Team TWC Cycling Gear of the Year 2013: Collyn Ahart

We ask our contributors to share their favourite cycling outfit of 2013. No guidelines, no limits, just what our lovely bloggers have enjoyed riding in over the past 12 months. It seems every outfit has a story!

I’m a total kit snob and I don’t mind shelling out a bit of money on good cycling products. 

People who know me, know I live in Rapha and I’m a big fan of winter cycling apparel mostly because you get more outfits and details to play with.

For me, it’s about details of fit, comfort and colour. I loathe matchy-matchy cycling outfits – which to me look at little bit like matching shoes and handbags: alright for some, just not my cup of tea.

When it comes to jersey fit, for me, high and tight is right. This rule applies to base-layers, jerseys, gilets and jackets. Right now I’m mixing the oatmeal colour base layer with the snug-fitting purple full-sleeve Souplesse jersey and my super light-weight Bordeaux Paris gilet (for the memories), often with my neon rain jacket stuffed in a pocket (for well, rain).

For bottoms, I’m a big fan of the Rapha shorts and winter tights, finished off with a bright oversock for visibility and a kick of colour. But, I only do neon in one place – top or socks or helmet, never two at the same time (too matchy and a little bit 2012) even if they’re different colours of neon.

Right now, I don’t think I can ride a bike without my Team America winter hat, backwards and slightly to the side. It keeps me warm under a helmet, I know very few people will be wearing it, and I like to think it has just the right amount of irony and pride about my personality. Go team.


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