Now, although we often say, you don’t need to wear lycra on the bike, I have to confess, I usually do. Doesn’t matter if I pedal 5 kms, or 100kms, I usually wear knicks, and some kind of synthetic fabric. Sure, I might wear fancy stuff over the top of my knicks, but I generally always wear them.
I couldn’t really tell you why, it’s probably more of a habit then anything else. So, with the purchase of my new helmet, I decided it was time to make a break from tradition. Today, I didn’t wear knicks!
I was only riding 10 kms (5 kms each way), so it’s not as if I really needed much in the way of padding on my bum. So, I wore board shorts, a long sleeved cotton tee shirt (shock horror – cotton!) and my beautiful new helmet.
Verdict? I didn’t dissolve, my clothing didn’t fall off, and my butt didn’t disintegrate even though I wasn’t wearing knicks and technical fabrics. I still think that for long rides, it’s much more comfortable to wear a bit of padding and a fabric that wicks, but for short rides? It definitely beats having to get dressed again when you get there.