• Janine Wolstenholme

Mountain biking on a budget – Clothing Essentials

Janine Wolstenholme - Founder Zania Sports Clothing, MTB Skills and Mindset Coach




Mountain biking can be expensive. So, if you’re just starting out and don’t want to break the bank then here is the lowdown on a few essential pieces of clothing you need to buy which can be purchased at a reasonable price. Here is what I have found and want to share with all you lovelies just starting out on your mountain biking journey..


Check out the information below and click on the links for some bargains.


1. Undershorts – It’s important to look after your sensitive parts. If you’re going to splash out, do it on some good under shorts. There are so many out there ranging from a few pounds to over a hundred pounds. If you are working to a budget keep your eye out for the offers on at Aldi, they have specific under shorts, the padding is quite thin but ok for a short ride. If you are looking for a few more hours in the saddle, then Decathlon do a nice budget short too. Invest in some good quality under shorts if you are planning full days out on the bike. Endura are reasonably priced and have a variety of well-designed padding to suit your bits. Different padding for different shapes is a story for another day. Remember you get what you pay for.


2. Jerseys/T-Shirts – You will need something lightweight, comfortable and fast wicking. The jerseys you wear don’t have to be cycling specific, you can pick up sportswear from Primark or H&M at a reasonable price. Sometimes the cheaper clothing tends to hold bacteria and smell when used over a period of time, more so when you become hot. Good in the short term not great for you mates in the long term. Don’t be that smelly mate LOL!!


3. Sports Socks you can pick these up from Primark or Decathlon for a few quid. Its more about comfort than anything else and these are more than enough if you are riding through the summer months. Riding in bad weather is a different story. You will need to treat yourself to a decent pair of good quality winter riding socks.


4. Sports Bra you need to protect those boobies and reduce the bounce, this will help to avoid breast pain during exercise. Chain Reaction Cycles have some good deals on sports bras, but you’ll need to search, sizes left are a bit random.

5. Waterproof Jacket I have the Endura jacket below and was really impressed with it as a summer, lightweight waterproof jacket and packable. I will move to a heavier waterproof jacket; dare I say it, when winter comes. This is a great starter for ten and easily transportable in a backpack.


6. Footwear an essential piece of kit, which needs to be sturdy because most of your weight is being transferred through your pedals. A pair of trainers with a sturdy sole, good grip and a flat sole would be more than suitable. Search in places like Sports Direct, Wynsors. Please don’t be tempted to ride in flip flops, that just isn’t going to work out well.

I’ve given you an idea of what you need, with some reasonable priced examples, there are many more options available out there so shop around.


If you come across any bargains then please share with the ladies on our Zania Facebook Group


Happy mountain biking - Janine

Note: I am not affiliated to any of the brands I mentioned, just want share the love for a good bargain.


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