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Where Can I Purchase Cycling Apparel In Orange County? I’m new to cycling and I would like to purchase some cycling apparel that won’t embarrass me on a bike path…. Where can I purchase them in Orange County area and which brand is good?
If you know any good website other than eBay, please let me know. Thanks.
I’m assuming that you mean OC, California and not Florida. Performancebike.com is a good place to start. Their prices are quite low and there are shops in Tustin, Fountain Valley, and Laguna Hills that you can walk into and purchase stuff. Other places to buy cycling apparel are other bike shops. Not all bike shops sell clothing so check around. As for which brand is good, you can’t go wrong with Pearl Izumi. They are durable and look smart. Another to come to mind- particularly on jerseys- is Voler. There are countless more and to be completely honest, I’ve even had good experience with Performance in house brand apparel. You’ re going to pay a bit for cycling apparel but it’s worth every penny.
Good luck with your purchasing.
How To Choose Winter Cycling Apparel?
Consider the winter weather you’re most likely to encounter. Will it be wet or dry? What will the average temperature be? You will need to tailor these suggestions to your own situation, and everyone’s preferred configuration of winter cycling clothing will be a bit different.
Keep your head warm by adding a warm layer beneath your cycling helmet. You may need just a thin beanie to cover the top of your head and your ears, or in more extreme conditions, you may need a neck gaiter, scarf, balaclava or some combination of these. Your primary areas of discomfort when cycling in cold weather are likely to be your ears and nose, so covering your ears with a beanie or balaclava is a great idea. Your nose — unless you wear a ski mask, which is not a very popular option — will probably stay unprotected.
Wear multiple layers on your upper body to stay warm. You can start with a long-sleeve cycling jersey or a long-sleeve long underwear shirt made of a material that will wick sweat away from your skin. Layer a cycling vest or jacket over the long-sleeve shirt. This layer should be water-resistant for wet winter weather; a bright color and reflective trim are also desirable since winter cycling may involve being on the road during cloudy weather and shorter days. Many winter cyclists also prefer a jacket with zippers in the armpits for extra ventilation; you can still become too warm in all these layers while cycling, even on a cold day.
Put on full-finger cycling gloves to keep your fingers from going numb. Even milder winter weather can turn your hands to ice when cycling and generating your own wind chill. For commuting or shorter rides in winter, normal winter gloves may suffice, as long as your hands have enough flexibility to easily reach brakes and shifters and your gloves are windproof and at least water-resistant. Gloves you can wipe a runny nose on — and throw in the washing machine later, of course — are ideal because your nose is more likely to run while cycling in colder weather.
Wear cycling shorts or padded cycling tights as your bottom layer on your lower body. You want the comfort of the padded chamois right next to your skin. Over the shorts or tights, you can layer additional clothing, such as nylon wind pants or tights made for other outdoor activities.
Pay ample attention to your feet. Your socks should be warm and cozy, while also wicking away sweat and providing a chafing-free fit in your cycling shoes. Wool socks, available in a variety of blends and styles, are a good option for winter cycling. For shoes, either purchase cycling shoes specifically designed for winter cycling — which can be quite expensive — or invest in shoe covers or, at the very least, toe warmers. Shoe covers go over your usual cycling shoes and keep the wind out of the mesh sections of the cycling shoe while also providing protection from moisture. Toe covers do the same, but only for the toe portion of your shoes. Select the option that fits your climate and budget. An emergency option for cycling on an unexpectedly cold or wet day is to tie plastic bags over your cycling shoes, but this is obviously only a short-term solution.
Why Is So Many Cycling Apparel Made In Italy? Is this supposed to be the Mecca of cycling or something?
Just curious. Many brands are either Italian, or have their apparel made in Italy.
I don’t know specifically about cycling apparel, but overall yes, Italy is historically one of the top three Countries worldwide about cycling, if we’re talking about sport (races and sportsmen/women), and likely the top about bicycle brands; then, Italy is well known for clothes: that includes also technical equipment using high-tech fabric, other than “usual” fashion industry.
Do Any Of You Wear Cycling Apparel Year Round ? My son wear his riding apparel 24/7 and does not want to wear anything else. He wears shorts,jerseys,warmers, rain gear instead of a suit and tie. He rides to work on a bicycle instead of a car and keeps wearing that garbage I wonder do you think he’s nuts ?
As I write this, I am still wearing my bike shorts and matching shirt. They’re just so comfortable. Don’t be upset about your son wearing his cycling apparel 24/7. My hubby is an architect and he rides his bike to work and wears bike clothes a lot, too. So far, no one has complained.