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Gravity Warehouse's Clothing & Protective Gear

ALL LEFTOVER CYCLING SHORTS, JERSEYS, MEN'S & WOMEN'S CYCLING APPAREL

30 % OFF!

 

Bicycling Clothing

What's the big deal about bicycling clothing?  If you walk into Gravity Warehouse you'll see a huge selection of gear including helmets, jerseys (just a cyclists word for shirts or blouses), shorts, socks and shoes.  There's more, but you get the idea.  So why add these items to your wardrobe when you've got a lot of T-shirts, shorts and jeans now?

There's a lot more to cycling apparel than the fact that it just plain looks great.  The clothing designers in this industry have really done their homework.  They've gone out of their way to provide designs that are very appealing.  But the real advantage to cycling clothing is one of fit and function.

Cycling clothing is cut much differently than street clothing.  It is cut to fit comfortably whether you're sitting still or pedaling furiously.  It doesn't bunch up in all the wrong places to chafe at you as you move about.  It just feels good.  And the shorts ..!  They've got pads just where you need them the most.  Talk about a great innovation.  Imagine riding all day without saddle sores.  That's what I'm talking about, and a good pair of padded cycling shorts enables you to do that.  There are different models for men and women because we need different shaped pads.  There are the close-fitting lycra shorts that you see on racers and anyone else who likes that type of fit.  There are also loose fitting shorts that look just like casual clothes for those who prefer that feel or appearance, but they also have those all-important pads.

Another important point to be made about cycling apparel is the material used to make it.  This is not the same cloth used for shirts, blouses or casual pants.  If you wore those things to ride, especially on a hot day, they'd become wet with perspiration and feel rather uncomfortable.  Enter the world of modern science.  If you read the labels on the clothing in a bicycle shop, you'll see diagrams of water drops moving through cloth and you'll see a lot of fancy names for the cloth that each manufacturer claims is the best on the market.  The bottom line is this.  Cycling clothing wicks perspiration away from your body.  It moves that moisture through itself to the surface where it evaporates.  The result is a drier, more comfortable you.  You can't possibly understand or appreciate how much better this is until you actually experience it.

Don't forget cycling shoes either.  There are a lot of advantages to them.  For those who want the ultimate, you can use clipless pedals.  These allow you to pedal more efficiently and cycling shoes are required to make it work.  But the advantages of shoes designed for the bicyclist go far beyond this.  Whether you use normal (platform) pedals,fancier ones with straps or those with clipless features, you'll find cycling shoes more comfortable for several reasons.

The biggest reason for this increased comfort is a stiffer sole.  By making the sole of the shoe stiffer, the pressure that you put on the pedal is spread over the entire sole of your foot.  This reduces fatigue on any one part of the foot.  Other reasons include the cut of shoes designed for athletic endeavors.  There are designs for the hard-core racer where the ultimate goal is performance.  But more importantly there are many designs for the casual rider.  They are comfortable for walking (racing shoes are awful there), they are comfortable for riding and they are stylish.  Give them a try.  You'll thank us for it.

You'll also find other clothing for colder-weather use, protective gear for racing use, clothing for rainy day riding and under-layers that make you more comfortable.  Check them out the next time you're at the shop and feel free to discuss them with any of our staff.

Don't forget gloves either.  There are fingerless models for warm and hot weather use, there are full gloves for cold weather use and there are over-shells for frigid weather use (yes, there are many of us who ride all winter, and why not when the clothing available makes us comfortable).  There are also gloves cut specifically for women's hands (they're usually not as thick and muscular in the heel of the hand and the fingers are more slender). Gloves protect the hands in the event of a spill, but more importantly they have padding to keep the hands comfortable.  Check them out.

Finally, don't forget the most important part of your cycling apparel.  Helmets are stylish, comfortable and very protective.  Have a Gravity Warehouse-shop pro help you with your selection to assure that you have the right size and that the helmet is properly adjusted to provide you the maximum protection.

How to Fit a Bicycle Helmet


Time invested in fitting a helmet pays
big safety and comfort dividends!



Your objective: Snug, Level, Stable

You want the helmet to be comfortably touching the head all the way around, level and stable enough to resist even violent shakes or hard blows and stay in place. It should be as low on the head as possible to maximize side coverage, and held level on the head with the strap comfortably snug.

Helmets are not hats! They must be level on your head and strapped on securely to be protective in a crash. You want the helmet to be level on the head, with the fitting pads inside touching all the way around and the strap comfortably snug.

First, adjust the fit pads or ring

Most helmets come with extra foam fitting pads to customize the fit. You can usually remove the top pad or use a thin one there to lower the helmet on the head, bringing its protection down further on the sides. Uaw thicker pads on the side if your head is narrow and there is a space, or add thicker pads in the back for shorter heads. Move pads around to touch your head evenly all the way around. If you have a model with a fitting ring instead, just adjust the fit by tightening the ring if needed.

Then, Adjust the Straps

Put the helmet on, level on your head. Adjust the rear (nape) straps, then the front straps, to locate the Y fitting where the straps come together just under your ear. You may have to slide the straps across the top of the helmet to get them even on both sides. Then adjust the chin strap so it is comfortably snug. Now adjust the rear stabilizer if the helmet has one.

Are you done?

Shake your head around violently. Then put your palm under the front edge and push up and back. Can you move the helmet more than an inch or so from level, exposing your bare forehead? Then you need to tighten the strap in front of your ear. Now reach back and pull up on the back edge. Can you move the helmet more than an inch? If so, tighten the nape strap. When you are done, your helmet should be level, feel solid on your head and be comfortable. It should not bump on your glasses (if it does, tighten the nape strap). If it still does not fit that way, keep working with the straps and pads, or try another helmet. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE BRANDS WE CARRY:

SixSixOne

Azonic

Vulgar Equipment

Dainese

NEMA

Kona

 
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