Advice on road bike clothing

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by pazza, Jun 24, 2013.

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  1. I've just purchased a Specialized Allez for a new way of keeping fit and it was a choice between that or a Giant that was its equivalent. I'm happy with the bike as it got good reviews and it was the only one out of the two that my local bike shop stocked.

    Now I have noticed there are many keen riders on this site so I was hoping that some of you could advise me on what clothing I should be looking at from shorts to tops. I have absolutely no experience in these sorts of clothes so please point out the basics to me, what I should look for, avoid and what I should be looking to spend.

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. I was going to say don't go the whole Hog* like the four chaps on this thread have gone and done to themselves (Sum up your day in a single picture... ) then realised it was more of a lycra thread and the wrong sort of bike so I apologise and carry on and enjoy the rest of your evening.....

    *Biker pun
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  3. Padded bib-shorts and a jersey with rear pockets to start with, light waterproof jacket, gloves - with padding over the ulnar nerve ( base of palm between little finger and wrist) then upgrade pedals to clipless and get appropriate shoes. Best compromise, even on a road bike is the SPD type mountain bike pedals as the shoes have some grip when walking.
    Check out these people, Bicycles | Bikes | Mountain Bikes | Road Bikes | MTB Bikes | Bike Parts | Bike Frames | Road Frames | MTB Frames for mail order, but rule of thumb is 40-50 quid for shorts and 25-30 for jersey. Good makes are Gore, dhb, Altura.
  4. Your bike cost under £600,? Cycling (can be) a cheap and healthy sport. But for some reason not as popular as walking or driving, at least round our coastal towns in Devon, judging by the three cyclists we've seen thus far. Granted, seaside resorts turn in to wacky races in summer, and some of them drive and look like the original characters ;) Cheap cycling gear: CC-UK 'Clima-Tek' Short Sleeve Cycle Jersey (White/Blue) Not so cheap: Get The Look | ProBikeKit UK

    From memory, I'm an old git now and the Bike hasn't had a run out in yonks, cycling gear's usually tight, breathable and wicking. A decent cycling helmet, first. Think lights, visibility, safety, warmth, liquids and nutrition, wicking and comfort. Tight, light breathable gear. Ordinary day clothes are just plain wrong, you'll sweat and it's slow progress. You won't be streamlined and dry. Leave out the baggy jackets and jeans. Nothing wrong with visiting cheaper sports shops for bright, cool and wicking sports shirts and pants, no need to pay a lot for specialist clothing. Cycling - Sport -

    After a search, the simplest starter seems to be here BBC Sport - Cycling - Cycling clothing guide
  5. Thanks guys. Yes the bike was was £550, it appears to be a good quality starter bike and as I'm not planning on getting into cycling in a massive way, that was enough. I already have a helmet and lights on it so its just the clothing and so far you have given me plenty to go on. I won't be getting shoes and SPD's for a couple of months yet though.
  6. Don't forget the bowler - in case of rain.

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  7. If you don't want to spend much the aldi/lidl have offers on often. Or slightly higher priced go decathlon....higher still dbh from "Wiggle". All still reasonably priced. Then you have rapha or assos.
    How much of the Lycra you wish to wear is up to you, if not then there's mountain bike type stuff(still has seat padding and fairly loose fitting similar to normal shorts).
  8. Nobody mentioned Army PT kit and pumps. Cheap and practical? Nice red V-neck top , and baggy shorts with your bollocks hanging out . Winner.
  9. Loose fitting jeans, socks long enough to tuck the bottoms in, t-shirt and good stout trainers (Merrels), Blackhawk Day-pack and some nice ESS's to keep the wind out your eyes. That way you can keep fit and still keep your 'Man Card'.

    Lycra is for metrosexuals (at best)
  10. Yeah, dont wear any cycling kit cause you'll look a twat
  11. If you're cycling at night on unlit country roads you need monster beam lights (£50-£500, but is being dead worth it either?) so you can see where you're going and so the locals doing 70 can see you. IMO the Oxford reflective jerkin for motorcyclists is snugger than any of the cycling ones. I've put reflecting snaps on my spokes. But they look a bit twattish in town. Never bothered with wind stopper til I left London. The gear seems to improve by the month so get the best you can afford then stop looking til you actually need something.

    He poured another brandy and tossed it off.
  12. Everyone can see flashing LED's - get them front and back. Super-bright LED main lights are cheap now too.

    You can buy reflective stick-on strip packs from most cycling shops. If you put these at various car-facing parts of the bike frame, it will further increase your visibility at night.
  13. And so the twatish look gets worse - now you look like a christmas fairy too. Do not go out at night obviously
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  14. Cycle Clothing - Cycle Jersey, Shorts & More -

    I can only vouch for the jerseys from this site but the quality was equal to a labelled £30+ one I got from a road bike shop.

    There's a lot of new cyclists on the road within the last few years with all the gear that probably will look down on you but quite frankly **** 'em.