spinning and cycling in lululemon

Lauren outside the store

When I started wearing lululemon clothes, I thought of them as mostly running and yoga apparel. Since beginning working here last year - low and behold - I have discovered some gems for cycling wear.

The run line is an ideal match for spinners and cyclers. The moisture-wicking, flat-seemed garments often include either Silverescent (anti-stink/anti-static) or quick dry and zip or back pockets.

I put our clothes to the test.

The Carlsbad store hosted a private yoga and shopping event with the San Diego Velo Bellas cycling group.

I rode with them before yoga and showed off the Run: Activa Vest and Flow Y Bra, explaining that I was testing the garments for cycling efficiency. While not wind resistant, the back zipper pocket fits my camera and cell phone, and the back pocket of the Spin Babe shorts fits chapstick and my lens cloth. I could have fit Gu, gum and my car key if I wanted to, but it fit in my bike's seat bag.

Jackie, my riding buddy, exclaimed that of course the vest worked - she didn't realize it wasn't a "real" cycling vest.

After the ride, we hosted yoga for the Bellas and invited them to a private shopping event in exchange for design feedback.

After a few months of testing our products in various saddles, here are the winners (please note, not all are currently available in stores):

- Spin Babe Short - have worn spinning and cycling. Lightly padded in the bum.
- Tri Babe Short - see above, plus more moisture wicking
- Run: Sprint Singlet - wore this in a triathlon
- Run: Activa Vest - wore this on a 2 hr ride
- Run: Power Crop - spin class
- Persist Jacket - to/fro bike rides and races
- Hot Yoga Bra - triathlon
- Flow Y Bra - spinning and cycling
- Brisk Run Arm Warmers - made for cold-weather running - and ideal as cycling sleeves.

That being said, lululemon is not best in the world at making cycling gear - yet. The more feedback you give us via our blog, Facebook, twitter, online, and at the store level, the more the designers will hear it and implement changes.

What else have you worn spinning or cycling and loved?

read more related posts:


TRIBABE SHORTS!!!! I need them in my life!! I have a tri coming up and what to wear is all I can think about! I am in a lulu store at least once a week discussing with the ladies (and of course bringing home lulu treats for myself)

Comment by kg — July 9, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

I love the topic of this post but am disappointed to see that there is absolutely nothing about stuff for guys. I’m an avid runner and have done a few triathlons and would love to get my hands on some lulu Tri shorts and other gear that will help me perform more comfortably on the long run.

Comment by Brian Groot — August 2, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

Nice outfit, but do you have a store in the UK? If not, when are you going to open one? I am a biker and I am often wearing typical cycling apparels but the one you are wearing looks so good I want to try them out one time next summer.

Comment by Pedals Cycling — November 18, 2010 @ 12:20 am

Finally!!! Cute Spin clothes!!! I refused to wear that whole “outdoor biker” get-up. Thanks lululemon!

PS- have you seen these?? http://www.b-bands.com

Handlebar covers for indoor cycling & Spin!
(The pinks ones would match your outfit!)

Comment by La Spin Freak — January 10, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

I am dying to find functional yet good looking tri gear whilst I train for my 3rd triathlon, my running gear often does not cut it when I am on the bike for hours. Thanks for the tips and I look forward to Lululemon bringing out more cycle related gear in the future. (BTW – your running skirts are my favs, just a bit of padding “down there” and I could ride around the country side in them!)

Comment by Leanne — January 19, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

I think I have been waiting for a post like this since FOREVER!!! I got into triathlons last year and I couldn’t agree more. Being a lululemon fanatic I was looking for gear that was functional for triathlons and was made with lulu love and style. Yayy to hoping that lululemon can get work on developing some functional and lulu’ish bike shorts and tri gear! <3

Comment by Raveen — February 29, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

I have been wearing lululemon for running and cross fit and have retired all my nike gear…I absolutley love how cute everything is and how flattering it fits. Would love to see some REAL Cycling outfits, not just commuter or spinning outfits. Ones that work for road cyclists. Thanks :-)

Comment by Sherry — March 4, 2012 @ 10:23 am

I love your running crops and like to use them in spin class… However, I am not comfortable wearing them with my cycling group because when in the aero position on my bike… The pants are quite revealing to the riders behind me! So until that problem is solved, I will continue to just run in them and spin in the dim light in class. Also, I tried the cycling shorts, bent over on front of the mirror and the associate in the store… Yep…. We saw way too much. She even agreed they were transparent. Keep trying and thank you.

Comment by Kristan — March 6, 2012 @ 4:34 am

So excited about lulu cycling gear. I’m hopeful now that you have the team to dress. The big thing holding me back with using run gear is the lack of padding and appropriate pockets. Cyclists are a serious bunch. sucks to say, but no one wants to be the girl riding in the peloton in run gear. Make it suit the purpose of cycling, and look the part, and I will wear it! Also, your tri short had very limited availability last season, which was a downer. Yeah to lulu cycling gear!!

Comment by Laura — March 6, 2012 @ 8:44 am

Padded cycling shorts and knickers,
please!!! Also some cute jerseys would be great.

Comment by Leah — March 6, 2012 @ 9:34 am

Thanks for the FANTASTIC post! This information is really good and thanks a ton for sharing it :-) I m looking forward desperately for the next post of yours.

Comment by spinning dvd — December 23, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment