|Cycling Clothing and Accessories|
Cycling is a fantastic way to improve your cardiovascular health and overall fitness. Cycling can vary from being a leisurely non-weight bearing exercise to a rigorous rough terrain work out. It is essential though, whether you are cycling for recreation, sport or transport to be correctly equipped. Helmets are essential and appropriate clothing and accessories can improve your performance, make your journey more comfortable and ensure your safety.
When choosing appropriate cycling clothing one must consider where you will be cycling and under what conditions. Different clothing and accessories may be appropriate for different types of cycling as well as different weather conditions.
Whether you are cycling in either summer or winter you can avail of GORE-TEX® technology. Made from the thinnest waterproof fabric, a jacket made from this innovative material will keep you dry whilst allowing your body to breathe. Look for products from brands such as Berghaus and Mountain Equipment, whose ranges of jackets include lightweight paclight products for summer and 3 in one garments that will carry you through all seasons. Montane boast the worlds lightest weight, waterproof and breathable jacket designed specifically for bikers, which has Scotchlite reflective detailing, ensuring high visibility. For winter, consider the added protection of a cape or gilet for elementary protection from wind and snow.
Kitting out your bottom half is equally important as having the most suitable jacket. Shorts are many a cyclists item of choice. When choosing shorts, bear in mind the bike seat is the area you have the most contact with. Consider shorts with a padded insert to improve both comfort and hygiene. Also available is specially designed underwear which allows your body to breathe, air to circulate and can help eliminate chafing. Shorts are available in many styles and lengths, experiment to find the right ones for you. Sporting leggings under shorts in winter is a great way to carry your cycling wardrobe through all seasons, as well ensuring you are guaranteed extra warmth.
There are an abundance of accessories available, such as skull caps, neck warmers, goggles, sunglasses and arm or leg warmers. A headband or ear warmers can keep your ears warm without over heating your head. Available in a variety of lengths, materials and colours these accessories can really brighten up your outfit and make your cycling experience all the more enjoyable.
Perhaps the most important clothing layer is the base layer. Get this right and you are almost guaranteed to feel comfortable and confident whether mountain biking or road cycling. Icebreaker in the UK has a fantastic range of base layers that will work hard to give you what you need when cycling in the outdoors. Not to be missed, Icebreaker draw upon their years of experience to also bring you a range of pure merino gloves and high performance socks to keep your extremities warm as you take your cycling experience to the extreme.