In the summer, the weather is great, so you don’t need many clothes to get out there and enjoy the weather.
There are two things you need to know about cycling clothes:
- It’s called “kit” not “uniform” or “clothes.” Its an old European name for sporting clothes and its a widely accepted name for cycling clothes. Now you’ll know what your cycling friends are talking about when they say, “I like your new kit!”
- An old saying goes, “Look pro, feel pro, ride pro.” It’s appropriate because if your clothes fit well, and you feel good in them, you’re more willing to go out and ride your best. Cool socks especially tend to give salience to this phrase.
So here are the basics:
- Padded shorts- These are a must have in cycling. Kinesiologists have have concluded that a padded seat is not the best form of cushioning. A chamois (sham-wah) (shammy– the American slang) is a pad that is sewn onto the inside of a cycling short and provides cushioning that conforms to the shape of the body and moves with the athlete. In addition, cycling shorts must have a next-to-skin fit because they protect the skin from irritation and chafing caused by the constant and rhythmic pedaling motion. Pro tip: European style shorts run smaller. Example: If you order American brand Hincapie, buy your typical running short size. If you order Italian brand Castelli, or French-Canadian brand Louis Garneau, buy one size up! The only way to know what feels best is to try it on at a local bike shop- like VO2 Multisport!
- Jerseys- The way for you to show what team you ride on, or your individuality. There are many materials and brands, but here are our tips.
Other tips for summer:
- If it’s hot, drink at least 16 oz. (one bottle) per hour.
- Wear sunscreen! The sun burns the skin but primarily dehydrates us, increasing the need for water intake.
- When the temperature soars, wear a moisture-wicking base layer like the Hincapie Powercore Mesh under your jersey to keep you cool.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays but also from the many bugs and debris that like to fly into your eyes during the summer.