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Cycling fashion and the romance of wool

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Wool is great for autumn or winter rides (Photo: Ride24)
Wool is great for autumn or winter rides (Photo: Ride24)

There’s no doubt that tight-fitting lycra, with its excellent moisture-wicking capabilities and aero enhancement, is perfect for that carbon-framed, electronic-shifting tech de force in your garage.

But if you’re out pedalling something a little more traditional, it’s a short-zipped, wool jersey that is going elevate you and your steel-framed, downtube-shifting beauty to the pantheon of 60s, 70s and early 80s cycling gods.

Look back at images of Eddy Merckx in his Molteni kit, or Roger de Vlaeminck in his iconic Brooklyn team jersey and tell me that wasn’t the apogee of cycling style.

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