Do cycling shorts make a difference?

Are cycling shorts worth it?

Cycling shorts are really tight. They make a strong fashion statement — and not necessarily in a good way. But the truth is that padded cycling shorts make cycling much more comfortable and efficient, and help you ride faster and longer. If you’re going to get serious about road riding, you’ll want to wear them.

How much difference does cycling clothes make?

A tight-fitting streamlined cycle jersey/apparel will reduce aero drag by approximately 4 to 8 percent.

Do you wear undies with bike shorts?

The chamois inside of your shorts was made to fit next to your skin to prevent chafing, and it’s built from fabrics that wick moisture and dry quickly. Wearing underwear under your bike shorts adds seams that chafe and fabric that holds in moisture, so your best bet is to go commando when you’re in the saddle.

How tight should bike shorts fit?

Bike shorts should be tight when you first put them on, but not so tight that you’re cutting off circulation. Make sure they’re snug enough that they remain in place while you bike. Also keep in mind that as you move, they’ll stretch slightly.

Does bike jersey make a difference?

If you’re new to cycling, you’ll find that bicycle jerseys do fit better than regular clothes, as they often reduce bunching, and have a longer cut in the back, to keep your lower back covered and adjust for the fact that cyclists ride bent over.

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Are cycling tights necessary?

You can ride a bike without any special cycling clothing at all. None. Not a stitch. Yes, it’s true: you can ride a bike without Lycra shorts, special shoes, tight-fitting jerseys or even gloves with holes in the back.