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Why it’s important to wear cycling apparel when out for a cycle
First off, specialised clothing is important for any type of activity. No matter how comfortable you believe your jogger pants and t-shirts are, they’re not meant for cycling. If you’re doing this, it means you’re not taking necessary steps to ensure you’re both comfortable and protected on your cycling adventure.
While there isn’t a law or rule that will force you to wear the appropriate cycling clothing, it is up to you to decide whether to put your safety first.
Below, we’ve put together a cycling apparel list with a simple explanation on why it’s important to put these on over regular clothes when going out for a cycling spin. Look no further than Chris Willemse Cycles to get all of the below cycling clothing in South Africa.
A cycling helmet is an important part of cycling gear; it is designed for one fundamental reason and that’s protection. For example, if you’re doing a 5km ride to stretch your legs and accidentally bump into another rider, car or even a tree and you fall headfirst, it’s going to be the helmet that will save you from sustaining any serious injuries on your head and face. Cycling helmets come in a variety of colours and designs, choose one according to your taste in style.
A base layer is a clothing item that you wear underneath your jersey or jacket. It does more than an ordinary vest. Cycling base layers are designed to manage your sweat and keep you cool in extreme heat. It also keeps you warm on colder weather temperatures. It is advised that you buy a base layer that’s specifically made for the weather condition you’ll be in when you ride.
Cycling-specific jerseys are designed with special features which help a rider when cycling long distances. The fabric they’re made of is typically comfortable, and keeps you dry. Some cycling shirts have neck collars to protect you against sunburn when it’s hot, and from getting cold when it’s cold. Another important feature is reflective colours, which helps you be visible to other cyclists or car drivers when you’re cycling at night.
Jackets, on the other hand, are made to increase your protection. There are three types of cycling jackets available at bike apparel shops, namely thermal jackets, hardshell waterproof jackets and softshell waterproof jackets. Thermal ones offer you insulation and the waterproof jackets offer you water resistance. Thermal jackets are perfect for cold and dry weather. Meanwhile, the other two are good for extreme weather conditions such as heat and rain. You can find both long sleeve and sleeveless jackets also known as gilets.
Shorts and tights
Bike shorts are not like your regular shorts, they’re built with an additional stretch capacity to help you move better as you cycle. They are designed with functional padding, which creates less friction and gives you extra comfort when you hit those speed bumps on the road. Tights are also designed to do the same job as the shorts, the slight difference is they cover more of your body than shorts. They are also made with more of a thick fabric to offer warmth when you’re out cycling on a cold day.
Socks and shoes
Cycling socks have a thicker layer to keep you comfortable. They are usually made from a thin fabric, which, similar to the base layers, manages sweat and allows you to move your feet better. Cycling shoes come with durable soles and made to grip onto bike pedals as you ride.
Biking accessories are just as important as your clothing. For example, cycling glasses offer you eye protection, arm warmers protect your arms from the heat, hydration pack to keep you hydrated and gloves are padded enough to help you grip onto your bike as tight as you need to. The gloves also help in a case you crash, to balance with them and reduce the risk of bruising your hands.
So, while cycling clothing is not mandatory, it’s the best option for your safety if you’re cycling for extended kilometres. You can get any of the above items on our online bike store.