We don’t know about you, but when we get on our bike, we dress to impress. The kit has to match top to bottom, and of course we always want to show off our AG colors. So early last year, we decided it was time to invest in some proper AG kits and reached out to HR Sportswear to see what they could do for us. Hawk Racing, a company any regular reader of AeroGeeks is familiar with, owns HR Sportswear. We’ve tested Hawk Racing’s bottom brackets and 50mm clinchers, so we already knew what they could do on the bike. Now we wanted to see what they could do off it.
The HR Sportswear Design Process
When we contacted HR Sportswear, we didn’t have a specific kit design in mind. While we had our logo, company colors, and font, we didn’t know exactly what we wanted our bibs and jerseys to look like. But of course we were sure we’d recognize the perfect design when we saw it. Fortunately HR Sportswear has a very talented graphics designer on staff that led us through the entire process. His initial design was almost there but needed a few tweaks (most noticeably the decision to design the rear of the bibs in black versus white).
Once the designs were complete, we had to decide exactly what bib and jersey options we wanted to go with. Based on HR Sportswear’s advice, we went with a club cut short sleeve cycling jersey (with pro fabric) and bib shorts with wide band leg grippers. We also designed a set of tech mechanic shirts and short sleeve t-shirts for when we’re off the bike.
The Final Product
Six weeks later, a box showed up from HR Sportswear containing our new kits. The first thing we noticed was just how great the design turned out. Each of our editors received a kit, and all of them were perfect. Once we got them on, we were very happy with the fit. The kits fit perfectly (at least in the AeroGeeks HQ changing room) and hugged the body just as you’d expect from a road kit. But of course the real test would take place on the road.
After a full year of testing—including extreme regular use—they have withstood the test of time. The team wears their AG kits weekly, and so far the only issue has been a single zipper that gets snagged occasionally. The chamois remain comfortable, whether on our TT bikes or the occasional road bike. The leg grippers remain perfectly in place from the moment the pedals are up until we hit the coffee shop 100K later, no chafing or sliding to be found. The jerseys are extremely breathable, which is ideal for our hot summer temperatures. So we rarely find ourselves needing to unzip, even in the hottest of south Florida summer days.
The tech mechanic shirts have become our go-to shirt when playing spectator or Sherpa. The top and sides of the shirt are mesh lined, which is another great feature for fighting the summer heat. The fabric itself is also lightweight enough that you don’t find it stifling, but sturdy enough that you don’t worry about it getting caught or torn. The t-shirts are tech material and tended to run a bit on the small side. So while not form fitting, they certainly don’t do anything to hide our off-season weight gains.
Considering that we are wearing our HR Sportswear gear weekly, you know we have to be big fans. The designs were amazing, the order arrived quickly, and we are very happy with the quality. The only big question is whether anyone else wants to be rocking AeroGeeks gear? If you would like to see these kits available for purchase, let us know by emailing email@example.com or message us on Facebook and Twitter.