I'm more than a bit self-conscious. Do I really have to wear the lycra gear typically worn by most road cyclists?
Most cyclists will start of with the intention of staying well clear of lycra - after all there are not many people who actually look good in it. Much depends on your purpose for riding.
If you just have a short commute into work then wearing lycra for the morning scramble to work may be considered overkill. But if you have a long commute or are out on a long weekend ride then you may be better served by lycra.
It has its advantages, most notably it’s won’t catch on your chain, plus there’s very little air resistance and it’s very quick drying. At the end of the day, you can wear what you want, although as all road cyclists will tell you’ll eventually crack and end up wearing it.
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