Stay in shape and look good while doing it. All
sports require proper attire. Cycling is no different.
Cyclist often wear
clothing as tops and bottoms so that the clothing stays close to the skin. This helps avoid
extra drag. The drag is the wind resistance. Bikers wish to avoid as
much drag a possible because it slows the rider and too much drag creates extra
work on the legs, etc.
Wind resistance, a type of friction also known as
drag, is the relative opposing force imparted on an object as it moves
against still air. The wind resistance on an object depends on the square of
its velocity, so as the object accelerates, its velocity and wind resistance
Women that wear cycling shirts can help reduce some of
the wind resistance. Imagine a loose fitting shirt flapping in the wind as
you ride your bicycle. The wind hitting all of that fabric creates
unnecessary resistance. Keeping the fabric tight to the skin helps avoid
the extra drag.
Cycling Shirts or cycling jerseys - look
for functional styling, back pockets, wicking fabric, a zippered neckline and reflective
A cycling jersey is a specialized jersey for cycling. While the vast majority of
cyclists worldwide wear conventional clothing while riding, a jersey offers
certain advantages for the sport-oriented cyclist. A cycling jersey is cut long
in the back to accommodate the bent-over position used in sport-oriented
cycling. Any pockets on the jersey are placed on the back panel as front pockets
would tend to spill. The zipper is often made very long so that the cyclist can
open up the jersey to allow for ventilation. The cycling jersey is usually worn
with a tight fit in order to reduce air resistance. Jerseys are made from a
material designed to wick moisture from the skin, keeping the cyclist cooler and
Wear reflective cycling tops for added visibility.
Depending on the type of riding that you are doing, you
may want to consider shirts with some protective attributes. For example,
padding. If you are planning on mountain biking on off-road terrain, you
should further investigate cycling body armor & pads. Obviously, always
wear a helmet.
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.
Jerseys symbolising race positions
include the yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, from the Tour de France, the pink
jersey, or maglia rosa, from the Giro d'Italia, and the red jersey, or la roja,
from the Vuelta de Espana.