Light, loose-fitting, long-sleeved jersey for protection from the sun’s rays.
With their inbuilt padding they are the most comfortable option for anyone planning a long ride or week-long cycling holiday.
You can ride a bike in just about any shoes, but compared to typical athletic shoes, cycling shoes are designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. Carbon soled-shoes offer the stiffest response but may cost a lot. Unless you are racing, plastic-soled shoes will do just fine.
Full finger gloves are recommended. Lightweight, windproof, breathable gloves are the foundation of cold weather hand protection.
The best base layers for long-distance cycling are thermal shirts. Base layers are designed to be worn next to the skin and help to stop you getting cold not simply by adding warmth, but also by taking away moisture.