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MUXU Ride Jeans, £90, www.muxu.ccPublished: 3:25pm 9 December 2011

A couple of brands have tried ‘riding jeans’ before but fairly unsuccessfully. This pair, made from fine Japanese stretch denim is perhaps the best yet. Other than unbelievably comfy material, there’s triple stitching on the le...

OPTILABS sunglasses, £135, www.optilabs.comPublished: 2:59pm 9 December 2011

Optilabs offers a wide range of road and off-road sunnies, but its forte is prescription models, which come with either standard polarised lenses or a mirror finish.
Non-prescription lenses seem steep at £135, though single-vision (£...

POLARIS Bojo, £64.99, www.polaris-apparel.co.ukPublished: 2:48pm 9 December 2011

Long-time bikewear brand Polaris recently unveiled this urban cycling shoe, aimed squarely at commuters and tourers. It has a fairly robust synthetic suede upper, a PVC heel box for stability and moderately rugged outsole. We found it best suite...

Polaris Mini Hoolie Glove, £18, www.polaris-apparel.co.ukPublished: 2:26pm 9 December 2011

The Hoolies certainly provide good warmth when out in near zero degree temperatures. The gel padded palm area is comfortable, while silicon print grips give the wee one added control over steering and brakes. The gloves cover the wrists nicely i...

Polaris Junior Aqualite Extreme, £35, www.polaris-apparel.co.ukPublished: 2:03pm 9 December 2011

With its taped seams, stormflap, chinguard, quality features and materials this jacket has a decidedly grown-up feel. It worked well in light rain, the zips ran smoothly and elasticated cuffs and drawcord hem kept our young rider snug and dry. F...

Bobike Poncho, £19.99, www.greyville.comPublished: 1:55pm 9 December 2011

Without a rain jacket, waterproof trousers or boots children risk a soaking while stranded in a child seat. The Bobike poncho slips over both seat and child so that water doesn’t pool in the seat. It covers both body and legs and is suitab...

VELOBICI Armwarmers, £38, www.velobici.ccPublished: 3:06pm 30 November 2011

At first glance these sleeves look like a shrunken pair of woolly stockings, but they’re actually extremely practical and lightweight bike apparel. When the weather’s changeable but you’re too warm for a jacket, that’s wh...

ICEBREAKER Sprint Crew, £62.95, www.icebreaker.comPublished: 2:52pm 30 November 2011

Merino wool is soft, strong and machine washable, as well as being naturally wicking and almost completely odourless. The material in this jersey also has a three percent mix of elastane, giving it a slight stretch for a snug fit. This is a medi...

ENDURA Pakajak, £39.99, www.endura.co.ukPublished: 2:15pm 30 November 2011

The Scottish kings of hardy mountain bike attire branched out into top-spec roadie gear last year and now they’ve added this super lightweight all-rounder to their collection, which is equally useful across all cycling disciplines whether ...

MARMOT Mica jacket, £99, www.marmot.eu Published: 12:22am 3 May 2011

It’s weight and compactability that makes this jacket special — at just 200g it feels and stuffs into a pocket like a windcheater, but it’s completely waterproof, with fully-taped seams. It’s also got an adjustable peak...

IBIKELDN Cycle Hire T-shirt, £20, www.ibikeldn.com Published: 12:12am 3 May 2011

Another iconic design from the Soho-based IBikeLDN creatives. Available in black, cream or fluorescent pink, with reflective bike logo and type, these Ts are made from super-soft organic cotton and printed in Camden. Reflective versions of the...

BONTRAGER Heritage gloves, £19.99, www.bontrager.comPublished: 12:09am 3 May 2011

 

Heading the banned list of items never to be worn off the bike — or singly — these retro-styled mitts have a grippy, lightly padded palm with some protection for the ulna nerve; the back’s mesh-vented in an old-school B...

KEEN Commuter sandals, £84.99, www.keenfootwear.com Published: 12:09am 3 May 2011

These sandals will take SPD cleats, or you can cover the recess with the supplied plate if you’re going to use them with flat pedals or for short treks. They're a bit solid and clunky to walk any distance in comfort, but on the bike, the...

MADISON Trail jersey, £29.99, www.cycleeverywear.co.uk Published: 12:07am 3 May 2011

M:Tec 30 Polyester fabric, short quarter-length zip, hidden hip pocket, loose fit. Sizes S-XXL; black, navy, olive/black, red.

SURFACE Liquistretch Shorts, £49.99, www.surface-clothing.com Published: 12:04am 3 May 2011

So new that they weren’t even available for last issue’s baggies test, these are the first shorts from Surface, a new clothing brand from the creator of Charge bikes. 
Designed specifically to look ‘non-bikey’ the...