The clothes you wear when riding, whether they're bike-specific or everyday.

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What's special about bicycle socks?

I do understand why I'm wearing cycling pants all the time. I'm totally used to the pockets in my back of my jerseys and jackets. I understand where my gloves and helmet help. And I could continue ...
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Armor and helmet for ultra-safe commuting (womens size)?

I'm about to start daily bike commuting again after a long hiatus and want to go all out on safety. My fear of an accident is extreme enough that I am looking into regularly wearing body armor and a ...
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What caused my cycling shorts to get damaged during washing?

On a ride yesterday, I noticed a spot on my shorts where the fabric felt rough. After washing, the problem became much worse, and there are major areas of damage on both the front and back of the ...
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Good Gloves to Prevent Ulnar Numbness

I recently noticed that towards the end of my 6.4 mile ride to and from work, my hand and arms began to numb. A friend recommended I try cycling gloves, so I purchased these from Amazon. They do ...
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Protecting yourself from briars / brambles / jaggers while mountain biking

Riding in the northeast US, I find myself encountering a lot of overgrown mountain bike trails in the spring. Many of these trails are bordered by briars / brambles / jaggers. I can't totally avoid ...
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Are there any 'anti-fly' masks on the market?

I keep swallowing flies, because I'm mostly cycling along a canal. I'm cycling quite hard, and mild hayfever means that I can't just breathe in through my nose. I've bought a 'buff', but I'm getting ...
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What should I use to wash cycling clothes?

I know the labels say to use "delicate" detergent. Well, how exactly do I know if its "delicate?" I used to use Woolite, but then read somewhere that I shouldn't. (Article didn't say why.) So, ...
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what to look for when buying bicycle pants

I want/need some pants for riding my bike to work. It is a 5 mile commute and I want something that is not padded and not baggy. What other things should I look for and what type of pants should I ...
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Tights, Shorts, and Padding

I have a pair of the MEC Roubaix tights, and noticed they don't have any padding. Not a big deal for short rides, but... Are you supposed to wear [spandex] shorts (with padding) underneath? I went ...
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Ladies and cycling

I just started cycling with a racebike. I still have some questions concerning ladies biking and personal health issues. I do find very little information about ladies and biking. I kind of want to ...
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Help a new biker with bad fitness to become a bike commuter

I am interested in biking [and always has been] and I want to start biking lot more for fun. It's been long time since I biked when I was in high school and I lost touch. At this point of time, my ...
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Wind- and water-resistent jackets

To answer the comment after this question, what should one know about wind- and water-resistent jackets? For example, what is "Gore-Tex", is it always expensive, and is there anything else like it? ...
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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)

I've already read the answers to this question and learned a lot! But my question is a bit different, I bike to work almost everyday, not a long ride, a few miles, a bit hilly a bit road side... ...
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Looking for a cycling jacket for Fall/Spring

I am looking for a cycling jacket for fall/spring. Depending on how well it works I may use it through (part of) winter as well. I did a bit of shopping last night and purchased this MEC ...
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Do liners or other hats worn inside a helmet compromise safety?

Is there any data or official (e.g. standards-based) information on the effects of wearing a liner, bandana, or other hat under a helmet? Like many riders, I wear "headsweats" in the summer for sun ...
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Long sleeve vs. short sleeve jersey

Does a long sleeve jersey add a lot of warmth for riding during the winter months, or does a short sleeve jersey suffice during the cold. I want a jersey for my commute to work and back and I can't ...
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How do I clean chain grease off my clothes?

I commute to work, and often wear my khakis on the ride in. As such, my clothes often get chain grease on them. What products or cleaning strategies do you know that work to remove chain grease from ...
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How can I convince my company to sponsor corporate cycling gear? [closed]

I work for a medium sized company (about 200 people). We have a small but reasonably active BUG (Bicycle Users Group). I've seen corporate cycling gear before and have some friends who can get ...
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Keeping your feet dry (or do you not even care?)

I've finally gotten to the nirvana-like level of not caring if it's raining / snowing etc when I ride. While this is great from a biking perspective I still end up with wet feet / socks. While this is ...
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Mountain bike rain coat / jacket (packable, not for winter)

I am looking to get a thin rain coat. I have a good one for the depths of winter (it needs water proofing again), but it is way too hot to wear it any other time. (I am a portable radiator.) My hope ...
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Can I ride faster with a bike jersey?

I normally wear a cotton t-shirt when I ride. If I get a bike jersey, how much difference will the reduced air resistance make at, for example, 20 mph? I realize it's not possible to be precise, but I ...
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How do I keep sweat out of my eyes?

Heading into the southern hemisphere spring I'm starting to contemplate another summer of having sweat running into my eyes and down my face. I have a couple of lightweight headbands from Netti (that ...
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What gloves work well for winter riding?

I'm starting to plan ahead for winter riding, and gloves are definitely high on the list. What gloves work well for winter riding? Are cycling-specific gloves the way to go for a flat-bar bike with ...
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Safety vests: Yellow vs. Orange?

What are the factors that should affect whether my visibility will be higher with a "high visibility Yellow" vs. a "high visibility Orange" vest or jacket? It seems too simplistic to simply say ...
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Why is there a stitched hole in the back pocket of my new jersey?

I just finished a charity ride and found that the brand new jersey bought for it has a hole in the back center pocket. It is neatly cut, with stitching around it to prevent fraying, so I'm sure it is ...
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How to prepare oneself for riding in the snow?

I live in western Germany and have started to ride to work almost everyday. It is great at the moment as it is summer (not as dry as I hoped for, but that is another story). So the only thing I have ...
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Cheap clothes for 50 km per day in the summer

I am considering of paying DeaxExtreme's clothes, because they are rather cheap and seem to be rather good in the summer. I would like to have a cloth that keeps me warm as it rains and as I cycle 50 ...
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Bicycle Socks for Road Rides

There are so many styles of socks. Plus there are always debates on the best looking socks for group road rides. White, black, short, tall, logos, etc..... Some old school road purists say that ...
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Are Merino cycling boxers/cycling pants worth the cost?

I can find boxers of various materials such as latex, spandex, nylon, cotton, merino -- now I am totally lost for the reasons to pay about 30 times more for Merino boxers. I am more interested in the ...
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What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?

The title says it all. However, should I vary the fabric through the year? Should I go with lycra in the summer and wool in the winter? And maybe, should I wear cotton? I do 2 types of riding. ...
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Cycling clothing care products

Given a "standard" cyclist's wardrobe (e.g. paddded shorts, jerseys, moisture-wicking t-shirts and socks--made of blends of lycra, spandex, wool, and other "specialty" fabrics) what special-care ...
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What to look for in Riding Suits?

I have been using a riding jacket but it is a bit hot during summer over long trips. I like the jacket because it is very simple, only one pocket for a key and it protects in accidents (or so I ...
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Best sources for inexpensive cycling clothing

I've been commuting to work this summer and have realized I need to build up my supply of activewear, but have so far been largely turned off by the price. What are good sources of decent and ...
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Compression clothing

First, some context: I commute to work on a fixie and go for longer rides on weekends on a road bike. I often find my legs get sore/tired, especially when I've been on a longer ride or have pushed ...
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SPD shoes that look like normal shoes

We all know that SPD shoes can be worn off the bike (that is why they were designed), however there are not many SPD shoes that you would want to wear off-bike. There are even fewer (if any) SPD shoes ...
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Which waterproof overshoes would you recommend for use with clipless pedal shoes?

Last Winter I bought some waterproof overshoes on the internet to keep my feet dry on the daily commute. Unfortunately these overshoes fastened with a velcro strap which fastened underneath the shoe ...
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Should I use gloves or track mitts?

What are the differences between gloves and track mitts? (other than the obvious lack of covered fingers)
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What can bald guys do to prevent helmet sunburns?

In the cooler months I normally wear a skullcap like this, which both keeps me warm and covers my scalp under my helmet. Now that summer is around the corner that skullcap is way too hot. I'd like ...
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Techniques for minimising injury when falling or crashing?

I've been riding bikes since I was a child but my partner only started when she was in her 20's. She's had one fall where she lost teeth and is keen to avoid future injuries. I've broken bones twice ...
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Long sleeves for safety?

I took @Jason's and @Neil's advice and practiced wearing clipless pedals in cold weather. I fell three times (nearly four) last week, all at very low speeds: twice because of ice, and twice because of ...
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How long should cycling shorts last?

As a follow-up to "What should I look for in a good pair of cycling shorts?," how long should I expect a good pair of cycling shorts (regular or bib) last? I think that an estimate in hours or km ...
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What should I look for in a cycling undershirt for warm weather?

Road season is about to start here and I think that it is time I stopped using my cotton singlets as an undershirt and start using something more specific for cycling (and racing in particular). What ...
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Clothes during touring?

Are your touring-riding clothes a lot different than, let say, clothes for riding to work? Do you wear better or different clothes for touring? Have you found some good way to wash your clothes during ...
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Should I feel self-conscious wearing cycling shorts to school?

I cycle to school and intend to wear my new Lycra shorts for my commute as they are much more comfortable. But I want to know if I will look dumb wearing the tight shorts, as my legs are only average ...
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Is fluorescent clothing effective?

I read recently that fluorescent clothing was not effective at all at night. If this is the case, how effective is it during the day, and should I stop buying tops that are fluorescent to use on my ...
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

For those of you that happen to cycle through rough neighborhoods and are able to do concealed carry of firearms... Wondering what you wear to conceal them that works well while cycling. Obviously ...
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How to keep the pants from getting dirty

If it is wet, not necessarily pouring rain, it is easy to get the bottom of the pants and the shoes dirty. My tires have protective platesfenders, yet it is not enough. If there a way to avoid that?
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Should I get a reflective jacket/coat, or more lighting and reflective strips for the bike?

What with daylight saving time ending and it now being pitch black by the time I finish work, I'm not exactly trusting of just a couple small lights on my bike being enough to make me visible to ...
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Sandals in the winter? Other winter footwear options?

I used Shimano cycling sandals during the summer months here in the Chicago, Illinois area. I'm wondering if I can use these during the cold winter months also or if different shoes are required. In ...
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Recommended budget waterproof jacket

I'm a bit baffled by the large choice of cycling waterproof jackets. Could someone recommend me a good budget waterproof jacket? A bit more information: I mostly ride off road About £70 (approx 112 ...