Unless you’re lucky enough to live in an area with year-round sunshine, you’re going to need clothes to keep you warm and dry when riding your bike. Clothing is of course not just about keeping warm – if you’re actually going somewhere on your bike, you’ll want to wear something that you aren’t embarrassed about wearing once you get to your destination.
In terms of clothing to wear when cycling, your jacket is one of the most important items. It serves to keep you warm and dry, and may also include reflective markings, which are an important safety measure as they make you more easily visible, especially in bad weather conditions or at night, to other road users. On the whole, if you can, it’s best to get a jacket that is specifically designed to cycling – you won’t regret it.
If you choose a jacket that has been specifically designed for cycling, you’ll notice some unusual things about it as compared to “normal” jackets. One of the main features of cycling jackets is they are generally longer at the back so that they cover your kidneys from the wind, and your bottom from road spray – the latter being something that you’ll sure appreciate if you ride a road bike without mudguards. You’ll also notice that cycling jackets are generally shorter at the front (to facilitate movement of your legs), but have long sleeves (so that your wrists are covered when reaching forward to the handlebars).