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Mountain Bikers Prefer Baggy Clothes
Where the road cyclist requires a more tight fitting attire to cope with the aerodynamics of pedaling non-stop, the preferred clothing of a mountain biker is becoming somewhat of a different taste. Baggy clothing is becoming very popular in the downhill cyclist’s wardrobe as the preferred choice of clothing. There is still much debate as to how much of this caters for style or functionality, as well as the choice coming down to personal preference. However, baggy clothing certainly allows for the cyclist to blend in with general day to day activities such as stops at the shops, as well as being very practical.
Some downhill cyclists prefer the loose fitting material as a tight fit is not always required in this particular sector of cycling. They also feel that the baggy fit is more comfortable and hard wearing so you would not be as susceptible to snags and tears as you may be with tight fitting Lycra or Xpandx clothing. Baggy cycling shorts have been manufactured with the cross country and downhill cyclist in mind, offering support by way of a padded stretch liner with the outer short being made out of polyester, nylon or a similar durable material. Off-road cycling jerseys are also available, these offer a looser cut that have the look of cotton but are generally made from polyester. These jerseys often contain pockets that can be fasten with Velcro or zips; another advantage if you happen to be going over bumpy terrain and you don't fancy leaving a trail of possessions behind you.
Front zippers on cycling jerseys are used to control the ventilation; zip size can start from 5” to full length and can be adjusted accordingly to the cyclist’s preference. Baggy clothing is purposely oversized to allow for users to wear the necessary protective pads underneath. Although baggy, the clothing still offers resistant to moisture which again is a major asset to any cyclist.
Others may suggest that the reason baggy clothing has become popular in downhill cycling, not to mention mountain biking overall, is to set a trend for those who may be looking to enter at a professional level. The idea being that it sets them apart from say the likes of road cyclists and places them in their own league, thus separating the confusion between the two to anyone who may be unfamiliar to cycling.
So in conclusion baggy clothing can offer functionality whilst looking stylish, but it's important to balance these factors when purchasing.