Whether you live in the city or in the suburbs, biking is a smart, eco-efficient alternative to driving. You save gas money, save the environment, and save yourself a trip to the gym all during your daily commute.

 

The one thing that usually holds people back from being fully committed to the bike life is usually not the physical exertion required but rather the inconvenience of biking in less than pleasant weather.

 

There is nothing worse than beginning your bike ride in sunny weather and finding yourself trapped in a torrential downpour half way through. Along with dressing in layers, try to find clothing that is multi-functional to take you to work in all sorts of weather.

 

Our favorites though are not just biking specific options, but clothing that will keep your comfortable on your bike and fashionable on the streets. Here are some of our top picks.

 

Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket (www.Levi's.com)

Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket (Levi’s.com)

Top choice for men: Levi’s Commuter Series Hooded Trucker Jacket

We found ours online at REI, and we think the description just about sells everything we love about this jacket. “The Commuter Series Hooded Trucker jacket blends right in with the urban environment of an everyday bike commute. It includes lots of ride friendly features to keep you comfortable on the ride.” Street to sidewalk, this jacket is not only water-repellent, but it also has small reflective detailing to keep you visible, even in dark weather.

 

If you are ready to commit to the biking lifestyle and willing to spend a few dollars extra, check out the entire Levi’s Commuter Series. They have a lot of great options that are weather friendly and stylish to boot. The only complaint we have is that all their options are for men only. Note to Levi’s: Ladies bike, too.

 

Ladies, unfortunately the fashion world seems to think that all of us either stay at home with our underage cherubs or have personal drivers taking us to our disposable income day jobs. Biking? Well, that option seems to have barely crossed anyone’s mind because options are slim to none. Rest assured though, we are not taking no for an answer. We aren’t taking skintight neon spandex for an answer, either.

 

After a deep search of the World Wide Web, we have found a few websites that offer stylish women’s bike wear.

 

Vespertine Trench Coat (shop.vespertinenyc.com)

Vespertine Trench Coat (shop.vespertinenyc.com)

Top choice for women: Vespertine NYC Trench Coat.

This jacket is chic enough to wear straight to your office desk, while also keeping you warm and safe on your ride to work. It offers reflective piping, buttons and buckles, and is water resistant. The jacket also offers a removable merino wool liner to keep you warm in the winter. The price tag is a little steep at $536, but think of it this way: what other article of clothing will keep you fit, warm, and trendy? Its classic look is timeless, so you know it won’t be out of season next year.

 

Another great site for commuting pieces is BetaBrand.com. The company offers a variety of clothing options with reflective thread and other cycling-friendly detailing to keep you outfitted on your daily commutes.

 

Racing spandex are not your only option here. Don’t be intimidated by professional athletes or Tour De France hopefuls. Normal people can bike in normal clothes and still look like they know what they are doing.

 

For more cycling options, browse through REI, Sports Authority, or any of your favorite athletic store to find a sporty weatherproof jacket.

 

Do you know of any great cycling clothing companies? Let us know by posting in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam