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Get kitted out for Cycletta

July 19, 2011

Have you signed up for Cycletta, the new 40km cycle events? Not sure what to wear or what to ride? Read on for our top suggestions.

Cycletta2As the rise in the popularity of cycling shows no sign of slowing down, it comes as no great surprise that lots of you have signed up for Cycletta, the new women’s only cycle events this autumn.

There are two 40km rides taking place. One on September 11 at Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, the other on October 2 at Tatton Park, Cheshire. Sportsister is supporting the events and will be at both rides.

But for many people who are new to cycling the question of what to wear, and what bike to ride, can be a tricky one. You know you need to choose something comfortable and practical but perhaps you are not ready for a head to toe lycra ensemble more suited to the Tour de France.

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Here are our must-have pieces of kit

Helmet – So many women don’t cycle in helmets because they don’t like the look or the feel of them. But it really can be the difference between life and death if you have a serious accident. There are loads of great styles around now and even products to fix your hair to avoid the dreaded helmet hair look!

Cycling-helmets

Sportsister recommends:

Sawako Furuno Ran helmet (above left) £68.00

Available from Cycle Chic

Giro Rift Women’s Helmet (above right) £49.99

Available from Cycle Surgery

Waterproof jacket – There’s nothing like being caught out by the weather to ruin a ride. So, make sure you are prepared for the inclement British weather and carry a waterproof jacket. They are usually lightweight and pack down very small, but will be your best friend if the heavens open.

Cycling-jackets

Sportsister recommends:

The North Face Women’s Muddy Tracks Jacket (above right) £110

Available from The North Face

Altura Kinetic Women’s Jacket (above left) £59.99

Available from Evans Cycles

Padded shorts – If you are planning to ride regularly for over half an hour at a time you will really feel the benefit of padded cycle shorts. If a lycra pair is a step too far for you, you can buy padded briefs to wear under your regular clothes. Or opt for a baggy fit short. Whilst designed primarily for mountain biking there’s no reason why you can’t wear them on leisure rides or at events like Cycletta too.

Cycling-shorts

Sportsister recommends:

Craft Cool Boxer £20.00

Available from Wiggle

Vaude Gravit Pant £95.00

Available from Vaude

Bike – The kind of bike you choose depends very much on what your goals for the event are. If you are doing it to enjoy a day out with friends, and your finish time is not important to you, then you will be able to complete Cycletta on pretty much any bike. As long as it has had a recent service, so is in good working order, and has a few gears you will be fine on a hybrid, mountain bike or a sit up and beg style.

If you don’t own your own bike have an ask around friends and family. It’s likely that someone will have one they can loan you, even if it is languishing at the back of the garden shed in need of some TLC. Cycletta are also offering bike rental at both events, just check their website for details.

Go the extra mile

If you discover that road biking is for you the next step is to get yourself a road bike complete with clip-in pedals and some cycling shoes. This is quite an investment financially so try to borrow a bike from a friend first to make sure that cycling is definitely for you before you splash out the cash.

Road bike – Switching from a hybrid or mountain bike to a road bike is a big change. Getting used to the different style of gears, drop handlebars, the position of the brakes and a new riding position can all take some time. But you’ll soon feel the benefits of slick tyres, lightweight frames and dozens of gears.

Specialized-Dolce-Sport

It’s important to get good advice from a specialist store when selecting a bike and make sure you take it for a test ride too. An excellent mid level road bike for women is the Specailized Dolce Sport, perfect for those of you just converting to the road.

Sportsister recommends:

Specialized Dolce Sport Triple £769.99

Available from Specialized

Pedals and shoes – Once you have got your shiny new bike it’s time to swap the pedals and get some cycling shoes. Riding with clipless shoes does take a bit of practice (you are fastened in a similar style to a ski binding) but once you have got the hang of it your riding will reap the rewards. A good set up for beginners is this Specialized and Shimano combination.

Shoes-and-pedals

You can read our beginner’s guide to clipless pedals here and our buyer’s guide here.

Sportsister recommends:

Specailized Women’s BG Torch Road Shoe (above left) £89.99

Available from Specialized

Shimano SPD 105 pedals (above middle) £59.99

Available from Chain Reaction Cycles

Shimano SH11 cleats (above right) £19.99

Available from Chain Reaction Cycles

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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