June 8, 2015 by Chris French
Next you’ll need some clothes to ride around in. Of course, you could ride in shorts and a t-shirt (or a three piece suit for all I care), but I personally don’t like the feeling of my shirt sticking to my back so I started wearing soccer jerseys. Now the road that lead me to soccer jerseys is filled with images of me trying to shove myself into dry fit cycling shirts they sell at places like Academy. Needless to say I wasn’t comfortable in them and I had to go up to a 3XL to get the right fit, I normally wear an XL, but the size wasn’t really the problem. Academy didn’t have ANYTHING in 3XL so I was going to have to order online anyhow and soccer jerseys are a little thicker, but wick the sweat away just as well.
You’ll also want to pick up some biking shorts. You can get some you wear under regular shorts at Target or Academy for about $30, but in my opinion they’re not very comfy. The elastic around the thighs is pretty tight so I’ve opted for some shorts that have the bum cushioning built in. You can check them out on Amazon here.
You might also want to think about your shoes, specifically your shoe strings. I just wear tennis shoes, but on my first ride before I even got out of the parking lot I fell off the bike because the strings got caught in the chain. Take my word for it, that’s not the way you want to spend your first 5 feet on a bike. I tuck the laces in my shoes now so it’s not a big deal and it was free, but I thought it was worth a heads up.