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Cycle Clothing - Advice & Help Guide
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Cycling Clothing - Overview
Using cycling clothing is not absolutely necessary but it makes bike riding and training easier and much more enjoyable. Mainly for comfort - especially in cold weather. In order of priority you need: cycling shorts. Cycling shoes. Cycling Helmet. Real cycle shorts have proper padding and protection in the groin area - a must for any ride other than a short one! Read more about cycling shoes and other cycle clothing below.
Cycling Legwear - Trousers & Shorts
Wet Weather Over-Trousers
Cycle Trousers come in wet, dry and casual styles. If you are commuting then perhaps waterproof cycling trousers are the best bet. Waterproof over-trousers can be pulled over your suit or jeans and keep you dry in bad weather trips to the office.
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Long Distance Cycle Tights
Light lycra tights are the thing to buy for longer distance riding or training giving you're body a chance to cool down once you've got your metabolism going. Lycra Roubaix is one of the best brands for winter rbike iding. Some lycra is also Teflon coated with water repellant and will keep your clothes and you dry.
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Cycling shorts come in 4 different styles. Lycra Bibs (legins with braces like attachments to keep thenm up!). Baggy ladies & gents shorts for general purpose riding and tiuring. These have pockets and sometimes sown in padding for long distance comfort whilst touring. Lycra racing shorts - come with padding for comfort used by tourists and racers alike.
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Cycling tops come in various shapes and sizes for racing, touring and some harder wearing cycle tops for mountain bike riders. Materials include lycra (thin lightweight non breathable material favoured by racing cyclists) and various other materials designed for breathability and it's wet weather properties. Waterproof materials includes Gortex so look for that if you are cycling in bad conditions. If it's cold weather you're cycling in look for fleeces or Polartec branded cycling tops.
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Thermal Cycling Tops
Lots of thin layers will keep you warmer than two thick layers. This is due to warm air getting trapped bwtween the layers. This will also allow you to regulate your temperature more easily by taking off one layer at a time. Get a â€˜thermal' base layer next to your skin to avoid a dampness next to your skin. Cycling tops normally have 2 or 3 pockets at the back that make carrying extras - food and small tools easier.
Cycling Gloves & Mitts
Wear gloves to keep feezing wind away from your hands - hands needed for safe braking and control! See more information and advice on cycling gloves and track mitts
Cycling shoes are a whole new subject so see our cycling shoes advice section.
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Cycling Wet Weather & Rainwear
Super advanced wet weather clothing technology now means that you can go out in all weathers and still have fun on your bike! Even if you arn't into wet weather riding or off-road conditions then at some point you are going to hit some wet days even commuting. These days garments can be designed that actuall stay totally dry so you can ride on in all wet conditions. The main negative issue that the wet weather cyclist that has waterproo, but not breathable materials will encounter is feeling dry but uncomfortable due to sweating. There are now materials and methods of making clothing that keep the moisture off the skin. Here's some examples of the best clothing to use in wet weather conditions.
Gore-Tex Wet Weather Bike Clothing
Gore-Tex™ is one of the best fabrics for water proof clothing and breathability. See our Winter Wet Weather Gortex Bike Clothing
Keep your Feet Warn & Dry! ...cycling Overshoes
Cycle overshoes have the dual purpose of keeping your feet warm and dry at the same time. You would kind of assume that your feet wouldn't get cold since they are on your legs doing all the work... but that's not necessarily the case. Rain, ice, wind all do their bit in winter to make the feet freeze! For getting to work in winter, training and general cycling get yourself some cycle over shoes.
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Womens Bike Clothing
Go for women's specific clothing design as it's cut better and you'll look cool!
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Eyewear & Eye Protection
You won't realise you need a pair of cycling glasses util you've cycled at speed in the rain - it's like cycling through sand in the air and can be pretty painful. If you've ever been skiing without sunlasses you'll know what we mean! Of course you always want to protect your eyes from UV rays wherever possible so consider some cycling eyewear not just to look cool but for sensibility:)
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Cycling Pollution Face Masks & Filters
If you live in the city you will be crazy not to notice all the car fumes and pollution in the air. Cycle face masks air filters are the best idea if you have asthma or similar breathing allergies or difficulties or, simply want clean air to breath rather than all that rubbish in your lungs when you cycle to work! The truth is - no one actally knows or has measured the damage that petrol fumes do to the lungs and brain - not to mention other body tissues so give it some thought if you want to stay healthy travelling in the heart of the city.
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Reflective Cycle clothing & Safety
Be seen and safe! Here's some articles on bicycle safety and getting seen during the night and day. Scotchlite strips and Sam Brown Belts.
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Cycle Hats & Head Warmers
Around a quarter of your body heat will be lost from your head on a freezing cold day so if you want to stay warm - take a look at our selection of winter headwarmers and cycling headbands.
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Protective Cycle Clothing & Body Armour
Body armour is accessories designed for mountain biking and serious off roaders who want to attempt crazy jumps and tricks and live!
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Cycling Helmets & Protective Headwear - a Must!
One thing you always need and can't do without, is a cycle crash helemt. Cycling helemt makes include Giro, Bell, Specialized and Met helmets.
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Fit Bicycle Mudguards
This will keep your back dry (spray from wheels) and stop you from freezing in cold and wet weather!
Bright or flourescent cycle clothing will get you noticed in low or even good light!
Can't find the help you need on Cycle Clothing?... call us!
If you want to purchase any type of cycling clothes or bicycle clothing accessories but can't find it here or just want some advice from our staff who all ride bikes - call us on 020 7731 5005.