Summer clothing

Functional underwear

Nothing feels more uncomfortable than a damp cotton undershirt that sticks to your skin when cold and makes you shiver on a descent and doesn't dry afterwards. Therefore, regardless of the outside temperatures, experienced touring cyclists always wear a functional undershirt directly on the skin. This shirt, made of synthetic fibers, absorbs very little moisture, unlike a cotton undershirt. Due to its special structure, it transfers the sweat on the skin to the next layer of clothing. The skin thus remains significantly drier than with other undershirts, which is noticeable in a higher skin temperature. Especially in cool weather, the functional undershirt therefore always feels warm and dry.

The materials used are polyamide or polyester. Functional shirts are available sleeveless, with short and long sleeves. A short-sleeved undershirt weighs only 90 g and dries on the line in less than an hour. Unfortunately, the fabrics of some manufacturers sometimes tend to take on a musty smell. For a good functional shirt you have to invest between 30,- € and 60,- €. An amount that is worthwhile in any case, because the ride comfort increases and the risk of catching a cold decrease. In cold temperatures, people like to wear thicker and more densely woven undershirts in thermal quality. An insulating mid-layer of thin fleece or other thermal fabric also makes sense at temperatures below freezing.


The next layer above the undershirt is the jersey. Mostly made of cotton 30 years ago, jerseys today are made of various synthetic fibers. The synthetic fibers, like the functional undershirt, absorb little sweat and do not soak up moisture. Thick jersey fabrics, some with a roughened interior, are designed for cooler days and thin materials are suitable for hot days. Jerseys with full-length, long zippers or without sleeves provide the necessary wind cooling on hot days during climbs but carry the risk of trapping insects. A good fit is also important: Above all, the back should not be too short to provide sufficient protection for the kidneys. Sewn-on pockets on the back provide storage space for a rain jacket, energy bars, keys and the cell phone. Valuables can often be safely stored in a small zipper pocket. If this is missing, a large safety pin helps to securely fasten keys. For cooler days, there are long-sleeved jerseys, also with a long zipper as a jersey jacket.

Cycling shorts

The cycling shorts differ from other sports shorts by a sewn-in pants pad. The pad prevents chafing of the seat, cushions it somewhat and protects against cold. This is done by means of the terry insert in the front area. The pants should fit snugly in the pelvic area, not wrinkle or pinch. Bib shorts protect the kidney area from cooling but are somewhat cumbersome when visiting the toilet. Cycling shorts are available in tight-fitting and wide cut with inner shorts.

Cycling underpants with seat padding also serve their purpose under shorts or long pants. If possible, cycling shorts should be washed after every long ride to prevent germs from the padding being massaged into the skin. Inflammation of the seat would be the result. For cooler seasons, there are three-quarter length and long pants, each also with straps. For long pants are usually used thicker fabrics, roughened from the inside.

Rain jacket and pants

In any case, a rain jacket or multifunctional jacket belongs to the equipment, because it is not only used during rainy rides or sudden showers but is also put on during longer descents or in the evening. The rain jacket should have an extended back to protect against splashing water. Some models have a hood in the collar and various zippers for ventilation. Rain jackets of simpler quality are made of waterproof and windproof material, while high-quality jackets are made of waterproof, but still breathable fabric. A breathable rain jacket performs well, especially in bad weather, because it also keeps dirt away from the clothing underneath.