Training

Gear

The gear that you wear – and carry – when cycling can make the difference between a good ride and a great ride. Check out the kit ideas below, from how to dress for showers and what to look for when buying lights, to great-value road shoes and dressing to stay safe in the dark, we’ve got it covered.

And to ensure your bike is always in perfect working order, we’ve put together tips and advice to help you lavish your trusty bike with the TLC it deserves. From fixing a flat fast and replacing worn-out brakes to repairing a broken chain and upgrading your wheels, you’ll be well equipped every time you ride.

  • Store your bikes Don’t let your bike add to your everyday clutter. Here’s how to store your bike no matter your living circumstances…
  • How to swap your wheels over You might want a lighter set for hill climbs, or a more robust set when winter arrives…so what do you need to remember?
  • Lighten your bike If you want to ride faster, making your bike lighter is a great place to start. Here’s how to lighten the load…
  • Hot winter kit ideas Far too many of us spend the winter months sat by the fire as our fitness levels dwindle away to nothing. But it doesn’t have to be like this!
  • Squeaky Clean Kit It’s not just your bike that needs cleaning, performance sportswear designer and tester Julie Greengrass talks kit cleaning nitty gritty…
  • Stay Safe in the Dark The clocks go forward in two weeks so it’ll be lighter later but chances are you’ll still find yourself night riding as spring swings into view...
  • How to layer up It might have (sort of) stopped raining, but you still need to be ready for anything when you’re out on your bike at this time of year...
  • Shorts Story Here’s what to look for next time you’re treating yourself, plus a couple of good short options...
  • Keep Your bike Safe A good lock can mean the difference between a thief making off with your bike or not...
  • Fix a broken chain A snapped chain doesn’t need to mean a phone call or a long walk home. Here’s how to make sure you’re prepared…
  • Back-to-basics bike cleaning If you’ve let your regular cleaning regime slide over the winter, now’s the time to get back on it in time for spring…
  • OK, Commuter Whatever your needs, here are some key things to consider the next time you buy a jacket...
  • Great wheel upgrades A new wheelset can have a massive bearing on the ride quality and performance of your bike...
  • Great road cycling shoes When it comes to investing in new road cycling shoes, build quality, style and performance, plus comfort, are key...