African style riding shirts are great for summer

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It might cost you some watts in terms of aero, but these shirts are terrifically comfy in hot and dusty conditions (Photo: Indola)
It might cost you some watts in terms of aero, but these shirts are terrifically comfy in hot and dusty conditions (Photo: Indola)

Cycling through summer and the festive season means dealing with heat.

As the South African summer peaks, big rides venture into the realm of potential discomfort. The allure of covering more distance is there, but when you struggle for airflow and feel heat fatigued, that poolside braai seems a much better idea.

Most cycling apparel is created for European or North American riders. And aside from some of the desert states and parts of southern Spain, very few American or European riders know what sweltering rides are like for months on end.

Local conditions require something different. And for some riders, a traditional shirt design, with buttons and a loose fit, is best. It can deliver the necessary ventilation and cooling airflow, making an all-day summer’s ride enjoyable.

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Check patterns, are the big update from Indola, for this season (Photo: Indola)

When it is hot - you want to feel cool

Influenced by fashion agnostic gravel riding, Indola has added two new check designs to its African cycling shirt design.

These new patterns sit among some traditional shweshwe designs, and in total, the choice of African riding shirts has grown from 8 to 14.

Beyond the new colourways, Indola’s African cycling shirts retain the features proven during many kilometres of Karoo gravel riding.

The loose fit might not be exceptionally aero, but for most riders, that’s not an issue when temperatures are edging past 30 degrees Celsius. It is a lot more enabling to have excellent airflow.

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The range has a colourway to match any frame design or fashion sense (Photo: Indola)

Big collar - but you don't need to knot a tie

Adding an extra angle of sun protection is the generous collar, which can be folded-up, to create some additional shade on the neck.

Unlike most other cycling jerseys, the African riding shirts don’t have rear pockets. Instead, they have a large front pocket (for the Smartphone) and a detachable ‘moon bag’ for snacks and spares.

Indola uses East London’s 3 Cats as a fabric supplier, and the shirts are constructed in Cape Town.

Informal and comfortable enough to be worn off the bike, the Indola range of Africa cycling shirts are unquestionably cool. Literally and figuratively


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