ASK RIDE… Why wear an undershirt in summer?

Hey guys, I have a clothing related question: In winter I never leave the house without an undershirt but in summer isn’t it just too hot? I notice some pro’s wear one, and others not. Why? Do the summer undershirts really help at all?
Charlie
Bundaberg, QLD

Hi Charlie,

Undershirts can be worn in summer for a couple of reasons. I wear a tank or sleeveless baselayer to promote sweat wicking off my chest. This keep me dryer on my long training rides and races in summer. Many top cyclists get worried about getting a chill if there jersey is wet and so the dryer the jersey and chest remains the less chance of coming down with a possible chest infection. This is a little bit of an extreme case but the summer cold is something everyone likes to avoid.

Undershirts reduce the chance of catching a summer cold. Yep, that's right, a summer cold. Keeping the jersey dry means that when you're descending there is a reduced chance of cooling off too much. Undershirts also increase comfort over longer rides.

Undershirts reduce the chance of catching a summer cold. Yep, that's right, a summer cold. Keeping the jersey dry means that when you're descending there is a reduced chance of cooling off too much. Undershirts also increase comfort over longer rides.

The second reason I would wear a baselayer in summer is for comfort. It acts as a buffer between the braces on my bib shorts & the skin and just makes the contact areas a little more comfy. You could also wear thicker compression tops  but generally reserved for shorter rides. They are great for the compression benefits but can get a bit warm in the heat of the day.

Make an undershirt your own by cutting the sleeves for a better fit. Don't worry what it looks like – who's going to be checking how you look under your jersey?

Make an undershirt your own by cutting the sleeves for a better fit. Don't worry what it looks like – who's going to be checking how you look under your jersey?

Don’t be afraid to modify your favourite undershirt by giving it a snip, cutting the sleeves off or putting a few more ventilation holes in it. The favourite undergarment might not always be the most visually appealing but find one that fits well and you will be hard pressed to throw it away.

David

David Evans is the Cycle Business Manager for Skins – skins.net

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