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.

 

#FreshKitFriday

Fresh Kit Friday 25th May 2018

With cycling kit for women slowly starting to head in the right direction, I thought I’d introduce #FreshKitFriday to show off some kit that has caught my eye recently. I’ll mix it up between the various sports I do, so keep checking back for my latest #FreshKitFriday !

  1. Castelli Prisma FZ Jersey – £75

Castelli have certainly upped their game when it comes to the designs on their kit. Their 2018 kit is completely different to anything I’ve seen before, and is almost a breath of fresh air in the world of cycling kit. So many brands produce kit with black as the main colour, which when you’re a cyclist that wants to be seen on the road isn’t ideal! These bright colours definitely caught my eye when I saw the jerseys for the first time whilst in a shop in Mallorca.

2. Women’s FS260-PRO Adrenaline Race Cape II – £79.99

I find you can’t really go wrong with an Endura jacket. I have two, one is more light weight for Summer showers and my other one is more suited for the Winter months. I always find the fit is spot on and they stretch a little to accommodate your position on the bike. There’s nothing worse than a cycling jacket without a little give in the material!

3. ASSOS T.laaLalai_S7 Women Bib Shorts – £160

Now before you scream ‘how much?!?’, the price always put me off ASSOS shoes. Being a student it was just never possible, but Ryan converted me and I’ve never looked back…ha! I get on with the lining really well and another thing I love about them is that there are very few seams. My legs feel less restricted when I’m on the bike. I’m not sure if its a common problem, but some shorts with the seam down the outside of the leg seem to restrict its movement. It feels like the material is pulling around my leg. But with my ASSOS shorts this isn’t an issue.

4. Kask Mojito Helmet – £119

When I started to get more into road biking…all of a sudden wearing my mountain bike helmet made me stand out with the peak and FOX branding all over it! I’ve never been one to stick to a helmet brand, but now I’ve tried the Kask it is definitely the most snug on my head. A long standing design with the brand, my favourite feature about it is the retention system (the bracket on the back) can move down to accommodate my long hair that’s always a nightmare to get into a helmet.

5.  Rapha Pro Team Socks – £15

You can always rely on Rapha for simple, but classy, designs. I always love the colours they use and you can’t go wrong with a new pair of socks!

6. Fizik Women’s R5B Donna Road Shoes – £139.99

I am certainly in the market for some new road shoes over the next few months. My Shimano shoes have served me well to be honest once I discovered overshoes over the Winter. Now Summer is upon us I’ll be looking for some shoes that fit my wide feet and have something called a Boa dial so I can ditch the velcro straps…

7. Castelli Viva Donna Headband – £12

A little bit more Castelli to finish things off because I have seen so many women use these headbands! I’ve always used Buff’s to keep my ears warm and my hair out of my face whilst on the bike, but now it’s starting to get that little bit hotter on my rides I’ll be picking up one of these headbands to use. A lot less material than a Buff means I can keep cooler for longer when out on my bike.