Questions tagged [clothes]

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

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How to clean up at work after a commute?

I would like to bicycle commute to work, but we don't have showers or any place I can change. How can I clean up and carry clothing? My office is business casual, but I need to look neat and ...
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How to ride to work without sweating?

I'm planning on commuting by bicycle to work in hot Montreal, though this question is probably relevant to anyone who bikes to work in a city with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees ...
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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 should I look for in a good pair of cycling shorts?

I don't currently own a pair of cycling shorts. I just wear a pair of running shorts underneath some running leggings. I'm thinking of getting my first pair of cycling shorts, but as there are so many ...
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What's the purpose of cycling gloves?

I haven't cycled for many years already and long ago when I was cycling I didn't pay much attention to equipment. Now I see that many cyclists wear a certain kind of gloves - that only cover the palm ...
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What clothing is best for wet weather/cycling in the rain?

I tried wearing a raincoat to keep out the rain, but find I get hot and sweaty inside. So my question is, what clothing do you find works best for you when cycling in wet weather? Thanks.
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Why should I wear bicycle clothes made of spandex?

What's the reason for wearing biking clothes made of Spandex (Lycra)? They sure look pretty strange.
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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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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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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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What to wear when it's cold?

If I put on heavy clothes it will be very hot inside them after the warm-up. If I wear only a T-shirt I'll freeze. What's the solution? I ride around 20 km in a hilly city, with temperatures between ...
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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 minimize wear on pants

I commute on bike and I wear jeans (which I work in). I find that after about 500 miles of bike commuting in a single pair of jeans I've got holes in my pants from the saddle-jean rubbing. My ...
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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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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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Finding good pants for winter biking

Winter is soon upon us here, and I'm gearing up for the season. I currently have a pair of rain over-pants which I use during the other 3 seasons, but honestly I really dislike them. They're baggy, ...
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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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Winter commuting - how to keep warm?

I am interested in what the best ways are to keep your face and feet warm. I saw some shoe covers on amazon, but they all seem to require you to be riding clipless which I do not. I think if I used a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain [closed]

I commute about 10 miles a day in Portland, OR. Needless to say rain is a big part of many of my rides. My current rain pants leave me almost as sweaty as if I had just ridden without the rain gear. ...
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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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Deteriorating lycra

Background: A year or so ago, I noticed that a pair of bib shorts had a spot of deterioration on one of the thigh panels. Basically it was a round spot where the outer weave had apparently ...
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Why is wearing a skin suit in the Tour de France risky?

I was watching Stage 1 of the tour and the commentators said that it was 'risky' for Cav to wear a skin suit. As far as I'm aware, the benefits of a skinsuit are that it's lighter and more aero. ...
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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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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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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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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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Do merino wool base layers need to be skin tight?

I have bought a Merino wool base layer for all the obvious reasons, they're raved about and have been sworn by by many a rider, and I was getting not only chilly in the winter weather but also wearing ...
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What should I look for in a cycling jersey?

Time has come to refresh the wardrobe a little, and the old woollen cycling jerseys need some young blood to compete against. What should I be looking for in a modern cycling top? Is lycra used ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Should I feel self-conscious wearing cycling shorts to school? [closed]

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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Best sources for inexpensive cycling clothing [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...