How To Look Good On A Road Racing Bicycle - How To Look Like A Pro Cyclist

Amateur team Clay Cross RT look professional with their Casco cycling helmets

A rider from the UK based Clay Cross RT looking professional in his sponsored Casco cycling helmet.
A rider from the UK based Clay Cross RT looking professional in his sponsored Casco cycling helmet. | Source

How to look good on a road racing bike.

Many cyclists want to look good. They want to look like a pro cyclist- therefore this hub will concentrate on many of the things cyclists can put in place to ensure they look good while riding.

Whenever you look at Pro Cyclists on the television and in photo's they have an aura about them. They look slim, toned and powerful while having a great looking top of the range bike encrusted with the latest equipment. Realistically not every cyclist can justify having top of the range equipment- however they can still ensure they look good.

Have a Professional Looking Helmet

A cool, professional looking cycling helmet with lots of ventilation shows to other cyclists that you're serious about cycling. It doesn't have to be top of the range however a helmet from the 1980s screams 'amateur'.

Pro Cyclists have to wear a helmet. In the UK it is not a legal requirement therefore it is your own decision if you choose to wear one. I personally never leave the house without wearing a helmet.

I recommend you look at Uber Cool Cycle Helmets. The best cycling helmets to look good and stay cool this summer for inspiration.

Make sure you've shaved your legs

Leg Shaving is part of cycling culture and it's considered a faux pas to have hairy legs while on a road bike. Smooth legs look professional and serious. Get yourself in the shower and get smooth to look good.

Have a great tan to look like a Pro Cyclist

Professional and serious cyclists always have a great tan as they spend plenty of time outside. Very rarely do you see a pale Pro Cyclist.

Always tan safely. Therefore a suitably high factor sun cream is required, especially if there's a likelihood you could spend a long period of time out in the sun.

There are lots of great fake tanning products out there for those that struggle to catch the sun.

Look Like A Pro Cyclist- Have a clean bike

A pro cyclist will always have a clean bike at the start of their race. Pictured Ivan Basso's Cannondale SuperSix
A pro cyclist will always have a clean bike at the start of their race. Pictured Ivan Basso's Cannondale SuperSix | Source

A professional cyclist always has a clean bike.

Pro riders have their bike cleaned for them. Sadly mere mortals have to put in the hard work and it's all worthwhile. You'll never look good on a dirty bike!

Even top professional cyclocross riders have a clean bike every lap as they exchange their bicycle at a pit area every lap or two when the going gets muddy. The bicycle then gets hosed down and prepared for the rider to really go for it. It's amazing the perks you get as a professional cyclist!

Look like a Pro Cyclist like Bernard Sulzberger of Team Raleigh GAC

Bernard Sulzberger of Team Raleigh GAC- Pro Cyclisg winning the East Midlands Division Road Race Championships, 2012
Bernard Sulzberger of Team Raleigh GAC- Pro Cyclisg winning the East Midlands Division Road Race Championships, 2012 | Source

Colour coordinate

A cyclist looks at their best when their kit matches.

Go for combinations that work well together. Black and white are really popular at present when it comes to clothing.

Retro Cycling Kit is big at present so if you're shopping look for something colour coordinated with a retro twist.

Look for helmets that match your current clothing options. Or alternately white will go with pretty much everything.

Have a great pedal techique like a professional bike rider

When you watch a Pro Cyclist in action their pedal stroke is smooth and fluid- almost poetic.

How to get yourself a smoother faster pedal technique

Say NO to black socks

Long black socks

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They didn't look good on Lance Armstrong so they definitely will not look good on anyone else! Period!

Say NO to long black socks

Planet X Deep Section Carbon Wheels
Planet X Deep Section Carbon Wheels
Planet X Deep Section Carbon Wheels
Planet X Deep Section Carbon Wheels

Go deep (Section) carbon for that pro look on your bike

When you watch the Pro's they'll be riding either the best ultra lightweight climbing wheels or ultra fast deep section carbon wheels. Copy them!

Deep section carbon wheels look fast! Deep section wheels also make you ride faster on flat roads. Get your deep section carbon wheels and look fast on your road bike!

LOOK FAST with Carbon Wheels like the Planet X Pro Carbon 50 wheels (pictured) which offer pro level performance with exceptional value for money.

Say No to Tri Bars

Tri Bars are great- for improving your position while time trialing. However they should be used for racing only as have no effect while riding at 25 kilometres per hour. They also do not look cool on a normal road bike! Tell that to the triathletes as you fly past them on your road bike looking like a professional rider.

Happy Cycling and looking good on your bicycle


Hopefully this article will assist you in how to look good on a road bike.

Happy riding and looking good!

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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Hey INFJay. When it comes to helmets white is probably a better choice in terms of matching the most of your cycling clothing. Black also tends to absorb a lot of heat in summer which means its not so good a colour in warm climates


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INFJay 4 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

You got me thinking: should I just invest in a neutral color for my helmet to go with all the different colored team jerseys? Black or white? And I completely agree with the no black socks rule! Excellent information.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks mattck for your comment. This is supposed to be a jovial look at a the serious issue of looking good on a bike. Hope it's helped you in some way


Mattck 4 years ago

cantellifseriousornot :\


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Denisemai. Really if they're aiming to look like a pro cyclist they should have at least shaved their legs. And thoses shirts are the cycling equivalent of a Soccer or American Football Jersey- showing which team you support with pride!

They main thing is that those guys are out on their bikes riding- hats off to them!


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denisemai 4 years ago from Idaho

Great hub, CyclingFitness. What's your stance on really hairy, overweight guys who wear those shirts that look like they have professional sponsors? Because that makes me giggle!


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks for you're reply Josh. Sadly Black socks ARE so wrong!


Josh 4 years ago

Hey, there is nothing wrong with black socks! all of mine are black and i have my favourite castelli ones which are long as well ;) times are changing ha


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Temirah- there's nothing wrong with being an amateur. The main thing is getting out there and doing something- it just happens that some people like to look good doing whatever they choose to do.


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Temirah 5 years ago

Oh dear - I've just discovered I'm an amateur! Well, at least my helmet's from the 21st century! Will pass this along to my husband and other cycle fans.

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