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Just In: Resolute Bay cycling jeans

Urban cycling trousers with a zip-away extra panel to improve the on-bike fit

These Resolute Bay RB2 Indigo International Edition cycling jeans have just arrived at for review and we think they’re interesting enough for a quick look before we send them off to be tried out.

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We first told you about Resolute Bay last year when the brand was looking for funding on Kickstarter – funding which it achieved.

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Resolute Bay was created by London-based cyclist and commuter Chris Taylor who has worked in the fashion industry for a decade, and the clothing is manufactured in the UK.

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If you regularly ride a bike in your civvies you’ll know about the danger of builder’s bum. You know, butt cleavage on display when you reach forward to the handlebar. 

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The Resolute Bay solution is that when you get on the bike you unfasten a zip that runs across the yoke to reveal an extra ripstop panel. The idea is that this improves the fit while riding so the waistband doesn’t get pulled out of place. 

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A black reflective strip on this extra panel is designed to add visibility. A reflective arrow inside the cuff will be revealed if you roll the leg up when you cycle.

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Several jeans and shorts styles are available. These RB2 Indigo jeans are made from 12oz raw Japanese selvedge denim. Denim heads who like a story will be pleased to know that the fabric was made in the Kuroki Mill in Okayama on Toyoda shuttle looms from the 1950s. 

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“These short looms weave the denim three times slower than a modern mass-production denim looms, which helps create far less stress on the yarn and in turn makes the finished fabric a lot more durable,” according to Resolute Bay.

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The jeans come with five pockets, a button fly, and rivets at the key stress points.

They’re £140 from

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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