Equipment for the head
Although equipment for the head is not always mandatory, it may be essential. They are safety and protection elements while ensuring a better experience with each exit.
Bicycle helmets are essential safety equipment, although they are not required to be worn out of the competition. Unlike the ATV helmet, the road bike helmet is designed to ensure more aerodynamics. Some models can also be equipped with a removable helmet cover with the mandate to reduce air turbulence at the level of the aeration cells.
Bike glasses guarantee optimal visibility and are essential in windy, cold, or sunny weather. They protect the eyes from glare, dust, wind, and cold, which can be uncomfortable. Cycling goggles are available in a wide range of shades to suit the needs of the cyclist in different weather conditions.
Upper body equipment
The bike jersey is one of the basic components of the equipment of the road cyclist. It is available in several configurations depending on the season and the climatic conditions to which it is dedicated. In this sense, long-sleeved cycling shirts are often used for winter and mid-season outings, while short-sleeved or sleeveless cycling jerseys are more suitable for summer. Unlike traditional clothing, the cycling jersey is made of technical fabrics that promote the regulation of body temperature and the evacuation of sweat generated during exertion.
For the lower body, the thigh and the Corsair are the basic equipment of the cyclist. The cycling Corsair is a long textile half-leg, often with a lining and takes advantage of the advantage of versatility. This equipment is best suited for changing weather conditions, such as mid-season. The bike’s thigh is more specific, being of short or long configuration. In this sense, the long bike thigh is designed to provide thermal insulation in cold, windy or rainy weather. For its part, the short thigh is ideal for exits in hot weather and favors the breathing of the skin. Whether short or long, the cycling thigh can be braced or elastic at the waist to hold it in place. It can also be equipped with a gel or foam chamois skin to dampen vibrations on the saddle of the bike.
Knee pads and leggings
The knee pads are ideal as a complement to a short thigh. Its main function is to protect maintain optimal heat at the articulation and the heavily stressed tendons of the knee. The same is true of cycling leggings, which allow thermal insulation to be extended to calves. Very light and easily transportable, the leggings and knee pads are ideal for mid-season. In this sense, they can be strung or removed during the session, depending on the weather conditions.
Many accessories can be added to the rider’s equipment to improve comfort and protection. Their choice is guided by the season and the climatic conditions in which the cyclist practices.
Bicycle shoes are developed in a completely different way than conventional shoes. Apart from touring bike models, these shoes are designed for use with wedges on automatic bike pedals. In this sense, they are rarely suitable for walking and promote a better transfer of pedaling energy through very rigid soles. Road bike shoes have a slender design, with as little relief as possible to promote aerodynamics. They must also facilitate the removal of moisture and heat to maintain a reasonable level of comfort at the feet.
When it comes to accessories, bicycle gloves are a must, no matter what the season. Their role is to ensure a reliable grip on the bike’s hanger by improving grip and to absorb the vibrations generated by the imperfections of the road. In winter, the gloves also provide cold protection to maintain optimal hand and finger traction. The winter gloves are therefore of a thicker and whole design at the finger level. The bicycle gloves for the summer have short fingers to promote aeration of the hand of the cyclist in hot weather.