How To Dress Like a Pro Cyclist – What To Wear On your Bike

How To Dress Like a Pro Cyclist – What To Wear On your Bike

Here are some simple tips on what to wear
to get the most out of your cycling. Dress for where you’re going, not just for
where you’re starting from. If you’re riding up a mountain, bear in mind that the
weather could be much colder higher up, or if it’s going to be 30 degrees later in
the day, brave the early morning cold for a little bit. Conditions change when you’re
riding, so dress in a way that lets you adapt. Your shorts should be work next to the skin,
the chamois is designed for this purpose with your comfort in mind. Remember though this
means that you should only wear them once before you wash them for hygiene. Under vests are really important, particularly
when it’s cold, but right through to 23 degrees or so. You don’t want to get too
hot obviously, but they increase comfort hugely by taking moisture away from your skin and
no pro would be without one.   Always look for jerseys with full length zips,
it really helps with ventilation and can stop you overheating. Also, three back pockets
is essential to be able to take the right stuff with you. If you are set to experience changeable weather,
using lightweight windproof layers such as a gilet can make it more comfortable setting
out on your ride, as it is an item of clothing that you can take off and then stow in your
back pocket and save for later. Arm warmers can be rolled down when you get
hot, and leg or knee warmers removed and stuffed in your pockets. Gloves are a personal choice. For safety they
should really always be worn, but pros rarely use them in training. Finally, a good pair of glasses, not only
look good, but keep debris out of your eyes, the drying wind, and the sun. Pro tip: choose glasses with interchangeable
lenses for different conditions. Stick your helmet on, and you’re ready to
go. Baselayers are great, really comfortable .
Wear items that can be removed and stowed in your pockets like arm warmers, leg warmers
for example Vests are really effective at keeping you
warm but weigh next to nothing and sit in your back pocket.

97 Replies to “How To Dress Like a Pro Cyclist – What To Wear On your Bike”

  1. 2 24oz water bottles. I live in florida and while there may not be a lot of hills, road temps well over 100 in the summers will make you sweat like crazy. 

  2. That song…i heard it first in another video, although i already bought the track and it's on loop, i can't get it out of my head 😀

  3. I would rather have a skullcap than a vest nearly any day. I cannot believe the difference in warmth throughout my whole body when I keep my head covered on coolish/misty rides.

  4. I live in California an rarely need an under vest, a long sleeve jersey is usually enough for cold rides here. 

  5. WATER! Need water with you as obvious. You lose all water from your body through sweating and so you need to 'refill' on water. 

    But, a handy piece of clothing that I take with me is my balaclava so that when I'm cycling through traffic on a busy morning or when it's wet, the fumes don't come through as easily, but I only wear it for a short amount of time. I, personally, dislike the thought of wearing the cycling shorts or 3/4 leggings because they don't A) feel right and B) I don't like how they look and having the idea of no underwear on. 

  6. In country where i live those who wear helmets and other cycling clothes are rare and they mock them. Because of that we go into the forests, on mountains and so without any of that. I got scar on my face and one on my hand from falls.

  7. Do you mind making another video about clothing?  There are relaxed fit and club or sport fit, and different brands and materials out there.  I found a good jersey, but I had to do a lot of research to find the right function and fit (in my case, club fit).  I know that clothing can be highly individualistic, especially considering climate; however, a video about the brands and key materials or features to look for, UV protection and reflectors on a jersey for instance, would be really helpful.  Thanks for all the wonderful videos.

  8. Im a road cyclist but i like going for a cross country in the free time as well but when i go in the mountain I go with a road jersey and shorts. the other people look strange at me somethimes because everyone else is with heavy cloathing 😀

  9. People really don't understand base layers, a lot of people think they're thermals. No. They work in really hot conditions as well as cold climates, I don't do any sport without one now, it's helped more than I thought it would.

  10. I really can't go out without my arm warmers. In the early mornings it's quite fresh here in Germany, even in summer and they are absolutely comfortable and practical. In just one quick movement they are rolled down and take absolutely no space. Can't live without them! They work amazing as an underlayer too because my back tends to get really hot under a backpack, so I need a very thin layer there, but more on the arms. 

  11. Would you say bib shorts or just padded shorts are better? I think I may invest in some bib shorts, I have normal padded cycling shorts..

  12. I can't go without my gloves, well I've tried once, but I just prefer gloves.. I do normally start a ride without gloves on though

  13. The problem with clothing is the full on range to 'fit'. Its impossible to buy 'cheap' via the internet as sizes tend to vary so much. I've ended up buying clothing that are too loose, but I'm not one of those stick insects riders either, having a 42-44in chest.. L or XL???. Buying off the peg at shops is costly, but guarantees fit and comfort. however I will say Decathlon is cheap/good, as long as u don't mind the BTwin logo! PS For me it has to be comfort with any item…

  14. for me, it's my Road ID. It's a simple bracelet that i wear on my wrist. It has my name, birth year, a couple of emergency contacts, and any allergies i may or may not have. God forbid you have a serious crash while on a ride, it helps anyone that stops, contact the people that matter most, and it helps first responders with a few of the essential details of what they need to know.

  15. I am in Thailand, and protection form the sun is important. Sun cream, brimmed hat to protect the ears and face, sun glasses, long removable sleeves and leggins are all essential, particularly in March – May.

  16. As mentioned by others, I was surprised about no mention of footwear. Neoprene "booties" are essential in cold weather conditions and toe covers are my personal favorite. Keep up the great work! 

  17. I have always preferred the look of team kit compared to any other cycling clothing. not because I want to look like a pro. being slightly overweight certainly doesn't make me look like a pro rider, and I wouldn't want to anyway. one of the best kits I have seen is the sigma sport kit the GCN presenters used to wear. I have looked everywhere for that kit. as far as looking like a pro rider is concerned, ie wearing the same kit as worn by a pro team, some people take quite a dim view on those who do want to wear pro team kit. maybe because in certain cases, the rider in question isn't slim enough, fit enough or fast enough to be a member of a pro team, which is sort of the case with me. when I did wear pro team kit I did get the occasional funny look and a few sly remarks from other riders and none cyclists alike. my point in such a situation was always the same. would you be as judgmental if you saw a slightly overweight unfit man wearing a football shirt? probably not. 

  18. Safety glasses. Most of the time I ride in the night when sunglasses are useless. So I use cheap-o safety glasses. It's almost invisible so people can't laugh at me and it sure doesn't let any wind or bugs in

  19. wow.. for me?, I will never feel complete on my road bike without 2 tubes.. Here in San Francisco,ca… roads can be tricky with the amount of Objects on the road at times..

  20. As much as I want to balance out road biking with mtbing. I just don't think id look right wearing these clothes xD

  21. for very long rides i like to have my camelbak bike pack.. it stores a little bit of extra water as well as the fact that if I'm starting with leg-warmers, arm warmers and a jacket, i can stow them in the bag and still have ready access to my pockets on my jersey.

  22. Glasses, without question. A bug in they eye at 25 mph will prove my point. Of course, I learned the hard way. It was disgusting and painful!

  23. I just discovered under vests. I don't ride without one now. Amazing-awesome! I like the specialized ones.

  24. for people in the Caribbean, rain shell no matter what the weather report suggests, spare tubes/pump/levers. Also you should try to be out and back before the sun reaches its zenith, riding at midday at the equator is inadvisable madness.

  25. Riding barefoot isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, especially with clipless or cleated pedals. I usually put a pair of shoes on when I ride.

  26. "no pro would be without an under vest"  how come I saw most of the pros during this years TDF without one on eyy??

  27. Re subject of gloves – you say "for safety they should always be worn" but most of your vids show you guys either with full gloves or bare-handed and almost never with mitts – what gives? I would rather ride without a lid than without my mitts having experienced the pain of gravel rash as a kid to more recently and only once ever landing on my helmet-less head (granted that my experience of concussion wasn't fun) – it kind of makes sense as it's easier to patch yourself up, and the bike, after a tumble if your hands are protected.

  28. Just picked up arm and leg warmers.
    Wow what a difference.
    I can ride much much more comfortable now

  29. I just purchased a Fuji 3.0 cyclocross bike. I realized that it has a really bad toe overlap. Do you guys have any techniques to help.
    P.S. Great vids keep it up👍🏻

  30. I know I'm late to the party here but I'm really new at all of this and I can't really see my self in the tights. Not only that, I don't think I need the tights. I've been riding a MTB for 4 moths (mainly on roads and gravel and light trails) and plan on upgrading to a gravel or road bike soon. My times have almost always gotten better, I wear normal gym shorts and t shirts or tight-ish fitting pullovers. I bought a larger padded seat too, there's no way my ass would fit on one of those tiny road seats, even with the padded tights. I don't see the point, especially if I'm not a "pro" and don't really care to be one. I want to ride, improve, and be comfortable. I guess what I'm asking is, is there anyone who can recommend non tight/jersey type riding clothes?

  31. I usually tape my nuts to the side of my leg and ride naked….. completely shaved of course…. the most aero u can get

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