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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 10-05-08, 11:36 PM
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As you all know, due to some financial constraints, I use my mountain bike to ride on the roads until i get enough money to buy a road bike. From your advices, i have changed my tyres from the big ones to slim ones. Since then i've noticed a noticeable difference in terms of speed and handling.

First of all, i would like to that you all for you advices and encouragements for my previous thread. My question now is, do i need to wear a bike short and jersey while riding my MB on the roads? I feel a little uncomfortable wearing a traditional short while riding. I am a complete beginner, i do about 33-45 kms four days a week, which comes to around 130km per week. So do i really need a bike short and jersey? What's the real use, advantages, disadvantages? How will i identify a good bike short (rather cheap)? I've already bought a pair of cycling gloves to improve my grip. One last thing, i do biking just for the fun and fitness, i'm not into racing and all that, that's why it doesn't matter much to me if i do not buy a road bike right now.

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If you're comfortable wearing what you're wearing, you're fine. If, however, you find yourself chafing and getting saddle sores, you'll need some decent shorts. A jersey will help wick away perspiration, keeping you cooler.
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You can get the MTB shorts that have the inbuilt lycra shorts with chamois and look like normal shorts on the outside, these might be more suitable for you. As far as brands and comfort that is really a personal thing - what I like you might hate.
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You don't "need" to wear cycling shorts or a jersey. Cycling shorts are more comfortable. A cycling jersey is also more comfortable & has useful pockets in the back for carrying a snack, id, phone or whatever.
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