Spoke Bulletproofs cycling trousers review

If you only ride a few miles to work and back you might not want to get dressed head-to-toe in Lycra every time. Normal clothes with a few cycling specific design nods fill that gap

Cycling Weekly Verdict

While the Spoke Bulletproofs aren't going to keep you dry if you're out in the rain for any prolonged period of time, they are a nice, smart pair of jeans with a great fit that you can comfortably ride in. I regularly chose these when having to pop out in the rain, be it on foot or on the bike. While not waterproof (they're water resistance) they will keep you a lot drier than a standard pair of jeans. The tailored fit and material mean they're smart enough to be paired with a shirt and worn to a meeting (those things when people sat in a room together and talked).

Reasons to buy
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    Good, tailored fit

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    Reflective details

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    Excellent quality

Reasons to avoid
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    Waist could be higher at back

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    Water will get through

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The Spoke Bulletproofs are a tailored pair of smart denim jeans with some cycling features thrown in for those who might commute by bike to the office or ride to the pub. (Remember those things?) First off, these are a nicely tailored, well fitting pair of trousers.

When ordering them online you go through a set of questions to get the right fit.  It takes less than a minute and is really easy to do. First you enter your height, weight, age (split into decades), the most common waist size in your wardrobe, a couple of questions on whether or not you ever size up and how you view slim-fit clothing, what build you are and then a couple of questions for upper body fit. In amongst the data gleaned from all those questions is enough info for over 200 variations in fit.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.