Based on our long collaboration with some of the best professional teams in the world, this guide is designed to help you dress for optimal comfort and performance in any weather condition, both on the road and in the woods.
Designed to be worn against your skin, bike shorts come in two main versions: Shorts and Bib shorts. The latter features bibs that eliminate the pressure in the waist area.
Bib shorts are the most common alternative and the preferred choice of serious riders. Regardless of what kind of bike shorts you choose, make sure they fit well and come with a chamois that suits your anatomy and ambition. It’s important that the bike shorts and the chamois are made of functional fabrics that keep you dry even during long and intense rides in warm conditions as well as give you the best support.
Remember to not dress too warm, since overheating will hamper your performance. By wearing a thin wind-protective vest or jacket, you can quickly dress down if you get too warm and then store the vest/jacket in one of the jersey’s back pockets.
The coffee break is a great tradition in cycling. If you bring a bike vest/jacket, you can easily dress up to stay warm during the break.
In heavy rain, you can wear a pair of bike-specific rain pants (or shorts) outside your bike shorts for full water protection.