Part “deconstructed, single-origin, almond-milk cappuccino,” and part “finishing straight, full-gas smash,” this sexy little number from Giordana is a modern take on the classic merino jersey, and it does something that few cycling products can manage – it looks good off the bike as well as on it.
Which is handy, because we all live double cycling lives. Sure, there are those epic, 150-mile rides with 10,000 feet of climbing that we like to show off on our Stravas, but there’s also the spin to the coffee shop with friends or the jaunt into town on your freshly-polished vintage steel steed – and in those instances, it’s as much about peacocking as it is about performance. Even if we don’t like to admit it, we’re hoping for admiring glances.
And sometimes, there are those moments when a busy schedule throws you a curveball, when you can take your bike, but you also have to get off it for a while to do real world stuff. You’d like to ride, sure, but you don’t want to be standing in a line somewhere dressed like a tool.
Which is why this jersey keeps working its way to the front of my closet, because it’s a bridge between those two worlds. It can hang at the hipster cafe and handle those hill repeats I keep meaning to do. I particularly reach for it when I am going to be doing a “serious” commute, like say, yesterday, when I had to drop the inGamba car in Sausalito and make my way back home in the East Bay.
Designed to be a little more casual, I pulled the jersey on at home and headed for the office. Made from a merino wool and polyester blend it kept me warm without overheating, and when I stopped and got some coffee on my way in, I didn’t feel self-conscious about being in my kit. During the ride home, it did a pretty great job of keeping the moisture moving away from my body, while staying out of my way and allowing plenty of movement.
Add in a little UV protection and the hint to Giordana’s heritage with the 79 (the year they were founded) on the sleeve, and you have yourself a pretty sweet little piece of gear. Now I just need to grow out my beard, convert my F10 to a fixie and save some money for my next grande, iced, sugar-free, vanilla latte with soy milk …