Bicycle Clothing: Extra Layer of Protection

Mountain Bike Clothing

While most experienced bikers don’t necessarily choose bicycle clothing for protection, there are times when an outer layer of protection will be quite welcome. For instance, mountain biking is thrilling and for riders at every level, very demanding. When inevitable fall happens, it would be nice to know that the shirt, shorts, etc. chosen for comfort and appearance are also durable enough to protect the rider from some scrapes and cuts. Fortunately, designers and manufacturers have taken this into account, using material for bicycle clothing that will provide some protection.

Those new to the sport, and those who take an occasional turn in the hills and valleys around their home, might choose the longer pants of a tracksuit, as well as a long-sleeved shirt and helmet. Some flexible gloves are a good idea, to protect the hands during a spill. The more experienced mountain biker, someone who rides as much as possible, might purchase bicycle clothing specifically for riding on rough terrain and unpaved trails. The three key factors to look for in this clothing are comfort, protection and fabrics that breath.

Cycling Jerseys And Shorts

There is another option for the upper half of the body when it comes to choosing bicycle clothing. Cycling jerseys are made specifically for the physical conditions and body function of mountain biking, road biking and so on. Most of the mountain biking jerseys are made of a special fleece called microfleece, though other brands use similar fabrics that are comfortable and quick to dry.

Cycle shorts usually have two layers of fabric in the seat area, primarily for the comfort of the rider. When a rider hits some serious bumps on the mountain trail, or spends a long time cruising on a paved road with occasional pedalling, this double thickness will be quite welcome.

Cycle Gloves

Not everyone considers wearing gloves while biking, though this might be a wise choice in mountain biking. Overlooked but essential, bicycle clothing should generally include gloves to protect the hands from blisters during normal riding conditions and to protect the hands if the rider and bike should happen to fall. Some experienced riders suggest looking at the back of a pair of good cycling gloves. This area should be aerated, to allow the hands to dry and to breath. In addition, this part of the glove is often double layered for protection the hands.

Consider as well, investing in good quality gear for wet weather. It may not be necessary to buy all the new stuff, or even most of, but some bad weather gear is always nice to have available.

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