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Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market
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Can padded cycling undies look cute and work hard? Yes, if you're wearing Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte briefs.

The Brigitte briefs are one of two designs from Urbanist Cycling, a new Texan brand that was supported by successful Kickstarter funding. They are designed for city cycling, or indeed anything short of long distance or race rides.

Wearing the Brigitte means that any clothing can become cycle clothing, as the briefs provide both a chamois for commuting comfort and protection from the hems in non-cycle specific trousers or jeans.

The Brigitte has a snazzy black and white striped 'look at me' design. Although I prefer to keep my underwear to myself this is a design which I would be happy to be seen sporting in the changing rooms before spin class as it doesn't look like traditional underwear. The Brigitte briefs are definitely feminine, but in a fun, cute way. There is a thin pink stretch lace on the top of the waistband, sensibly not continued around the legs where it would chafe. This acts instead of a traditional waistband to avoid cutting in and producing the dreaded muffin top.

Find the Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte online here

The cut of the briefs is full without being grannyish. They are high at the back but not so high that they showed over the top of my trousers. This was useful as I generally wore non-cycle specific trousers or jeans with them and other cycling briefs I own can show significantly in use.

The chamois pad is of a good quality and really well attached to the briefs themselves with soft stitching which I couldn't feel in use. It is soft and flexible and didn't give a 'nappy' appearance in use. I've mostly been wearing these briefs under merino tights or jeans, and they've certainly got enough padding to wear for a medium to long commute. I didn't feel that I had to change out of them straight away afterwards either as they coped well with sweat and wicked moisture away fairly well.

The briefs stayed in place without riding up and were comfortable in use. My only gripe was that on the XL size the front of the crotch had been sized up too much, so there was excess material to wrinkle between my legs. This isn't an issue on the smaller sizes and didn't pose a comfort problem even in the XL.

The Brigitte briefs are available in four sizes, covering waists from 63 to 89cm between them. They are definitely on the generous side, so if in doubt (or buying as a present) go smaller.

I'm not surprised these briefs raised 250% of their Kickstarter target as they fill a real gap in the market.

Verdict

Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte

Size tested: XL

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ever dreamt of a comfortable ride around town without having to resort to full-on cycling shorts? Something you can wear all day and feel feminine in, but still helps cushion your most sensitive parts as you ride?

Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte chamois-padded knickers are the answer to your prayers. Beautifully cut to fit and enhance the female form, they've been tested tirelessly by the Texas cycling community where Urbanist is based to ensure no chaffing or digging in. The material is sumptuous, whilst the chamois pads come from one of Italy's most respected chamois designers.

The Brigitte is well suited for medium/longer rides of up to 25 miles, or even longer. A quantum leap forward for women's cycling kit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Full coverage cycling knickers

Extra thick, flexible chamois pad designed and made in Italy

Breathable, quick drying fabric to wick moisture efficiently

Polyester/elastane blend

Tested by real women to ensure no chaffing or digging in discomfort

Wear under clothes, for outdoor riding or spinning

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Nicely made with no loose threads. Labels are all heat sealed so nothing to rub.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Good for rides up to about two hours.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Despite me failing to wash them on a delicate cycle as instructed, these washed really well with no loss of shape.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

A lovely chamois and soft, smooth all-round fit.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Comparable with similar items available.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The briefs were comfy to wear and fitted well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The snazzy colour scheme.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure

 

93 comments

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Chuffy [200 posts] 4 years ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Jesus wept...going by some of the po-faced sanctimonious griping on here you wonder how they got on in a bunch. They must be a barrel of laughs at the club xmas party.

Lighten up ladies...

You only deserve half an answer to that post, so here is the word 'off'. I'll let you guess the first half.

Some of the attitudes on display here would be shameful at a Jim Davidson gig circa 1980. You're an embarrassment.

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Chuffy [200 posts] 4 years ago
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Lifer wrote:

Depressingly predictable comments.

I don't understand why we're still having this conversation.

It's completely predictable. Road.cc is (should be) better than this. I'd like to see them commenting on this and taking a strong line against some of the crap that's been posted. If they want to grow their female readership then they really don't have a choice.

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SteppenHerring [342 posts] 4 years ago
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Erm, this is a review of some cycling clothing. On a cycling website. There are plenty of other sites on the internets (I am led to believe) where scantily clad or even unclad ladies can be viewed.

Grow up people.

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Simon_MacMichael [2502 posts] 4 years ago
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SteppenHerring wrote:

Erm, this is a review of some cycling clothing. On a cycling website. There are plenty of other sites on the internets (I am led to believe) where scantily clad or even unclad ladies can be viewed.

Grow up people.

Indeed there are, but they are probably more difficult to explain to your IT department or SO should they question your browsing history.

With you 100 per cent on the "grow up" comment.

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Colin Peyresourde [1819 posts] 4 years ago
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Caroline Dodgson wrote:

I don't get paid enough to deal with the nasty, vicious, hurtful comments made about my, my daughters', my friends' bodies when we do product photos on ourselves, so a me in pants shot wasn't going to happen.

It shouldn't be about who makes the clothes look 'better' as we are trying to show people what they look like in real life. The personalisation of comments to the model not the kit on every single piece of women's kit we test means that we have had to change to including manufacturer shots as either the main or only images, so as to dissuade people from commenting on the person and try to get them to read the review.

I think that is a better approach - my point which I have been trying to make, albeit one I know you don't agree with, is that the review is almost a selling point. You don't take grainy out of focus pictures of bicycles, tools, and other things which show them in unflattering positions. If I am thinking about buying one of those items I would like to see it in a slightly flattering picture. The manufacturers pictures probably do that in the best way they can. I learn nothing from a photo of a muddy bike/bike computer/light.
That's not to say that real world pictures aren't useful, but this is a visual medium, pictures sell the print as much as anything else.

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bendertherobot [1453 posts] 4 years ago
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Aussie Col wrote:

REALLY 45 POUNDS.

Pretty reasonable. I think it's about par for the course. Here's the Rapha equivalent (itself fairly reasonable price).
http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/merino-boxers-with-pad/product/USH01

They did have a women's version but I can't find it.

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Shamblesuk [167 posts] 4 years ago
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Why does this thread have 68 comments and the Giro Men's jacket has 4?

Oh right......

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russwparkin [45 posts] 4 years ago
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wow, this all got well out of hand.

its a great concept to be honest, obviously they would be worn underneath something.

i wouldnt cycle down the road in just my y fronts and all that,

at least it gives girls the option to wear something flattering and comfortable as a casual cyclist.

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 4 years ago
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Is it true, are there actually 'nasty and vicious' comments made about that author's body when she models the cycling gear herself on this site?

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notfastenough [3725 posts] 4 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
Caroline Dodgson wrote:

I don't get paid enough to deal with the nasty, vicious, hurtful comments made about my, my daughters', my friends' bodies when we do product photos on ourselves, so a me in pants shot wasn't going to happen.

It shouldn't be about who makes the clothes look 'better' as we are trying to show people what they look like in real life. The personalisation of comments to the model not the kit on every single piece of women's kit we test means that we have had to change to including manufacturer shots as either the main or only images, so as to dissuade people from commenting on the person and try to get them to read the review.

I think that is a better approach - my point which I have been trying to make, albeit one I know you don't agree with, is that the review is almost a selling point. You don't take grainy out of focus pictures of bicycles, tools, and other things which show them in unflattering positions. If I am thinking about buying one of those items I would like to see it in a slightly flattering picture. The manufacturers pictures probably do that in the best way they can. I learn nothing from a photo of a muddy bike/bike computer/light.
That's not to say that real world pictures aren't useful, but this is a visual medium, pictures sell the print as much as anything else.

I think in principle you have a point - but then if, for example, a pair of bibshorts are reviewed, there isn't a slew of comments pointing out Dave's lunchbox or whatever.

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mattsccm [358 posts] 4 years ago
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+what a lot of grumpy gits.

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horizontal dropout [296 posts] 4 years ago
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30069564

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A

Then google gamergate and do a _lot_ of reading.

By the way as a possible solution for road.cc what about using a tailors dummy?

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timb27 [138 posts] 4 years ago
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i don't find this comments thread embarrassing. It may show how far we have to go, but it also shows how far we have come. Not that long ago there would have been no argument about the 'nice arse' comments. Now we're in a transitional time where some people get it and some don't, but at least the needle is moving.

Oh and btw I'm perfectly relaxed, feel no need to lighten up and am definitely not grumpy.

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Caroline Dodgson [25 posts] 4 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Is it true, are there actually 'nasty and vicious' comments made about that author's body when she models the cycling gear herself on this site?

Yes, but many more on our facebook page. We delete the nastiest ones. Even my 8 year old had a nasty comment about what she was wearing in a bike test shot. It's the reason other female reviewers stopped having their photos taken too.

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TheHound [117 posts] 4 years ago
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Anyone kicking off about the comments needs to go check a review of the Assos shorts with the cuckoo pouch or whatever it's called.

It's not limited to reviews of women's stuff.

People need to stop being such oversensitive hypocrites.

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yenrod [107 posts] 4 years ago
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The girls FIT what's wrong with that ??

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truffy [650 posts] 4 years ago
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yenrod wrote:

The girls FIT what's wrong with that ??

Nothing, but you can't say so here.

Firstly it's misogynistic and you'll get the politically correct teaboys all a'dither.

Secondly, you can only see her butt. That is fit, I grant you. But she might have a face like a walrus.

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DanTe [190 posts] 4 years ago
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80 comments. Lol..

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AJ101 [277 posts] 4 years ago
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BUT DOES HER BIKE HAVE MUDGUARDS?

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Nick T [1090 posts] 4 years ago
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Has this review been reposted to the front page to hit a web traffic target or something?

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ashfanman [130 posts] 4 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Has this review been reposted to the front page to hit a web traffic target or something?

I was just wondering the same thing. I really hope this was somehow re-posted in error. Can someone from road.cc explain?

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NorthEastJimmy [94 posts] 4 years ago
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If not an error then it seems road.cc is run by some guys who haven't quite grown up yet.

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Aapje [242 posts] 4 years ago
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I think the goal is to make this go above 100 comments. Let me help: She isn't wearing a helmet! Discuss.

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Jimbonic [136 posts] 4 years ago
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truffy wrote:
yenrod wrote:

The girls FIT what's wrong with that ??

Nothing, but you can't say so here.

Actually, it is wrong. Of course, you should have said, "The girl's FIT. What's wrong with that?"

Just saying....

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BrokenBootneck [221 posts] 4 years ago
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Can you say "I'd hit that like a Storm Trooper hitting a tree on the forest moon of Endor?"  21

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Kadinkski [722 posts] 4 years ago
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Probably lots of contributors on holiday and they're struggling for content. In order to keep the hits up, they're rehashing some controversial clickbait.

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hylozoist [66 posts] 4 years ago
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ashfanman wrote:
Nick T wrote:

Has this review been reposted to the front page to hit a web traffic target or something?

I was just wondering the same thing. I really hope this was somehow re-posted in error. Can someone from road.cc explain?

I really hope this isn't a cynical clickbait job. Mind you, the road.cc content system does seem to be a bit eccentric - a couple of weeks back stories were being added (and posted to Twitter) but never appearing on the front page for several days, while some stories do randomly disappear and reappear. So it's possible this review has been bumped up accidentally.

Bit depressing to see the same sort of "I'd hit that"/"it's not wrong to say she's fit" comments coming back out this time too.

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BigAl68 [72 posts] 4 years ago
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Road.cc close the comments please as we are back in the world of casual misogyny. Yawn some men don't ever seem to leave the playground mentally.

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gdmor10 [86 posts] 4 years ago
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cant we all just play nicely together and not fall out?

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mrchrispy [491 posts] 4 years ago
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Can everyone hold of for 5 mins....I need more tea and biscuits.

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