The Benefits of Wearing Lycra.
Ever wonder why so many cyclist wear Lycra? Well, Lycra is a type of spandex invented by Joseph Shivers all the way back in 1959. It was created to withstand high temperatures while also being very elastic. This makes Lycra the perfect material for exercise and heavy movement.
The fibre inside the material is very stretchy and hold tightly on to the skin so there is no rubbing or chafing, making you as comfortable as it can be. Afterall, spandex is an anagram for “expands”, making the fabric ideal to move around in. It’s possible to wash Lycra repeatedly, but its elastic material makes it last a very long time. No rider wants a loose-fitting top that bunches up, or something too tight that it doesn’t move with them. Therefore, Lycra is one of the best materials to cycle with, especially around the legs.
Lycra is great to hold padding in shorts, making long rides more durable for your body. The stretchiness of the Lycra is also beneficial when cyclists move around the bike seat. It’s slick and won’t pitch or pull when cycling off-road on rough mountains or rocky trails. Despite this, it won’t let you slip off. Spandex and Lycra are quick drying materials which keeps your body cool while also absorbing unwanted sweat.
When racing, it can be neck and neck. Races are won by the millisecond and being as air resistant as possible is important. Lycra has a tight-fitting style which allows the cyclist to go as fast as they possibly can. This is because the material doesn’t bunch up or lump on the skin, it’s smooth and very aerodynamic.
When riding, whether it be during races, off-road or even cycling to work, the benefits of wearing Lycra can help a lot. Keeping cool and dry, expanding for comfort and even becoming more aerodynamic. The correct quality apparel can really make a difference. Happy cycling!
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