9+ Equipment You Should Wear When Cycling

9+ Equipment You Should Wear When Cycling

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Cycling has long been a wonderful way of getting fit and seeing the world. But for those who are more serious than the casual cyclist, the right kit can take your riding experience to the next level.

How should I dress for cycling?

Cycling is one of the best ways to keep fit, but are there any recommended clothing items you should wear while doing it? As it turns out there is a large catalog of wearables that will make your cycling experience more comfortable.

1. What to wear on your torso and hands

A good quality spandex bike jersey is an absolute must for any serious cyclist. If you are not a fan of spandex, any other good fitting top will also do.

If they fit you correctly, and snuggly, they can reduce drag at higher speeds. Other things to consider when choosing a jersey are: 

  • It comes with a stand-up collar to protect your neck in the summer

  • Consider a front zipper for ventilation when it's hot

  • Also, consider jersey's with wider cuts for arms for improved comfort

  • Maybe get one with back pockets for ease-of-access on the road

  • A good jersey should be a little longer on the back for better coverage when riding

  • For safety, consider one with reflective trim or highlights for night-time riding

  • For colder seasons, you might want to grab yourself some longer sleeve jerseys

  • Denser, heavier fabric weaves with brushed lining jerseys are also great for colder days and nights. 

You might also want to consider some cycling gloves. For summer rides you could get some short-cut finger ones. For winter, full-length finger cuts are best.

Most come in padded leather or synthetic-leather palms and will also have moisture-absorbing properties. 


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2. Get the right kit for your legs

While you might not be competing in the Olympics anytime soon, a good pair of specially designed bike shorts should also be considered. Bike shorts tend to be better than regular run-of-the-mill shorts as they: 

  • Are extra stretchy for better freedom of movement and;

  • Tend to come with padded crotch linings to reduce friction and absorb sweat.

Most good quality bike shorts will tend to offer: 

  • Panel construction - The more the better.

  • Padded liner - Much like crotch linings, padded shorts will make longer rides more comfortable on the saddle.

  • Longer leg cuts and leg grippers - These help prevent saddle chafing.

  • Stretchable waists - These vary, but better shorts are stretchy and non-adjustable. 

For colder climates, you might also want to consider getting yourself some bike tights, knickers, and leg warmers. While you will be generating a lot of heat cycling, you will also be sweating a lot. 

These tend to cover the entire leg and the good ones will also come with padding.

Santic Cycling Leg Warmers

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3. Cycling jackets can make all the difference

On the subject of colder weather cycling, you should also consider a decent cycling jacket. It should keep you warm and dry, but should also not restrict your movement. 

For most weather conditions, a waterproof (but breathable) jacket is usually a good call. This will protect you from the elements and will make you windproof. 

Also, consider ones with reflective strips or highlights for night-time visibility on the road.

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4. Good quality cycling shoes (and socks) are also a must

Good quality cycling shoes are another essential for any cyclist. For those who use clipless pedals, you should consider shoes that work with your cleats.

Road cyclists tend to choose lightweight, aerodynamic models. Mountain bikers tend to prefer durable shoes that can be used for ambling when the terrain gets too tough.

For more casual cyclists, sport style trainers tend to be adequate. You can also mosey around the town in them afterwards.

You might want to consider getting some toe covers or full shoe covers for more inclement weather. 

Cycling socks are another piece of kit you might want to consider investing in. Better ones will help wick up perspiration and can keep your feet nice a toasty in winter. 

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5. Safety first!

Another essential piece of equipment is a good quality and comfortable crash helmet. Helmets should fit snuggly and should match your riding style. 

They tend to come in three main forms: 

  • Recreational helmets - Cheaper and offer basic protection.

  • Road bike helmets - Lighter, well ventilated and aerodynamic.

  • Mountain bike helmets - also well ventilated but with more extensive rear head protection. 

You might also want to consider getting a cycling cap. These can be worn under your helmet and are useful for keeping your 'noggin' warm in winter and cool in summer. 

They also absorb a lot of sweat on hot summer days. 

Zacro Lightweight Bike Helmet

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6. Other accessories you might want to consider buying

You might also want to consider getting your hands on some of these added extra features when you buy cycling equipment

  • Low-key hi-vis.

  • Aero dimples to reduce drag.

  • Supportive back panels.

  • Flat, seamless bib straps.

  • Heat-welded, stitchless hems.

  • Splash guards.

  • Wide, silicone-printed leg grippers.

  • Accordion stretch panels.

  • Waterproof pockets.

How cold is too cold to ride a bike?

Unless you live within the Arctic circle or plan on cycling to the South Pole, "too cold" is a very subjective term. But for most cyclists, anywhere between 10 degrees Celsius and 0 degrees Celsius or less is considered very cold. 

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But colder weather also comes with other hazards beyond the temperature that cyclist should take into consideration before hitting the road. Ice and snow, for example, can result in nasty accidents if you are not careful. 

If you really are determined to ride in colder weather make sure you take some of these precautions first. 

What should I wear for cold-weather cycling?

We have already mentioned a few items above, but for convenience, you should consider wearing:

  • Baselayers.

  • Bib shorts or tights. 

  • Cycling jersey.

  • Arm and leg warmers. 

  • Gilet. 

  • Softshell jacket. 

  • Waterproof jacket. 

Zimco Arm Warmer

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What should I wear cycling at 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius)?

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For colder weather riding, like 13 degrees Celsius or below, it's advisable to stay warm and comfortable.

To reiterate the points above, you should consider wearing tights or leg warmers; a heavy long-sleeve jersey with sleeveless or short-sleeve wicking undershirt; or a lightweight long-sleeve jersey with a long-sleeve undershirt.

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