What To Wear While Cycling In A City

What To Wear While Cycling In A City

New to cycling in an urban environment? It can often be tricky to know what to wear and when. In this video, we check out the clothing options available to you for city cycling.

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As road cyclists, we are used to being in lycra, but what should we wear whilst cycling in the city? It can often be tricky, especially if you don’t have anywhere to change when you reach your destination, be it for work or shopping. Wearing bright colours help you to be seen by other road users and can help improve safety. We also discuss what type of clothing you should wear, including the type of fabric and it’s weather durability. Once you’ve used our top tips, you’ll feel and cool and comfortable when riding in the city!

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  1. Adam Miłoszewicz on July 23, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Does somebody know what company bikes are these?

  2. Christian Greven on July 23, 2019 at 12:44 am

    What bike is si on?

  3. Lee Harrold on July 23, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Emma looks like every supply teacher I ever had 😂

  4. aman saad on July 23, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Schindelhauer is simply an awesome bike. Looks cool. Paired with Automatix just makes it even better.

  5. academyrulz on July 23, 2019 at 12:50 am

    "What to wear while cycling in a city".. GCN shows us flat black and other neutral colored bikes, dark apparel , and just about nothing bright except for some bright colors on the helmet, even though one of their segments not long ago was about how the brighter colors make you much more visable in city traffic and how it improves safety.. That being the case wouldn’t recommending bright colors for city riders be the correct and SAFE thing to do.. You know, anything but the neutral colors depicted here that all blend in to the greys,tans, and blacks that make up the city /urban landscape.. At one point a cyclists rides by in the safety yellow over jacket behind the shot .. I saw him/ her plain as day.. But the presenters all just kind of blend with the pedestrians.. Just saying, don’t preach safety, PRACTICE it..

  6. Global Cycling Network on July 23, 2019 at 12:52 am

    What do you wear when cycling through the city?

  7. ibrahim s on July 23, 2019 at 12:54 am

    very nice

  8. Tony Williams on July 23, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Paramo cycling jeans, nice and light and showerproof with normal tee shirt or Merino base. Depending on temp either Paramo Ciclo jacket or Montane windproof. Gore-Tex lined walking trainers . All -except jeans – double up as my walking gear and are fine for strolling around in.

  9. Stephan Gutknecht on July 23, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Does Chris intentionally wear shorts? I got some legs, too (not quite as his, but training paid off) and cant wear jeans anymore because EVERYTHING is skinny. I hate skinny jeans.
    My only way out of this misery are quite acceptable looking bermuda shorts but brace yourselves, winter is coming. bermuda shorts wont do anymore i guess.
    Maybe some Travolta fashion tips? 😀

  10. Evidence of a Fabulous Life-Shawshank on July 23, 2019 at 12:55 am

    3:11, I thought Emma was going to take off! Great stuff….Ride on! Tim

  11. grebrim on July 23, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Cycling in big cities is crazy dangerous. Don’t do it.

  12. Grant Ferstat on July 23, 2019 at 12:57 am

    I’m always struggling to find reasonably priced commuter cycling gear…stuff that is neither road lycra or baggies but is still comfortable.

  13. Spoofy Tofuwu on July 23, 2019 at 12:58 am

    meanwhile in a tropical country near the equator…

  14. Vin Delanos on July 23, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Another great video, guys!
    I’m fortunate to have access to showers at my office. For the commute, I’ve settled in on Mountain bike shorts/liners and mountainbike shoes/clips, and have come to find them so comfortable, easy and surprisingly stylish that even if I’m out on a casual ride they are my go-to. Wear whatever shirt is appropriate for the ride/destination, but on commute I go high-vis.

  15. Walt Jansen on July 23, 2019 at 1:00 am

    All dutch people laughingXD

  16. us gearbest on July 23, 2019 at 1:00 am

  17. James Bailey on July 23, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Thank you so much. Without this video advice, I would still be riding to work wearing just a blindfold and a pair of headphones 🙄

  18. Blueberry Pie on July 23, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Any tips for city committing but on a road bike?

  19. Gary Brown on July 23, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Enjoyed this video immensely. Roadies doing a dedicated ride in lycra have their place, but most of us ride our bikes more to get somewhere or to enjoy the day, and we’re wearing regular clothing.

  20. rosenfeld8 on July 23, 2019 at 1:02 am

    It would be nice to see urban bike reviews too!
    perhaps even compared to gravel bikes and road bikes

  21. Brice Sechrist on July 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I have found that longer underwear (8" or so) doesn’t ride up causing me to have to pull it back down after the ride. I have also come to find underwear that has a pouch for men’s nether regions really helps with keeping it all together and more comfortable.
    My favorite is saxx quest 2.0.
    The weather changes fast in west Texas, not to rain, but temp wise. I always carry a wind jacket in my backpack when I bike to school. It helps to cut the north winds and can act as a short-term rain jacket.
    Stretchy pants and shorts are a must now, they are more expensive to look nice as well, but they have improved cycling immensily.
    An active synthetic insulation layer is great as it helps keep you warm but can expel heat easier. I have the arcteryx atom LT. (expensive)
    Last thing is I keep rubber/latex gloves in my saddle bag for drivetrain repairs, and if it gets really cold they can help for a while.

    Hope this helps someone.

  22. Rejick Mukherjee on July 23, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Finally something logical about commute

  23. what Cheap on July 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Dahon 20” now only $645 ◾️ https://amzn.to/2BGlmfw

  24. AP MIAMI on July 23, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Where can I buy that gray bike with the fenders at, online?

  25. Sc4va on July 23, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Anyone knows the model of the front rack of the gray bike? Thanks!

  26. Tiberius Moon on July 23, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Cycling runs on fat and makes you money. Driving runs on money and makes you fat. go figure. .

  27. Mike Smith on July 23, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I wear
    For hot day’s : shorts low cut socks regular shoe’s ( sorry not riding clipless yet ) workout shirt with wicking material ( works the same as cycling jursy with out the hi cost ) and fingerless gloves
    Cold day’s : almost the same just add more long sleeve shirt with wicking material wind braker sweater over that full finger gloves work out long pants I call them leggings ha ha ha ha sounds funny but yeah and shorts over for my head/face just a ninja mask or face/kneck mask my face mask also works as head cover 8 ways to use
    For rain : rain what is that ?????? Sorry I live in California rain is rear here but I guess I will be the same as my cold gear
    So thats my biking wear it work’s o and yes this is to work and at work I ride my bike for my line of work only difference is I put a uniform over it

  28. Outdated Tastes on July 23, 2019 at 1:20 am

    I was considering going to a thrift ship and buying a dressy type of shirt. cutting the sleeves off, and using them to stay out of the sun. and maybe using the rest of the shirt to cover my neck

  29. andersen hutapea on July 23, 2019 at 1:21 am

    What are those bicycles you guys rode? Can you name those 3 beautiful things? Im from Indonesia and im curious …

  30. Douwe Bloot on July 23, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Youtube is full of how the Dutch have done it. They travel by masses in normal daily clothes without a helmet (a helmet keeps people of bikes). Just kick out the cars in the center of cities. Make the roads save for bikes. The Brits just have to choose for bikes instead of choosing for the car/helmet.

  31. LedMV007 on July 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Who makes those shorts he wearing!?

  32. Sivanesh Nash on July 23, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Need to know what that bag holder on the front of si’s bike is called, I’m looking for one of those.

  33. Abderrahmen Besbes on July 23, 2019 at 1:26 am

    i like your advice very much, i personally use normal cloths, clip my pants (both pant) with fluorescent band and try not to cycle too hard when it’s wet or hot

  34. Janek l on July 23, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Can you write on what models of bikes were you riding on? Because they look really cool especially with belt drivetraines 🙂

  35. Cowtownbaldie on July 23, 2019 at 1:26 am

    If I am going to be in traffic, I throw on a bright coloured vest for sure. Looks silly, but so does being run over by a car or bus. Some cyclist commuters I have seen have invested on those high visibility industrial jackets, but they would be hot in summer.

  36. Philip Wooldridge on July 23, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Can you all wear socks please, this isn’t GTN commuting.

  37. Shadd Bradshaw on July 23, 2019 at 1:28 am

    What front pannier bag does Si have ?

  38. Julian Lam on July 23, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I think the most important takeaway from this video is the necessity of getting a pair of Si’s socks with the bicycle print.

  39. DAnger Mouse on July 23, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Aaarrr Emma… we miss Emma.

  40. Horizons on July 23, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Where was this filmed?

  41. IAmProcrastinatingRightNow on July 23, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Many jean brands sell pairs that are very stretchy and perfect for shorter commutes (my favourites are Extreme Flex from American Eagle). They don’t move or chafe around the seat area, don’t limit motion, don’t slide down and are tighter around the ankles. Perfect for more casual offices or commuting students

  42. Gert on July 23, 2019 at 1:31 am

    This video would be a lot shorter in The Netherlands :-)…. Just take your bike and go to work, done. No special clothes needed, if you need to wear a suit and tie at work, no problem, you will even look stylish on your bike. Also no helmet needed here because of our great road safety and cycle paths which are separated from the roads… and flip flops are actually great to cycle with in summer…

  43. Lazulion Productions on July 23, 2019 at 1:32 am

    This was really encouraging because it I was feeling self-conscious about using running shoes while cycling, but now I know is it possible to wear "regular" shoes and it’s ok!

  44. Bushylingus on July 23, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I just wear y-fronts when it’s hot.

  45. yu翠 on July 23, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Do you need knee support for cycling?

  46. Gary on July 23, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Just in case I get caught in the rain I keep 2 plastic bags in my pack and 2 rubber bands they work great to keep your shoes dry they are cheap and easily replaced.

  47. Gerardo de Guzman on July 23, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Excellent tips and yet another awesome video by GCN. It would be great to have a list of the gear and clothing featured in the videos.

  48. Bertstyle on July 23, 2019 at 1:37 am

    What make/brand is the jacket that Emma wears in the film? It’s nice.

  49. Nova Indra on July 23, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I go to work with folding bike

  50. luckymouse1988 on July 23, 2019 at 1:41 am

    My problem with those lovely wind and water resistant jackets is that I end up sweating like crazy when wearing them, so I´m saved from water from the outside yet tormented by water from the inside.