Cycling gear is good for cycling, because that's what it's designed for.
I wear baggy cycling shorts, with liners that have cushioning in the seat area, and shirts, made from a breathable material, that give me room to move around, you don't want anything that might restrict your movement.
I always wear a helmet and gloves, I never intend to fall off, but it can happen.
For footwear, you need something that will grip the pedals, and have some grip for whenever you need to put your foot down on the tricky bits.
If the weather is bad, then something to keep the rain out, and some warmth in, will be good, and in the winter I use waterproof socks, because I like to keep my feet warm.
You can wear normal gear, but proper cycling gear will be more comfortable, and that will help you ride better.
· 1 decade ago