Written by Tom Clarke • Published 28th May 2020 • 3 minute read

Whether for fitness reasons or practicality ones, since lockdown has begun it has been reported that bicycle manufacturers across the UK have seen a major boom in demand, and many expect this trend to continue even when people head back to the office, as many are beginning to consider alternative options to public transport for their commutes.

With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at five cycling apparel brands that will help separate you from the pack during the upcoming summer months.

Force GB

For over 30 years, Force GB has been one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of performance sportswear. Based in West Yorkshire, all their products are made in the UK under one roof. If you are entering an event with a group of friends or work colleagues, be sure to check them out, as they specialise in creating bespoke designs with no limit to colours or logos. From jerseys to gilets, Force GB can turn your dream design into a reality.

Hackney GT

The alternative cycling apparel brand has come a long way since being a one-man show in 2011. The idea born from cycling ‘nut’ Russ Jones, who had a one-off jersey design made for his music production company. After that, it was clear to Russ what needed to happen next. Their aim is to provide a style for whatever kind of cycling you do. If you do head over to their site you’re sure to be impressed with some of their ‘edgy’ designs which wouldn’t look out of place walking around Hackney.

Impsport

Based in the East Midlands or Lincoln to be precise, Impsport established in the ’70s, produce customised cycling, triathlon and athletics performance apparel for the recreational athlete to the elite competing at the peak of world competitions.

With no minimum order quantity on up to 90% of their products, if you need just a single gilet or jersey quickly, Impsport could be your answer. Likewise, if you need to place an order for a large party, Impsport has a motto that is ‘the more you order, the more you save’.

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Velobici

Interestingly the brand name Velobici comes from ‘Velo’, which translate as bike in French and ‘bici’ as bike in Italian. The core rule for founder, Chris Puttnam was that everything was to be produced in England.

To this day after nine years of the brand being established the fabrics are still knitted in Nottinghamshire and manufactured in Leicestershire.

Chris’ desire has always been to stay away from eccentric cycle wear and to design and produce classically understated garments. Make sure to check out the Van-Abel collection which is suitable for all seasons.

Rapha

Probably the most known brand on this list, but still a great source of high-quality equipment and clothing. This year sees Rapha celebrate 15 years of being established, initially the aim of Rapha was to help promote cycling, now after progression Rapha are striving to see the sport become the most popular sport in the world.

Rapha stock three collections including ‘Classic, Brevet & Core’, the Classics are Rapha’s most iconic pieces, made from luxury performance fabrics and with rider-inspired details.

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