In November, Denver-based Primal Wear launched a new line of cycling apparel, HT.A, that takes a rider from the bike to a day at the office or an evening out with friends. HT.A stands for “Happy Trails Apparel.” The new line provides some interesting and versatile options to add to your cycling wardrobe. I had seen some of the line at Interbike last September. Then just before Christmas the company contacted John Marsh and me to see if we would like to try anything. I selected the Ella Hoodie in navy blue. (John selected the Thelonious 3/4 stretch button-down shirt. His comments will follow mine.)
You should choose road-cycling shorts based on the quality of materials and construction. But also crucial is how well they conform to your unique anatomy. Sometimes a relatively inexpensive pair may work better for you than a high-zoot model. Here are guidelines that'll point you toward better choices.
I'm a beginning roadie although I have been a marathon runner for many years. I think I've done everything right in making the switch. I went to a reputable shop, got a good bike fit and bought clothes and accessories. But one item that some cyclists wear has me stumped. Do "toe covers" (for lack of a better term) actually keep feet warm?
On a weeklong tour this summer I plan to stay in motels and carry minimal clothing to save weight. So I'll need to wash out my riding duds each evening. What's the most efficient way, assuming I don't have access to a washer and dryer? We have a couple of tricks that will keep your clothes fresh for the next day.
Synthetic fibers are a great advance in cycling clothing. Depending on the type and application, they can absorb moisture, dry quickly or keep you relatively warm when they're wet. But nearly all synthetics have one drawback, and you nailed it: They retain odor. RBR has some solutions.