HELMET: A current, U.S. CPSC safety rated helmet is a must when you’re riding.
GLOVES: Protect your hands in case of a fall. Look for a gel pad to keep from getting numbness during your ride.
JERSEY: A cycling jersey should fit comfortably snug and have pockets along the back for food and other essentials.
SHORTS/BIBS: Cycling shorts should also fit snug and have a comfortable chamois. Look for something with flat lock stitching and multiple panels for ease of movement.
SHOES: Cycling shoes, unlike tennis shoes, provide a stiff platform for your foot. This platform provides a better power transfer to the pedal and can reduce foot fatigue.