When I look good, I feel good. And, when I feel good, I cycle good 😂
Yesterday, I noticed I was fully coordinated. Top to bottom. Cap, jersey, jacket, bibs, socks, and water bottle. This is usually the case. While I have several different kits, they are all colour coordinated, comfortable, and functional.
This has not always been the case. I used to purchase gear on sale, without much regard to colour or comfort. I was mostly interested in price, and paying as little as possible.
This changed for the better a decade ago. That’s when my priorities changed. That’s when comfort, and functionality took a front seat. I realized if I was comfortable in the heat, cold, wind, and rain, I enjoyed cycling more often, and for longer periods. That’s also when I realized that kits play a significant role in aerodynamics. Loose fitting, oversized gear was out. Tight was right. And, I learned materials make a huge difference.
So today I’m less concerned about price, and focus more on comfort, function, and durability. I’d rather spend more on a kit that lasts longer, than on one that is uncomfortable from the start, and doesn’t last.
If you are just starting out, pay attention to what you wear on the bike. Or, if you are like I used to be, smarten up 😂
It’s said, clothes make the man. I never subscribed to this. I rebelled against it really. Even now, my off-bike wardrobe is simple, casual, and not always age-appropriate 😂 However, on the bike I make certain I’m comfortable in all weathers conditions, and coincidentally, look good 😂
I say all this tongue-in-cheek, but what you wear on the bike influences how much you enjoy it.