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How to Buy Men’s Bike Clothing

There’s a whole lot more to men’s bike clothing than you would guess at first glance. Years of research have resulted in designs and high-end materials that keep you cool, wick moisture away from your skin, and actually make you more aerodynamic than you would be even if you were completely naked.

Mountain
Men’s mountain bike clothing is usually loose-fitting. As with road bike clothing for men, the materials used are mostly moisture-wicking synthetics, but aerodynamics are not as important for most mountain bikers. Unlike road bike shoes, mountain bike shoes have large molded lugs on the soles to provide traction when the rider is off the bike. Shop Mountain Biking Jerseys Shop Mountain Biking Shorts
Road
Road bike clothing is usually worn very close to the skin. This aids in moisture-wicking as well as aerodynamics. Some bike clothes even have a dimpled texture like a golf ball that makes the cyclist more aerodynamic. Men’s road bike shoes are often designed with as little stitching as possible to aid in aerodynamics and reduce potential weak spots. Shop Road Biking Jerseys Shop Road Biking Shorts and Bibs

How to Choose Gloves and Mittens

Protect Your Hands from the Weather
How to Choose Gloves & Mittens

From what you wear on your head to what covers your toes, every article of clothing has a particular purpose in the outdoors. Gloves protect your fingers and allow fine motor control while mittens offer extra warmth by allowing your fingers more skin-on-skin contact. Hybrid gloves (also called lobster mittens) offer the warmth of mittens and the dexterity of gloves. Consider the following aspects when shopping for hand protection: weather conditions, insulation, and design or shape.

Conditions:

For cold and wet weather, look for winter handwear with a waterproof coating (DWR) or waterproof shell fabric like Gore-Tex and plenty of insulation. Often, a waterproof breathable shell fabric will help to protect your hands from the warmth-robbing effects of wind.

Insulation:

For cold conditions or cold hands, insulated handwear is the only way to go. Synthetic insulations like PrimaLoft dry quickly and are less affected by moisture than down insulation. Down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio.

Design:

A gauntlet-style cuff keeps wetness and cold air from creeping up the sleeve of your jacket. This design can feel bulky to some so if you want a sleeker fit look for a glove with a slim cuff that slips under your jacket cuff.