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Rapha Alternatives: 14 Chic (but Cheap) Cycling Clothing Brands

Looking good while on your bike is important to many of us: not only for functionality but also because how we dress helps us to express ourselves and show the world who we are! Even when exercising this is important for so many of us.

However, premium cycling brands, such as Rapha, may not quite be within your price range. But rest assured, there are other, cheaper, brands that also offer style and quality at a lower price point.

Rapha is Great, But…

There’s no denying that Rapha cycling kit is really comfy and thus worth the money, however it is a premium brand and therefore renders a premium price tag. The chamois in their shorts and bibtights are really comfy, and the material used for their clothing is very soft and wearable.

Therefore, although it is worth investing in some staple items from this luxury brand as it’s worth the investment, especially when Rapha have sales on, it’s not going to be within everyone’s budget. This being said, there are affordable alternatives if you still want quality and style.

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Where to Find Cheap + Stylish Cycling Gear

If you”re looking at where to find cheap and stylish cycling kit that’s a good alternative to Rapha, then there are some places to turn to: below we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to the well known brand.

If you are particularly eco-conscious and don’t mind second hand, there are pages where people buy and sell their old cycling kit, including eBay. Here you can pick up more premium brands like Rapha at some really great prices (and in good condition).

Rapha Alternatives [Top 14 Cycling Clothing Brands]

1. dhb

The brand dhb offers a great range of kit, from performance road kit to more relaxed, gravel style items. The clothing has a nice high quality feel, with a range of sizes, but the price point is really affordable. The chamois are also really comfy, a real win win.

Why We Like dhb

โœ… Affordable

โœ… Great range of items

โœ… Luxurious feel

dhb Shipping Notes

  • Based in the UK
  • Delivery available to most countries (cost of delivery will depend on the country)

dhb Stockists

  • Wiggle
  • Chain Reaction


2. C H P T 3

Although this brand isn’t miles cheaper than Rapha, the quality and fit of this kit means that it’s a really solid alternative if you still want a luxe feel from another brand. Headed by ex pro, David Millar, this brand has put a lot of time into designing their range to ensure comfort and fit.

Why We Like C H P T 3

โœ… Great colour range

โœ… Good fit

โœ… Generous sales

C H P T 3 Shipping Notes

  • Based in the UK/Girona
  • Delivery available to most countries, and cost of delivery will depend on the country

C H P T 3 Stockists

  • Only available directly from the brand


3. Gore

Gore is a great alternative that not only offers great road orientated cycling kit, but also some great jackets that have a more urban fit to them (which are perfect for commuting). This brand also has some of the best technical fabrics, which other brands often pay to use – so you may as well go straight to the source!

Why We Like Gore

โœ… Great technical fabrics

โœ… Good range of items

โœ… Good price range

Gore Shipping Notes

  • Based in the US
  • Delivery available to most countries, and cost of delivery will depend on the country

Gore Stockists

  • GOREWEAR
  • Sigma Sports
  • Wiggle
  • Chain Reaction
  • Tredz
  • Blacks


11 More Places to Buy Cheap Cycling Clothes

BrandBasedWhat They Do
Altura๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งReally affordable clothing for a range of disciplines, with especially good commuting jackets.
Endura๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งTried and tested in the Scottish weather, Endura have some very robust pieces at great prices. Not to mention a range of chamois to suit everyone.
Sportful๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นHigh quality products for a reasonable price: mostly road orientated pieces with a lovely fit.
Proviz๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งVery popular reflective relaxed fit cycling jackets that are perfect for commuting or being seen while out riding in low light and the dark.
Van Rysel๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทOwned by Decathlon, Van Rysel is their premium cycling kit brand that is affordable yet offers a high quality feel: one so good that they even make professional road team’s kits.
Triban๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทAnother Decathlon own brand, but again offering great affordability, especially in regards to more relaxed and commuter style cycling clothing.
Specialized๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธWith something for pretty much any type of rider, much like their bike range, Specialized offers some really great products across their range.
Pearl Izumi๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธAlthough some of their items do come in at a higher price point, overall this brand offers solid value as the road kit is so comfortable and a great fit.
Madison๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งThe commuter range that Madison offer is really great value for money and as well as a good, comfortable fit.
Bontrager๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธThe brand, owned by the bicycle company Trek, also offer a wide range of clothing at a very high quality for a very reasonable price.
Galibier๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งGalibier offers quirky colours, fun patterns, as well as high performing kit. The price is also very impressive for the quality.

READ: 12 Most Stylish Urban Cycling Clothing Brands

Charlotte Broughton


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1. ๐Ÿช–Fend ONE Folding Helmet
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2. ๐ŸงฅHelly Hansen Hooded Rain Jacket
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3. ๐ŸงดMuc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit
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4. ๐Ÿ‘–DUER-All Weather Jeans
Waterproof cycling jeans. Seriously.

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A beautiful backpack that you can't miss.




Charlotte Broughton

Since Charlotte was a young child, bikes have played a paramount part of her life. She races bikes, rides bikes and also loves writing about bikes. Itโ€™s always just been a way of life for Charlotte and a passion that she now loves to share with others. You can follow Charlotte on social media via: Instagram: @charbroughton Twitter: @char_broughton