A mountain bike looks different from a road bike, so it would only make sense that the rider would too, right? Though there is no right or wrong bike clothing for mountain cyclists, you’ll enjoy mountain bike riding more if you have the right proper gear.
Protection is also important when riding. You need to ensure you have the proper bike clothing to protect you from hazards of roots, branches, brush, and rocks. Here are some tips to consider when looking for mountain biking gear.
Shorts and padding
Much like other complements, bike clothing shorts for mountain riding offer stretch for better leg movement and a padded crotch to lessen friction and moisture. Most styles of mountain cycling the fit of shorts is not a major concern. Mountain biking shorts include solid fabric and several pockets. Though some fitness cyclists prefer form-fitting shorts for better muscle support.
As for padding, mountain bike shorts are slightly thinner than on the road riding shorts as you tend to sit more upright and your riding position tends to vary between sitting and standing. Most liners on mountain biking shorts can be removed which gives the user the option of buying underwear separately. So, you have the option of choosing the integrated liner or separate cycling underwear is up to the user’s preference.
Mountain bike jerseys
Mountain bike clothing jerseys are not much different from road style jerseys. Though to be wick away sweat, they should be close fitting and of course, long sleeves provide more coverage from branches and brushes. If you are planning to wear a pack you don’t need rear pockets as for pack less rides pockets come very handy for food, tire repair, phone, cash, etc.
Mountain bike gloves
Two major features that distinguish mountain rider gloves and, on the road, cyclists are the padding and finger exposure. Mountain bikes generally have padding on the grips so wearing padded gloves is optional.
For long distance riding, you might opt for increased padding for better comfort. Gloves with no padding are lighter. Cooler, and give better bar feel which is great for steep descents. You also see fewer riders with fingerless gloves as full-fingered gloves is a better choice.
Mountain bike helmets
The style of mountain cycling and riding is a major consideration when choosing a helmet.
Cross country- a helmet with similar coverage as a road helmet that provides good ventilation is a good option.
Trail cycling- As these riders encounter more technical ground that cross-country riders, a helmet with more coverage and protection are a better option.
Downhill and park riding- For these types of riders, maximum coverage which means full face helmet or goggles rather than sunglasses.