Santini - A beginners guide to Cycle Clothing

Santini - A beginners guide to Cycle Clothing

20-04-21

If you’re reading this then you are probably one of the thousands of people who have just taken up cycling or who are looking to get into it.
With so many different things to consider it can be daunting and picking the right gear can seem impossible. We thought we’d make the process a little easier and wise you up on the essential pieces of clothing to get you through an Australian summer. You’re also probably thinking... can I get over the social dilemma of walking around in skin tight clothing? Consider some of these benefits and features.

Starting from top to bottom.

Jerseys

  • All Santini Jerseys have quality moisture wicking materials and breathable mesh panels to bring the sweat off the skin and keep you cool, essential in keeping your body temperature down. Staying cool is especially important when riding longer distances.
  • A snugger fitting garment will decrease wind resistance, wearing a looser fitting standard T-Shirt is like wearing a parachute!
  • Jersey pockets allow you to safely store all your important items without being intrusive during a ride.

  • There are 3 types of Jersey cuts to consider


    Aero “Sleek” – Men’s & Women’s This is the fit that our pro athletes use for racing.

    Slim – Men’s & Women’s The slim fit is incredibly versatile as it gives you a sleek profile while maintaining incredible comfort throughout your ride.

    Classic – Men’s & Women’s.
    The classic cut is soft on the body for those who look for a more classic fit.

    SEE FIT GUIDE


    Shorts & Bib-Shorts

  • A quality Chamois will ease discomfort on your most important parts.
  • The smooth materials reduce chafing when your inner thigh rubs against the side of the saddle.
  • The tight fit offers a full range of motion. Compression fabrics increase the blood flow to the muscles, allowing you to ride a little longer or faster.

  • Santini’s Vara Men’s Shorts & Bib Shorts and the Women’s Alba Shorts are excellent entry level choices.

    These maintain high quality with touches of premium features from the Santini range, like elasticated leg grippers to keep the shorts in place and reflective details on the back to enhance your visibility. Made with the Emax (men’s) and Wmax (Women’s) Chamois and Thunderbike Power fabric, they are minimally intrusive, highly durable and suitable for rides up to 3 hours.

    There is the option to upgrade to the Gilevo chamois or the Alba short for women – the GIlevo is a high performance chamois – all round comfort for any type of cycling activity. For men, looking to upgrade the chamois, there is the Scatto range which comes in a short or Bib Short, both of them feature the GitEvo chamois, our most versatile men’s chamois, suitable for all types of riding.

    If you want to know more about our range of chamois, check out our guide.
    Santini Chamois guide


    Socks
    A cycling sock is not just a “sock”.

    Here’s a couple of reasons why:

  • They are snugger and more breathable.
  • What does this mean? It can reduce the pressure on the foot and keep it cool all day long. This will help keep your feet feeling fresh so you can ride all day.

  • They can easily add a touch of colour or style to your outfit without having to break the bank.
  • One important individual preference is length.
  • Check out our options for a mid-length cut and high cut

    Mid Length Cut – The Santini Sfera is a medium weight sock that is for perfect for those early morning starts when the temperature is little lower but by the end things have heated up! Your feet will thank you for it. With a compressive cuff that keeps the socks in place and a polka dot design to match all the Santini colour variations, it adds a touch of class to your outfit.

    High Cut – The Santini Puro is a light weight high cut sock, suited for the warmer day. With Clean and simple colours these will look good with any outfit.


    Some handy tips for riding

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of fluids, before during and after.
  • On any ride over 1.5 hours, remember to take something to eat. Without food, it’s like driving a car with the fuel light and thinking, when is it going to break down?
  • If possible ride more frequently, but shorter distances. As your fitness starts to increase you can up the time and distance.

  • The Santini Australia team is here to help you with our live chat.

    Author: Tim Okraglic

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