We asked the experts for their best tricks—click here for a close-up view of the infographic above.
PARTY TRICK: GET SEXY HELMET HAIR!
From Alex Laws, senior editor at The Kit
Wash your hair at night, so it air dries with as much volume as possible.
When you’re ready to leave the house, mist with your hair with salt spray. Redken Fashion Waves is especially good for fine hair.
Tip your head upside down, then fasten your helmet before turning upright. I like to think this encourages waves—like one, all-over scrunch that sets while you bike.
Take off your helmet and shake out your hair. It’s a little wild at first, but I just pretend it’s supposed to be like that.
THREE OF A KIND
Chamois cloth: The Absorber, $20
Perhaps the only shammy with a one-year warranty, this towel is soft, compact, and can apparently “dry a small car in two to three minutes.” It works on two-wheelers, too.
Canadian Tire, canadiantire.ca.
Chamois shorts: Sugoi Evolution cycling shorts, $100
Sugoi sews a chamois-leather lining into its bike shorts for absorption and breathability. The women’s version ($80) comes in cute ruched-skirt form.
Sport Chek, sportchek.ca.
Chamois caprinae: Goat
Well, a goat-antelope species native to the European mountains, to be precise. But since you can’t eat that, try The Carbon Bar’s cabrito papusa, which has tender goat meat packed into a crispy masa tortilla, served with tomatillo salsa and guajillo-date jus.
$13. 99 Queen St. E., 416-947-7000.