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Questions tagged [clothes]

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

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What features should I look for when buying bib tights?

I want to buy a new set of bib tights for cold weather biking, but there are many choices and variations and huge variations in price. What qualities should I look for - e.g. fabric, padded insert, ...
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How can I cycle in winter while not being able to change work clothes?

I started recently to bike to work, where we have a shower and I can change clothes. However recently I also started attending an evening course, where there is no place to change. So when I commute ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on? The Dutch are known to wear regular clothes while cycling rather than cycling specific clothing. In cycling forums, people ...
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Making your cycling gear smell less post ride

Is there anything I can do to make my cycling gear smell less after I have arrived at work? My problem is my baselayer tends to stink. Then I stink when I put it on at the end of the day to get home....
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Road jersey front length

I went to get my first road jersey today. I found one I liked and the overall fit and feel seemed right, but I was surprised at how short the front is. I am aware that it is designed for being used ...
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Clothing advice for beginner

I've read online not to wear underwear with bike shorts. Unfortunately, I don't have cycling specific attire. What would be a best clothing to wear (below the waist, specifically) for first time 75 ...
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Keeping the bottom of your legs warm in very-cold-weather biking

I come from a country with a warmer climate,but am now living in the Netherlands. It's not that bad really, but in winter, it sometimes gets to -5°c / -6°c - and occasionally with strong head wind ...
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Layering (lower half) for long chilly rides

I was riding all day on Sunday in temperatures that peaked a few degrees above freezing, but dry apart from the odd snow or hail shower. It was cold enough to need layers. As I tried not to hang ...
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How does one wear leg warmers without them sliding down?

I seem to always have my leg warmers fall down. They seem a little tight, and I wear them under my bike shorts. Are they any tips to keep up around my thighs instead of my falling to my knees?
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

I wonder how to keep my testicles (plus part of the perineum) from freezing. I ride a recumbent, which is making it worse because it exposes those parts to the wind much more and I use unpadded tights ...
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What did people ride for cold weather cycling “back in the day?” (Is it cheap?)

Everyone who has ridden a bike any real distance in the cold has likely noticed a few things. Due to the speed to effort ratio of the bicycle, certain thermal realities have different relationships ...
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What special measures do I have to take to commute in frigid temperatures?

Until now, I have been an infrequent recreational (summer) cyclist, but this winter I plan to begin commuting to work via bicycle. It is a relatively short distance, (approx. ten minute ride), but ...
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Does this wear pattern on my shorts indicate an issue with my position on my road bike?

My last three pairs of bib shorts have all worn out in exactly the same place (see picture). The latest pair started wearing after about 5 rides. I average about 100 miles a week. Do you think my ...
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How to prevent Brooks Cambium C17 saddle from wearing through pants

I've got a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle, and as others have noted (see "long term experience" heading), the fabric covering has worn through the seat of my pants from abrasion and has resulted in one ...
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Prevent trouser damage when biking?

I am biking nearly every day to work and back (~ 3 km), but my trousers get damaged quite fast due to the created friction between my legs and the saddle. Which then means that I have to buy new ones ...
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Cleaning leather bike gloves

I have fingerless leather gloves which are smelling pretty bad and stink my hands up when I wear them. So I've been googling ways to clean them. Most methods seem to need exotic stuff like saddle soap ...
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How can I prevent glasses fogging when cycling in the cold with face covered

Related to this question: need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem but that is more focused on the eyewear itself, whereas I'm interested in the face covering material. I cycle to and from ...
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Protecting jeans from saddle rub?

I am looking at ways to deal with jeans aging prematurely due to saddle rub. While I could change clothing (not nessarily an option), as suggested in an older thread, I am wondering if there is such a ...
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Merino or non-merino socks?

I am a weekend-warrior mountain biker and want/need to buy cycling socks. Should I buy regular cycling socks or merinos? I only ride one day a week for 1-2 hours in Mexico, that contrary to everyone ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

Is there any reliable way to carry a bike (of non-insignificant weight) without ruining the clothes one's wearing? I live in a part of the world where millions of people ride in plain clothes every ...
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Keeping shirts crease free when commuting [duplicate]

I'm a manager in an office and need to wear shirt and tie every day. I am also a keen commuter cyclist (5 mi cycle to station, train, 0.5 mi walk to office). I've tried panniers, rucksack, rolling ...
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What is a good gents' hat to wear while cycling in formalwear? [closed]

As a natty man-about-town, I don't like to go out without a hat. As I always go out by bike, this limits my hat selection considerably to those that will stay attached to my head in any wind, but not ...
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At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike? [closed]

It's been a great winter here in DC, its mostly high 30's but the last few days it's low 20's and in at night a little windy?
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What to wear under tights with fabric padding?

I have a pair of performance bike cold weather tights that have some fabric padding where a chamois normally would be. Should i wear these tights over underwear (worry about chaffing), bike shorts (...
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suggestions of affordable clothes for beginner rides?

I am new to riding. I have done some research, and found out there are plenty of guides telling people how to pick up cycling gear. But I want suggestions for affordable, good quality clothes. I ...
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Social bike race costume - Morph Suits

I've had a blast at a social mountain bike race/relay the other week. Our corporate team wants to do it again next year, and in costume too. Question is: Do you think these all-over costumes would ...
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Winter cycling clothes in full black

I searched and tried the Gore Windbreaker Jacket today on. It fits me very well and I like the look of the jacket in black. The white one looks good too, but I am afraid that it is harder to clean if ...
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Cycling Jerseys

I have several cycling jerseys that have writing on the collars. Each one has the writing on the inside of the collar. Where nobody will ever see it except when it isn't being worn. Why?
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Why did my last trip give me a bum blister?

I don't do a lot of MTB tracks, but there's a team event coming up soon and I'm doing some flat single-track to prepare. After two 15 km laps I have a blister on my left butt-cheek, right at the top ...
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does lycra turn cyclists into douchebags? [closed]

Most cyclists I encounter are polite. But the ones wearing lycra are almost always douchebags. They shout things like "hey stop walking in the bike lane" and "use your damn turn signal!" when I'm just ...
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Anti-aero resistance training jerseys?

Is there any manufacturer that makes specific anti-aero training jerseys for increased effort at lower speeds? Sort of like a braking parachute but more practical and subtle? My reason for asking is ...
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Bicycle shorts fit: do leg grippers stretch out?

I am looking for padded bicycle shorts. When trying on candidates, all of the "leg grippers", as described in this answer, feel uncomfortably tight around my thighs, which are on the meaty side. They ...
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Cycling base layers in warm weather?

I understand wearing base layers in the colder months, but I see cycling clothing companies (Castelli, Assos, Rapha, etc) also making undershirts specifically for hot summer riding. Given how ...
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Winter boots or neoprene covers?

I'm looking at options for new winter footwear and am split between buying new boots (must be look/3 bolt, which seems to constrain options somewhat) or buying covers, specifically the neoprene style ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

I commute to work by bike, very often in casual shorts and waterproof North Face sneakers. Provided I don't want to change my clothes (in particular I don't want to get SPD etc.), is there a good way ...
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Is it acceptable to wear kit from old team?

When I was in college I was on the club cycling team and it was fun, I went to a good share of races, was pretty involved with the team, etc. Now I'm out of college and it's a few years later...is it ...
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Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX

I am thinking of getting (investing in) a road bike for my 11 mile commute (total 22 miles each day). I want to continue wearing normal work clothes - meaning hiking pants and a T-Shirt. I plan on ...
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How do I choose which kind of shorts to wear for mountain biking?

There are so many different kinds of shorts available for mountain biking. I would like to get a pair that is: durable, can have padding shorts (either insert or worn under), stretchy and flexible ...
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Lycra and hybrid bicycle

I just went for a 50 mile ride on my hybrid (1/3 on an unpaved trail, 2/3 on a paved trail), and I am curious regarding the outfit I'm wearing. Is it frowned upon to wear a skin tight (road bike ...
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Bike Shorts, Do you wear things under/over them?

So I am going on a 200mi ride (over 3 days) soon. I was at the bike store getting my bike a once-over before I go, and I was told by the bike specialist, that I would really want to consider buying ...
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Which clothing brands are most suitable for very tall men?

I always have issues finding cycling clothing that fits my body shape. I am 196cm / 6ft 5in of (reasonably) slim build (but certainly not skinny). When buying a jersey that is XL they often fit me ...
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recommended clothing for compromise betwee office and and biking home on a race bike?

I recently started riding to work again. I'm using a hybrid (they're called that way. its a sporty bicycle with full gears and tires between city and mtb type tires) now, but i want to use my racing ...
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Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe

Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe. What can you wear when biking to prevent this problem, and could you link to a site? ...
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Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?

I regularly cycle to work in London, at the moment the weather is between 5-9 degrees Celsius. I'm finding it difficult to decide what to wear in these conditions as I either get too much windchill (...
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Do you change from cycling clothes when out and about [closed]

OK, fairly new to cycling, and looking at getting some cycling clothes. Question is do you change into different clothes if, for example you go in for a meal during a days cycling?
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

I commute to work a few miles on my bike in the city. Today someone walked out in front of me and I squeezed the brakes too hard and went over the handlebars. I suffered a mild elbow fracture ...
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How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40°F (3°C) and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm

I bike to work. It's about 3 miles. I live in Minnesota. It is getting cold. When it is like 40 and below I bundle up but I sweat and then I am hot so I lose a layer and then freeze. Should I wear ...
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British Cycling Attire [closed]

How can I find the correct outfit for a British Cycling event? http://www.abcetour.com NO sign-up, NO fees, NO lycra, just wander in! I am strictly a Lycra guy... now what will I wear? ;) But ...
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Lightweight foldable shoes for road cycling

I want to be able to use SPD-SL cleats and still be able to access pubs/cafe's normally. I'm really thinking of something that could be taken on a 75km club run and with that kind of distance I think ...
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Warranties on cycling clothing in the event of a crash?

I recently destroyed the clasp on my pair of Fox Head Demo shorts while riding this weekend (don't worry, I'm OK). Do cycling clothing brands/companies offer any sort of warranty on their clothing for ...