Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Gear isn't nearly as prevalent here in the US as it is in Europe. So most will either not ride at all or do the previously mentioned jeans/T-shirt. Or I've seen plenty in flip-flops and shorts, nothing else. Wait...sunglasses too. lol
In MN, we're typically in the 80s/90s in the Summer, with the rare jump to the 100s. I've worn both my textile and my leather jacket. Typically, if I'm going to be in around town traffic with lower speeds and frequent stops, I'll opt for the textile/mesh. Even with armor, it offers a litte less protection, but is better than nothing. The mesh nature allows you to cool down a lot quicker. If I'm on the open road and just moving at a good pace without many stops, I'll opt for the leather for better protection (plus, with longer distances, you're more likely to hit changing weather). I have long vents front and back that really help it breathe. It just gets hot if you're at a stop.
Aside from that, don't know what you wear for headgear. A half helmet will provide better airflow obviously at a cost to full head protection. If you have a full face, I hope it breathes well! Plan on frequent stops (every hour or so). Probably won't hurt to have a Camelbak or some other hydration system. These work best since you can drink while you ride. Hands down, the most important thing is controlling your core temp. Breaks and LOTS of water will take care of that just fine. Enjoy the ride!
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