Café du Cycliste Tichka jersey and Marinette bib shorts review

Quality kit at a price

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £315.00 RRP | USD $407.00 | AUD $559.00
Cafe du Cycliste jersey and bib shorts

Our review

Boutique style with excellent functionality and performance
Pros: Unique patterns, great detailing, superb fit and ride comfort
Cons: With great quality sadly comes high prices
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Café du Cycliste produces some effortlessly cool-looking cycling gear without much fanfare. Its unique style has a boutique feel and blends functionality with sharp aesthetics.


Café du Cycliste Tichka jersey

Café du Cycliste Tichka jersey
Café du Cycliste Tichka jersey.
Wilmott David Caudery / Immediate Media

The fabrics used are lightweight yet robust with most of the jersey using a perforated mesh material, while the white side panels are lighter still with additional stretch to aid cooling.

The collar is reinforced with limited stretch and reasonable height. Even when fully zipped it sits comfortably away from the skin without being tight, allowing a little ventilation and great comfort without needing to unzip.

The sleeves have folded, non-elasticated hems and are very comfortable.

Three reinforced rear drop pockets are narrower than some, but deep, and there’s a separate zipped valuables pocket.

A silicone hem gripper keeps the jersey perfectly placed, for the sort of flattering fit that’s close but not figure hugging for the rider who hasn’t quite reached race weight.

  • Price: £131 / $169 / AU$232

Café du Cycliste Marinette bib shorts

Café du Cycliste Marinette bib shorts
Café du Cycliste Marinette bib shorts.
Wilmott David Caudery / Immediate Media

The Marinette bib shorts have an extremely protective and comfortable elastic Cytech pad, with inverted contours that help air circulation and seated security.

The only seams are on the inner thigh and the front and rear of the short, giving an unfussy look and a cossetting, supportive feel thanks to the Lycra as well as a smooth, soft texture.

The shorts are a little longer than average and 55mm wide silicone-printed leg grippers provide just the right level of hold without squeezing too tight.

The bibs have a closed mesh central back panel and tough, stretchy open mesh straps. A breathable, extremely comfortable fit completes a seriously impressive, if expensive, pair of shorts.

  • Price: £184 / $238 / AU$327

Product Specifications


Price AUD $559.00GBP £315.00USD $407.00
Brand Cafe du cycliste


Features Jersey
Material: 85% polyester, 15% elastane
Pockets: 3 cargo, 1 zipped

Bib Shorts
Material: 71% polyamide, 29% elastomere
Grippers: Silicon beaded
Mesh: Bib section
Gender Men's