Jenson USA carries one of the most extensive selections of curated bike gear online. We’ve developed learning guides to aid you in making informed decisions and we have backed this up with our expert Gear Advisors who are available by phone, chat, or email 7 days a week.
Heading out on the road can be about getting out and pushing your limits, exploring the world around you, or about the convenience of a two-wheeled commute. A proper road bike clothing kit will improve your ride experience regardless of what your reason for grabbing your bike. There are many great options for riding apparel that is both highly-functional, designed for specific riding needs, and steeped in fresh style.
From commuting to road racing, we’ve built this guide to help you navigate the fit, materials, function and look for your next road bike clothing kit. If you have more questions, please call our Gear Advisors at 888-880-3811 to get more help.SHOP APPAREL
Whether you are a committed road rider or just dabbling with your daily commute, choosing the right road bike clothing can be a daunting experience. Road bike clothing kits are composed of all the gear that a rider will wear while out for a ride. This includes everything from top to bottom. Since your cycling shoes and bike helmet are unlikely to vary too often we will focus on the other key pieces; cycling jerseys and cycling shorts.
In general, cycling jerseys are constructed of a snug fitting synthetic fabric that will stretch and conform to the body. Cycling jerseys will have either a ¾ zippered front or a full zip front that will completely open. Full zip cycling jerseys are easier to take off and in warmer weather, can be fully unzipped while riding to cool off. Lastly, cycling jerseys will have pockets in the back to hold on the bike essentials
One of the most important decisions you will make is what kind of cycling shorts to wear? Think about the amount of time spent sitting on the bike and how important your comfort is to your body and the process for choosing the best cycling shorts becomes quite important. So why Tight Road Bike Shorts? This is a question that you may hear or have thought of yourself. The professional cyclist may point to aerodynamics and a place for sponsor logos as a main reason, and they aren’t wrong. However, what about all of us normal folks?
In the old days, the padding in cycling shorts were made of a natural leather material that needed to be conditioned on a regular basis. These days, advanced synthetic technical fabrics offer superior cushioning while also adding protection against bacteria that could lead to saddle sores.SHOP APPAREL
This is a personal decision, but the proponents of the bib shorts enjoy these three qualities:
The main negative to the bib short is the added difficulty when needing to take a nature break. This is especially important for female cyclists. Many manufacturers have created special access or extremely stretch straps to allow easier bathroom breaks for female cyclists. Check out the product pages to see if the women’s short you are looking for has one of these features.SHOP APPAREL
There are also many styles of cycling shorts that cater to specific weather conditions
Just which cycling shorts and cycling jersey to pick will be determined by your personal style, favorite type of riding, weather conditions, and key features. Let’s break down the choices available.
Here are some other apparel accesories you may consider for various kinds of riding conditions.
There are a ton of bike helmet options, and they are designed to match your riding needs and style. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the right bike helmet for you and make sure it fits just right. Check it out here.HOW TO BUY A HELMET GUIDE
Head warmers and caps are an awesome addition to your kit if you ride in cool/cold areas. This small/thin piece of fabric sits under your bike helmet and keeps the wind/cold away from your head and ears. Since much of your heat is lost through your head, these can really help you regulate the temperature of the rest of your body too. The come in skull-cap styles or head bands. They are easy to stow in a pocket should you get too hot.
Eyewear can be a highly functional aspect of your riding gear. They keep dust and mud out of your eyes, provide protection in the event of a crash, and can even enhance what you can see while riding. Plus, they look cool. Many higher-end cycling glasses feature ventilation holes to help keep the glasses from fogging up.
Bike gloves for road riding are all about comfort and breathability. When you’re in the saddle for 2 or more hours, the last thing you want to worry about is having your hands hurting or going numb. Road bike gloves come with ample padding for a comfortable feel and helps reduce the vibrations from the road. These bike gloves will also feature materials that wick moisture away to keep your hands dry.
Another key item in cool/cold weather riding is a good cycling jacket. Generally, we find that a thin and breathable cycling jacket provides ample warmth from body heat. Sometimes a sleeveless cycling vest is just the right amount of additional core warmth needed. One of our favorite innovations is cycling jackets that have removable arms that can be easily packed away, leaving just the cycling vest. The arms often are zipped on or have magnets holding them in place.
These pieces are great if you live in cool/cold areas or in areas with wide temperature swings. These can easily be slipped on to add additional warmth to your standard MTB short and MTB jersey kit. As your body warms up, these can be removed quickly and stashed in a pocket. We highly recommend these as an integral part of cold-weather layering
Cycling socks may not seem like a crucial apparel item, but a good cycling sock provides comfort, breathability and style to your ride. The type of cycling sock material will depend on your riding temperatures and weather. Cycling socks have become an easy and affordable way to show off your style on the trails. We, personally, recommend our Keep Pedaling cycling socks for motivation while turning out the miles.KEEP PEDALING SOCKS
Cycling shoes are another component of a road kit that has lots of aspects to consider. We’ve created a cycling shoe guide to help you navigate all the options and find the best fit for your riding needs. Follow this link to check out our Guide to Buying Shoes.SHOE BUYERS GUIDE
We recommend following the wash and dry instructions found on the tags on your specific mountain bike clothing items. We generally recommend hanging mountain bike clothing items to dry as it helps to improve the longevity of materials. If protective apparel items are damage or torn, it is often good to replace these items, so they can continue to provide the highest level of protection while riding.
We want to make sure you can go from shopping to riding as soon as possible. We’ve provided fit charts on all our mountain bike clothing products and have additional customer feedback in our reviews sections on product pages to help you choose the correct size. If the fit isn’t quite right, we’ve got you covered with free returns on all unused apparel and protective gear