A survey and design study of a protective cycling top wear

Kara Ş., Yeşilpınar S., Arslan M.

Vlakna a Textil, vol.28, no.1, pp.31-44, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Name: Vlakna a Textil
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-44
  • Keywords: Clothing design, Cycling top wear, Functional clothing, Protective clothing, Survey study
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. All rights reserved.Cycling is a popular sport which is preferred by all age groups all around the world. As it is an active sport, it requires special types of clothing to provide comfort to the wearer. In spite being a healthy activity, cycling can result with acute or chronic injuries. In this study, an extensive survey was conducted to the cyclists in order to reveal their preferences of cycling clothes, their requirements, their accidental experiences and safety needs. By considering the survey results, optional designs of a more protective and functional cycling top wear were outlined. In order to avoid from acute injuries which were stated to be in the shoulder and arm areas the most, a para-aramid and spacer/silicon foam supported design was proposed. Also, the visibility was enhanced by the implementation of active lightening on the front and back sides of the clothing.