Cycling has really exploded in popularity recently. More people than ever are buying bicycles and enjoying a leisurely weekend ride in the country, or routinely cycling to work to get fit and save on transport costs. In fact, it may be that one day in the not too distant future the majority of us are peddling around town as we look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce pollution.
It’s common to see cyclists hanging around coffee shops in their great looking cycling jerseys and other gear. In fact, you might even find that some of them ride semi-professionally and even have sponsor’s logos emblazoned across their jerseys. But if you’re a beginner to the wonderful world of cycling, what should you invest in and how do you remain comfortable on a ride?
Getting the Right Gear and Staying Safe
For people who are used to driving a car, riding around on a bike could seem a little daunting. The wind through your hair and the noise of traffic can all be a little intimidating if you’ve been used to being locked in a car for so long. Of course, the experience is also very invigorating and many people take up cycling as a great way to stay fit and build up fitness very quickly.
If you’re new to cycling, what should you invest in at the beginning? Consider the following options:
- Water bottle: Assuming that you already have an appropriate bicycle, it’s always a good idea to buy a water bottle. There are plenty on the market at a wide range of prices, but there’s really no need to spend a small fortune. Just get one that is sturdy, does not leak, and will fit into the water bottle holder of your bicycle.
- Clothing: As cycling has become more popular with people, an entire clothing industry has developed around it. You can go to many bike or sports stores and find a wide variety of jerseys and other clothing. If you’re tempted to put on a regular cotton T-shirt or jacket and go out to ride, the best advice is to put your money into a proper cycling jersey instead.
- Backpack: If you don’t have one already, you might want to look into buying a lightweight backpack that can easily be strapped to your back for a ride. In it you can carry your mobile phone, a puncture repair kit, camera, snacks, and even spare water.
Why Buy a Proper Cycling Jersey?
You might be wondering why the advice is to buy a proper cycling jersey rather than put on any old top. The reason is simple: a cycling jersey is designed to keep you dry and comfortable during a ride. The material these jerseys are made of will wick away sweat and allow it to evaporate quickly. This will keep your body dry and cool as you ride, which will make you feel more comfortable. Ultimately, feeling more comfortable on a ride will translate to a better experience.