For new cyclists wanting to get into racing, the question of which pedals to use almost always crops up. The simple answer is that it really depends on personal preference, but it helps to know what kind of kit is available. And as with most things, the jargon can really be like another language to the confused newcomer. Especially when you have to learn that clipless pedals are the ones you clip into, and what you thought were clipless are actually flat or platform pedals. Perhaps the best known brands in the pedals market are made by Look and Shimano, but there are several others also. Generally, road bikes use Look or Shimano SPD-SL, and mountain bikes use SPD pedals.Read more
If you have a favorite pro cycling team and you enjoy cycling yourself, there’s no reason not to gear yourself up in your favorite team’s colors and insignia. You certainly don’t have to be a member of a racing team to wear their colors and symbols, so why not show your allegiance while you’re out on the road with pro cycling jerseys? National, international and product-based racing teams typically have their gear available for purchase. You can choose based on the colors and designs you like or show your loyalty to one specific team.Read more
No matter how often you ride a bicycle, you should always wear a cycling helmet when you do. Most people who cycle competitively wear a helmet automatically. But even a casual bicyclist should wear one any time they get on those two wheels. A simple bump in the pavement can throw you over the handlebars and cause a potentially devastating injury. Some cyclists wear knee and elbow pads, particularly if they are going over rugged train, but the most important piece of protective gear you could wear is the cycle helmet.Read more
Cycling arm warmers are designed to be slipped easily on and off the arms so that cyclists can stay comfortable no matter what kind of weather they’re facing. The cyclist who starts out in the morning when it’s cool wears the arm warmers knowing that they’re easy to take off if the day heats up later. Likewise, if the weather changes in the opposite direction, a cyclist wearing a short sleeve jersey can easily slip the warmers on if the air becomes too cool. That’s far from the only benefit of wearing cycle arm warmers, however.Read more
Competitive cyclists have many choices about what to wear when they’re on their bikes. Cycling skinsuits are just one type of clothing they can choose from. Some prefer to wear cycling jerseys paired with cycling shorts while others prefer those skinsuits for some very specific reasons.
If you have no idea what a skinsuit looks like you can guess by the name that it’s very snug. These suits do fit like a second skin so there’s nothing loose on the body.