The Clothing Basics Every Cyclist Should Know
If you’re a newbie to cycling, you might be feeling a little awkward about the clothing you see professional cyclists and even hobbyist cyclists wear. “Those tight fitting clothes? No way!” is what you might be thinking, but if you’re serious about cycling, then you would best to get over your prejudice. The main enemy of cyclists is wind resistance – and tight fitting clothing is the best defence against it. Loose, baggy clothing only increases your wind resistance and affects your speed; the tight clothing makes your body streamlined and reduces wind resistance as much as possible.
When buying clothes with regards to cycling, you’ll have to buy at least two articles of clothing – shorts and a jersey. Cycling shorts are different from other shorts not just in how tight they are, but they also have what you call a ‘chamois’ – or basically, a pad in your crotch area. If you have cycled for long distances without wearing cycling shorts, you would definitely know the pain of being on a bike for hours with the throbbing of your posterior. Well, the chamois exactly addresses that. The pad serves to prevent this unfortunate situation and once you’re riding in cycling shorts, you’ll notice how comfortable they are. The other article of clothing you’ll be needing is the best sports apparel.
A Custom cycling jersey, just like cycling shorts, is made expressively for cycling, and is likewise tight fitting. It is also made of a material which wicks away your sweat – if you have ridden around in baggy t-shirts, you’ll know how sweaty you can get from cycling. And the problem with that, is that as soon you stop, you’ll feel cold from all the sweat – and potentially get sick. Cycling jerseys won’t let sweat accumulate like that, so you won’t feel hot, stuffy or even cold when you stop. Furthermore, all cycling jerseys come with rear pockets that are easily accessible when you’re cycling – t-shirts don’t have this option. This is extremely useful to store all the things you need while cycling, like energy bars and the like – you won’t have to stop to retrieve them.
There are many different colours and designs to choose from when buying cycling apparel, so you’ll most definitely find a jerseys and shorts you’ll like. In addition to sports stores, there are entire sites online devoting themselves to making cycling gear, so you might want to check their larger collections. Also, don’t forget that when cycling, you need to also buy a helmet and sunglasses/safety glasses (and you might also want to consider cycling gloves) – but of course, most newbie cyclists find the shorts and the jerseys the hardest to buy, so chances are you already bought these other items!