What to Wear for Cycling

With the arrival of spring and a priori summertime, it is finally possible to store the “wardrobe” adopted in winter. Thermal jackets, “big” and other gloves lined tights can be put aside.

For the cyclist, the difficulty here is to dress for a season that can record temperatures-plain-from 0 ° C to 25 ° C! And during the same output, typically the morning outing Sunday it is common to feel temperature differences of 10 to 15 ° C between the beginning and the return of the drive. Therefore, the clothes must be chosen carefully.

The bottom of the cycling body

On the feet:
The socks will be chosen in a more dense material as used in midsummer. Above the shoe, it may still be necessary to place a protective layer. Either on shoe tips that take only the front of the kick to be over-shoes sock type of mesh. This solution usually works best because it offers the best compromise between thermal protection and breathability.

-On the legs:
Generally the long tight is superfluous. It is therefore not necessary to imitate the professionals who use up to 20 ° C or more sometimes! The risk would be to enter into excessive sweating and lead subsequently cooling.

The privateer or shorts along with leggings or knee is better. The advantage of the corsair is generally comfort and the fact that it is usually lined in fabric “Super Roubaix”, same as tights. Ideal if the temperature is around 10 ° C over the entire output.
With the knee or leg, the advantage is versatility. Indeed, during the output if the temperature exceeds 15 ° C at the same time as the sun shines they find their place in one of the pockets of the shirt.

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The top of the cycling body

The underwear
cyclist textile manufacturers have understood the importance of this first layer. Also, in most lines there is a sub-type garment “mid season” between that, thicker, scheduled for winter and “light” for the summer. It will ensure that the cup fits your morphology: close to the body but without compressing.

-The jersey
According to the end of expected output temperature you can take the maillot or the “couple” maillot and headlines.
The long sleeve jersey will be preferred if the temperature does not exceed 10 to 15 ° C, depending on whether the cyclist is chilly or not.

If the weather is milder associated jersey cuffs will be more effective.Especially if the output of day is a competition. The case of the cyclo with an early start is this typical, especially because usually the course usually offers several climbs. Indeed, in this case, at 8am on the starting line headlines will be essential, as well as for the descents. But when walking uphill the rider will benefit from lower cuffs.

-An optional layer “windbreaker”
Below 10 to 15 ° C, whatever the chosen option the jersey will probably be topped by a layer cutting wind. With a sleeveless waistcoat and provided enough effort to produce the association will be ideal from 5 ° C. For lower temperatures, less effort or very long descents the long sleeve version is more effective. In 2 cases and before you choose make sure that protection is compactable enough to fit in a shirt pocket.
And if the “gesture” is not acquired, try to train yourself to perform the operation while driving!

Often forgotten when choosing his equipment, hands deserve much attention. If the cyclist is chilly at this level it will turn to models with long fingers, but thinner than expected for the winter. But it will study the issue rigorously to avoid ending up with gloves that can not stand because too hot after 15 minutes of running.

For drives still fresh or even cold, the headphones still a good outlet companion. Taking little space in the pocket of the shirt he will find shelter as soon as the thermometer will win a few degrees.

The case of rain bike

Still common at this time of the year, the rain requires many adjustments!

For hands and feet protection will be specific with suitable water bottles. Foot with light-on shoes – and that is not waterlogged – while hand neoprene models are very effective. Contrary to what happens in the feet, weight does not matter here and that is allowing body heat warming. This is also the principle used by divers.

Unless rain is low intensity and mild temperature, in which case the waistcoat can be sufficient, above the shirt it is necessary to go through a type waterproof Gore-Tex .

Again the model must be chosen carefully. On the one hand to avoid the effect “parachute” noisy and little aerodynamic and secondly that this raincoat can be stored easily. In a pocket or if possible under the shirt as it is sometimes necessary… for lack of space.