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Taking a leaf out of the handbook of the Great Cyclist in the Sky, an Eroica event is guided by nine Rules, number eight of which is the one you need to remember if the only thing remaining on your list (after the pre-’87 bike of course) is clothing for the Eroica ride itself:

“Participants must be dressed in vintage or era specific clothing”

That means leave the skin suit at home, and think twice if it goes snap when you stretch and release it. So that’s vintage era in, fluro out. Plaid welcome, ziggy zags a no-no. Tweed an honoured guest, aero-tech given the heave-ho.

Point laboured, let’s move on.

Before you start searching the more dubious corners of the web for ‘genuine pre-’87 wool shorts, now with added itch!’, it’s worth noting that, unlike the bikes themselves, the rules don’t actually stipulate that your Eroica apparel be old or of a certain year, just vintage looking and in-keeping with the historic feeling of the event.

If you are anxious about the day (don’t be, you’ll have so much fun amongst a group of very friendly people!) just try for at least a minimum of wool/tweed/3/4 ‘plus 4 shorts’; whatever you can do to stay in the spirit of the event, because at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

That being said (an oft used phrase that enables the writer a magnificent guilt-free turn around in ideas), we’ve handpicked a few items below that will certainly help with the clothing aspect of your Eroica event. A mix of proven Eroica favourites that are sure to impress - think vintage-style cycling shoes and era-accurate classics - hand on tweed, a rider turned out in such finery may find themselves the toast of the event!

Whether to protect from the sun, grit or Eroica trail dust, a cycling cap is an event essential, and this one from Cinelli is one of our favourites

Whether to protect from the sun, grit or Eroica trail dust, a cycling cap is an event essential, and this one from Cinelli is one of our favourites
Keep hands smooth, but not too smooth, vintage cyclist was a real man, but anyway, smooth it is, and with a pair of stylish soft lamb's leather cycling gloves, your Eroica outfit is complete
Keep hands smooth, but not too smooth, vintage cyclist was a real man, but anyway, smooth it is, and with a pair of stylish soft lamb's leather cycling gloves, your Eroica outfit is completee
Wool socks - the vintage cyclist's plat du jour
Wool cycling socks - the vintage cyclist's plat du jour
Vintage cycling shoes are an Eroica must, and the Vittoria 1976 SPD models are a proven event favourite
Vintage cycling shoes are an Eroica must, and the Vittoria 1976 SPD models are a proven event favourite
Does your outfit involve a pair of vintage trousers? A handsome trouser band from Brooks will keep trousers safely tucked away from the chain, all in impeccable style
Does your outfit involve a pair of vintage trousers? A handsome trouser band from Brooks will keep trousers safely tucked away from the chain, all in impeccable style

A steel bike bottle evokes a pre-plastic era, when the true Giant of the Road sipped (guzzled) wine like it was water from before-it-was-cool eco-friendly supping tubes

A steel bike bottle evokes a pre-plastic era, when the true Giant of the Road sipped (guzzled) wine like it was water from before-it-was-cool eco-friendly supping tubes

Useful links

Eroica Britannia main site
Eroica Britannia Rules

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