Lycra Alternative for Ladies


When you visit major cycling cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, one of the first things you notice – after being overwhelmed by the sheer number of cyclists – is that the majority are in “normal” clothes (and not wearing helmets!). So, is there an alternative to the usual lycra that we British cyclists tend to wear?

One devoted cyclist thought that there should be and put her fashion and design skills to work, as she felt there was a need for functional yet stylish clothing that could be worn both on and off the bike. Sensibly, for our climate, the clothes are made from water-resistant and breathable technical fabrics and feature reflective details for extra safety in the gloom.

I can look at a bike (or its rider) and where appropriate appreciate good looks. But don’t ask me to judge women’s clothes for style! I just thought that this was an innovative approach that some cyclists might be interested to read about … According to Antoniya Ivanova’s website, Vogue has reported on some of her clothing, so maybe I’m not too far adrift (though well out of my depth). Antoniya settled in Berlin and her products are designed there, and made in Germany.

The beige Andrea trench coat is made from water-repellent breathable cotton twill. It has two side flap pockets and 2 side slits which open up with a zipper allowing for fuller coverage while biking in the rain. The top part of the jackets separates into a cropped summer jackets and it has the classic epaulettes, buttoned arm straps and a belt.

The Monika wrap trench-coat in black is made from water-repellent breathable fabric. It has one front patch pocket, two side in-seam pockets, a hood with drawstrings, a belt and 3 front snap buttons.


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