As the weather warms and incessant showers give way to cherry blossoms, more and more cyclists are dusting off their two-wheelers and hitting the streets. And in a city as bike-friendly as Vancouver, it’s never been easier to look good while getting your daily dose of cardio, reducing your greenhouse-gas emissions, and, occasionally, cutting back your commute time.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some stylish cycling apparel and accessories—many of them crafted in Vancouver—that will help up your bike game this season.
Figure-hugging, stiff, and movement-restricting, denim is hardly the fabric of choice for Vancouverites travelling by bike. But Dish & Duer’s performance denim makes a case for commuting in jeans. Crafted using an ultralight fabric that flexes with your body, the pants are equipped with moisture-wicking and odour-neutralizing technologies that ensure a clean and comfy ride. We love the slim fit in a light-washed vintage tint ($139) for the guys and the washed-black skinny ($129) for girls.
For a more casual look, check out Dish & Duer’s Live Lite collection (from $119), which uses a proprietary blend of cotton and Tencel, a silklike material made from cellulose fibres, to keep wearers cool. Find them at Dish & Duer (118 West Hastings Street).
Transporting glass vessels by bike is a risky task—hence the popularity of canned beer in the summer—but R1Creations’ bicycle growler holder ($70) makes things a whole lot easier. The leather carrier features a wooden base that holds your vessel in one of two in-transit positions—hanging on its side from your bike’s top tube or standing upright against your seat tube—while serving as a stylish coaster when it comes time to pour.
Not a beer person? R1Creations’ bicycle wine-bottle holder ($35) gets your vino of choice to patio parties, get-togethers, and backyard BBQs without harm. Find the carriers on Etsy.
If you’re planning to bike in Vancouver’s rain-soaked weather, a waterproof and wind-resistant coat is key. (Unless you’d like to enter the office looking like you just escaped a typhoon, of course.)
Enter Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Revolution jacket ($189 for women, $225 for men), a lightweight piece that’s fully equipped to face the city’s unpredictable conditions, with plenty of pockets, to boot. Triple-layer nylon fabric and a cozy fleece inner collar keep you warm and dry, while underarm zip-ups allow for ventilation once the sun comes out.
Meanwhile, vibrant red and sunshine-yellow exteriors—coupled with reflective tape and piping all around—heighten your visibility on the road. Find it at Mountain Equipment Co-op (various locations).
Keep your cellphone and other valuables in sight with Let’s Keep Moving’s adorable handlebar bag (from $45). Locally crafted from secondhand and repurposed fabrics, the water-resistant pouch fastens securely to the front of your bicycle with two recycled-leather loops.
Once you arrive at your destination, you can hold the sack as a clutch or attach a shoulder strap to convert it into a chic cross-body bag. Choose from a variety of designs, such as stripes, cat print, or a fluorescent-pink shade that includes a built-in light for added safety. Find it on Etsy.