Clothing


There are many varieties of cycling wear to add to cycling comfort but none are essential. Some examples include base layers to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, padded shorts and cycling jerseys which are comfortable and offer some protection against wind and rain.

High Visibility

Make yourself visible on the road with reflective clothing, vests, belts or bands and by wearing light and bright colours.

Helmets

Cycle helmets have been around since the late 1970s and are now used by a significant number of London cyclists. There has been considerable research into their effectiveness but this remains a highly controversial subject. Some researchers claim that helmet wearing gives cyclists a false sense of security and so they tend to take less care than otherwise. Seeing helmeted cyclists may also lead to car drivers taking less care. Wearing a helmet does not prevent cars and lorries hitting cyclists and so can never be a complete safety measure.

If you buy a helmet, do not buy one until you're sure it's the right size, comfortable, and properly fitted. If you're not sure how to adjust the helmet yourself, then make sure you buy it from a shop where the staff can help you get a good fit.

Waterproofs

A waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers will make your journey that much more pleasant if you get caught in the rain. Waterproof clothing enables you to arrive at your destination dry and clean despite the weather.

Gloves

Gloves are important for winter cycling as they will keep your hands warm and dry so you can use your brakes and gears effectively.

Shoes

Shoes can quickly get worn out by cycling. Some people choose to wear special cycling shoes. These are stiffer than normal shoes and may have metal cleats, which attach to special pedals increasing cycling efficiency.

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