Top 10 Clothing Innovations That Changed Cycling

published on July 18, 2020

Modern day clothing has come on leaps and bounds from in cycling first began technology and science has advanced what we were for the better but are the key of revolutions in cycling clothing that I've changed for good here are top picks spandex or as recyclers I'd like to call

It micro was invented in 1958 I guess Madonna kind of ruined the word spandex for but whatever you call it like Ray is a synthetic fiber known for its incredible elasticity and it revolutionized a cycling clothing

Completely lycra just fits the bill it's the perfect material for cycling it's tight fitting it's aerodynamic it's lightweight it's quick-drying and it's strong and due to his incredible elasticity it returns to its original

Shape after being stretched before the world of lycra it was a woolly place it was the go-to material for pros even though it was stretchy and itchy and when it was wet its sagged like a bag of potatoes I am thankful for the invention

Of lycra to say the least oh and you can see Hank trying to ride in woollen clothing right here another cycling clothing revolutions we are all extremely grateful for is the

Synthetic chamois pre in nineteen fifties the chamois just didn't exist you were just sat on your wooden shorts on a leather saddle and well you just dealt with the chafing sounds very unpleasant post 1940s shammies were made

From leather a mod improvement I guess and he needed a cream to help soften the leather and the leather of choice was of course a deer a soft and supple leather apparently it wasn't until the 1980s that a modern-day chamois became a

Staple for clothing manufacturers made from microfiber with a foam padding it revolutionized comfort on the saddle and I think our bottoms are quite grateful for the shopping the assholes a corona suit was the

First-ever skin suit to be used and that was in 1978 at the track World Championships in Munich it was a game-changer at the time and a definite aerodynamic advantage compared to the shorts and jersey combo other

Manufacturers scrambled to copy Asus's design and make their own version of the skin sue only took two years until every rider at the track World Championships in Moscow wore skin sue these days skin suits are the TT garment

Of choice but they have snuck in at two Road races with most riders are wearing them with every race they do the speed suit is basically a skin suit but with pockets in the back making it easier to riders to carry gels and race food

However it's surprising how much time it actually took to catch on many riders still wear shorts and jersey i remember just a few years back if you turned up to a race in a speed suit everybody thought you were weird fashion can be

Stubborn sometimes okay so maybe not clothing but a clothing accessory I guess in the very first Tour de France riders use glasses similar to motorbike goggles which were used on descents and on very dusty roads

Modern day sunglasses are dramatically different they have different shade levels and duv anti-fog light weight and shutter proof Oakley's factory pilot eyes shades were the first of what can be described as the modern look of

Cycling sunglasses first used in 1984 they set the tone for cycling shades in the modern era the first real helmet was invented by pal auto parts in 1975 and it revolutionized head protection it consisted of a hard outer shell with

Foam like material inside and that was the beginning of the modern helmet we see today before 1975 riders either didn't wear a helmet which is something I just can't imagine or they wore this leather sort of hat tied together with

Wool and they were shown to be pretty ineffective at protecting your head and they had a tendency to rot to 1975 can be seen as a turning point in helmet safety but it wasn't until 2003 the helmets became mandatory in races with

The invention of the modern day helmet manufacturers were trying to find ways to make them more aerodynamic now events kept the head cool but they also created drag which is aerodynamics worst enemy Greg LeMond pioneered the first ever

Aero time trial it when he famously beat Laurent pinion in the 1989 tour taking in the yellow jersey by eight seconds Lamond used Jiro's air head helmet a model which is still going today

A hardshell helmet designed to cut it through the wind it revolutionized a slippery helmets as set the tone for years to come we here at GCM are a big fan of a cap or casket other definitely of their view that caps

And what hats belong in cycling they are just the key part of cycling culture from the early 1800s caps were synonymous in cycling it was the flat cap they used to protect riders from the elements it wasn't until the 1950s of

The cycling cattle we see today became a common place sponsors began branding the caps and they became the true mark of a professional cyclist as a chief but item of clothing they were the perfect simple to support a rider or a team gathered

Jackets were the brainchild of gabrielle brush and this came about in 2010 until then rain jackets were fully waterproof but riders tend to sweat too much and overheat in them rushed wanted a jacket that was waterproof yet

Breathable keeping the rider warm but not overheating and causing them to sweat too much and then getting wet from their own sweat going against the purpose of a waterproof jacket in the first place cast Elliott partnered with

Gore to develop a short sleeve jacket that kept most the rain out also allowed the humidity to get out the gabbert jacket was born and Gabrielle Rush became immortalized in cycling clothing history the cover Ana's invitations I've

Become a staple for pro riders with many riders opting for the Gabba jacket in the early years thomas baccala a French rider was rumored buying each rider in his team a gapper jacket a chopp price all praise the garbage acket

Yes I know it's not really clothing but wait for my point the end a 71 marked a big change in cycling and it was invented in 1971 before Cinelli debuted their first clipless pedals riders used to use a toe strap system without the

Cleese the amis empty ones allowed the riders to clip their shoes straight onto the pedals from this point onwards cycling shoes were made with this in mind the ms70 ones can be seen as a revolutionary year

That led to the shoes we wear today possibly one of the best of revolutions for keeping us warm gore-tex it was invented in 1969 and it changed riding in the rain it was lightweight breathable and waterproof

Gore-tex is a flue of polymer material and it repels of water in drop formed and it allows it to pass through as vapor which is very good for its active cyclist it's quite a weak on its own so it's usually mixed between two stronger

Materials we see gore-tex on many modern cycling clothing and I personally am very grateful for it especially on cold winter wet rides so those were some of the key clothing revolution in cycling but what ones did we miss let us know in

The comment section below or on social media and what are your favorite clothing revolutions in cycling it's the perfect material for cycling it's time fitting the speed suit is now special these days skin suits are the TT

Garment of choice but they have us these days skin suits are the time trial clothing garment these days these days keeps modern day sunglasses are dramatically different different shade levels and duv empty fog lenses the

Lightweight and shatterproof first worn in 1978 intense untamed please a factory pilot eyeshades were the first of what we can describe that has set the looked at for the modern look also on the cheaper end of

The clothing spectrum all praise the gathered jacket

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