One of the undeniable advantages of cycling is that it allows you to get away farther and faster on the roads or in the mountains/forests. But it also means that you will inevitably find yourself on your own more quickly in case of problems.
Wearing a helmet is recommended especially for extreme rides. For long and sporty rides you can use a light MIPS helmet, which has a precise adjustment to avoid too much pressure around the head. This can cause unpleasant pain.
For Enduro rides, a full face helmet is highly recommended as falls can be more frequent and more violent.
For urban cycling, a classic helmet will suffice, but for better visibility by motorists. It is advisable to take a helmet that has a rear light. This light is higher than the light on the seatpost, so motorists will see you from further away and more quickly.
Cycling gloves meet multiple needs depending on the discipline. Short gloves should be light and offer good grip. With long gloves, it's important to make sure they are tactile so you can easily use your smartphone if you need to.
Gloves prevent pinching, chafing and blisters and the padded palm prevents pain and cushions shocks. To face the worst weather conditions or the cold you can equip yourself with Gore-tex gloves. These are waterproof, windproof gloves that wick away moisture despite their thermal interior. In other words, these gloves keep your hands warm and dry.
For enduro riding, it is advisable to wear gloves that have protected knuckles, to deal with branches and anything the trails will put in your way.
For urban cycling, for your safety you can equip yourself with brightly colored gloves or with reflective details for better visibility by motorists.
Be careful, dark colors absorb the sun's rays which turn into heat. Therefore, choose light colors in summer and dark colors in winter.
If the weather conditions are unstable, don't hesitate to take with you sleeves if the temperature drops or a raincoat if it starts to rain. It is very compact, light and easy to carry.very compact, light and easy to fold. Slip it into your back pocket, it won't get in your way.
When mountain biking, even in hot weather, choose long sleeves to protect yourself in case of a fall but also from branches that can scratch you during your ride. During very intense enduro rides, it is advisable to wear at least a back protector to protect yourself in case of a fall. In this case, it is necessary to wear a loose-fitting jersey and take a size above to not be cramped and keep a good freedom of movement. A water-repellent fabric is ideal for the outing in the forest. It will protect you from water projections and will keep you dry.
In winter, a classic winter jacket can be sufficient, but it is preferable for long and intense outings to equip yourself with a Gore-tex jacket, because it will be windproof, waterproof, thermal and will evacuate moisture. It will therefore allow you to stay warm and dry.
On the road, in summer, a short bib short is ideal, to avoid tanning marks you can equip yourself with different lengths of bib shorts and alternate. If the temperature drops, don't hesitate to take leggings with you.
In winter, a long, thermal, water-repellent bib short is ideal. It will keep you warm and protect you from a thin layer of rain. During heavy rain, your shorts will soak up water and may penalize your performance. In this case, choose the Gore-tex membrane.
The most important part of a cycling shorts is the chamois. Indeed, it is the main factor of your comfort. If your saddle is already padded you can use a basic seat insert, but if this is not the case and you are doing a long effort, it is advisable to use a thick seat insert with a high performance padding.
For urban cycling, waterproof pants allow you to stay dry, but it is important that they are not too wide to avoid discomfort and snagging at the bottom bracket.
For those who are not very comfortable with automatic pedals, simple sports sneakers may suffice. However, beware of the laces that can get caught in the crankset and cause you to fall.
For long, high-performance mountain biking or road rides, a lightweight pair of shoes with cleats and a BOA clamping system is ideal. It helps to maintain your footing and improve your performance. A double tightening system (BOA or scratch on the front) improves the tightening of your foot.
For enduro rides, a pair of shoes with a boa system and a reinforced sole to absorb shocks will allow you to ride down any slope. Provided you have wide pedals that grip well.
In winter, equip yourself with shoe covers to keep your feet warm and dry!
For the socks, it's up to you if you feel better in high or low socks. The high socks allow you in mountain biking and enduro to protect your legs from branches and projections. On the road, they give you good support and play a compression role.
Merino wool socks are the most versatile socks. In fact, they wick away moisture They wick away moisture much better than synthetic materials and keep your feet cool and dry in summer and warm in winter. Antibacterial, unlike polyester, these socks will not retain any unpleasant odor after repeated use.
Glasses not only protect you from the sun, but also from wind and debris, it is important to choose them according to the need and the discipline. For the road, choose a light frame with a glass that improves colors and contrasts for better visibility and protection against the wind.
In mountain biking, the climate is darker, so it is interesting to take a suitable glass or a lens without tint and wide that covers the face well, because debris is more frequent. The same goes for enduro, but it seems especially important to choose a mask that fits your helmet.
For those who practice several disciplines, it is best to choose a frame with interchangeable lenses or a photochromic lens that will adapt to the sun's rays.
In order to function, our body needs energy, which it draws from our food (carbohydrates and lipids). Our carbohydrate reserves allow for about 90 minutes of intense activity.
However, during a long and energy consuming physical activity, our energy expenditure triples. It is therefore important to always leave with cereal bars or energy gels.
You must therefore make sure you fill up on carbohydrates every hour to be able to produce an optimal effort.
During physical activity, a large amount of water is eliminated through perspiration.
"1% of the body weight eliminated in water reduces muscular performance by 10%".
Good hydration is therefore essential to avoid the appearance of injuries, pain and a decrease in your performance.
It is recommended to drink in small sips every 10 to 15 minutes. Use a water bottle or a water bag for longer rides.
Never leave home without a good multi-tool, as it solves most of the problems encountered on your bike. A puncture kit and a pump are not to be neglected, because depending on the rigidity of your tire, it can be removed and reassembled by hand. But this is not always the case.
Also, fixing your tire will allow you to finish your ride. The ideal tool is a flat tool that can easily fit in the back pocket of a jersey, in a backpack or in a saddlebag.
To go faster, you can equip your bike with tubeless tires to avoid punctures or you can get a quick inflator with CO2 cartridges.
We know when we leave, but we don't always know when we're coming back! A lamp allows not only to be seen... but also to see! It is thus important to choose it well, according to its autonomy and its power. Some lamps have several lighting modes which can be interesting when you practice several disciplines.
SMARTPHONE ACCESSORIES :
An attachment for your phone allows you to have a good visibility if you use a GPS or a performance calculation application. On the road, choose its location carefully so that it doesn't get in the way. When riding a mountain bike, you should choose a more solid mount because the vibrations are stronger. You can also equip your phone with a protective touch case to protect it from water splashes and dust.