Off The Bike (Trousers, Jumpers…)

Weight and space are always the key issues with cycle touring, and so clothing of any type always need to be considered… at least a bit.

And so along with the usual few tshirts, socks and… er… underwear, there’re a couple of choice items.

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North Face Convertible TrousersNorth Face Paramount Convertible Trousers
£44.99 from Blacks

Comfortable, light convertible trousers, that zip off below the knee for cool times.
These trousers were perfect to wear at the end of each day – they seemed to be light and airy when warm (the fabric just stiff enough so they don’t cling to your legs), and thick enough to keep you comfortable on cool evenings.

Pros:
Good temperature control
Quick drying, and water resistant
Lots of pockets for storage
Built in belt
Knee zips covered by flap so no uncomfortable rubbing against skin
Plain looking for days spent off bike

Cons:
Pockets are really deep – it took me a while to remember where I kept putting things!

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North Face Fleece Jacket
£70 from Amazon.co.uk

Even during the hottest summers, temperatures can plummet during the night. Having something to keep you warm in the evenings will make a trip a hell of a lot more comfortable. Having something warm to wear when the temperature is below freezing is essential.

This North Face Fleece Jacket is incredibly warm, light and dries off incredibly quickly should it get wet. A nice handy pocket on the chest is useful for phone, lighter etc, and the quarter length zip is great for regulating the warmth.

When I bought this it was on offer at Cotswolds, but they no longer seem to do it.

Pros:
Very Warm
Well made
Light & Dries quickly

Cons:
Pretty pricey for a fleece

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