Presca was a brand that caught our attention due to their strict adherence to ethical principles at all levels of their organisation and production. All of the clothing is made from recycled fabrics, and they’re constantly working with others to drive forward their commitment to the environment.
These bib shorts from Swedish brand SIGR are pro level, and yet come without the price tag. Super comfortable and with loads of compression, they’re ideal for long days on the bike
ROSTI are a design orientated cycling wear brand, but they also excel in performance. Here’s their latest mens kit, just in time for sprimg and summer. The HYpno jersey is both unique and stylish.
‘Bib shorts in autumn and winter’ I hear you exclaim! Yes, because Italian brand Alé have worked out that riders often need performance shorts for those colder days, and they’ve used their knowledge and know how to produce the Klimatik K-TOUR shorts.
Thermal and elastic, the K-TOUR bibshort is designed for riding in particularly humid mid-winter days, and is also really useful in autumn and in early spring. It’s a perfect kit item for the serious cyclist. And, you can also add warmers if you’re not from the north… we’re used to the cold 😉
Have you ever thought about the connection to your bike and ultimately the road? You might say it’s’ your cleats, it might be your gloves or it could be your shoes. How many times do you consider what’s going on in the bum department? How many times do you feel that tell-tale ache coming on and as a man that dull numbness starting which forces you up and out of the saddle to bring some life back to that area of darkness.
The RH+ Code bib shorts are designed and sold as a high end short, and we tested them here in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to see how they stood up to things.
The first thing that you notice is that they’re a very light bib short. And of course, being Italian means that they’re a good fit, so choose a size above your normal sizing. They’re a compression short too, which basically means that they’ll fit close and tight against the skin, maximising the muscle performance.
A good jersey needs great bibs, and these Signature shorts from Biehler are a worthy ambassador product for this high end performance brand. Time to take a look then,at what makes Biehler so special.
Let’s talk about bib shorts, comfort and pads. As I once said, a good pad is as important to the cyclist as tuna is to a cat, and to make it international … as important as winning the TdF is to the French – just saying.
Anyway, these shorts are Italian and that means quality and style. Made by high end brand ALÉ, they certainly haven’t let Italy down
Biehler Elite Bib Shorts
These Neo Classic Ultra-Light bibs from German brand Biehler are at the cutting edge of technicity in cycle clothing.The company have used all of their knowledge from pro team support and development, producing an absolutely awesome bib short.
They’re extremely lightweight and have a uv-protection of 50+, and are designed and cut with a pro team race position in mind. Biehler have used the very best aerodynamic lightweight fabrics, and focused on strength, elasticity and compression, so that the bib shorts are not just worn, but that they actually help the cyclist too, forming a second skin on the legs.
How does this work in practice – very well indeed actually. Taking them out on some epic rides, you immediately feel like you want to ride, and the legs are looked after along the way, with that ‘comfortably close fit’ effect. At the hems, the bibs are kept tight and in place by their own BLR Powerband anti-slip technology, which works like terraband, but which is without a doubt the toughest and strongest bib edging I’ve come across – superb work here Biehler. The quality of this edging is totally awesome.
And, when you’ve ridden hard and the moisture has been coming, Biehler have thought about this too, using antibacterial mesh on the upper back area and the straps. All of the materials used are high end 4 way stretch and super strong. On test, we’ve pulled at them and they simply hold tight and return to form, which means that when you wear them, they fit like a glove …or a well-designed pair of bib shorts. If they were a car, they’d be a turbo charged Audi Quattro.
Finally then, the plain black styling is complimented with subtle BLR branding and some neat reflective strips to the rear of the legs, meaning that they go with all the jerseys in the range, and with any other jerseys that you may have.
In terms of the pad, it’s a multi density air cell, maximising comfort and ventilation on the hottest of days and on the longest of rides. Biehler simply do things very well indeed, and these shorts, whilst at the premium end of the market, will serve you well and last a long time.