On yer bike
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I love biking. A lot. But even more than that, I love biking gear.
Yes, you can wear sporty basics on your bike, but any woman who rides more than half an hour will tell you you’ll be wincing your way off the saddle like you’ve spent a night in Brokeback Mountain if you don’t have proper-padded pants.
Finding the right bike clothes has become a bit of an obsession for me. I don’t want to look like Bradley Wiggins thanks very much (though I’m growing a cracking pair of sideburns) so I’m feeling a bit smug that I’ve discovered Cicla, a brilliant specialist online womens biking shop that sells cool brands like Campagnolo, Maloja and Capo that aren’t easily available for women in the UK. Owner Louise started Cicla because she was sick of having to wear mens bike gear and is super-approachable – she helps kit out beginners and social riders (like me) just as much as those who are more hardcore.
I tried some new season Maloja gear out last weekend and I absolutely loved it. Bike clothes do have a tendency to be a bit samey, but this kit made me explode into some kind of supersonic biking Wonder Woman.
Loved the wind block/waterproof Rosina jacket (£130) in particular as it’s so light and comfy it would also work well for running or even just as a tracky top. I went out on a cold and blustery day for a couple of hours but didn’t feel chilly at all, nor did the fleecy-style lining make me overheat. I was sweating out several G&Ts at the time so it could have gone either way.
The three-quarter length red Gisa bike pants (£85) are a good option for someone like me at this time of year who’s prone to overheating but also fears getting chilly. (I think the word I’m searching for here is pathetic). The padding is effective too but let’s not delve too deep into that comment.
I did wear these pants briefly on a different ride when it started tanking down with hail and sleet and they became wet quickly, so they’re definitely made for dry conditions, but on my ride they were perfect. You can wear a pair of shorts over the top if you’re worried that your bum will look big with the padding (er, yeah!!) but I luxuriated in my huge arseness and rather enjoyed it.
I’ve just had a sneak peak on the Cicla website and there’s a big sale on at the mo – cool jerseys and jackets up to 50% off, so find yourself a biking bargain and get peddling, sister.