¾ length shorts ¾ length shorts are perfect for when the weather is just slightly too cold for shorts but not cold enough for tights.. Lycra ¾ shorts are made from the same heavier weight fabric as tights and have a padded insert. Baggy ¾ shorts are perfect for mountain biking as they are more robust and usually have a removable padded liner. Merlin Cycles stock a range of ¾ length shorts from brands including Altura and Morvelo.
Base layers Base layers are designed to be worn next to the skin to wick moisture away helping the body to regulate temperature better. They are best used as the first part of a layering system as the first layer, then a warmer middle layer and a water or windproof outer. Available in long and short sleeve, compression and windfronted versions. Merlin Cycles stock a range of men’s cycling clothing from brands including Castelli, BBB and Sportful.
Cycling jerseys Cycling jerseys are designed to provide comfort to the wearer in various weather conditions. They are available in short sleeve, long sleeve, with or without rear pockets, short zips, full zips or for mountain biking no zips, and from the thinnest summer weight to the thickest winter thermal with every possible variation in between. Merlin Cycles stock a huge range of cycling jerseys from brands including Funkier, Etxeondo and Craft.
Cycling Pants and Tights Cycling tights keep knees and muscles warmer in cold weather and are available with or without bibs and padded or non padded. Cycling specific waterproof overtrousers offer protection against wind and rain without being overly bulky, while for mountain biking there’s heavier motocross style pants offering more protection or over trousers for keeping the elements out. Merlin Cycles stock a range of cycling pants and tights from brands including One Industries, Nalini, Montane and Lusso.
Cycling Outer Jackets Cycling jackets and gilets tend to be water and/or wind resistant with modern fabrics and design techniques allowing moisture to escape from the inside while keeping wind and rain on the outside. Along with a good base and middle layer, a layering system will help you get the best from each garment. Merlin Cycles stock a wide range of cycling outer jackets from brands including Skins, Race Face, POC and Northwave.
Cycling Shorts Cycling shorts have a padded insert around the seat area providing cushioning and helping avoid chaffing. Lycra shorts have an elasticised waist or shoulder bibs and a leg gripper to keep them in place. Baggy shorts with a padded liner are also available as are padded boxer shorts to wear under normal clothes. Merlin Cycles stock a wide range of cycling shorts from brands including SixSixOne, TroyLee and Santini.