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How To Dress For Cycling
By Mark B Apr 4, 2017 3:59:19 PM Comments

In my entry today I'm going to cover something that to many people might be fairly basic, but if you are new to the sport then it should come in quite handy. I've been cycling over 20 years now and have competed in all conditions from snow and ice right through to scorching heat and over the years have picked up a few handy tips that I will try and share with you today.

Riding In the Rain - for most British based riders this will more than likely be a regular occurrence for many of us and something that you do get used to. The main thing I have found with riding in these conditions is to make sure that your core is kept as dry as possible. Believe it or not when riding in the rain the majority of the water that soaks you actually comes off the road or as spray from other riders. In the summer if you get caught in a shower a rain cape or gillet will normally suffice as an extra layer to keep you dry. If however you are riding in the winter then it's important to get a heavier weight jacket, cape or gillet on as you will also have to contend with the wind chill and when wet this can really have an effect on you and also your performance.

Riding In The Heat - the long summer days are awaiting us this year but riding in these conditions also requires a little planning and thought as well. The main thing about riding in the heat is to ensure that you keep cool and well hydrated. Quite often when it's warm we tend to just wear shorts and a short sleeve jersey and although I have done this myself many times over the year I think you are better to wear a specifically designed warm weather base layer. This layer will come in handy for a number of reasons, including wicking away sweat from your skin and also acting as a second layer between you and the jersey should you crash. If you are unlucky enough to come off and have a base layer on they often act as a secondary barrier between you and the tarmac,  meaning that you can end up saving your skin by having one on. They won't really help against direct impacts, they tend to help with things like road rash or burns should you come off on a wooden track.

Riding In The Cold - As with riding in the rain, riding when the thermometer is below freezing can be a challenge, but it can also be okay if you dress accordingly. I am a firm believer in wearing a number of thin layers and in keeping my core and joints warm. This includes keeping your chest and back warm with a gillet, your wrists and ankles warm and also your head. If you can keep these areas warm and protected from the elements then riding in the cold weather should be a breeze (no pun intended!). Another great tip I got from an old pro rider was to carry a spare pair of gloves with you and change them every couple of hours if your out all day. This really is a good move and one of the best tips I ever got. It has helped me on many occasions when riding in freezing weather around north Wales.

I hope you have found this useful and it helps you with your riding,

Until next time,

Arrivée Performance Clothing - Winning Style

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