It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t really care what clothes I wore to ride in. A T-shirt and any
pair of comfortable shorts would suffice. I also didn’t really care about footwear too.
After all, when I first started riding mountain bikes, I rode in flats and any old sport/skate shoe was good
enough for me. I’ve since changed to riding clipped in, so my old Vans wouldn’t cut it for me. I
would hazard to guess that there are a lot of people out there who share this same mentality,
and to them I say, keep on keeping on.
However, as I grew older, I ventured out of my comfort zone, and began to ride in more athletic related clothing. Since mountain biking is definitely an athletic pursuit, it made sense to me that I should probably dress the part. Many companies offered jerseys that provided moisture wicking properties and some sun protection and that made a lot of sense to me.
After all, I live in Phoenix, AZ., and our company is based here too, and in case you don’t know, we get a lot of sun here. I mean A LOT of sun here. Over 325 days of sun per year, in fact. After my first few rides wearing mtb style jerseys, it became pretty obvious fairly quickly that I wouldn’t really miss riding in a plain old t-shirt. The sweat retention of 100% cotton tees alone made switching to riding jerseys an easy decision. Just ask my wife.
So, it almost goes without saying that all of our jerseys at ROM offer sun protection, breathability, and moisture wicking properties that can be quite the relief for both you and those in your immediate vicinity. Also, because we use high quality, water-based inks, our shirts are made with durability and the environment in mind. As long as our jerseys are laundered following the label recommendations, the jerseys will never lose their color and will continue to look as great after 20 washes as the first day you bought them. So, can you ride bikes without bike specific clothes? Most definitely. Will you feel better in a brand-new ROM jersey? Also, most definitely. Will you turn into a pro level rider wearing our clothes? Well, I like to think so anyway. Although there is probably a lot of video evidence out there that will prove otherwise. Have fun riding out there everyone! And remember, riding in a ROM jersey will make you a better human.