Your body makes contact with the bike in three pivotal places: the handlebar, the pedals and the saddle. Your comfort and your performance depend on each of these touch points being just right. But, besides the bike, your body also makes contact with every piece of bike clothing that you choose to wear. The right clothing can make the difference between enjoying a ride and yearning for it to end.
Here are our picks to maximize the feeling of luxury while riding a bike:
The right pair of cycling shorts is hands-down the best upgrade you can make to any ride, road or mountain, and the Sugoi Contender Lycra Shorts are the perfect choice. Why? Because all great shorts begin and end with their chamois, and the Contender’s S.100 is totally seamless, so no unwanted chaffing, and it’s super comfortable to the touch. Throw Sugoi’s P3 Lycra and spandex blend in to keep everything feeling and great and you’ve got one terrific set of shorts.
If you’ve never ridden with a cap, it’s about high-time you tried. A hat is as multi-purpose as a Swiss Army knife: it adds skin protection, serves as a personal rain gutter during bad weather, provides additional shade, and enhances your comfort by cushioning your helmet’s contact with your head. The Apis Professional Team Cycling Cap is one of personal favorites because it’s made from 100% high quality cotton, 100% Italian manufactured and you can choose from your favorite team.
Speaking of Italy, it doesn’t get any more Italian than the Pogliaghi Classico Carbon Road Shoes. Each pedal stroke will look like a miniature waving of the Italian flag. While these look great, it’s the comfort and performance that make them our Quick-Pick of the week. The combination of a leather lining, a low profile heel counter and a carbon fiber outsole translates into some seriously silky smooth power. We love them, and we know you will too.
Do you have a Quick-Pick? Let us know what you’d recommend to your fellow riders in the comments section below – we’ll pick 2 responses (on Wednesday 2/6/14) to win one of our upcoming Nashbar Cycling Caps!
Stay Tuned for next week’s Nashbar Quick-Picks.