Question Cycling clothes for road biking n00b?

Dec 26, 2019
I've been bike commuting and touring for the last several years, so I'm not new to biking. For these purposes I generally wear plain street clothes or general-purpose athletic gear and that has worked well enough. However, I got my first nice carbon fiber road bike a few weeks ago and I feel a bit silly riding around in chinos, hiking shorts, or a running pullover, plus I suspect I'm missing some of the enjoyment to be had from using proper clothing. Can anyone suggest some affordable basics to get me started into real cycling clothes?
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If you bought your bike at a bike shop then pick their brains and try on a few things. You can save money by buying online, but supporting my LBS is important to me so I rarely do. A good chamois will do wonders for your riding enjoyment. If you don't like the tighty look, you can get 'less baggy' baggies. I encourage wearing a helmet as well. Other things will depend on the range of weather you have or intend to ride in. Cold weather gear makes the difference between fun and miserable.

FYI: The title of your post indicates that it should be in road biking, not mountain biking, but the basic clothing is the same.