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Cycling Gear

by Kyle Washburn
Health & Fitness Editor
Thursday May 10, 2012

From indoor spinning to outdoor cycling, cardiovascular training via a bike is a great workout. However, it is important to wear cycling specific gear to ensure comfort, moisture management, and prevent saddle sores, bumps, and rashes.

Performance Bicycle has just the apparel line, Ultra, which has been revamped and renewed with an even better fit, enhanced comfort and performance features at an increased value.

I tested the Ultra cycling shorts, bibs and jerseys and was very pleased. The items looked great and were of high quality. I was able to successfully use them for training and racing on rides from 45 minutes up to 6 hours. Now that is apparel that stands up to any cycling workout.

"All Performance brand clothing is created by an in-house design team of men and women cyclists who develop and test products to ensure optimal fit and performance," according to Performance Bicycle Chief Executive Officer David Pruitt. That carries a lot of weight in the cycling community -- when actual cyclists review and use products.

"All Performance brand clothing is created by an in-house design team of men and women cyclists who develop and test products to ensure optimal fit and performance." - Performance Bicycle Chief Executive Officer David Pruitt

There are so many great features about the Ultra line. One amazing quality is the exceptional cooling, moisture wicking fabrics. They are a bluesign fabric approved, which means they are skin friendly, use low level contaminants, are both environmentally friendly and resource conserving, while still delivering uncompromising functionality. Another great quality is the UPF 50+ which protects your skin from 97 percent of harmful UV radiation.

Additional wonderful qualities include the absorption and comfort systems. The fabric absorbs perspiration without drying out the skin. The fabric also provides a comfortable climate for the body for maximum comfort. The unique oval pattern on the jersey allows air to pass through the fabric and move moisture away from the skin for quick evaporation. The next-to-skin design enhances aerodynamics; a silicone gripper hem prevents the jersey from riding up and three pockets hold race-day essentials.

Most important though is the seat padding. Your bum will thank you for wearing these shorts and bibs. The pads offer high tech fabrics, a natural antibacterial and rapid sweat absorption material, are seamless, have elastic side flaps to accompany body movement, and are an easy wash and quick dry.

"Our new and improved Ultra line successfully addresses the unique needs of men and women cyclists looking for high performance, feature-packed technical cycling apparel and we are thrilled to offer it to our customers," said Pruitt.

To purchase and learn more about Ultra apparel, their website. Performance Bicycle is the top specialty bicycle retailer in the U.S.

Kyle Washburn is the National Health and Fitness Editor at Edge Publications, Inc. He earned a BS in Physiology, M.Ed in Sport Psychology and Counseling and an MBA. He is a certified personal trainer through NASM and ACE and has been training for over ten years. He is an avid triathlete, softball and tennis player, runner, hiker and enjoys the outdoors.


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