Rivelo is a British brand that aims to create cycling kit that’s high quality, with a simple but stylish design. We asked Surrey road racer Rosie Lethbridge to put the gear through its paces – here’s how she got on…
So, winter is upon us and it’s time to dig out the warmer kit to protect yourself from the elements. That is if you’re sensible and wish to enjoy winter riding, unlike myself. I have a tendency to refuse to let go of summer (despite it leaving us months ago!) – and just layer up over a thermal top, stick on some arm and leg warmers, throw on a pair of overshoes and gloves and get on my way. I do not recommend this, unless you wish to battle your mental state as well as the wind, rain and the cold! I always realise my mistake less than 20 minutes in and for the duration of the ride I tell myself ‘I must order some winter kit when I get home’… So it’s fair to say that when the opportunity came to review some winter kit I jumped at the chance as my ‘I’ll order winter kit later’ attitude never seems to materialise into action.
Rivelo Women’s Hazelwood ¾ bib knickers
Starting from the bottom of the outfit, we have the Hazelwood ¾ bib knickers. I’m 5″10 as well as completely out of proportion – with my legs being substantially longer than my body (each leg measuring at just over 1m long). I find it more difficult to find bib shorts and tights, particularly those of ¾ to full length size, that fit and fit comfortably. Getting the bib knickers on proved (somewhat predictably) to be the tough part – but I persevered (think squeezing into a pair of jeans after the Christmas period). Once on, the fit was ok, it just needed a little maneuvering to get comfortable – but I blame my anatomy rather than the creation from Rivelo.
Once on the bike, and crucially important, I found the high density chamois pad from Cytech within the knickers to provide sublime comfort and durability. There was no need to readjust my position on the saddle, or any discomfort. Rivelo say they’ve use an ergonomic panel construction to create a fit that allows easy movement on the bike, and I did find that when my riding position changed from the drops to the hoods the tights adapted effortlessly and there was no groin irritation that sometimes accompanies tights due to their material and stitching.
The elasticity in the thermal material meant they retained their comfort on longer and colder rides. In the rain these tights also did their job and held out the moisture, allowing my legs to avoid that damp and cold feeling when riding. Rivelo have also stated that there is a mesh panel located at the back of the knee area created for extra comfort – I cannot comment on the comfort of this as the mesh sat slightly higher than my knee so wasn’t really able to do its job.
Something that I’m not used to, which proved to be a pleasant welcome, was the frontal zip that covered the whole torso, as opposed to just upper straps traditionally used. At first glance I thought this may be an annoyance and slightly irritating but it fitted well without being too snug and with the addition of a base layer there was no itchiness from the mesh outlining.
Coming in with a £130 price tag these bib knickers aren’t the cheapest on the market but they aren’t at the upper end of the scale either. I think Rivelo have created a very well designed pair of bib knickers, for women specifically, that are sure to keep you comfortable yet insulated during winter rides.
RRP: £130, sizes XS-XL, see them here.