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Why Do Cyclists Wear Lycra Fabric? December 18, 2018

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Why Do Cyclists Wear Lycra Fabric?, Manhattan, New York

When you see cyclists ride by, you probably have noticed that every one of them wears tight-fitting clothing. Much of this clothing is made from lycra fabric—this material is a staple of those who bicycle regularly, but why is it the outfit of choice? Below is a brief explanation.

Reasons Cyclists Choose Lycra

Proper Fit

The biggest reason cyclists choose lycra fabric is that it creates the perfect fit. Because the material clings to the skin, bunching and pulling is greatly reduced. Especially for longer rides, properly fitting clothing that does not move around on your body leads to a more comfortable experience. Lycra also reduces chafing, since the fabric protects skin as you pedal.

Lycra jersey tops are available in different sleeve lengths and styles. These shirts feature wicking, which draws perspiration away from your skin, reducing smells and chills when cold air hits a sweaty body. Cycling tops also have gripper hems, which keep the shirts from riding up as you lean over your handlebars.

lycra fabricSleek & Fast

Less bulk means a sleeker design and a faster ride. Because lycra fabric resembles a second skin with no loose areas to weigh down the rider, cyclists can move a lot faster. Tight clothing pushes through wind better, especially at higher speeds. 

Even if you have to layer for colder temperatures, zip-up jackets made from lycra fabric are easily stacked over shirts. There are also cycling gloves that protect your hands in all weather. These mitts feature palm padding for extra support against friction and vibrations as you grip the handles.


If you are looking for quality lycra fabric for your cycling gear, head to Spandex House, Inc. Located in New York City, their spandex and lycra inventory is a top choice globally, making them one of the largest spandex suppliers worldwide. From prints to sequins, they also provide materials for costume design. Call (212) 354-6711 to speak with someone about your fabric or visit their website to check out their new spandex arrivals.

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