Comfort – the most important quality of cycling clothing
When you’re riding on your bicycle, there is nothing more important than comfortable clothes, especially if you’re going on a several-hour-long ride. This is the primary reason you see so many cyclists wearing Lycra and Gore-Tex clothes – they are very comfortable and protect you from the elements while at it. Wearing your regular clothes is fine – unless you’re trying to become a professional.
Professional cyclists always look for clothing and accessories that might give them an additional boost during the race. Clothes from materials such as Gore-Tex and Lycra don’t over encumber the cyclist, allowing them to feel comfortable and warm without being slowed down. Clothing such as a Gore-Tex cycling jersey will keep you warm in the winter – and will allow you to look stylish and professional.
Get yourself a nice pair of pants
With the top covered, now we’re going to discuss cycling pants. You can choose the type out of a wide variety of available styles. The material is also an important choice. If you’re going for a loose fit, most cycling clothes have a longer back to keep your kidneys covered as you lean forward – when it comes to pants, most feature a higher waist to cover your lower back. However, looser pants can sometimes be a nuisance when pedaling, so be careful when cycling at high speeds.
If you would rather have tight-fit pants, Lycra is a good material of choice. Lycra clothes move with you as you pedal – and they are surprisingly comfortable, considering how tight they look. Lycra also has anti-sweat qualities, as instead of being absorbed by the fabric, sweat passes through it and evaporates – leaving you dry and happy.
Can’t decide on the components? Get a whole set!
If you can’t decide on individual components of your cycling gear, you can buy a pre-made set of professional cycling clothes. Such sets for cyclists have been designed to work together efficiently, often working much better than individual clothing items put together. Buying a set is a great choice if you’re a professional cyclist – or are looking to become one.
Most often, cycling sets feature a shirt or a jersey of some kind, most often made out of Lycra or Gore-Tex, as well as a matching pair of pants. Some more elaborate sets can also feature sweat-absorbent socks and cycling gloves to improve your grip on the wheel. You can also opt for an all-in-one cycling set – pants and a shirt connected into one. With such a set, you can be sure that your body will be covered all the time, protected from the elements and freezing temperatures.