Clothing for Cyclists: 76 Degrees and Hotter

Ted King, Alison Tetrick, and Andy Jacques-Maynes share their favorite clothing for all types of weather, from freezing to sizzling.

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Garmin leads the field, Stage 5 Paris-Nice.     Photo: Team Garmin-Sharp Photos

When it’s this warm out, your clothing choices become fairly easy. As King puts it: “Jersey and shorts, duh.”

A set of shades are crucial for UV protection, and to prevent any errant rocks from hitting your eyes. Most importantly, resist the urge to ditch your gloves and socks. While you won’t find many pro roadies wearing them, Pearl Izumi’s sun sleeves are designed to be cooler than riding with bare arms, and are a good option if you easily burn.

No matter the temperature, a jersey—with sleeves—is another mandatory item. 

“Even when it’s stiflingly hot out and you want to work off your farmer’s tan, you should never ride without a jersey. Rules are rules, my friends,” says King. Instead, if you tend to overheat try Louis Garneau’s super-lightweight jersey.

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