If you’re looking for a new way to exercise in isolation, or how to commute to work and avoid public transport, then it could be time to jump on a bike. Whether you’re buying a bicycle for the first time, dusting off that two-wheeled vehicle, or a long-time road-racer, here’s everything you need to know about the must-have apparel for cycling.
Clothing made specifically for cycling will avoid an uncomfortable ride and can prevent injury, whether you are road racing, hitting a trail or just trying to get your heart rate up. And if traditional tight and bright or fluoro yellow outfits aren’t for you, it’s time to discover why Merino wool clothing makes the best riding mate.
6 reasons why Merino wool is great for cycling
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour which means less sweat on your body. Merino wool even absorbs the odour molecules from sweat, which are only released upon washing. Jura Cycle’s Italian Cycling Jersey has a seamless construction combining performance with absolute comfort. Made from 100% Merino wool it’s ideal for spring and summer riding, helping you go the distance without breaking out into a sweat.
Merino wool is one of the most breathable fibres. Wool fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air. Rapha's Classic Jersey has been reimagined, offering the same level of absolute comfort and function but incorporating lightweight technical Merino wool to make the jersey lighter, softer and even more breathable to suit every climate, helping your body breathe in hot conditions and insulating when the temperature drops.
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature, helping you stay warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. Pearl Izumi's Woolmark-certified Women's BLVD Merino T-Shirt offers the ultimate in temperature regulation and comfort and is particularly great for cyclers who regularly weave a ride into everyday life.
Reduces post-exercise chill
Wool reduces the rate of skin cooling and the severity of post-exercise chill, which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. When you stop exercising in very cold conditions, you can experience three times more chilling in synthetic garments than when wearing wool garments. This is due to wool fibre retaining – and only slowly releasing – moisture from within its structure, helping to maintain a higher skin temperature and less rapid cooling. Similarly, wool keeps you warm when wet, so after you have worked-up a sweat pedalling uphill, you won’t catch a chill as you cruise on down. For those cycling in cooler conditions, the Merino Liner Glove from dhb adds a layer of natural insulation to your next ride, working hard to keep you comfortable.
Natural elasticity helps Merino wool garments stretch with you, yet return to their original shape. Offering 4-way stretch for enhanced mobility, the Momentum 2.0 Bike Shorts from Mons Royal are durable to withstand all conditions, with a soft Merino lining to regulate your body temperature and stretch so you can turn the pedals without any added resistance.
Merino wool absorbs UV radiation providing protection from the sun, making it a good choice for a wide range of outdoor activities. Celebrating the passion and culture of track cycling, Babici's Merino Pista T is a 100% Australian Merino Wool casual T-Shirt made to wear on and off the bike.