FIRST – get a helmet. Spend at least $80 and get something good. Maybe a friend has one; I wouldn’t buy a used one from a stranger, no telling what has happened to it. It’s not a matter of if you are going to crash or fall over, it’s when protecting your noggin, it’s the only one you have.
Cycling long legging tights
Start with your contact points; seat-butt first, shoes second and then gloves. If you are going to ride any distance at all, short or bibs are a must. I prefer bibs because they don’t have a waist to squeeze you in half, and you don’t get that jersey/shorts gap. You get what you pay for. Expect to spend $75-$100 on some good long lasting shorts. Try on a bunch to find the brand(Deko) that fit.
Find a saddle next. Maybe your current one is comfortable, maybe not. Your butt will be the #1 reason you will stop riding or lose the motivation. If it’s uncomfortable, it will suck. Fix that first.
Chamois cream – try it out. Some people swear to buy it, some don’t. It’s cheap. Feet are next. Get some cycling shoes and pedals. MTB bike shoes are fine and let you walk around some without looking like a duck. Get something that FITS!! Don’t buy the super cute ones that match but don’t fit! Buy the ones that fit. Your feet will be much happier.
Socks – buy some cycling socks from the deko shop/Amazon/eBay. Not having a blister is worth the $20.
Sunglasses can fit in here somewhere. Protect your eyes. Important, you can buy with $10 knockoffs for a long time. DEKO SPORTS are awesome and worth every penny, but until $150 comes floating in, wear knock offs.
Gloves are a preference. I hate wearing gloves, but I know a lot of people on the other side of the fence. $10-30 for nice winter and summer gloves. Again, make sure they fit. Finally – jersey. Jerseys are better than T-shirts for a couple of reasons. They wick sweat a lot better, so your shirt isn’t always wet. They fit more tightly, so they don’t flap in the wind. This doesn’t sound like a problem until you have worn a flapping shirt for a few hours, and either it’s driven you crazy or rubbed some sensitive part of your chest raw. Plus they are very colorful and look fast.
Descriptions of cycling jersey
- XpandX fabric construction that sheds heat quickly, wicks moisture away and evaporates that moisture extremely quickly.
- Full length zip.
- Under arms stretchable mesh and back side mesh panels for maximum air flow.
- 3 Pockets on back.
- Silicone anti-slip gripper on waist.
You get what you pay for in jerseys; more money, better quality, better fit, longer lasting.
Arm and knee/leg warmers are the best and cheapest cycling kit way to extend your limited clothing into the winter. You can layer a couple of jerseys, or use a base layer from some other sport. There is a lot of movement and friction in cycling. you are supporting your weight on 4 points, so make sure they are padded and comfortable. try to minimize the friction. Getting a good fit is paramount to enjoying the rest of what makes cycling so fun.