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Helmet

Be sure to choose something lightweight with plenty of ventilation. This is Texas, after all. What’s foremost in your helmet selection is that it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards (there will be a sticker on the inside if it does). Fashion: This is not the place where you want to save your pennies. Get a high-end quality helmet. Weight and ventilation make a huge difference on those longer rides. Go neutral on the color; that way, you can make your fashion statements with jerseys and shorts. And socks. And gloves. And, well, you get it. Function: It’s got to be cool; it’s got to be light; it’s got to be safe. And, it has to fit. Many of the newer helmets have fine adjustments knobs that ensure the helmet fits completely snug. And, as a bonus, those knobs allow you to wear a cap on cooler days without having to buy a new lid. For more information about helmets, visit the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (helmets.org/guide.htm)

Shades

Wear them over, not under, your helmet straps. Fashion: Style, style, style! Make your fellow cyclists do a double take here. Most brands now have multiple lenses available, so your look can be constantly varied. If you want to put the exclamation point at the end of the sentence, try one of the custom color programs that many sunglass companies offer. Function: Tucking the arms under your helmet straps can push the earpieces into the sides of your head, creating unwanted pressure. Wearing your shades over your straps allows you to quickly and easily pop them off or prop them up on your helmet if they get fogged or splattered with some bodily fluids (preferably your own). If you choose to invest, you can get prescription lenses made for many sports sunglasses, which allow you to look good and see well at the same time.

Cycling Shorts

Sport them form fitting, not ill fitting. Fashion: Triathletes rock them! Roadies prefer a short with built-in overalls, aka bibs. It may sound crazy, but we love bibs! Function: High-tech cycling clothing is designed to breathe, wick moisture, and feel comfortable against your body. If it's flapping in the breeze, it's not serving its purpose. You also want to make sure that your clothing is not too tight. You need to be able to breathe!

Looking good makes you feel good, so enjoy the ride—and look good while doing it. afm

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