I am disgusting. I cycle eight miles to Time Out with no change of clothes and then fester there in my own filth. I just want to be able to cycle to work and get on with my day. So I need clothes that I can ride in that are vaguely acceptable in the office. Vaguely. My usual repertoire is some pretty gross shorts, old Reeboks, my least stained T-shirt and maybe a plaid shirt to ‘tie it all together’. That’s where French company Huez comes in: it makes clothes smart enough for a meeting with the CEO, and comfortable enough to cycle in.
Everything I’m trying is meant to be cycling-specific. That means the shorts come with built-in (but removable) padded inners and the shirt has little flexy bits. Ignoring the inners, these are the nicest chino shorts I’ve ever had. Really beautiful material, sturdily made. They make great everyday shorts. The shirt has an antibacterial finish, which is exactly what an animal like me needs. The wind jacket – super-lightweight – does a great job of keeping me just the right side of warm.
I’m not convinced the stretchy bits on the shirt make any difference to my cycling, and other than the padded inners, these shorts are really just shorts. I’d like some reinforcement in the crotch region (wouldn’t we all?) or some flexibility in the fabric. Both feel like great everyday items, but unspectacular cycling clothes. The jacket is too cycley to wear off the bike, too. Still, really nice clothes, neatly aimed at cyclists, and I actually look smart for once. Thanks France!
Jacket £125; shirt £65; shorts £120. www.huez.co.uk