By Tim Wiggins
Endurance cycling is all about comfort. Make sure you are comfortable, and you can ride far, and ride fast. These five cycling accessories are products that come with me on any long distance summer cycling adventure.
Headwear is a crucial element in providing comfort over long distances. A cotton cycling cap can shield your eyes and face from the sun, road spray, precipitation, and perspiration, which can all come in abundance on an endurance bike ride. The GripGrab Summer Cycling Cap is a smart and well-made lightweight casquette.
I have used mine to scoop water over my head on sun-baked alpine passes, or to shield me from sleet and snow on rides in inclement weather. I rarely leave home without it.
Your hands are a key contact point with your bike. They provide valuable feedback on the road surface, but also take the brunt of vibrations from the front wheel; as a result you want gloves that strike a balance between letting your hands feel, and also cushioning them for comfort.
The SuperGel Summer Cycling Mitts from GripGrab are the best riding mitts that I have found, and are faultless in their design; providing great comfort over many hours spent behind bars.
Ride far, and your feet will begin to feel it. Wearing hard cotton socks will increase perspiration, increase the chance of hot spots, and do little to cushion your feet from the constant pressure of pedalling. GripGrab Merino Socks are the solution.
The natural wool helps your feet to breathe, and it helps to keep them at the optimal temperature for comfort. The added bonus is that merino wool also captures bacteria within its knit, rather than letting it breed - that means less smelly socks.
The AquaRepel Arm Warmers from GripGrab are a fantastic protective layer to have stuffed in your jersey pocket on summer endurance rides. Hopefully you won't need them, but if you do encounter a long descent, cold morning start, or a sudden shower, then the water repellent finish and fleecy backing on these arm warmers will shield your arms and keep vital warm blood flowing to your hands.
A merino snood might seem like the last thing you would consider for summer endurance riding, but it is one of my favourite pieces of kit.
The GripGrab Merino Head Glove can be soaked in water and worn under your helmet as a cooling layer. It can be worn as a scarf in the early morning to keep the chill off. It can even be worn on the wrists as a sweatband, to wipe perspiration from your brow, and keep your vision clear. The uses are infinite.
The other great thing is that being made from Merino wool, it won't smell like a cheap polyester snood would at the end of a long day of riding.
Five great summer cycling accessories that are perfect for endurance rides.
Consider these products if you have an upcoming endurance cycling challenge like the Etape du Tour, Marmotte, or the Maratona dles Dolomite.
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