomes a beacon of light – you simply can’t miss it.

As well as jackets and gilets, Proviz have also created reflective waterproof trousers for cyclists.

Proviz Highlights

Proviz Product Range

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Highly reflective gear

✅ Durable

✅ Packed with cycling functionality

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK, with international distrubition centres.
  • International delivery available

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Proviz


14. Vaela

Vaela is a British start-up urban cycling clothing brand for women that has really caught the eye in the past few years.

They offer a small collection of extremely stylish women’s cycling clothes, with the jeans and jackets proving to be particularly popular.

Definitely a women’s bike commuting brand to watch out for.

Vaela Highlights

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ A British start-up with a passion for women’s bike commuting

✅ Classic designs adapted for cycling

✅ Everyday styling

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK
  • Customs fees may apply for international orders

Pricing

  • High
Shop at Vaela


15. Cleverhood

A waterproof cape might sound dramatic, but during a downpour, Cleverhood’s stylish cycling capes are perfect.

Cleverhood make extremely durable capes, jackets and bags that are utterly ready for bad rain.

But while most “waterproof cycling clothes” are pretty hideous, Cleverhood has actually made their stuff look extremely cool, while remaining 100% practical.

MENWOMEN
Jackets
Tops
Pants
Shoes
Bags

Why We Like

✅ Superb waterproof capes, jackets and bags

✅ Guaranteed to stay dry

✅ Great urban style

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Pricing

  • Medium to High
Shop at Cleverhood

Where to Buy Urban Cycling Apparel

If you’re looking for stylish commuter cycling clothes, we’ve compiled a series of guides to help you ride in style. These guides pick out the best cycling clothes for commuting to work and take an in-depth look at their functionality and specifications:

Quick Links:

Where to Buy Urban Cycling Jackets

Where to Buy Urban Cycling Trousers and Shorts

Where to Buy Urban Cycling Shoes


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