Rapha's guide to commuting

Conquer the Commute

Want to get home from work safe, sound and sooner than you do now? Keep reading for a quick guide to commuting to work by bike.


Cycling to work is refreshingly simple. Ride any bike you like and wear what you want but consider a few essentials items for protection from the weather and visibility in traffic.


Waterproof, breathable and visible, the Commuter Jacket is made for the rigours of riding to work.


Developed exclusively for Rapha, the jacket uses a lightweight fabric that boasts a waterproof membrane with a durable water repellent treatment and fully taped seams for complete protection from the elements.


An air-permeable membrane keeps the rain out but also lets sweat escape, with a dry touch print on the inside in case you work up a sweat. The full-length waterproof zip allows you to wear the jacket open on warmer days and is offset to prevent irritation against the chin.


Available in four bright colours, the jacket features a reflective dot pattern, designed to sit just below your backpack and directly in a driver’s line of sight. A reflective chest logo and hood retention strap combine to catch the eyes from all angles.


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Dark Olive

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Women's Chartreuse

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Women's High-Vis Pink

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A comfortable, durable backpack is the cornerstone of every commute. With a range designed by riders who always traverse the city by bike, and tested on thousands of journeys from A to B, our Roll Top and Travel Backpacks are the last word in cycling bags. Both feature ergonomic panelling, ample storage and weather-proof materials.

Rain protection

Whether with the roll top closure, waterproof fabrics or integrated, hi-vis covers, all of our bags will keep the wet out on your commute.

Practical Pockets

Internal pockets provide space for smaller items while conveniently located external side pockets keep your keys safe.

Mesh Padding

Foam back panelling for comfort, air flow and breathability.

Look for loops

All of our bags feature reinforced loops for hooking lights and locks.

Stay seen

Reflective tabs plus hi-vis panels and covers boost visibility when riding in low light.

Grab and go

Wear your bag or carry it beside you with sturdy grab handles.

Roll Top Backpack

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Travel Backpack

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Commuter Shorts

In the saddle or at your desk, Rapha makes shorts suited to the rigours of riding to work. Both our men’s Commuter Shorts and Women’s Randonnee Shorts share the following features:

All covered

Cut high at the waist for full coverage when leaning forwards in an on-bike position.


Reflective stripe on both legs for improved visibility.


Flexible fabric makes for freedom of movement off the bike, meaning you can ride or run home.

Commuter Shorts

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Women's Randonee Shorts

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The Extras

It’s a commute, not a crit race. There’s no set uniform. While most people opt for backpacks, some prefer bike packs. A cycling jersey works, but so does a t-shirt. Whatever you wear, always incorporate reflective elements where possible.

Waterproof Frame Pack

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Brevet Reflective Socks

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Technical T-shirt

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Brevet Reflective Gloves

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The Route

Planning a route before you leave the house can make your commute a whole lot more enjoyable and safer. Avoiding main roads reduces the risk of accidents and can be quicker too. A raft of route planning services are available online but local knowledge trumps all. If you live nearby, head to your local Rapha Clubhouse for top tips on hidden routes.

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