I find it bit tricky… cycle specific clothing that is.
Everybody’s got an opinion and it’s helpful and at the same time it can be really unhelpful. Mainly because when I ask people what things I need they sometimes say random words (which I think refer to items of clothing but I can’t be 100% sure).
I have a limited number of cycling garments:
- Three-quarter length bib tights
- Short sleeved merino base layer
- Long sleeved thick-ish zip up top thing (I don’t even know the name of this item but I don’t think you call it a jersey)
- A (donated) gilet that’s too big for me
- Winter waterproof jacket
- Caps (not hats) x 4
We’ve had some quite nice weather recently haven’t we. So when the sun comes out and it’s quite warm but not that warm what do I put on?
Bib tights? Well I only have one pair so it’s a yes on that front.
Base layer? I guess. Do people always wear a base layer? It’s sunny but not boiling so I’m thinking it’s a yes to this too.
But what goes on top?
I think the long sleeved top will be too warm. The rain jacket is definitely out.
I need a jersey but I don’t have a jersey. I have a non-cycle specific running top which might do but it (obviously) doesn’t have pockets at the back so how am I going to carry things?
Aha! It’s ok, I have a saddle bag someone gave me once ages ago. It can’t be that hard to attach…
At this point I have to admit I did actually ride my bike with the saddle bag attached like this. I just wasn’t convinced it was on correctly (wonder why that was) so I had to use that black tape. AND this was after a good search of YouTube, I still couldn’t work it out! How embarrassing.
Thankfully I’ve since received some helpful advice and a demonstration of how the saddle bag attaches so we’re all good.
Anyway, back to the clothing issue. I think we’ve established I need a jersey so that’s the next thing on my cycling to do list.
In the meantime I’ll need to work out the answers to questions such as:
How tight is too tight?
Is it a cycling crime to wear flamboyant arm warmers even though I’m a learner?
Just how important is it to colour-match socks?
Answers on a postcard please.