Play Harder With Vigor: Sunglasses For Cycling
To continue with our ‘Play Harder Series’, we’re focusing on playing harder while cycling. With spring pretty much here, it’s time to get back outside and dust off your cycling gear. If you’re in the market for some new gear to help you play harder, here’s what we feel are some really strong equipment choices for your next cycling adventure.
When you Play Hard, you need to be free to engage, to move, to react. Vigor’s sunglasses give you that freedom – the freedom of total clarity! Vigor is designed to enable the wearer to engage, focus, react and perform at their peak physical ability, something today’s performance brands have overlooked. Vigor’s custom fit and rugged design let you perform at your physical best. Lightweight, fast, bold – the comfort of shades that feel like a second skin. For cyclists we recommend our NEW 2mm sunglasses with Sunset Amber, All-Weather Rose and Slate Polarized+ Performance Lenses.
Look for a helmet that has full Downhill (DH) certification for use on Enduro Mountain Biking courses, among others. Find a snug, comfortable fit that won’t distract you while riding. Look for convertible helmets; there are ones out there that convert from trail helmets to full-face downhill helmets rather easily. These helmets are great for riders that travel through varying types of terrain.
A bike jersey made of spandex or other form–fitting material reduces wind resistance while you ride. They also wick away sweat to keep you drier. Look for these specific features:
- Stand–up collar to protect your neck in sunny conditions.
- Front zipper for ventilation so you can cool off.
- Wider cut shoulders for arms–forward comfort.
- Sleeves specially shaped for forward leaning.
- Back pockets for easy on–the–go access.
- Longer cut in back for coverage when riding.
- Reflective trim or highlights for night riding.
These differ from street shorts because 1) they add stretch for full freedom of movement, and 2) they have a padded crotch liner to reduce friction and wick moisture. If possible, try several on to determine what padding style best fits you. Road-bike short features you should look for:
- Panel construction
- Padded liner
- Legs: Longer-cut legs and leg grippers prevent saddle chafing and keep shorts in place.
- Waist style: Most road shorts feature stretchy but non-adjustable spandex. A yoga-style cut offers less-restrictive comfort in some women’s styles.
The main considerations when selecting a cycling jacket: Will it keep me warm? And will it keep me dry? Some styles will do both, but consider the following:
A jacket used for biking in B.C. might be different than a jacket used for biking in Northern Ontario. Make sure not to ‘overdress’ or overdo it on the warmth aspect of your jacket. You’ll heat up from the energy expended during your ride. Waterproof jackets are a must if rain is in the forecast. Plenty of jackets are equipped with an oversized hood to fit over your helmet.
Upcoming Race: Paris to Ancaster, ON Canada – April 26 2015
Inspired by the Paris to Roubaix race out of Europe, this race has been going on for the last 22 years. This takes cyclists over the toughest farmlands, gravel roads and trails in the area. Along with the unpredictable spring weather and the biggest group of riders in Canada, the ‘Paris to Ancaster’ race has become a classic adventure that welcomes everyone from casual riders to Canadian Olympic athletes. There are 20, 40 and 70k races available, as well as a kid’s course (ages 8-12).
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