Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ride on

Here we go again!
Lululemon in action, once more with yet more items on their "commuter" line called Ride on.
You can view the whole spring collection here.

I have a lot of negative comments about most of these items so I will abstain... Or almost!

- I see no point in riding pants/shorts/crops of any kind, with the specific exception of protective rain pants, which they do not offer (and even these I don't wear, even under the heaviest of rains).
Regular pants do very fine.

- Same with the vest and blazer.

 - Somebody needs to explain to me the difference between this cycle yoga bag and a regular yoga bag.

- I could not stop laughing at this bag below, marketed to ladies, yet for which a top tube is required for it not to slide down and sit on the front wheel... Well yeah cause they seem to see no use for fenders. Let's hope this girl never rides in the rain.

Somehow, the Lululemon "designer" do not seem to think this bag should attach to the handle bar. See the "attachment system" below, i.e. more than basic.

- I'll skip the mitts, because, man, who does not already have some...

More interesting and useful are the rain jacket and the Henley top.
When it rains, you need to wear something on top to avoid getting drenched. Just like when you're walking around with that umbrella and that trench coat on.
Now, why couldn't you wear said trench coat on your bike? Good question. All I can think of is the lack of stretching ability in the coat fabric making it uncomfortable and tacky. Plus, the lack of venting means you end up soaked in your own sweat. That's my experience.

What is Lululemon offering?

A fancily designed but very expensive two-way stretch, breathable, water-resistant rain jacket. 

The price? 298 $ CA. Yeah right...
And I like the old design better.

As for the Henley

As a person who sweats *a lot* in the armpits, the moisture wicking, breathable fabric is welcome.
Plus the special armpit venting system looks interesting.

 But 88$ CA? Jeez.
I'll wait until it goes on sale.

Bottom line, the only item I whole heartedly support is the bike bell. There are still people biking around with no bell (as well as no lights, no fenders, no brakes etc.).

So cute and so useful! People, get a bell, any brand but get it!!


  1. This is just kind of disheartening. More products for problems that never really existed. Sometimes I wonder how people (Americans, especially) manage to maintain a continued interest in cycling at all. When the market has prevented you from even understanding what fenders, racks, proper tires, and chaincases are for, it can be downright unpleasant to ride a bicycle for transport. And honestly, this type of gear makes it all seem like some kind of eccentric hobby.

    Oops, so much for abstaining from negative comments!

    1. "this type of gear makes it all seem like some kind of eccentric hobby."

      THAT's the problem with this cycle specific clothes trend.
      Just open your closet, Cycle Chic all the way dude!

  2. I do agree. I just wear my regular clothes. If clothes are designed in breathable fabrics that is all well in good but if I can't ride my bike in it I probably won't get much use of the garment in the first place. I really don't have a personal budge for activity specific clothes other than running.


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