WHAT TO WEAR WHEN CYCLING

Cyclists often invest a considerable amount of money in their bikes yet don’t pay enough attention to the other equipment. However, it is important to choose the right cycling clothes, as they also play a significant part in your performance, overall comfort, and even health.

WEAR THREE LAYERS AT MOST

It all comes down to maintaining the right body temperature in all conditions. The most common mistake to wear more clothes (often non-functional) than we actually need. As a result, the body overheats and sweats excessively, which is not very comfortable. How do we avoid this?

  1. The base layer should be functional underwear, which maintains the right thermo climate and wicks body sweat to the next layer.
  2. The second layer is a cycling jersey made of a light and breathable material, or of a softshell material for colder weather.
  3. The outer layer retains body heat when the weather is cold. This should be a vest or windproof jacket that we can easily fold into a pocket.

When the days are really cold and the weather forecast is not optimistic, we should take arm and leg warmers with us. In cold weather it is important to fully cover your legs with insulated tights and shoe covers.

WINTER CYCLING ACCESSORIES

During the winter months, when the temperature drops or on unpleasantly windy days, we can also take advantage of some other warm accessories. We might appreciate a pair of winter shoes or insulated shoe covers, an under-helmet cup and winter gloves. You can also use warming emulsions on your legs.

Cycling socks are an underrated but important item. They should wick the sweat and keep your feet dry.

A CYCLING HELMET IS A MUST

Our head deserves the best protection. A good cycling helmet should provide reliable protection and good ventilation. A proper fit is particularly important. A badly fitted helmet will not provide good protection and is not comfortable. An under-helmet cap that protects your head from the wind will also come in handy, as you lose most body heat through your head.

When choosing what to wear, it is also important to consider performance intensity. In order to work well, your clothes need to be tight and aerodynamic. It is recommended to set off for your ride feeling slightly cold.

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