Cycling jerseys are truly a matter of preference. Some cyclists prefer a pullover jersey with pockets on the side, while others would rather have a zip-up front with rear pockets. The type of riding you do will also have some say in the matter. Cyclists that go on longer rides will definitely need to make use of a three-pocket jersey, while mountain bikers doing a 5-mile trail ride will have no problems with the limited space of a single side pocket. Here are some of our favorite cycling jerseys.
Much like cycling jerseys, cycling shorts are a matter of preference. When looking at the best cycling shorts to suit your needs, we recommend buying in small quantity to make sure you are actually comfortable in them. You might think a pair of baggy cycling shorts is a great idea, but find that they chafe or ride up your leg on longer rides. Cycling bib shorts have become very popular in recent years because riders find that they do not bunch in the front or slip down in the back. Find something you like, buy a single pair and if it meets with your approval, load up and get your kit together.
Many of us do not think about rain gear until it is too late. On the warm summer days, as long as you do not mind being wet, most riders could care less. However, when there is a chill in the air, having cycling rain gear handy will often mean the difference in completing the ride or calling someone to pick you up at the local coffee shop. If you live in an area where the weather can turn at any moment, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Anyone who loves riding in the winter knows the summer kit will simply not do. Winter cycling clothing is necessary in order to be able to ride comfortably and stay warm. Generally speaking, it is best to layer up and find lighter feeling clothing that manages to keep you warm. Gore Bike Wear always gets great reviews. While it is a bit pricier than other brands, there is no arguing the fact that it keeps you toasty warm and is not much thicker than the cycling clothing in a summer kit. It is well worth the investment.