Although many cyclists pay the most attention to core cycling apparel like cycling shorts, cycling tights, and cycling jackets, cycling accessories are also essential to ensure that your riding experience is cycling. When selecting cycling accessories, the cyclist can target the following key cycling accessory categories:

During those chilly days when it is too cold to just wear a sleeveless or short sleeved cycling jersey, but not cold enough to bundle up in multiple layers, cycling arm warmers are a perfect accessory to utilize to maintain warmth in your arms. Below are a few benefits of cycling arm warmers:

• Should the weather warm up resulting in the arm warmers feeling too hot, they are light enough that they can be taken off and stored away in the back pockets of your cycling jersey.

• Cycling arm warmers act as a protective barrier between forearms and arm rest pads if riding in aero position on aero bars

• Some cycling arm warmers provide sun protection in addition to warmth

• Some cycling arm warmers do have reflective piping which is beneficial when riding in the dark

• High quality cycling arm warmer fabrics wick moisture quickly

Cycling Arm Coolers

Contrary to cycling arm warmers, cycling arm coolers are perfect for the warmer days when you want to keep your arms cooler and protect them from the dangerous rays from the sun. Below are benefits of using arm coolers:

• Cycling arm coolers provide excellent moisture management and wicking properties

• Cycling arm coolers keep your arms cooler by several degrees resulting in a lower body temperature which results in a lower heart rate

• Some cycling arm coolers do provide sun protection from UV rays

• Compression fit of some cycling arm coolers minimize muscle vibrations resulting in arms feeling better after long rides

• Some cycling arm coolers utilize antimicrobial treatments to the fabrics used during construction which results in the minimization and possibly elimination of odors

Cycling Leg Warmers / Knee Warmers

During those chilly days when it is too cold to just wear cycling shorts, but not cold enough to wear cycling tights, cycling leg warmers are a perfect accessory to utilize to maintain heat in your legs. Below are a few benefits of cycling leg warmers / knee warmers:

• Should the weather warm up resulting in the cycling leg or knee warmers feeling too hot, they are light enough that they can be taken off and stowed away in the back pockets of your cycling jersey

• Some cycling leg and knee warmers provide sun protection in addition to warmth

• Some cycling leg and knee warmers do have reflective piping which is beneficial when riding in the dark

• High quality cycling leg and knee warmer fabrics wick moisture quickly

• Some cycling leg and knee warmers do provide compression which results in better circulation and enhances recovery by minimizing lactic acid build-up. Leg and knee warmers with compression will also enhance performance by minimizing fatigue (because of better circulation resulting in muscles that are better oxygenated).

 

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