I purchased my first wool cycing jersey recently, and I LOVE it. A few times a week I park in the Waterfront and bike the rest of the way into work. Currently, I’m just wearing an under armor T-shirt, but I feel like it’s still wet from sweat on the way home. I used my new jersey, and it’s perfect, but I prefer to have something that looks more like normal clothing for the commute. So:
Can anyone recommend good wool commuting clothing? A polo shirt style perhaps (and another with long sleeves for cooler days)? Shorts? Again, looking for things that look like regular clothes.
Also, I was trying to find a pannier that can double as a work bag. Enough to carry a laptop and a change of clothes. I don’t commute every day, so I’m not too worried about waterproof. But, I want it to look like a regular work bag.
I’ve done some google searches, and I’ve seen things online, but I’m trying to see if anyone has any actual experience with the products and can recommend some….
For outdoor activity in the cold (generally hiking or skiing for me but I see no reason it should not work on a bike), I like a wool undershirt and then I usually have some number of synthetic layers over it followed by a shell.
So I would say to spend money on a good wool base layer and then after that it really doesn’t matter as much.
I second Sara’s suggestion of Ibex. They’ve got quite a bit of stuff that doesn’t look too bikey. As for the pannier, I’ve got an Ortlieb office bag and I love it. It’s waterproof, has room for my work clothes (packed in one of those Eagle Creek clothes folders) plus lunch, pens, paper and whatever else with lots of briefcase style pockets. Plus, if you get one with the newest attachment system, most of the hardware stays on your rack so the bag doesn’t have any hooks or anything sticking out and looks pretty much like a briefcase. They’re expensive, but totally worth it.
Thanks all! I have already switched to wool socks (and I have the keen clipless sandles to aviod socks all together).
In addtion to the Ibex line, I saw today that Ralpha is having a summer sale, and they have a few wool polo shirts (long and short sleeve) that are clearanced to a price reasonably in line with Ibex. I may check one of those out.
Additionally, I love the looks of the Ortleib Office Bag. I will absolutely be pursuing that.