If you are planning a longer biking expedition, you might wonder what kind of sportswear do you need. Keep reading to find out what should you wear to protect yourself from different weather conditions on a bike.
The bike outfit should be complemented by perfectly fitted shoes with rigid soles, a lightweight helmet with ventilation holes and eye protection against insects and stones with UV400 filters.
Your cycling outfit should be made of a good material, windproof and tight but non-abrasion. Remember to have some reflective elements to be well visible on the road in all conditions. You never know what may happen on the route.
Adequate shirts for cycling
The cyclist’s clothes must pass air freely and drain the sweat effectively. It should be in bright colours with reflective elements. Even in summer, high speed can cause freezing feeling, especially in your hands and feet, so a typical cycling sweatshirt should be with extended back, elongated sleeves, non-winding-fleece. T-shirts on the bike should fit tightly to the body, preventing penetration of the wind.
What to do when choosing cycling shorts?
To minimize the risk of abrasion and even partially compensate the uneven terrain, it is advisable to wear tight cycling shorts with a soft step pad, called a diaper. They are made of antibacterial synthetic fibres that absorb sweat well. For cooler days, it is recommended to wear shorts with braces that protect the kidneys.
What kind of shoes do a proper cyclist need?
The more rigid the shoe’s sole is, the better it transfers energy from the foot to the pedals. At the same time makes it more difficult to walk. For beginners, it is best to choose soft bike shoes especially if the purpose of the trip is to do a hiking part after cycling. Most of them resemble tourist shoes or normal sports shoes. Reinforcing biking shoes with a carbon fibre lowers their weight, improving the performance of the cyclist. Built-in footwear, with less mesh and ventilation holes, works better in tough weather and winter conditions. Sadly, it slows down the sweat elimination so the foot gets more tired.
Bicycle helmet: which one will work the best?
There is no obligation to ride in a bicycle helmet. However, it protects against head crushing and injuries. The helmet cannot move itself on a head or fall towards the forehead. It is worth checking before buying how many ventilation openings it has which protect the head from overheating and if it was made of light materials.
Sunglasses – the key to success
They are very important part of the cycling outfit as they protect from the sun and insects. Bicycle sunglasses cannot squeeze the nose and skull, because during exercise, the head swells and rubbing through the glasses becomes several times more severe. Glasses must have a protective UV 400 filter and should match the intensity of the radiation (dim or lighten). Polarized lenses reduce the blurring of reflections from snow or wet asphalt. You can also choose an anti-evaporation coating or, if you have an eye defect, a built-in prescription glass adapter.