One of the great myths of cycling is that to be a cyclist, is that you must be attached to your pedals while wearing a full-on bodysuit showing off the contours of your body. Fortunately, you do not need to wear lycra to ride a bike, nor have your feet attached to your bike to be a cyclist.

When thinking about what clothing to buy, you should ask yourself: “What do I feel safe and comfortable in?”

Lycra shorts are a must for longer journeys as they give your derriere much-needed protection from hours spent sat on your saddle. However, if you do not feel confident just wearing them, then you can always put some sport shorts on top. Tight-fitting lycra and cycling jerseys are not your only option when riding a bike, make comfort your priority. The same principle applies to shoes. If you are new to cycling, your trainers or plimsoll will do (avoid flip flops or high heels). When you are ready cleats are a great way to upgrade your ride, and then you can start looking at cycling-specific shoes.

The weather and time of year play a big part in the clothing that you should wear. The best way to be prepared come rain or shine is by buying clothes that you can layer up (literally wear on top of each other). The best under layers keep you warm when it is cold and help cool you down during the warmer months. If you are looking for cycling clothing for daily use, Merino wool is a perfect material as it has natural anti-bacterial properties. Do not forget to invest in a good quality reflective waterproof jacket, preferably one that is relatively portable and compact, so that you can carry it all the time and not get caught out by a surprise shower.