If you thought modern cycling apparel had to be made from Lycra – well, until very recently, so did I. On a trip to New York last summer I discovered a brand that has come to the aid of people such as me – those who ride bicycles but aren’t cyclists in the professional – or fanatical – sense. When I go somewhere by bike, it’s usually to avoid London’s traffic rather than to achieve a personal cross-town best, so I just don’t need (or wish) to wear aerodynamic clothing woven from glistening man-made fibres.
So I was delighted to find Osloh’s brilliant bicycle jeans (from £110) that can be had in Lane (relaxed) and Crank (relaxed) or Traffic (slim) fittings, in heavy denim or twill and in cuts designed for men or women. What makes them so special is that company founder Shawn Drayton designed them from the ground-up to be worn while cycling, which means they are replete with nifty cycling-friendly touches such as a (subtly) reinforced seat area, a double layer of material to prevent leg fraying on the chain side, as well as the inspired modifications of angled belt loops that won’t dig in while you’re on the move and snap bands to allow waist adjustment, for total comfort in the saddle. And there’s a discreet double-lined, thigh-side phone pocket that prevents cracked screens.
The materials and manufacturing methods are chosen to make the jeans hard-wearing and water resistant, and they are treated to deflect those particular odours that clothes seem to absorb after a few hours of riding a bicycle in a traffic-clogged city. Being cynical by nature, I would usually scoff at a claim that one pair of trousers could be more suitable for cycling than another – but, believe me, these Oslohs really make a difference.
Previously available only in the US, they have now launched in Britain and can be ordered online for speedy delivery. Mine landed from a van – but perhaps yours will arrive by bicycle courier?