The Domestique Critique – Rivelo Woodvale Jersey and Fernhurst Bib Shorts

by Jacquelyn Herbert

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That blue is as pretty as the summer sky. It’s the first thing you think when you open your package from Rivelo. If you’ve never heard of this UK-based brand, you’re not alone. Rivelo is still a boutique brand, a quiet overachiever with a distinguished style that is understated yet refined, but never showy enough to splash the pages of Facebook and Instagram and compete to catch your eye that way. You could say they prefer the slow and steady, and continue to put out kit that gets better and better with each collection. They have earned your admiration, not sweet talked you out of your cash. Continue reading

How to Avoid Kit Buyer’s Regret

Holiday time is the best time of the year. The indulgences are a-plenty – food, gifts, travel – but my favorite indulgence of all? SHOPPING. All the sales! The discounts! The freebies! I love starting the new year with new kit. But by the time I can afford to splurge (on sale, of course!) the kit I loved in March isn’t available anymore in December. SAD.

Some of this story is a collection of kit I regret not buying when I had the chance. I wavered too long or just couldn’t scrape those last few dollars together to do it. UGH! Now I wish I had. It’s buyer’s regret but for the other way ’round – I regret not buying that kit. Another part of this story is a guide to help you avoid buyer’s regret and instead buy the kit you will absolutely love. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique: RedWhite The Bib UPDATED REVIEW

In June, I reviewed a pair of bibshorts from RedWhite that I purchased myself. I liked them but found a few things like fit and chamois to be less than I expected. I also wrote about how responsive the brand’s found, Yuva, was when I emailed and asked about sizing. I was between a Medium and a Large and decided to buy a Large. Rarely am I a Medium in bibshorts and I feared the dreaded sausage leg. Yuva kindly offered to send me a Medium after my review and suggested that may be at the center of my issues with the bibshort. How could I not give it a try? Hey, a good return policy is a reason to be positive about a brand, as I’ve found out in this case. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique: La Passione Hexagonal Summer Jersey

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Long story long, this past winter I needed an updated pair of ankle length knickers and bought La Passione when they had a sale. It was a great deal and I figured I would Zwift more if they didn’t quite fit right for riding IRL. Turns out they were glorious. Stretchy and comfortable, with pro details like a yoga waistband and a thinner bit of material behind the knees and reflective tags around the ankles. When I saw they were releasing a new women’s collection for SS17, I had to have it. Continue reading

Yellow Gear is Here! (Guest Post)

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We’re excited to announce our new label Yellow Gear!

After several months of hard work, we’re delighted (and relieved!) to announce the launch of our cycling apparel brand Yellow Gear. We couldn’t be more excited for this adventure!

How it all started


Women’s road cycling is growing. More and more women make the transition from other sports to the road. When we started to get serious about cycling a couple of years ago, we became increasingly frustrated by how difficult it was to find great clothes. Finally, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Our passion for cycling gave us the inspiration for Yellow Gear and the dedication we’ve put into every one of our desings. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique: Art of Endurance

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Art of Endurance is yet another Australian kit brand with unique designs to offer women. I mean, I’m starting to get jealous I don’t live in Australia. I feel like everyone there is the most well-dressed cyclist on the planet. Art of Endurance can help you stand out even more.

I had the chance to ride in the Tesselate kit for a few months. It’s always exciting to roll up to a group ride and show off a kit. The Tesselate is a striking design, offered in pink and light blue, inspired by the many mountains climbed in training and is a play on the humble triangle as a metaphor for the daily challenges we face and overcome. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique: dhb Blok

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Over the past few years, dhb‘s collections have been rivaling those that cost three times as much. The designs have been on point and the quality is shockingly good. Good enough to win 2015 Brand of the Year at the Total Women’s Cycling Awards (not to mention parent company Wiggle.com winning two years in a row for Best Online Retailer). The dhb Blok jersey and bibs epitomizes this quality – both in performance as well as looks. Continue reading