Bicycle Clothing Basics

Always wear a properly fitting helmet

  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of the head, not tipped back
  • Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip
  • After a crash or impact on your helmet, replace it immediately


  • Bike shorts include a pad to increase comfort while in the saddle
  • Tight, close fit keeps fabrics from rubbing your skin and causing irritation
  • Bike shorts should be worn alone or under another pair of lightweight shorts


  • Technical fabric of jerseys pulls moisture off of your skin to keep you dry
  • Jerseys do not absorb moisture; they do not get heavy with perspiration
  • On cold days, cotton will absorb water and hold it next to your skin, chilling you


  • Stiff soles of cycling shoes allow better power transmission to pedals
  • Mesh vents allow air to circulate around feet keeping them dry
  • Shoes are usually designed to accept cleats for clipless pedals


  • Protect your eyes from wind, dirt, debris and the sun while riding
  • Your front wheel or someone else’s rear wheel can shoot glass or dirt at your face
  • Keep perspiration out of your glasses with a thin headband around your forehead


  • Provide padding to help increase comfort and relieve numbness while riding
  • Protect your hands in the event of a fall with cycling specific gloves
  • Experienced cyclists can clean glass and debris off of tires with gloves while riding


  • Keep your legs warm and out of the wind with full-length tights when it’s cold
  • Muscles function better when they are warm and protected from the elements
  • Full-length leg warmers which can be removed during a ride are also a good idea