Whether you’re on the professional circuit or are simply a cycling enthusiast, we’ve found the best cycling clothing and cycling gear to help boost your performance when on your bike. #totallywinning.
Summer, winter, Tour de France season, or school holidays – it’s always in season to get on your bike and kick up your fitness level. We know what you’re thinking: cycling? In the freezing cold??? So long as you have the appropriate cycling clothing and cycling gear, this is possible. What’s more is that it’ll work to help keep your immune system in good check during the colder months. Because, as much as we all do it, chilly temperatures aren’t a valid excuse not to get out from under the covers to exercise. Even if that exercise only lasts an hour.
When the warmer months arrive, why not take your bike out to one of the national parks and have an adventure? You’ll get some fresh air into your lungs, and decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease at the same time. Another advantage to pulling out that bike from the dusty confines of your garage is that cycling is one of those versatile sports that doesn’t rely on a venue or a team. You don’t have to live on the front door of a national park or have an entourage of cycling fanatic friends to enjoy this sport. All you need to make this sport work for you is a bike, a nice stretch of footpath/road, and cycling apparel and gear.
Not sure where to start? That’s okay, we’ve got you sorted with all the ins and outs to cycling clothing and gear. And where to buy them, naturally.
Best online retailers for Cycling Apparel, Cycling Gear, and Bicycles in general
Know exactly what you want/need but need to know where the best bargains on the net are for your cycling needs? Take these retailers out for a spin. Or a ride. Whatever. Just check them out.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
One of America’s leading fitness stores, Dick’s carries cycling gear that’s sure to get you on roll.
This outdoor brand is sure to get you ready and outfitted for your next great outdoor cycling adventure.
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Choosing your bike: the best bicycle for you
If you’re thinking of making cycling a regular occurrence, you’ll want to purchase an appropriate bike for your needs and current size. In short, there are four types of bikes you’ll be looking at: road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes, and kids bikes.
These bikes have thin frames and tires and are ideal for riding smooth, paved surfaces. If your plan is to ride into work, the shops, or get your exercise by cycling around your local park, then this is what you’ll be looking for. They’re also the bike of choice for road racing. If you plan on getting serious with road cycling, this is the bike for you.
A rather softer version of a road racing bike, intended to improve comfort for riders taking part in one-day challenge events. Since sportive road surfaces are often poor, they’ll accommodate wider tires than a race bike and are often equipped with mounts for mudguards so you don’t get soaked if the weather turns wet. If your plan is to ride into work, the shops, or get your exercise by cycling around your local park, then this is what you’ll be looking for.
The obvious defining features of a touring bike are racks to carry luggage, and mudguards to keep you dry if it rains. Packing your bags and pedaling off into the distance is a great old cycling tradition; touring bikes have been designed for you to bike away from the 9-5 grind. Why not take one of these on your next bike-packing adventure?
Designed for off-road riding, mountain bikes have a sturdier frame and thicker tires than road bikes. These tires are also knobby to manipulate the harsh terrain you’ll be encountering, which includes dirt, gravel, and steep rocky paths. They also have suspension in the front (though you can purchase a no-suspension mountain bike if you desire) to absorb the impact of bumps.
As the name suggests these bikes have features taken from multiple bike styles. With a combination of lightweight design, wide handlebars and reliable all-weather brakes, this is your perfect inner city bike. Hybrids nearly always have mounts for rack and mudguards, so you’ll be able to carry your grocery bags from the store in style.
Want to store a bike in your studio apartment, or take one on a peak-hour subway as part of a bike-train-bike commute? You need a folding bike. These bikes fold in seconds into an easily-carried or stashed package. That means you can probably also store it under your desk. You sacrifice some ride comfort for the convenience of folding, but if space is your concern this is your ride.
Fondness for hanging around skate parks? Prefer tricks and dips over roads and trails? This one’s the one for you, then. BMX bikes are sturdy buggers with thick, lightweight frames, tires and frames, allowing you to do jumps and tricks.
Pretty self-explanatory, children’s bikes are smaller in size than their adult counterparts and are sturdy to cater for learners. For this reason, they’re designed to be ridden on smooth, paved surfaces.
In order to boost your performance and comfort whilst cycling, you should think about getting your bike professionally fitted for your height and leg length. This will ensure that your bike is customized with the correct seat tube length and crank to your body’s specifics.
If in doubt, discuss your needs with the sales associate in-store, who’ll be able to direct you to an appropriate two-wheeler.
Cycling clothing and apparel – what you need
The right cycling apparel will not only streamline you for your ride, but also keep you safe and warm from the winds that you might experience while whipping around the city or the mountain trails.
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Shimano RP5 Road Shoes
Louis Garneau Cycling Jersey
Castelli Team Sky Podio Jersey 2017
Chain Reaction Cycles
Castelli Puro 2 Jersey Fz AW17
Chain Reaction Cycles
Pearl Izumi Pro Escape Bib Shorts
Cycling gear – what you need
That takes care of clothing and accessories, so now you look the part. Now, to sort out your cycling gear. Most of the time it’s not just a matter of suiting up and jumping on your bike. You do need a couple of extra things to ensure that your ride is a safe and enjoyable one.
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Giro Synthe Bicycle Helmet
Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Tire
Knog Light Blinder Mob Four Eyes Twinpack
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road Sunglasses
Lezyne Sport Drive Floor Pump
Castelli Water Bottle