When we are new for riding, it is best to first understand what kind of riding equipment and clothing are suitable for us. Whether you plan to commute by bicycle or plan to discover your sports potential in this area, or just plan to be more comfortable when riding, this article will give you some basic suggestions to choose the cycling equipment.
First of all, for most people, bicycle commuting should follow the principles of keeping dry in summer(ventilating and dissipating heat), keeping warm in Winter ,and arriving at the company cleanly and not tired.
When riding a bike in the city , we have to stop due to traffic lights or unexpected situations. Compared with outdoor riding, commuter cyclists are more likely to face the change of heat and cold in body , It is particularly important that the clothes are warm ,quick-dry and breathable.
At the same time, the visibility of cyclists in urban traffic is also very important, so personal equipment specially designed for commuter cyclists usually has a high-visibility fluorescent design or the addition of reflective materials, and in some cases, it also should have Integrated car lights.
1.Wear a helmet
There are laws that require riders to wear helmets in many city. Therefore, whether it is to comply with the law or to protect your own safety, please wear helmets correctly during your bicycle commute.
In order to improve the visibility of the rider, most helmets will be painted in bright colors, equipped with reflective stickers, and even integrated headlights. The size of the helmet is also very important. It is better to try the helmets in store to confirm the correct size.
The size of most helmets can be adjusted, and some of expensive products also have a multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS), which can better disperse the impact in the event of a collision.
You can also wear a riding cap inside the helmet. The brim of the small hat can play a role in sun protection, and the small hat can also prevent the head from catching the wind in cold weather.
Although many sportswear can achieve the effect of waterproof, the bike-specific jacket will be designed with long sleeves and hem. Considering the lower posture when riding, this kind of the jacket is more comfortable. Waterproof jackets for commuting and riding are usually not very expensive, and they are basically designed with fluorescent or reflective strips.
If you live in a rainy and humid area, then this kind of waterproof pants worn on the outer layer of ordinary pants is very convenient. This kind of trousers usually have zippers for putting on and taking off on the legs, and they also have reflective designs to improve visibility.
If you think it’s too hot and stuffy, you can also wear the regular lycra cycling shorts for the bicycle in order to achieve the purpose of waterproofing. And then put some clothes in your bag so that you can change your clothes when you arrive at the company.