It's all about that base, 'bout that base, 'bout that base... I'm sure we could all learn a thing or two from Meghan Trainor's hit single, not least the importance of base layers for comfortable cycling! Base layers provide the foundation for a comfortable ride and, as your 'second skin' layer, have an all-important role as the 'first port of call' for temperature regulation and wicking. A good base layer is a ride essential, whether you're braving biting cold or baking hot conditions - or even temperatures somewhere in the middle.
A good fit is paramount to base layer performance and, in the case of base layers, good fit = skin tight. A key role of the base layer is to move sweat away from the body to regulate core temperature and so a close fit is essential for this key function.
Bike boxers, liner shorts or padded underwear are a great option if you are riding enough distance to warrant use of a comfort-enhancing chamois, but don’t necessarily want an outfit which shouts ‘cyclist’. Bike boxers can be worn under ‘normal’ clothes for extra comfort, opening up a whole new world of cycling opportunities.