Words/photography: Roger Martin

Wearing the right kit is vital as we get older. It could make the difference between a great long ride and an early return to home…

Unless you have been very fortunate and your body has survived the ravages of time, you may need to choose your bike clothing with rather more care than you used to.

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Can you bend over in your kit and pull your boots on and off comfortably? Can you still contort yourself into your one-piece racing leathers? Has your old touring suit mysteriously shrunk in size over the last few years? Ah, I thought so…

Agreed, we still want to look at the very least semi-cool in our bike gear, but with age the need for comfort and waterproofing qualities start to outweigh other considerations. And the price you pay for your kit may not necessarily always mean that you find what’s best for you. Here’s a personal example.

For many years I wore a Wolf Titanium matching textile motorbike top and trousers. They were middle of the road to budget in price, but were warm, waterproof, comfortable and lasted many tens of thousands of miles and many years. After giving me really good service they eventually started fraying around the collar area and the Velcro wasn’t holding quite so well.

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