7 Tips for Buying the Right Ones
Cycling clothes are a little different to other types of active wear. Because of the angle at which you pedal, and the wind factor on exposed extremities, they need to have a few extra things to make you and your ride more comfortable. It is possible to double up with other gear but I have generally found that the only things I can double up with are my cold weather running base layers. They are good if you are cycling in cold weather because they keep you at an even temperature and some of them are temperature rated for certain conditions.
- Make sure your tops and jackets are a bit longer so you can lean forward to pedal without exposing your lower back. That is of course unless you have a great tattoo you want to show off.
- You need pockets preferably one with a zip that can fit your phone, and another one or two for your hanky, some money or a card and maybe some food such as a muesli bar or an apple. You might not need this if you use a panier or basket but I still think pockets are a good idea. I don’t think you can ever have enough pockets
- Thumb holes are amazing, unless of course you are riding in short sleeves. Thumb holes are great because the sleeves stay put and don’t get in the way. They also cover that little gap of exposed skin on your wrist between your gloves and your sleeves.
- Invest in a gillet, a sleeveless jacket that is used just to keep the wind off your chest. Sometimes that is all you need to keep your core warm without making you too hot.
- Check out whether or not your jacket can keep out the wind. Many cycling jackets have ratings on them as to whether or not they let wind in at all. As I said before thumb holes are good if you can get them too.
- Get a bigger rain jacket. Make sure it is big enough to cover all of you so water doesn’t sneak in. Sometimes the next size up is better because it will cover your other clothes and maybe your pack if you have one. Also good to check it has vents so you don’t end up being boiled inside it. Rain jackets come in all shapes and sizes, with some really lightweight ones that roll up into almost nothing.
- GO BOLD AND BRIGHT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS HAVING BRIGHT COLOURS, OR REFLECTIVE STRIPS OR WRITING, SO YOU ARE VISIBLE EVEN IN LOW LIGHT. IF YOU ARE CYCLING IN THE CITY YOU MIGHT WANT TO INVEST IN A HIGH VIZ VEST.