While I love the trend to wear normal, everyday clothing while cycling, I often ride longer distances on the road and go for functional bike apparel. If the cyclist in your life can also appreciate bike specific clothes, here’s are the threads I’ve used and liked this year.
I absolutely love love love my Chrome Shins cycling pants. It’s not unusual for me to toss them in the wash in the evening so I can wear them the next day. I ride to the office in them and wear them all day at work. I’m well into my second year of using these pants.
My only beef: they’re a little heavy for warm weather cycling. Chrome now has lighter weight riding knickers available (which I haven’t tried).
See Commute By Bike for my earlier review of these pants.
Bike Jerseys. My favorite are full zip jerseys from Hincapie Sportswear. They fit, they work, they feel good, they don’t fall apart.
Bike Shorts. I have some of the expensive fancy pants, but for everyday riding I really like the basic BG Shorts from Specialized.
Bike Shoes. I own cleated cycling shoes from Shimano, Lake, Specialized, and along with a couple of “off” brands not worth mentioning. For road, mountain biking, and just plain commuting, I really like my Specialized BG shoes for clipless pedals. They’re a good value for the money.
Bike Socks. I’m a sucker for Sock Guy socks. I like some of the designs from DeFeet, but they make my feet stink. YMMV.
Bike Gloves. For summer time, I really like my Pearl Izumi Pro glove. Great ventilation and just the right amount of padding.
Avoid cheap, off-brand cycling gloves — there’s often too much padding right in the center of the palm, which can cause numbness as the padding can push right on the nerves that travel through the middle of the hand.
For cooler weather cycling, I still use the CLC Tradesmen gloves I purchased at a home improvement store five year ago now. They’re stretchy and comfy, comfortable to about freezing, allow sufficient finger movement for shifting, braking, zipper use, and light operation, and have the all important terry cloth thumb wipe.
Disclosure: I might have gotten “bro deals” on a few of these items, but I’ve paid for all of these items myself.
Tell me: What bike apparel recommendations can you make? Is there something I should take a look at for next year?
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