Lucy’s Life and Bikes Collective

Lucys Life and Bikes Collective

Women’s cycling is on the up, but finding other women to cycle with isn’t the easiest of tasks at times. You turn up to your local club and find you’re in the minority. I know there are some fab cycling clubs out there, but I haven’t managed to find one yet where I’m not outnumbered.

This is where Lucy’s Life and Bikes Collective comes in. Whilst it isn’t an official club yet (baby steps), I’m hoping it opens the door to regular road rides in the area for women who like big days out on their bike.

With Ryan Morley Coaching on-board too, it might even progress to skills and fitness coaching too. We’ll go through road etiquette, so everyone knows what each hand signal means when out riding in a group. Set hand signals also help everyone feel a little more comfortable riding in a group too!

When rules allow I’ll get to work on setting up some group rides, but for now let’s talk cycling kit. A few weeks ago I contacted No Pinz about custom cycling kit. I could have gone completely crazy on the design, but I wanted a club kit feel to it. That being said, No Pinz have translated the design onto over 20 pieces of cycling kit. From women’s padded cycling shorts to race fit jerseys. Turbo towels to aero socks.

Whether you get a cycling jersey or arm warmers, you’re more than welcome to join a Lucy’s Life and Bikes Collective ride soon!

You Should Know…

No Pinz cycling kit is handmade in the UK down in Devon, so with COVID their current lead time is 28 days. So please be patient when you make your order.

If you want a comparison for size, my latest Velotik Racing Team jersey was a Small and I ordered a Race Fit jersey.

To access the shop you’ll need a password, so drop me an email to lifeandbikesblog@gmail.com if you want more details.

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Autumn Cycling Must-Haves

Autumn Cycling Kit

Cycling at this time of year can be off-putting to say the least. Rain, wind and dark mornings aren’t exactly encouraging are they? On my recent ride of all weathers in Belgium I very nearly didn’t head out, but having good cycling kit with me pushed me out the door. I think having trust in your kit makes all the difference, which is why I’ve been having a look on the internet at what Autumn/Winter cycling kit is on offer.

  1. Castelli Perfetto RoS W Long Sleeve

Kicking my findings off is the Castelli Perfecto jacket, which I’ve actually tried and tested. If I’m completely honest I’m ‘borrowing’ Ryan’s, but I know Castelli don’t let the quality drop just because a product is for women. At £190 you’ll be please to hear you get some GORE-TEX technology for the price tag. On the front panels are made up of WINDSTOPPER and water-resistant material, but towards the back the material has more of a stretch and breathability. I’m particularly a fan of the dropped tail on the back of the jacket, which keeps more of your back covered when riding down water-logged country lanes.

2. dhb Classic Women’s Thermal Tights

With a warm jacket you’ll obviously need some cycling longs to go with it. I personally rides in some Castelli longs, but I thought for this post I’d look around a bit. If you’re active on Twitter you’ll find dhb is a brand that regularly pops up in kit recommendations. It doesn’t cost the earth, but still does the job. On the likes of Wiggle you find plenty of positive reviews on the brand and its products. Having a look around these Classic Women’s Thermal bib tights caught my eye as they help keep your torso warm too. Any extra warmth is always a bonus.

3. Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Glove

Sealskinz have been a market leader for as long as I can remember. They’re a logo I’ve seen around since the early days when I first started cycling (well MTB). The biggest benefit with these is the fact they’re waterproof and constructed with three layers for added warmth. I’m actually on the look out for some new gloves and I think these are high contenders.

4. Endura Pro SL Overshoes Black

When Ryan introduced me to overshoes a few years ago it was a revelation. Being a Raynaud’s sufferer the cold is certainly not my friend, but since using overshoes my toes stay toasty for longer. My recent Endura overshoes have been fab for a few years, but I was slightly heavy handed with a zip so have had to replace them. These are the closest thing I can find to them. Scottish brand Endura certainly know a thing or two about bad weather!

5. Castelli Fresca W Headband

Cold ears on a ride are never fun, so I normally go for one of two options being a Buff or thermal headband. Buff’s tend to speak for themselves. I’ve worn one since I was little hiking up Snowdon, but thermal headbands work rather well under a cycling helmet. When it’s ice cold you might opt for a Buff, but at this time of year I normally use a thermal headband. I was trying to keep the brands varied, but Castelli just do the thermal headbands so well. I hate it when mine’s in the wash and I can’t wear it. They’ve got some funky design this year too. You can even get a Fresca Jersey to match…I mean Christmas is coming up right?

6. Stolen Goat Women’s Mesh Base Layer

Just because it’s a base layer doesn’t mean it has to be plain. I think it’s just more of an excuse to be as exotic as you like and you can’t go wrong with polka dots. I’ve always seen Stolen Goat to be slightly ahead of the game when it comes to their designs and how colourful they are.