What do YOU wear when you tour? Why? What do you find comfortable and multi-purpose?
What do YOU wear when you tour? Why? What do you find comfortable and multi-purpose?
I wear bike shorts in all temps over say 60, colder than that full length tights over the shorts, really cold days fleece tights over the shorts. On top normally a short sleeve jersey, colder days a long sleeve. I have an REI polypro T neck that I have had for more than 10 years (Thanks again Linda! whatta great Christmas gift that turned out to be!) On cold days that goes on under the jersey. I keep a polarfleece pullover in the pack for stopovers and light rain. I have a Gore tex jacket but I find it to be like a plastic bag when riding. The fleece dries as fast as it gets wet and breathes better. The goretex goes on over the fleece during stopovers and breaks. No cotton what-so-ever!
Thanks Great start..
I wear regular spandex cycling shorts and a jersery, but I always keep a pair of baggy shorts and a loose tee shirt handy for stops in small towns and other places where my appearance might offend or enrage. Just pull them right on over my cycling gear.
Last edited by OregonBound; 08-09-03 at 04:57 AM.
Cycling shorts, or cycling underwear.
Ron Hill tracksters or Rohan Bags (casual polycotton trousers) for cooler conditions.
A cycling jersey, normal looking, wicking T shirt and/or Paramo mountain shirt.
Fleece pullover for the cold.
Ultra-light windproof pullover, Goretex jacket for rain, or a pile/pertex jacket for colder conditions. Pertex over-trousers.
Cotton or wool socks. A merkalon head-over (neck-warmer/hat).
A lot of the gear in not cycle-specific, but doubles up as casual after-bike wear.
last tour poland and slovakia
one pair of shoes northwave spd sandals [best bit of gear i have got]
one pair of longs ronhill tracksters
2 pair bib shorts
one thermal underlayer baselayer[ klima]
mountain equipment bodywarmer [very little bulk] packs down to a coke can size
freestyle gortex jacket shell waterproof
seal skinz waterproof socks
I have two pairs of bike shorts (no underwear!), two MEC cycling jerseys, and a Northwave cleated shoes (no socks!). I'll wear only this until 10C or so.
I don't have anything worth mentioning for cold/rain yet. The stuff I use now is just the cheapest I could find that doesn't work to well, I'm looking for something better.
for cold weather ie winter i use the buffalo pertex pile system
great gear worn next to skin also wear this for winter hillwalking
buffalo cycle shirt
this is all you need for a winter tour for the top half#
i carry a thermal fleece [rohan] if i go into a pub for a warmin bowl of soup
letting the air flow through the side zips is strange at first
but you cant beat this system
no i dont work for buffalo
a lot of the british forces and mountain resue teams wear this gear
I use thin polypropylen clothing - pants and vest with a long sleeve. It's comfortable, and this clothing also protect the skin from UV that is very important to me in mountains. I don't use special bicycle clothes in long tour - this clothes demand regular washing that is not available.
For cooler wheather i add a polartec-100 pulower. When it rains or if weather is windly, i use Gore-Tex jacket and pants from Sympatex fabrics. For very cold conditions i have also PowerStrech pants, polartec cap and windstopper gloves.
With best wishes,
i have finally discovered the wicking "tech-shirt".
when the sweat flows like niagra falls on a long climbing
mountain pass, my shirt is always dry... who knows where it goes.
also wear a paisley bandana...and movie star shades.
(just in case) let's start a trend on shades!
check-out the movie star shades!
I really like coolmax alta.
Old Man Maine
Prety well what's gone before. Cycling shorts, cycling shoes and technical fabric tops/light fleeces depending on weather.
The one thing I always wear when touring is a smile!!
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens
1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
I dress in "civilian clothing". Starting from the top:
- A loose shirt or sweater; when it's very hot, it might not be tucked into the trowsers; when it's below 12-15 C, I add a long-sleve sweater.
- Trousers with the bottom end into socks or, if temperature is above 28-30 C, Bermudas.
- Helmet with it's mirror, cycling gloves and cycling shoes without cleats as I use toeclips.
I don't tour in Fall or Winter (my daughter would freeze too quickly), but I do long rides all four seasons. For cold weather, I add long underwear, a second pair of socks, a bandana under the helmet and thick gloves.
Montréal (Québec, Canada)
On my 9 day trip, I took technical fabric tops/light fleeces, a bright color lightweight vest from Northface. One pair of bikershorts plus lightweight board shorts that could double as a swim suit. Also a technical fabric hooded jacket and rain pants. The pants were a challenge as we wanted to go to church on the way and so they need to be not only functional, ie breathable, lightweight and waterproof. But needed to look ok wearing them to church......
NOTE: I recently met the owner of a company that makes underwear for bikers, that you can wear them under regular shorts. I have not been able to test them on a long ride but so far they have been very good.
I try to avoid "cycle specific" clothing as much as possible (mainly because of the expense). My exceptions to this rule are a pair of plain-jane mountain bike shorts and a pair of Shimano cycling shoes. Typical summer tour garb is shorts, tee shirt, cotton quarter-high socks, and cycling shoes. Admittedly, this doen't work too well through the mountains, but it fills the bill for a summer tour across the plains and east.
Yes, I know this thread is from a while back, but it's still applicable today, and might be interesting as we think about our upcoming tours.
In answer to the question ... I've gone through a transition.
On my very first tour, I wore mtn bike shorts, a T-shirt, and runners, but at that time, I wasn't into wearing cycling gear for everyday riding either. Once I started wearing cycling gear for everyday riding, I also started touring in cycling gear ... until toward the end of my first Australian tour.
Queensland was so hot, and riding in cycling gear became extremely uncomfortable. Plus we were stopping at beaches along the way, so I started riding in a bathing suit and beach shorts. Thank goodness for my Brooks saddle!!
Since then I will usually wear cycling shorts, but not always, and I often wear a pair of basketball shorts or my zip-off pants over them. And I've got a small collection of wicking T-shirts which I like better than jerseys. I can wear them when I'm riding the bicycle, or when I'm sightseeing on foot, and look like a normal person.
In fact, my company amazed me the other day by giving me a really nice wicking golf shirt made by Ontour - a sports clothing company: http://www.ontoursport.com/home.html for the work I did on a particular project.
When they told me they were giving the team T-shirts, I thought they'd be those generic boxy cotton T-shirts most companies and events give away ... you know the kind. A person could use them as a tent they're so big, and they're too unflattering to wear anywhere, so they end up in the back of the closet.
So I was very pleasantly surprised by the kind of T-shirt they did give me!! I can wear it for spinning classes, and I can also wear it on a tour.
And wool ... I love my merino wool top for touring.
Thanks again, Machka!
For my two week-long tours I brought:
three pairs of bib shorts
two compression shirts
two t shirts, one synthetic, one cotton
two pairs boxer shorts
one pair running shorts
one pair casual shorts
three pairs cycling socks
my cycling shoes (not clipless)
Crocs for poolside and showers
headsweat cap (Neil F. called it a "beanie" )
helmet with light
short fingered gloves
After riding, I don't want to hang around the rest of the day in bike gear, and since I don't like waiting for laundry to finish, I carried two days worth of clothes. Like many formerly sedentary folks who become outdoor types, I'm squemish about dirt, hence the three pairs of shorts. The compression shirts are to keep all my loose skin tucked in under my jerseys - it's amazing how irritating it is to have skin flaps bouncing around all day.
If I were riding in colder weather, I'd substitute wool socks for the synthetic ones, long-sleeved jerseys and gloves for the short-sleeved ones, and add long underwear, tights, a fleece jacket, and a balaclava. I might also replace the bike shoes with hiking boots.
wool. wool. and more wool.
Bandana around neck or in pocket
Smartwool mid-weight long sleeve zip T-shirt.
Marmot Driclime jacket if it gets cold.
Andiamo padded underwear
Rapha touring shorts or fixed shorts if the weather is cooler
Smartwool short socks
Shimano MTB shoes with recessed cleats.
I don't wear cycling shorts at all while on tour. I wear baggy synthetic shorts from Walmart. I think that it's important to eliminate as much pressure on the perineum as possible when you're in the saddle 6-10 hours a day for days on end, and the padding in cycling shorts is usually more than I want. Besides, cycling shorts get sweaty, and I got tired of stepping off the bike for short stops and feeling like I'm wearing a wet diaper. Baggy shorts, with no underwear, are almost always dry, and I've worn them for weeks on end on tours with no chaffing problems.
I've tried all the cycling specific clothing and always stink after one day. Given the fact that we frequently can't take a bath for a few days at a time, it was always problematic, but I just dealt with it. Now I've discovered the wonders of wool - and can't imagine how I lived without it for all those years!!
On this tour, I'm going almost exclusively wool. I"ve got wool "running shorts" (unpadded bike shorts) from Ibex. I've got Ibex wool long underwear for my tights. I've got a couple thin Ibex wool long-sleeve shirts to layer on top of my Ibex wool short-sleeve T-shirt. I bought an XXL merino wool wool sweater vest at a thrift store and threw it in the washer with hot water so now I have a felted wool vest.
I do still have my fleece jacket - but I would ditch that for wool if I could justify the cost of buying a new wool one!
I like cheap MTB shorts-- the less padding the better. The more $$$ ones are bulkier.
Techical conversion shorts/pants (quick drying fabric, zip off legs) REI sells these.
Light weight base layer (Under Armor or simular) technical under briefs
wool jersey (short sleeve)
technical golf polo shirt (these are like bike jerseys with a collar and 3 bottons-- great for upper crust stops)
smart wool socks/trail runners
Andiamos (like bike shorts but worn as undershorts), regular shorts on the long side with lots of synthetic content and wool on the topside, unless it's over 80, then searsucker or generic aloha shirts. Socks are thin wool, always. I can get off the bike and not announce my presence as a cyclist, but most important, I'm comfortable in all conditions.