clothing & Gear essentials
Here's where we will get you set up with all the knowledge you'll need to enjoy the ride, stay safe, and stay strong.
You're going to need some cycling personal protective equipment to ensure you get to keep enjoying your new pursuit!
"I LOVE my new bike, but do I HAVE to wear those silly clothes when I ride?"
No, you certainly don’t. In fact, if you enjoy blisters, saddle sores, bruises, being cold, wet, and miserable, along with comprehensive discomfort lasting days after your recent ride, by all means go riding in cotton T-shirts, nylon windbreaker jackets, gym shorts under sweat pants and those manky old Chuck Taylor high-tops you dragged out of the closet.
"Oh stop it – you’re just trying to get me to spend more money in your shop!"
You can buy your cycling specific clothing anywhere, and while we’d sure like to help you with your selections from our vast inventory, we’re actually more concerned with you thoroughly enjoying riding your new bike. And proper clothes do indeed add to that experience.
"Well, okay then, what do I need to know about bike clothes?"
Glad you asked! Let’s get some tips on general stuff followed by some detailed info on seasonal and discipline considerations.
Oh – and before we get started, rest assured we have plenty of cycling clothes that aren’t “silly.” In fact, many makers of cycling clothing have embraced this concept by producing clothes that work equally well on the ride and afterward at the brewpub. You aren’t required to dress like you’re riding Stage 17 of the Tour de France. (But if you want to, we can help with that, too.)
riding gear you need
Three essentials you need to carry to ensure you enjoy the ride.