The Petenella Arm Warmers from British brand Hommage au Vélo are made from sumptuous Roubaix material. They're soft, exceedingly comfortable and top notch at keeping you warm on cold rides.
Designed in black, to match with any cycling jersey, these are an essential addition to any cyclists' wardrobe. Even if there's a whiff of a cool breeze before you head out, pop these arm warmers on, then just roll them down or stash them in your back pockets as you start to warm up.
Although one of the most basic items of cycle clothing arm warmers remain one of the most crucial bits of kit to help deal with cycling in the changeable weather we're faced with in the UK.
|X-Small||<88 cm||<82 cm||<81 cm|
|Small||88-92 cm||82-86 cm||82-83 cm|
|Medium||92-96 cm||86-90 cm||83-84 cm|
|Large||96-100 cm||90-94 cm||84-85 cm|
|X-Large||100-104 cm||94-98 cm||>85 cm|
Hommage au Vélo is - contrary to what you might think from its name - a proudly British brand. With a French twist. David Laws is the francophile founder and designer. He's been in love with cycling man and boy, during which time he's ridden at the top level and lived, breathed and slept cycling even when working in other sectors.
How did Hommage au Vélo come about? In his own words:
"Hommage au Vélo was born out of a cycling obsession sparked in the early 1990’s in rural Kent and nurtured in the last decade of the “old days”, where secretive cycling clubs and steel frames crafted in the hands of a local frame builder were the raison d’être of the local rider. When Miguel Indurain was the extra-terrestrial and not Lance Armstrong. When cycling was a closed shop run by “old boys”, keen to pull rank on newcomers, blind to developments in fashion and popular culture and yet admirably ordered and protective of their own.
"In the subsequent 25 years, we have witnessed a full-scale revolution in the sport: the boom and bust of mountain bike racing, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, the obsolescence and revival of fluorescent colours, the emergence of Anglophone riders as a dominant force in world cycling, the return of hand built steel frames and the brilliant increase in women cycling."
Hommage au Vélo specialises in beautiful, simple designs, with the emphasis on top quality materials, fit and finish at a sensible price. It's understated, deeply stylish and just that little bit irreverent. If you like your kit to have real character, flair, and appreciation of female cyclists, then Hommage au Vélo should be part of your thinking.
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