Cycling is a great way to get active, from weekends exploring to your daily commute, it’s important to dress sensibly for your bike ride. It’s vital to always be seen when cycling, especially on the road, but you also want clothing that’s breathable and lightweight. Take a look at our cycling gear essentials checklist for everything you need for your next ride.
When cycling in the dark or poor weather you need to ensure you can be seen. A hi viz jacket or jersey with reflective piping is a must for cyclists – night or day. Opt for a lightweight and breathable style to keep you cool.
Bike shorts, loose or tight fitting, are ideal for summer cycles. Choose shorts made from a breathable material with added padding for comfort in the saddle. Leggings (even under shorts) are a great option for winter as loose trousers may get in the way.
A lightweight, breathable base layer with wicking properties will help you stay cool when working up a sweat. A top with a longer back will give you extra cover while cycling. On cooler days layer up a base layer tee with a breathable mid-layer or softshell jacket.
Invariably you will have bit and pieces that you need to carry with you when on your bike. A backpack is a great option if you have more kit than will fit in your pockets. A waist bag is ideal for carrying small valuables, such as money and keys, and holding your water bottle.
Always wear a helmet when on your bike; a helmet is invaluable for protecting your head from injury should you fall off.
Lightweight and breathable socks are ideal for cycling. Antibacterial properties are also desirable if you find you sweat a lot!
Staying hydrated whilst active is very important. Fix your bottle to your bike with a water bottle holder. For longer rides a hydro bag with built in hydration system will give you hands-free access to your water. Choose a hi viz pack for added visibility in the dark.
Gloves designed specifically for cycling are highly recommended for a number of reasons. They absorb road vibrations, protect your hands should you fall off, help with grip (should your hands get sweaty) and are useful for wiping your nose mid ride! Of course they will also keep your hands warm on chilly days.