Q&A Clothing and Accessories


Dear Editor,

I am a cyclist with an unusual problems while using the clothing of technical quality, I doubt the wrong type of washing, no doubt reinforced by the fact that especially the pad have a lasting truly ridiculous. Always follow the directions to wash imprinted on garments, but this seems not enough. I would, if possible, to know how you behave to wash the animals tested.

Dear reader, for the washing of the clothing and back care, it's best to personally take care of cleaning and washing, leaving it to their mothers or wives other tasks far more serious and burdensome. The strongly advise to wash the clothes washing machine, even though almost all manufacturers do not preclude this possibility. The best thing for me and always taken with utmost satisfaction and success is to wash your hands and head in cold water, with a neutral detergent suitable for delicate. The classic "soaking" should not be too long (in some cases even discouraged by the House) and the subsequent rinsing is carried out gently without brush over his clothing. Special attention deserves the pad that should not be bent, rubbed so excessive or worse wrung. When finished the clothing are made in a dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. For some pad, in those tissues Alcantara or similar is required, once dried, sprinkle the area with a special cream that allow the same back to stay soft and comfortable. With such care, if the clothing are of good quality, will remain new for long time.


Dear Editor,

I thought about buying a pair of winter shoes, but apart from the lack of available models stopped me their price and especially the price difference with a simple covers, which I do not have. Now the question: it is worth spending around 200 Euro for a pair of shoes is intended only to the cold season? The thermal comfort of these shoes is actually higher than the more classical coupled shoe covers? What is your idea about, both for use on road or mtb?

Dear Reader, the question is very legitimate, because winter shoes, which have much success in northern Europe (as leading Companies in the sector told us) have very little market in Italy. But they are not at all bad, indeed. Indeed allow for an excellent thermal insulation, higher covers more summer shoes, but it is always said that there is always a huge difference. Unfortunately, this factor depends greatly on the type of summer shoe you have, more or less ventilation holes, with uppers more or less thick, and the kind of covers that you use, from the lightest to the more cumbersome. In this matter we can find the real difference: the convenience of winter shoes. You just wear them without having to worry about good place for the covers, that this does not ruin during short walk, which does not interfere with the cleats and allowing easy clip the pedals. Also much depends also on your sensitivity to cold and the climate of the place where you lives, with very harsh climates, frankly, I do not see major alternative to a good winter shoe. Remember also that while they have also isolated the foot perfectly, it remains above the regular covers. For road bike there may be a certain propensity to use a simple covers, in mtb, however, the problems do not sussists. Indeed, although the covers devoted for mtb, the need to adapt to the specific use, as allowed to walk long stretches in low grip, makes them much less effective than road, so that preferred unambiguously and secure the shoes about the winter. Unfortunately, as you noticed the price difference is substantial and the choice must be subjective and weighted. On the road, without economic problems, it is preferable a good winter shoes, alternatively you can fall back on an excellent covers. In mtb, however, is without doubt better a specific winter shoe and last only as a fallback adopt specific covers.