Do you want to know what the big deal is with cycling gear, why you should spend your hard-earned money on it, and how it will make your cycling experience more pleasurable? You just spent a whole week of pay on your bike and now you have to spend more to get outfitted just right? Cycling gear isn’t just about looking like a cyclist, it’s about feeling good while you’re riding. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you set out to find the right cycling wear.
Start with Your Head
Safety is one of those key principles of cycling that you never want to overlook or take for granted. The most dangerous injury you can sustain while riding is a head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs aren’t necessarily preventable, but you can sure reduce your risk of sustaining one by making sure you are wearing a good-fitting and comfortable cycling helmet. Be sure to try on different helmets and sizes before you buy. It won’t do you any good if you get it home and decide not to wear it because it’s not comfortable enough.
Feet: Your Footwear Can Make or Break You
Cycling footwear includes your socks and your shoes. Socks for cycling should be synthetic, tight-fitting, comfortable, and designed to wick away moisture from your feet without getting soaked with sweat. Both your socks and your shoes need to be a very comfortable fit without hotspots or excessive pressure at any point on your foot. The best cycling shoes are designed with cleats for clipping into pedals, which does wonders for cycling power and stability. Your shoes should also be breathable, letting fresh air in to ventilate your feet so they will stay cool and dry.
Jerseys and Shorts (or Pants) Have a Purpose
You will want to pick out an appropriate cycling jersey or, better yet, multiple cycling jerseys that are a good fit for the weather you will be riding in. Your jersey, like your socks, should be tight-fitting, wick away moisture to keep you dry, and protect you from the wind. It helps to have both a long-sleeved jersey and a short-sleeved jersey. Your cycling shorts (or pants, depending on weather) also need to keep you dry and protected from the wind, and integrated gel padding will keep you comfortable in the saddle. The fabric should be soft and not chafing, especially for extended riding.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Statement
Cycling isn’t just a sport or a mode of transportation or exercise. You can think of it more as a way of life. Cyclists take pride in cycling and you should take pride in what you are wearing too. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your gear through colour or design style. Your gear should be comfortable and part of that comfort is how it makes you feel inside when you are wearing it.