Whichever season you cycle, you’ll need the right clothes. You can go with shape-hugging cycling spandex. Or, you can go with civilian getup.
What to Pack
Pack for utility and weight. Don’t pack for a dinner party. Two to three sets of outer-layers should be enough for any cycling trip. However, bring a fresh pair of socks and underwear for each day.
If you’re worried about the stench, go to a local laundromat (빨래방) after your ride.
Clothes made for cyclists have advantages. They cut down on wind resistance. They strap down anything that can flap like a sail. Cycling shorts might have padding sewn into the crotch and butt.
However, you can make do with general exercise clothes. If you’re heading out in the summer, look for breathable layers. A hat or collar will keep the sun off your neck and face. Remember to slather anything exposed with sunscreen.
For colder months, wear light layers under a windbreaker. A few long-sleeve shirts under a rain jacket might be enough to keep the wind out and warmth in.
If you ride thirty seconds without gloves in winter, you will regret life choices. The wind will gnaw and tear at any exposed digits.
Beware of the hungry chain. It will gobble up any loose pant legs. Bring some ankle-hugging pants to stay out of your chain’s teeth.
We discuss more about clothing for the seasons in here.