Cycling Base Layers
Cycling base layers are versatile pieces of cycling clothing designed to assist with thermoregulation. Cycling base layers form the foundation of every cyclist's clothing or outfit. If you do not get the right base layer for yourself, there is a chance that you may experience some unpleasantness. However, getting the right base layer ensures that you will be comfortable regardless of the prevailing temperatures.
As its name suggests, a cycle base layer is designed to be worn underneath your standard cycling gear. Layers can be worn comfortably under cycling jerseys in various riding conditions to increase performance.
Cycling layers provide insulation, fit snug to the skin and help to wick away moisture. By keeping you dry, a cycling undershirt helps regulate your body temperature more easily.
There are a variety of different lightweight fabric and cuts of cycling thermals available. Depending on their core design, cycling base layers will either help you to keep cool when cycling in the heat, or stay warm when riding in cold weather.
You can find high-performance cycling layers for every season at the Cycling Emporium online store.
Whether you’re after the best winter cycling base layer to keep you warm or a sleeveless cycling mesh base layer to keep you cool, we’ve got quality cycling thermals to keep you comfortable and cycling in any weather.
When shopping with us, you can feel confident in your purchase. We offer a risk-free 30-day returns and exchange period for all non-custom items. All we ask is that items be returned unused and in their original condition and packaging.
We also offer free shipping for orders over $99AUD, so you can get comfortable cycling base layers for summer, winter, and everything in between.
What is the purpose of base layers in cycling?
Cycling base layers help the body to regulate body temperature by assisting with the evaporation of moisture, e.g., sweat.
By regulating body temperature, a cycling undershirt helps to slow the dehydration process. In doing so, it helps facilitate consistent and/or increased riding performance by allowing your muscles to remain supple and oxygenated while on the bike.
Cycling thermals are effective across all seasons and weather conditions.
In warm conditions, a sleeveless or short sleeve cycling mesh base layer will wick away sweat and allow heat to escape while riding.
A winter cycling base layer will keep your muscles warm and your skin dry, trapping heat to prevent the cold from permeating your cycling clothing while still allowing moisture to pass through.
What are the benefits of cycling base layers?
Cycling base layers make riding in any season comfortable.
Most cycling layers are made from synthetic blends or pure Merino wool. Which fabric you choose is largely dependent on which season you are cycling in; however, all cycle base layers have the same primary functions: to wick moisture away from the skin and help regulate body temperature.
When looking for a winter cycling base layer, consider your outer cycling clothing first. If you typically cycling long sleeve jerseys and/or cycling jackets, purchase a long sleeve cycling undershirt, perhaps with a high collar. If you wear cycling arm warmers while riding, a winter cycling base layer with a short sleeve is recommended.
For summer layers, sleeveless cycling vests made from a quick-dry mesh fabric will always be coolest, allowing free air flow around your extremities.
To maximise the benefits of your cycling base layers, ensure your top fits snugly without constricting any body part. If you are uncertain, measure the circumference of your chest and natural waist, and compare that with the individual size guide on each product listing.