Cycling Clothes To Wear for a Comfortable Ride

8 Cycling Clothes To Wear for a Comfortable Ride..

Best biking and cycling cloth in 2021. Read our guide on what to wear on your next ride.

If you are thinking about what cycling cloth do I need? Then you are in the right place.

Besides buying a road bike, you must understand that there are many other essential things to buy, such as accessories and cycling clothing. Your regular street clothes are more than enough when you are not going far or fast and when the weather’s good, but for longer rides or when the weather turns nasty, you will be a lot more comfortable in cycling clothing.

The massive variety of cycling clothing out there in the market will leave you speechless for everything from your head to toe. In addition to that, there are different versions of each clothing, depending on the weather.

But don’t worry.

In this article, I will give you a full low down of what these items of clothing are, what they do to you, and why you need them while cycling.

So let’s start, shall we?

 

1. Bike Helmet

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Depending on which part of the world you are riding, helmets can be either optional or compulsory, so always remember to check the law.

When it comes down to choosing the right helmet, safety is given more importance than fashion. It is strongly recommended to get one that fits comfortably around your head but make sure that the helmet is not too tight. 

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Typically, a helmet comes in three different sizes; small, medium, and large. The majority of the helmet comes with an adjustable dial using which you can adjust the helmet correctly. Always make sure to bend the helmet slightly forward.

2. Cycling Jerseys

cycling jersey
Image: Decathalon

Cycling jerseys have become a common sight in the modern world. Many brands are available now in the market, and each of them with its own design.

In fact, Black Friday sales will be your best time to buy, which happens in late November every year.

Here are some reasons you should wear a proper cycling jersey over a regular or sports t-shirt.

Sweat Wicking: As you ride, your body generates heat and starts to sweat. Your body temperature will rise as you ride harder. Your body releases sweat to cool your muscles, and a regular t-shirt will soak up sweat, making it uncomfortable and smelly.

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A cycling jersey would allow the sweat to pass comfortably, making it a pleasant experience than a wet one.

Zippers: If you are riding hard up a hill, your body temperature will increase rapidly because of the work rate. In this scenario, the best way to cool your body down will be to unzip your dress to expose your chest. Cycling jerseys today have zippers that will serve your demand.

Pockets. Every cycling jersey provides you with 2 or 3 pockets at the back to store your essentials such as wallet, smartphone, earphones, and food,

These pockets are easily accessible while you are riding and don’t get in your way when you are on your bike.

The most common jerseys available in the market have short or long sleeves, though sleeveless jerseys are preferred for scorching weather. For the majority of your riding, you will want a medium-weight short-sleeve jersey. Like any other clothing, it is best to try before you buy.

In case of fit, you have two options available- Aero and Regular. 

Aero- These jerseys are tight and stick to your body like a second layer of skin to provide you with aerodynamic advantage. 

Regular- In comparison with Aero, they have a slightly looser fit and would feel more comfortable, especially when you are off the bike. If you are out for a long ride, we recommend a regular fit jersey over the aero jersey.

3. Bike Shorts

cycling shorts
Image: Competitive cyclist

The biker shorts differ from street shorts primarily by an added stretch for full freedom of movement, and a padded crotch liner in order to reduce friction and wick moisture. Before selecting one, it’s best to try several on to determine which padding style best fits your anatomy.

Another essential aspect to consider before purchasing a biker short is the bike saddle. The bike saddle is not something you can spend hours sitting on it. It will cause some severe discomfort, especially in long rides. 

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So it would be best if you went with bib shorts. Bib shorts have a piece of padding in it, which is called the chamois. The chamois is a piece of padding with varying thickness to provide comfort and support where it is needed the most.

Since both men and women have different pelvic shapes, chamois comes in different size and width. So, it is recommended to buy the correct variation of the bib shorts for a comfortable ride.

4. Arm, Leg and Knee Warmers

Arm, leg, and knee warmers are extra accessories for cycling on chilly mornings and cooler evenings. They are also recommended when you ride in spring or autumn. These clothing provide a little extra warmth while taking up minimal space in your shirt pocket or pack. 

It is a fleece or wool sleeve that fits over your arms or legs to cover exposed skin. Warmers should be slid under your jersey and shorts and should be tight, to avoid slippage during a ride.

 As temperatures rise, they can be easily slipped off without unbutton, unzip, or change anything. They will also make your other kit more versatile by extending its usable temperature range.

5. Cycling Glasses

cycling glasses
Image: Rapha
A pair of cycling glasses are a real must. Proper cycling glasses protect you from the dangerous UV lights and reduce the chance of your eyes getting irritated by grit, dust, or flying insects. This ensures the best vision at all times. They also prevent your eyes from getting dry.

The type of lens determines the price of the glasses. These come in various tints and versions. Generally, they can be grouped into three.

Regular. These lenses only allow between 10% and 30% of the visible light to pass through. They are suitable to be worn during sunny days.

Photochromic. According to the level of UV light, the lenses’ tint also changes. When your surroundings get dark, the lens allows more light to pass through when it is bright. They are the most versatile lenses, and they can be worn in a variety of lighting conditions.

Clear. As the name suggests, clear lenses do not have any tints. They are suitable to be used when riding in low light conditions in the early morning/late evening, during cloudy days, and in adverse weather conditions.

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6. Socks

Usually, cycling socks are made from thin, sweat-wicking fabrics consisting of a thicker layer on the sole for padding. Natural materials such as Merino wool can keep your toes warm on cold or wet rides for longer and reduce sweat and heat build-up on warmer days. 

When it comes to the sock length, there are many opinions. If the length of your socks is too short (below the ankle), you will look like a triathlete, and if too long (below the knee), you will look like you’re wearing compression socks or playing soccer. So, in other words, they should be long enough to extend until the point where your calf muscles start to bulge.

7. Cycling Shoes

cycling shoes
Image: Backcountry

Stiff soles are the main feature of cycling shoes. They are made of either plastic or carbon or sometimes a mixture of the two. These stiff soles provide you with a stable platform to transfer your power effectively to the pedals.

It would be best if you chose your cycling shoe depending up on your pedals. Two types of cycling shoes available in the market- Road bike shoes and Mountain bike shoes. Road bike shoes can be attached to their pedals via a cleat. This allows them to clip in and out of the pedal with a little twist of the ankle. 

Road bike shoes have three holes arranged in a triangle under the sole. These suit SPD-SL cleats. On the other hand, mountain bike pedals have two holes side by side. This is for a regular SPD pedal. Flat pedals do not require cleats.

For wet or rainy rides, you can opt for toe covers (which cover the shoe from arch to toe) or shoe covers (which cover the entire shoe and part of the ankle). These are a great way to ensure your toes stay toasty. Both offer some wind protection or insulation, and many shoe covers will provide water protection, too.

8. Gloves

During summer times, gloves aren’t so much of an issue. But when the weather starts to turn and the commute involves cold, wet mornings, a good pair of gloves will come handy. 

A popular choice in summer is gloves with short-cut fingers. Most gloves have padded leather or synthetic-leather palm and moisture-absorbing terry cloth for dabbing sweat or a runny nose. 

In cold-weather rides, a pair of wicking, breathable, full-finger bike gloves is a must. Most offer some protection against the wind too.

The classic ‘track mitt’ has a lightly padded leather palm, crocheted cotton back and a Velcro strip to firmly hold it around your wrist. 

There are various alternatives, such as gel padding in the palm and stretchy backs, so there’s no need for a Velcro tab, toweling wipes on the thumb, and lots of other features.

 

It doesn’t matter whether you are on the road, going for work, or hitting the trail; these cycling accessories can help you perform better and ride longer. If you have any queries, do ask me in the comment section below.

 

Resources

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BikeRadar

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