Shorts, gloves and shoes for comfort
You don’t need to dress head to toe in shiny Lycra to be comfortable on your bike, but a few key accessories can help. Padded cycling shorts or briefs are designed to be worn next to your skin, they offer some extra protection when sat on the saddle and are seam free so nothing rubs or chafes. You can wear them under your ordinary street clothes.
If you are riding a long way, padded gloves can help absorb some of the vibrations from the handle bar and help you grip if your hands get sweaty.
Finally, shoes – some cyclists like to use shoes that clip-in to the pedals but if you prefer to wear ordinary shoes and use flat pedals that is fine too. A firm sole helps you to pedal more powerfully and spreads the pressure of pushing down on the pedals.
Ask the experts
Riding a bike should not hurt! If you are feeling pain anywhere it is your body telling you something is wrong. A trip to a Shimano Service Center will help you get on the path to cycling comfort, you may need to upgrade some parts of your bike or get further help with your bike fit. Listen to your body, get some advice and get back to the joy of cycling.