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Summer cycling clothing tips and tricks

5 Jul 2024
by Cycle Néron

Summer cycling clothing tips and tricks


Summer for many cyclists is synonymous with sunny rides and the undeniable desire to go out on a bike and set off on an adventure. While riding during this time of the year is a must, there are also a few things to keep in mind, such as the sun and its soaring temperatures. The key to staying comfortable while going out is the way in which you dress and the accessories you choose. So here are a few tips and tricks to help you stay comfortable and strong under the summer heat!

  1. Choose breathable clothing

Even in summer, weather conditions remain variable: mornings can be occasionally cool, sudden downpours can strike, and humidity can even sometimes reach high levels. That's why it's crucial to have the right clothing made from breathable fabrics.

For your upper body, it's best to wear a jersey made from synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon, which wick away sweat and are fast drying. Try to also choose a top with a front zipper for extra breathability when needed. Short-sleeve, sleeveless or long-sleeve? The choice is yours, but each has its own advantages! 

For your lower body, use bibs, with or without straps. Lightweight, breathable fabrics are a must for summer cycling. Materials such as Lycra and Spandex provide a stretchy, moisture-wicking fit. Choosing a bib made from synthetic fabric also provides better breathability. 

Something else to consider is a waterproof or windproof jacket, to keep you warm and dry through gusty winds or unexpected showers. The better jackets feature vents under the arms or in the back, for maximum air circulation. A good waterproof jacket will also provide a high level of water resistance while not being too heavy.

  1. Keep the sun rays at bay

UV protection is essential during summer. You can choose clothing with built-in UV protection, such as lightweight long sleeves and even bibs. Sun protection is always the best choice, but it's also understandable that some people aren't much fans of those cycling jersey tan lines. Sunscreen is a wise choice if you opt for a sleeveless jersey. Either way, don't forget to generously apply sunscreen to exposed areas such as the face and neck.

Choosing the right eyewear to help you protect your eyes is also important. Opt for glasses specifically designed for cycling; polarized lenses to reduce glare and improve visibility are a must-have. Similarly, photochromic lenses easily adapt to different light conditions while constantly ensuring optimum vision.No more squinting or struggling to see in changing light conditions!

  1. Choose the right accessories 

When riding in summer, choose a well-ventilated helmet to improve air flow and prevent overheating. Some helmets even feature visors to protect your eyes from the sun.

When it comes to gloves, these have two functions. To protect your hands from vibration and friction, as well as to help you wipe any sweat off your face. Choose lightweight, breathable gloves for summer.

Cycling socks are often made from technical materials that wick away sweat and help keep your feet dry. They are also designed to help reduce any friction and provide greater comfort.

  1. Think about those pockets!

Do you really want to carry a phone, snack, or even a repair kit on you? On a bike, you can use a saddle bag to help you carry most of this stuff. For snacks or phones, use your clothing pockets for quick access while you’re on the move!

Perhaps not a clothing tip, but we'd also like to remind you that staying hydrated is very important. Use water bottles or a hydration pack to make sure you drink enough throughout your outings. 

Enjoy your rides!

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