For those of us who are not elite athletes, squeezing into tight cycling clothing can seem a bit weird at first. But really, it’s the most comfortable option, especially for longer.
Now, you don’t have to go all-out Lycra. You can cover them over with loose shorts and t-shirts. You can bike all day in this stuff and then walk into a pub without looking like a loon.
On the other hand, if you’re wanting to get more into racing and athletic cycling, you’re going to have to love the tight stuff. It moves with you, it breathes really well, it reduces sweating – there’s not a better alternative. Wear it without underwear and wash it every time you wear it. This prevents chafing and discomfort, while keeping it in good condition.
As you get better, you’ll want to get clipless pedals – these attach you to the bike and are a great investment. They also work well with cycling specific shoes. Many of these have plain soles, but usually also have threads where you can attach cleats to go with the clipless pedals.
Getting a good helmet is also wise. While it’s not mandatory in most places, it’s generally a good idea in case of an accident. Protect your head – it’s the hardest part of the body to fix.
Now, you’ll also want to get some good eyewear. Cycling into the sun is no joke. The glare can get blinding on those morning rides, regardless of what time of year it is. Not to mention that if something flies into your eye when you’re racing along at speed, you’re going to know about. A good pair of polarised sunglasses, wrap-around style, will take care of both these issues.