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Biking Clothes Bay City MI

Biking clothes shops sell bike shorts, cycling T-shirts, bib shorts, arm warmers, cycling jackets, recumbent shorts, cycling helmets and more. See below to find local biking clothes suppliers in Bay City that give access to other bicycling products such as hydration products, and bike carriers, as well as advice and content on reflective gear.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(989) 793-3346
West Valley Shopping Center
Saginaw, MI
 
Gander Mountain
(989) 791-3510
2270 Tittabawassee Rd Gander Mountain #174
Saginaw, MI
 
Franks Great Outdoors
(989) 697-5341
1212 N Huron
Linwood, MI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(248) 608-9696
Winchester Mall
Rochester Hills, MI
 
The Hope Soccer Camp
1145 W. Chippewa Dr. Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Dicks Sporting Goods #94
(989) 793-3346
3343 Tittabawassee Rd Saginaw
Saginaw, MI
 
The Stable Of Saginaw Inc
(989) 799-0601
300 S Hamilton St Stable Outdoor
Saginaw, MI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(586) 949-0760
50580 Waterside Drive
Chesterfield Twp, MI
 
University of Michigan Boys Soccer Camp
1931 Duffield St
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(517) 702-1300
2801 Preyde Boulevard
Lansing, MI
 

Clothing Issues and Tips

 



Early Spring and Fall Rides

Riding in the "bench" seasons (to steal a term from the cuise lines) and dealing with the temperatures and precipitation issues provides it's own set of demands in the clothing arena. Many times having the correct clothing will save the day by keeping you comfortable, safe (by avoiding hypothermia) and allow you to finish your planned route. Ideally these will be items that you can stuff in a jersey pocket when not needed.

The theory is that if you keep your core (head/chest) warm, your xtremities (toes/fingers) will stay warm as well. So if you have to choose, take that fleece vest and skull cap before you pack the leg warmers.

Be ready for unexpected downpours. It may be sunny when you leave the house, but storms brew quickly. When you get doused while wearing shorts and a short-sleeve jersey on a cool day, it can get mighty cold. But who wants to lug full rain gear when it might not rain at all? Here's a minimal, easy-to-carry kit for days when the weather can't make up its mind.

  • Lightweight rain shell It won't have all the bells and whistles of a serious rain jacket, but it will roll up compactly. It'll block rain and hold in body heat, which is the key to preventing not just the chills but dangerous hypothermia. These jackets are affordable at about $20-$30. It's smart to choose a bright color for better visibility. Reflective material makes you even safer.

  • Helmet liner If you can keep your head warm, the rest of your body will follow. A light, synthetic skull cap covers your ears and holds precious heat next to your noggin. For those of us a little thin on hair, this is an especially big help.

  • Arm and knee warmers Easy to carry and stuff into that jersey pocket are arm warmers which can convert a short-sleeve jersey to long sleeves (and they can be worn under a rain shell to act as a jacket liner). If a bit too warm (or you just don't want to stop at the moment, they can be slipped down around the wrists to reduce overheating and then pulled back up on wind chilled descents. Knee warmers or full-length leg warmers prevent even more heat loss. and can be added for those early morning rides late/early in the season. Here are some "warmer" tips.

    • Wear leg warmers or knee warmers under your cycling short's legs. Either put on the warmers first, and then the spandex, OR roll back the shorts and pull the warmers to mid-thigh. Then roll the shorts back down. The overlap will help hold the warmers in place.
    • Arm warmers the same. Jersey sleeves overlap.
    • If you are wearing tights, wear regular cycling shorts underneath. Although tights may have a a liner, this will eliminate the need to wash the tights after every ride.

    • Vest A lightweight poly vest with windstop fleece technology, or with a nylon front adds warmth to your core and can protect during a light drizzle. Add a rain shell and arm warmers and you have a lined jacket.

    • Over-gloves You're already weari...

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