Cafe du Cycliste - New Autumn/Winter
Looking out of the window at blue skies and sunshine can fool the best of us. When the mercury shows single figures but the day still looks like a picture postcard from the Cote d'Azur, it might be time to dress the part courtesy of the new Cafe du Cycliste Autumn Winter range. Their first dedicated Autumn/Winter collection, Cafe du Cycliste's newest selections offer the keen road rider classic staples of cold weather riding - arm and leg warmers, bib tights and warm jerseys. However, their uniquely French and very welcome take on cycle clothing design is evident in standout pieces such as the Heidi Winter Jacket (available in both a men's and women's cut); its quilted wind resistant frontage an innovative addition to performance road wear.
Cafe du Cycliste has added to its city cycling range with the exquisitely tailored Geraldine City Jacket - technical enough for the well-informed city cyclist, but perfectly adept at strolling through the office, or socialising post-work.
For those of you already familiar with Cafe du Cycliste, clever additions have been made to some old favorites. The Yolande gets new colorways for both men and women with those trademark contrast elbow patches remaining to remind riders that despite its performance features it has a style heritage.
Practicalities have of course not been forgotten. When riding in winter it's not just the cold to be wary of; throwing on layer after layer may seem like a good idea before you set off but overheating can ruin a ride. For long days in the saddle it's impossible to nail it kit wise - even the pros to and fro from team cars dropping off arm and leg warmers, gloves, and wind jackets. For 99% of riders flexibility is king - warmth is imperative for the first 10k or so, layers need to be shed for moments of high intensity and wind jackets need to be thrown on for descents or exposed stretches.
To this end the Loulou arm and leg warmers have been added to the range and the Madeleine Gilet has been bulked up to the Madeline Jacket (available for both men and women); all three are easily packable in jersey pockets.
Finally, for those extra cold days where the temperature resolutely stays below zero, Cafe have drafted in the Martine Winter Tights. Designed without a chamois the Martine Tights are designed to fit over a favorite pair of bib shorts or knickers, wrapping you up for icy days but avoiding the bulk of a conventional bib tight.