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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Commuting and Clothing

Having the proper attire for biking can make a huge difference in the experience you have while riding. Correct clothing material and the right amount of  layering keeps you warm and dry. Here is a little information on some materials used in cycling clothing:

Clothing Materials

  1. Lycra/spandex
    • Shorts and tights are usually made of this combination of materials
    • Stretches with your body and supports muscle groups
    • Smooth material prevents chafing from saddle
  2. Coolmax
    • Wicks moisture away from skin to surface where it evaporates
    • Great for warm riding or as a first layer for cold days; light and compressible
    • Usually used in jerseys, headbands and hats
  3. Wool
    • Merino wool is soft but expensive; natural anti-bacterial properties
    • Wool is great for socks, jerseys, leg and arm warmers, shorts and tights
    • Wool keeps you warm even when wet; tends to get heavy when full of moisture
  4. Gore-tex
    • Waterproof, windproof and breathable material used in a lot of raingear
    • Socks, hats, jackets, rain pants, shoes; almost everything can be made with it
    • Expensive; ventilation and layering are still important in cold, wet conditions
  5. Nylon
    • Used in shell of most baggy-style shorts; durable, lightweight and dries quickly
    • Can be soft and flexible or rugged and durable; used for panniers and seat bags
    • Used in shoes for ventilation and hydration packs for durability; many uses