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Thursday, September 27, 2012

4 Tips For Looking Cool While Cycling

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Due to Lance Armstrong, cycling is becoming much more popular. In the United States there is record growth in cycling. This is a very positive thing to hear in a developed country.

Everyday new cyclists are hitting the road. If you are one of them, this is a good time to tell you that you don’t need full cycling clothes for your first ride. If you don’t know what you are doing, but you are dressing in full cycling gear, from a famous team you make all cyclists look bad.

Everyone has to start somewhere and we all start as beginners. There are many ways that you can avoid the potential embarrassment of looking like a beginner though.

The first thing you’ll want to avoid is running out and buying a full professional kit. For those of you who don’t know what a professional kit is, it’s the full uniform of a pro cycling team. This includes their jersey, cycling socks and shorts. Don’t waste your money on these overpriced kits. If you want to wear cycling gear pick up some vintage kit. You can find great looking biking socks and jerseys from old school teams. Wearing athletic socks from a vintage team is a much more acceptable beginner fashion.

The second tip I can offer you is to buy the coolest looking helmet that fits your budget. You will be wearing your helmet all the time so don’t cheap out on it. If your helmet is too small or too cheap you will never want to wear it. Getting a nice helmet will not only protect you in an accident it also looks cool. You can also match you biking socks, to your helmet.

This is my third tip to you, make sure that your cycling clothes fit. It can be uncomfortable to wear Lycra in the beginning, but cycling requires tight fitting clothing. If your cycling socks are flapping around in the wind you won’t be moving as fast as you could with tight fitting biking socks.

The final tip is mainly for men. Keep your legs shaved. Wearing knee high athletic socks isn’t a secondary option either! It can be weird at first, but people tend to stay away from cyclists with hairy legs. I’m not sure why, but it’s true. Another great reason to keep your legs shaved is when you eventually crash you don’t have all that extra leg hair gripping the pavement.

Now that you know what is acceptable fashion for cycling get out there and enjoy a ride!

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