Apparel for Cycling: Enhance the Experience
“Why are special shoes, and clothing necessary?” is a common question. Sport specific clothing was developed so that you can participate in the sport in comfort. Below are some of the common items of cycling apparel and why they are worn.
Cycling Shorts or Tights–These generally have a padded crotch for comfort on longer rides. Wear long cycling tights or layer regular tights over cycling shorts in cooler weather to help prevent muscle or joint injuries. If you ride for any distance you will need to develop a high RPM (80 – 110) for efficiency. When your legs are moving that fast, baggy clothes will chafe, as will the the seams in ordinary underwear, so you’ll need something clingy like lycra. And if you exert yourself, you will need to have some kind of liner in these shorts to wick moisture from your privates. Bicycle shorts are meant to be worn with no underwear; they are usually made out of lycra and are lined with wicking pads.
Endura Sports offers shorts that are more than cycling shorts-they are versatile active wear. Pictured below are the Trekkit short for women and the Cairn short for men. They are perfect for rides around town, a club ride, or when you ride on the bicycle paths. The Trekkit short is made with lightweight, breathable 4-way stretch fabric, 2 front hand pockets + 1 concealed rear zipped pocket with a mesh drop liner short and a comfortable antibacterial stretch pad.
Active Lifestyle Comfort describes the Cairn Short. The short is made with durable soft touch nylon outer fabric. It has a mesh drop liner with 200-series pad. The seamless inner leg panels will have you riding with a smile. It has hand pockets, a side leg pocket and a rear zipped pocket.
The essential cycling short-the lycra short. The short is made of a an ultra fast wicking fabric that will keep you cool and dry while riding. The men’s 6 panel and 8 panel Xtract shorts have silicone leg grippers along the hem of the legs of the shorts prevent the short legs from creeping up the leg during rides. The shorts use men and women specific pads in the crotch area.
Helmet–A helmet, properly worn, protects your head and brain from injury when you fall. This is important because three-fourths of all permanent or fatal injuries in bicycle accidents are head injuries (1). Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of such injuries by 85% (2). With a helmet, your overall accident risk is about the same as a car driver’s (3). The health benefits from cycling more than offset any additional risk of injury.
Gloves–gloves will make your commute much more comfortable, and will offer some protection in a crash. Long fingered gloves really help you stay warm when it’s chilly. Gloves are available in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Eyewear — If you are commuting at dawn or dusk, you should consider wearing clear glasses to protect your eyes from debris kicked up by cars and wind. In daylight, sunglasses are a necessity to protect against UV as well as road hazards.
The Manta features a 2 piece light reactive (photochromic) lens that will adjust to changing light conditions. The frame is lightweight with flexible temple tips, and an adjustable rubber touch nose piece for personalized fit. It comes complete with a hardcase, soft wipe microfibre carry pouch, and a bottle of eyeglass cleaner. The Manta offers 100% UV protection.
The Flint includes a 3 lens set. The lens are low distortion, high definition, interchangeable polycarbonate. The lenses feature an anti-fog finish that resists misting on inside of lens, and an hydrophobic finish that repels water and spray on outside of lens. The frames include a vented nose piece for maximum comfort, and rubber touch temple tips for secure grip. It is supplied complete with a hardcase, a soft wipe microfibre carry pouch, and a bottle of eyeglass cleaner. The Flint offers 100% UV protection.