Funkier Bike Clothing Line Review
Funkier Bike Clothing
First, a little bit of background here on Funkier Bike. They are not one of your household name-brand cycling apparel companies that you’re bound to find at your local group ride. I say that, because I wasn’t really aware of their offerings. Ironically though, on my first ride in my kit, a guy shows up wearing a Funkier Jersey.
Funkier Bike has their US base in Wisconsin. Their goal is to produce a top quality line of bicycle clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. My testing period is not super long, so the ultimate longevity of the materials will not really get addressed, but so far so good.
Funkier Bike’s main focus the past 10 years has really been geared towards the cycling industry. A quick perusal of Funkier’s website displays a wide assortment of products. In an attempt to give the line a sexier look and feel, Funkier bike named most of the apparel pieces with Italian names. I certainly would be more apt to purchase a Firenze over a Springfield any day.
Funkier Bike – Bolzano Jacket – $139.95
The Bolanza is a softshell jacket rated to be able to tackle extreme conditions. By extreme they mean down to zero degrees Fahrenheit. Windproof, water resistant, and highly visible are also must have features here in Colorado. With a factory applied polyurethane coating, the water beads up and rolls off. The best part I think is the Funkier Vortex Airflow System that provides breathability when completely buttoned up. The cool part is the zippers that not only go up the sides, but the arms as well. This airflow continues around your body, and can then exit out the vented back panel storm flap. This is super efficient and it helps preserve a drier next to skin feel and keep the body temperature down.
This is a serious all-weather winter riding garment that can pretty much handle any condition you throw at it. I thought I had a pretty good jacket, but this one with its layering effect is now my winter jacket of choice. Here in Colorado along the Front Range, winter riding doesn’t really stop aside from a few snow or ice days. The sun shines brightly, and with the right gear, the die hard will certainly get their cycling fix in. We have had amazing 70 degree days, but in late April and early May winter did throw us a few last punches. I ride twice a week with a large crew of 50-60 of my closest friends, and have to be out the door at 5:25. That means temperatures are brisk, and they don’t really warm up for my 2 hour ride. I have now worn the Bolzano jacket a handful of times with great success.
This jacket could handle temperatures well below freezing. The coldest I’ve seen is low to mid thirties, and it has been a welcome addition. I have also worn the Jacket with mid to upper forty temperatures, and it worked well for the beginning part of my ride. When the action heats up, I started to get rather toasty and sweaty. The arm and side vents were easily opened mid ride to provide some ventilation. When the wind picked up on the return trip, I closed them and made it home in comfort. The back pocket is of decent size to easily slide my phone in plus a few snacks. There is a nice reflection strip on the flap for visibility, but it also covers the zipper. I like that, because I don’t have to bother to zip it back up. Contents won’t have a chance to fall out, and access is quick and easy.
I could do without the front side pockets. They are fine for stuffing in a few things, but really serve no purpose for me, and when in a more aggressive riding position, anything you do put in there creates for a bulkier mid section. They do have a nice reflective strip for visibility.
Bernalda – Thermal LS Jersey – $109.95
Fits like a jersey, and protects like a jacket. This is truly something quite valuable as part of the cycling apparel arsenal. You have to be ready for anything, and this jersey tackles some of that middle temperature ground. It’s lightweight, has a 4 way stretch, and breathable fabric that is windproof. The storage is truly awesome with your standard 3 back pockets, but the zippered waterproof pocket helps protect all your valuables. I carry my phone, I.D, a little bit of cash, and credit card for emergencies, and this is a very safe place to keep that.
The Bernalda Shirt is pretty sweet. Could you wear it just by itself? Probably! Could it be part of a layering system? Yep! I have become an addict of sorts to the weather app. Two version of it, really: the 10 day forecast to be able to plan my workouts, and then the hourly to see what I need to be wearing at the start of my ride. An early morning ride with the temperatures in the upper 40’s, and I wore my Bernalda shirt over top of my Alberi Jersey. It was just slightly too cold for me. I’d say 50 degrees on the low side is the cut off for this (for me at least, and I run on the cooler side). I do love the overall function of this though. It acts like a jacket, but it’s more of a mid layer, that then can also be worn as a single piece.
Funkier Bike – Alberi Jersey – $59.95
This Jersey has a slightly relaxed rider cut. It’s 100% breathable and moisture wicking, and the SG7 waist gripper prevents the shirt from riding up as you get more aggressive in your riding stance. I like the full length zipper as it allows me to adjust the amount of airflow I want at any given time. The 3 standard and one water resistant back pockets will carry all you need for a short to medium ride. A few reflective strips do help with some visibility during those dark morning or evening rides.
Matera Elite Bib Shorts
It’s all about chamois padding and leg grippers these day. No longer can you stitch some soft padding to a pair of lycra shorts with an elastic band around the legs. The leg gripper technologies are evolving fast and furious. They have to be stretchy, snug, yet build to last. Cycling shorts are always the first to see rapid deterioration in my kits. Hence, I have a ton of jerseys in my drawer.
I am currently training for an Ironman, and I’m in the midst of some long distance efforts. Hence, the first two rides in my Funkier gear were a 60 and 80 miler. So much for my usual approach of slowly ‘breaking-in’ my new gear. Now, that isn’t a big deal for shirts, jackets, and gloves, but when it comes to cycling shorts, it could’ve led to some painful nether regions. Luckily, that was not the case. I managed to finish my rides quite comfortably eventhough I was on the tip of the saddle in an aggressive TT stance.
In the Funkier bike line of cycling shorts, the higher the alphabetical number for the shorts, the higher the quality. The Matera has an anatomical cut which helps with compression without compromising blood flow. The chamois is rather comfortable with multi-layer foam density and gel pockets. Alright, and here is the part that really stands out (to me at least); the detachable bib top. It can be clipped and unclipped in the front and the back. Now, first of all, it does look a bit funky (no pun intended).
Second, the clips are slightly bulky, and are more noticeable on a ride than they should be. Also, they are made to aid for those times when nature calls. They do unsnap easily. When you do though, they snap up and away. Hence, getting them clipped back in while still wearing a Jersey was not an easy task. I suppose, I could do without the clips, but the shorts are of great quality. Hence, I’ll keep wearing them for the foreseeable future.
Funkier Bike – Pezze Pro Road Gloves – $27.95
These are quick drying due to some active ultra wicking materials. The shock absorbing Gel padding have worked really well during some intense rides where the road surface isn’t all too smooth. The requisite absorbent microfiber ‘towel’ is a must for sweat. Sweat is one thing, but for me it’s more of a nasal drainage clearance wipe to put it nicely. The elastic band around the wrist is snug, maybe a little too snug for my liking. I am used to the Velcro strap to aid with ease of putting gloves on and off. It also allows for some adjustments. Hence, I do wish that would have been incorporated into these gloves, as they did leave a bit of a crease/redness after a 4 hour ride. Other than that, they are very comfortable and all the features work great. Again, I would have liked to see a velcro adjustment strap.
Final Thoughts On The Funkier Bike Clothing Line.
The Funkier Bike line of cycling clothes are definitely worthy of getting more exposure. The pieces fit great and the quality is top notch. The wide assortment and diversity of styles will surely suit anyone looking for some cycling apparel no matter which bike tribe you subscribe to. Funkier Bike should come up with at least some edgy, creative, dare I say, graphically funkier, collections. I’d say, let the name play to your advantage. Something with some edge, flair, or plain weird. What they have currently for the most part has a stylish element to it, is technically sound, but a bit boring or mainstream. Nothing wrong with that, but you could easily shoot for the moon with something unique and special. And for the price, these pieces won’t break the bank either.
For the entire line of clothing, check out their website at www.funkier.com