Cycling Gear: What to Wear and When to Wear it

Cycling Gear: What to Wear and When to Wear it

There is a wide-range of cycling gear available from which to choose. Before you decide what you will need you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What gear is required by law?
  • What gear will provide the most comfort for the bicycling I plan to do?
  • What equipment is best for the weather conditions in which I will be cycling?

For these questions, cycling store employees should be able to help you as you seek to purchase new or updated clothing.

What gear is required by Law?

Nearly every government has regulations requiring helmets for cyclists. Some states require them for all riders while others set an age requirement. This is a good thing. A good, well-fitting helmet could save your life. The right helmet can also aid you in being able to be seen by cars, pedestrians and other cyclists. On the other hand, an ill-fitting helmet has actually become an impediment to safe cycling. 

What gear will provide the most comfort for the bicycling I plan to do?

You should consider purchasing a variety of clothing for cycling since your needs may change as a cyclist. For starters, cycling shorts are great for longer rides. They help you to remain cool while you are exerting yourself on the roadway. This is because a quality pair of shorts can help control moisture/sweat. Finally, most shorts have a padded seat for extra protection and comfort for extensive riding. In addition to shorts, you should choose a short-sleeve cycling jersey to help your upper body stay cool on long-rides as well. However, some mountain bikers who ride through brush and trees prefer long-sleeve jerseys to protect their arms from abrasions. In short, both cycling shirts and jerseys can ensure that riders maintain a good temperature. 

What equipment is best for the weather conditions in which I will be cycling?

Avid cyclists hit the road during all kinds of weather. For cold days, a cycling jacket or a wool cycling jersey can help keep you warm against the cooler air while still keeping you dry. Windproof jackets are also available for wind and rain protection. Coupled with cycling pants or knee warmers, which keep your knees and legs warm and flexible, these items will help you have a pleasant ride, even when the weather is less than ideal. 

On the other hand, during warm weather your cycling apparel should mirror what you would wear on long rides. Good cycling or bib shorts and a sleeveless jersey will keep you comfortable and cool. You may also want to carry a lightweight, compact cycling jacket with you. Cycling jackets made of breathable material that incorporates ventilation, like mesh vents, in the fabric can easily be found online. 

In summary, if you are seriously into cycling then choosing a variety of bicycle clothing is in your best interests. The proper equipment will make you more comfortable and safer. We can provide you with a unique cycling or hiking experience on one of our Big Sur adventures. You can also book one of our truly awe-inspiring scenic railroad trips

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