A Clothing Guide for Cyclists

This guide will help you if you’re a new rider and you don't have a closet full of cycling clothing and you don't have experience riding in a wide variety of weather conditions. Or, if you've been riding for a while and want to extend your riding season, this will help you make the leap to improve your clothing choices. I'll explain what cycling clothing, called kit, you should own, so you can get out for a ride in a wide variety of conditions.

Before we get into the clothing specifics, here are a few things you should consider when trying on clothing.

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Is Your Helmet Tight?

The next time you put your helmet on, check the chin strap. When your mouth is closed, the chin strap should be tight enough that you can only fit two fingers between the strap and your chin. If the strap is too loose it may not stay on your head when you need it the most.

Chin straps can loosen over time, so it's a good thing to check a couple of times a year. Check out this video to see more information about how to properly fit a helmet.

What to Wear Whatever the Weather

Deciding what to wear while cycling in inclement weather is tricky. It can take a lot of trial and error to get it dialed in, but riding in most conditions is A LOT more comfortable once you know how to dress. It’s a horrible feeling when you went through the painstaking process to figure out what to wear last year, but you wrote nothing down so you spend the first few rides of each season miserable.

I’m here to tell you about a system I’ve honed that could help you out. The picture below is me, sitting in the car after a fat bike ride at -10F, where I was actually TOO HOT on the ride.

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