Cycling Clothing - bike shorts,
cycling shirts, hats, etc.
What is cycling? Cycling, also called bicycling or
biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. People
engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists", "bikers", or less commonly, as
"bicyclists". Apart from two-wheeled bicycles, "cycling" also includes the riding
of unicycles, tricycles, quadracycles, recumbent and similar human-powered vehicles.
What should be worn when cycling?
The short answer is that you should always wear a helmet
What people wear when riding a bicycle depends on the purpose
of the ride, weather, location, etc. Bicycles provide numerous benefits in
comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved
in cycling, increased maneuverability, and access to roads, bike paths and rural
trails. If a biker is going for a casual ride around the block, they may simply
wear anything. They could even wear a tuxedo if they wish. However if
a bike is going for a long journey, a race, or off-road, they may wish to dress
more specifically for their occasion. Technically cycling can occur when wearing
just about any type of clothing. In fact, you can dress in a big bird costume
and still be able to ride a bicycle if you can move your legs to peddle and can
see where you are going.
Cycling can be more efficient and comfortable with special
shoes, gloves, and shorts. In wet weather, riding can be more tolerable with waterproof
clothes, such as cape, jacket, trousers (pants) and overshoes and high-visibility
clothing is advisable to reduce the risk from motor vehicle users.
The level of protection worn by individual riders varies
greatly and is affected by speed, trail conditions (if mountain or tail riding),
the weather, experience, fitness, desired style and numerous other factors, including
personal choice. Protection becomes more important where these factors may be considered
to increase the possibility or severity of a crash. Riders should always at minimum
wear a helmet. Protective gear cannot provide immunity against
injuries. For example, concussions can still occur despite the use of helmets, and
spinal injuries can still occur with the use of spinal padding and neck braces.
Cyclist often wear
clothing so that the clothing stays close to the skin. This helps avoid
Cycling Shorts or bike shorts. Cycling
shorts are typically skin-tight leg apparel made of nylon, Lycra, spandex, or a
mixture of the three. These fabrics are known for their moisture-wicking and chafe-reduction
qualities. From the road to the trail, log miles with performance-ready padded bike
shorts or non padded shorts. Padded bike shorts are designed to keep you comfortable
in the saddle. Select from a variety of materials and cuts for the fit that's right
for you. Mountain Bike Cargo Shorts with secure pockets, baggy fit, and dry-fast
wicking. Cycling shorts keep you comfortable during your ride and allow for
easy mobility. They are offered in a variety of styles to accommodate different
needs while bike riding. Bike shorts should rise higher in the back than the
front and extend to the end of your thigh. This ensures coverage and comfort through
your full range of movement during your ride.
Moisture wicking: Tight bike shorts wick moisture away
from the skin to keep you more comfortable during cycling. Learn about
Bib short: A bib short has built in straps to hold them
up while you're cycling.
Gel shorts: Traditional bike shorts have padding in the
inner thigh area. This is known as chamois padding. Padded cycling shorts are
also sold with gel for greater comfort. Padded with gel, these options are the
most comfortable for commuter-length bike rides. The gel reduces saddle soreness
Reflection is the change in direction of a wavefront at an
interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium
from which it originated. Reflective fabric helps reflect light to add visibility
to some clothing.
High-visibility (HV) clothing, is a type of personal protective
equipment apparel and is any clothing worn that has highly reflective properties
or a color that is easily discernible from any background. Some cyclists wear
high-visibility clothing when riding amongst motor vehicles.
Traffic risks to the cyclist are similar to those faced by
motorcyclists, with the main differences being that bicycling speeds are typically
lower, and the bicyclist wears less protective gear. almost all motorists
believed that high-visibility clothing would increase cyclists' visibility.
Retroglo is a reflective yarn designed to increase nighttime
safety. It is made of 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material and laminated to a polyester
film for added strength. Retroglo is used for a wide variety of applications
including high-visibility clothing for joggers, walkers, bicycle riders, and
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Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles
off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain
bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance
durability and performance in rough terrain. Mountain biking can generally be broken
down into multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain (also referred
to as "Enduro"), downhill, freeride and dirt jumping. However, the majority of mountain
biking falls into the categories of Trail and Cross Country riding styles. The sport
requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance.
Clothing is chosen for comfort during
physical exertion in the backcountry, and its ability to withstand falls. Road
touring clothes are often inappropriate due to their delicate fabrics and construction.
Depending on the type of mountain biking, different types of clothes and styles
are commonly worn. Cross-country mountain bikers tend to wear lycra shorts and
tight road style jerseys due to the need for comfort and efficiency. Downhill
riders tend to wear heavier fabric baggy shorts or moto-cross style trousers
in order to protect themselves from falls. All mountain/enduro riders tend to
wear light fabric baggy shorts and jerseys as they can be in the saddle for
long periods of time.
Glasses with little or no difference
from those used in other cycling sports, help protect against debris while on
the trail. Filtered lenses, whether yellow for cloudy days or shaded for sunny
days, protect the eyes from strain. Downhill and freeride mountain bikers often
use goggles similar to motocross or snowboard goggles in unison with their full
Shoes generally have gripping soles
similar to those of hiking boots for scrambling over un-ridable obstacles, unlike
the smooth-bottomed shoes used in road cycling. The shank of mountain bike shoes
is generally more flexible than road cycling shoes. Shoes compatible with clipless
pedal systems are also frequently used.
A helmet and gloves
are usually regarded as sufficient for the majority of non-technical riding.
Full-face helmets, goggles and armored
suits or jackets are frequently used in downhill mountain biking, where
the extra bulk and weight may help mitigate the risks of bigger and more frequent
More About Body Armor For Mountain Biking
Body armor and pads, often referred to simply
as "armor", protect limbs and trunk in the event of a crash. While initially made
for and marketed at downhillers, freeriders and jump/street riders, body armor has
trickled into other areas of mountain biking as trails have become steeper and more
technically complex (hence bringing a commensurately higher injury risk). Armor
ranges from simple neoprene sleeves for knees and elbows to complex, articulated
combinations of hard plastic shells and padding that cover a whole limb or the entire
body. Some companies market body armor jackets and even full-body suits designed
to provide greater protection through greater coverage of the body and more secure
pad retention. Most upper-body protectors also include a spine protector that comprises
plastic or metal reinforced plastic plates, over foam padding, which are joined
together so that they articulate and move with the back. Some mountain bikers also
use BMX-style body armor, such as chest plates, abdomen protectors, and spine plates.
New technology has seen an influx of integrated neck protectors that fit securely
with full-face helmets, such as the Leatt-Brace. There is a general correlation
between increased protection and increased weight/decreased mobility, although different
styles balance these factors differently. Different levels of protection are deemed
necessary/desirable by different riders in different circumstances. Backpack hydration
systems such as Camelbaks, where a water-filled bladder is held close to the spine,
are used by some riders for their perceived protective value. More recently, with
the increase in enduro racing, backpack hydration systems are also being sold with
inbuilt spine protection. However, there is only anecdotal evidence of protection
at this time.
Nice Goal for Cyclists: The Tour de
France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while
also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours
(the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 stages over a little
more than 3 weeks. The race was first organized in 1903. Traditionally, the
race is held primarily in the month of July. While the route changes each year,
the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of time trials, the passage
through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and the finish on the
Champs-Élysées in Paris. The modern editions of the Tour de France consist
of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometres
(2,200 mi). The race alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise circuits
of France. Obviously not a race for those of you that are mountain bikers
(unless you enjoy both types of biking).
The Tour de France has riders cycling over mountains
but this is different than mountain biking.
Cycling Movie Tip: If you want to see an
inspiring movie, watch Breaking Away. Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming
of age comedy-drama film produced and directed by Peter Yates and written by Steve
Tesich. It follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana.
Dave, Mike, Cyril, and Moocher are working-class friends living in the college town
of Bloomington, Indiana. Now turning 19, they all graduated from high school the
year before and are not sure what to do with their lives. They spend much of their
time together swimming in an old abandoned water-filled quarry. They sometimes clash
with the more affluent Indiana University students in their hometown, who habitually
refer to them as "cutters", a derogatory term for locals related to the local Indiana
Limestone industry and the stonecutters who worked the quarries. Dave is obsessed
with competitive bicycle racing, and Italian racers in particular, because he recently
won a Masi bicycle. When a professional Italian cycling team comes to
town for a race, Dave is thrilled to be competing with them. However, the Italians
become irked when Dave is able to keep up with them. One of them jams a tire pump
in Dave's wheel, causing him to crash, which leaves him disillusioned.
This is why you should always wear a helmet when biking.
Dave's friends persuade him to join them in forming a cycling team for the Little
500. Dave's parents provide T-shirts with the name "Cutters" on
them. A poor communities example of a racing shirt.