Club Ride, from Idaho in the US, makes 'cycling-inspired lifestyle-performance clothing' and its Wheel Cute Women's Jersey is certainly that. The bicycle wheel pattern is a dead giveaway for the first claim, and several features substantiate the second.
The polyester/rayon mix fabric feels super-soft against the skin, and is very lightweight so you hardly feel you're wearing anything. It wicks well and dries quickly – I wear it with a backpack and the material copes very well with a sweaty back. The fabric also affords sun protection with a UV protection rating of 20.
Then there are the reflective details: the CR logo below the collar on the back, and the Club Ride tag sewn into the side seam. These are only little but they are something to catch the eye on an overcast day or if you're caught out at dusk. Being an American brand, though, all its clothing is designed for riders being on the right-hand side of the road, so the reflective accents are on the wearer's left. Handy if you're popping to Europe for a riding holiday, though.
As for appearance, the cut of this tee is flatteringly feminine, with ruching at the sides to give it some shape and help it follow your curves. That said, it's a loose fit – I sized down to a Small from the Medium photographed, and even that is still a relaxed fit. It's a decent length, too, so you don't expose your lower back when leaning forward over the bar.
It comes in three colours: steel (pictured), olive and ivory, so nothing bright to scare the horses, should you bump into any on your excursions. It's a top I'd happily wear to the pub or even in the office after commuting in, plus the price is competitive. So, Club Ride, I'd say your mission is accomplished.
Comfy, stylish yet casual riding top that looks good on and off the bike
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Make and model: Club Ride Wheel Cute Wome'ns Jersey
Size tested: Small, Steel
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Club Ride designs clothes that perform well technically and also look stylish so you can wear them out after your ride without needing to get changed. This tee fits that bill – it both looks good and works well as a wicking riding top.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Sheer2Dry™ - Lightweight, wicking, quick-drying burnout fabric
/ UV Protection - UPF 20
/ RideLight™ reflective accents
/ Sport fit
The material is quite fine so you wouldn't want to snag it on Velcro, for example. There was very slight bobbling under the armpits and where my backpack rubbed, not that you'd notice without scrutiny.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Worked great as a wicking base layer, and very comfy fabric against the skin.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The design, pattern and feel of the fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 43 Height: 170cm Weight: 60kg
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax