I usually end up with men's kit. I've been riding for over 30 years, and at the beginning it was all that was available. I'd like to find some quality women's bibs but i'm a large person(6ft,100 kilos) and no one seems to make them to fit me. I have found some men's bibs that I prefer over others and it can vary even in the same brand. I'm glad that GCN is addressing women's cycling topics. Keep up the good work. Cheers!
If I have only one outfit for riding in the warm months it consists of cycling shorts, a short sleeved hi viz 3 pocket full zip jersey, below the ankle socks, half finger gloves, and a sweat band. I add arm warmers, leg warmers, shoe covers, and a water resistant windbreaker for cooler weather; and cycling tights, long sleeved base layer, full finger gloves and fleece lined jacket for winter. I manage with less expensive gloves in the cold because I rarely look at and / or need to touch my phone screen in very cold weather.
Agreed! Machines for Freedom bibs are by far the most comfortable I've come across and I've had many different brands. And for all the reasons you mentioned Melissa it is empowering and a pleassure to be their customer.
For summer as a road cyclist I have some key bits I love; jersey snoods, yellow/high VIS gloves, any sort of trainer sock and any sort of gym shark flex short. This is because I've had cycling shorts in the past and they have a gel on the seam which prevents movement yet tries to ride up at the same time which can cause a bit of a pinch on the thighs! Sunglasses are an absolute must, and interchangeable coloured lenses are a really nice feature too. I find that jerseys are great but if it is for day to day use and you're not keen on the tight fit, a sports bra and tank is adequate, covered with a 360 degree lightweight waterproof jacket/gilet. I always like to be prepared for a weather change as I have been caught out before. For the winter I highly recommend the cycling caps (without a peak), a jersey and a fleece snood, with reflective bag cover and helmet cover. This is is a commuting cyclist so for races this may not apply. I'd also highly recommend getting a couple of pairs of gloves, so that if you do get caught in the rain then you can put dry gloves on for your next ride. Obviously you will need some waterproof trousers and jacket, if the back pockets are an option get those as it is so easy to grab your keys and lock up your bike.also for winter, long sleeved gym tops are amazing for lightweight warmth. I'd love to see more videos like this out there, but with less brand names thrown in.
If we're talking winter clothes, how about keeping the head warm, and the face without ending up with condensation and misted sunglasses. Neck warmers, too. PS here's a tip for keeping hands and toes warm - those thin disposable heated pads you can put inside shoes and gloves, last for up to 8 hours.
Another couple of very useful accessories to add to your kit are toe warmers for when an overshoe/bootie is a bit excessive for the conditions and the versatile buff which you can use as a neck warmer/scarf/ face protector or even as a hat under your helmet.
Being tall and not so curvy I find men's kit more comfortable although some bibs have a bit too much room in the crotch. Bibs are also less discreet if you get caught short in the middle of nowhere as you have to peel off jersey and vest etc. Mens jerseys are better for broad shoulders too although some "Italian" brands or "race fit" are often designed for very slight builds male or female! Castelli kit is great but never fits me in the shoulders and is too big in the chest! It's worth trying a variety of brands for what suits as we are all different. A well stocked bike shop is a good place to try before you buy when you first riding. There are some great colourful kits from websites like Queen of the Mountain too but you really need to know your measurements.
Great feature Emma. When I started cycling back in the early 80's there were no women's clothing options and leather chamois!! There are so many options now. I prefer shorts to bibs for the convenience, especially if one needs to dive behind a hedge for a quick comfort break. The only niggle I find are longs. They are alway too long. Ok I'm barely 5ft tall.
Just a couple of days ago a woman out on the bike trail asked why I was wearing gloves. I realized I don't know why anyone else wears them, but I've scraped up my hands on the pavement before and that's just so easy to prevent with cycling gloves.
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#askgcn i have a stupid question I am wandering on a long ride what do you do when you need to pee when there isn't a restroom handy do you find the nearest tree or pee in your jersey like a NASCAR driver #askgcn
As a 6 foot tall, 75kg woman, I find it REALLY difficult to get cycling jerseys that fit. Even though I rigorously look at the sizing tables I end up sending 2 out of 3 purchases back. Most women's gear is just too small and most men's jerseys are too long so as soon as I put things in the back pocket they hang down over the back of the bike which is both uncomfortable and dangerous if it gets caught on the saddle. For me clothing is all about comfort on the bike and I am willing to pay more for clothing that fits and wears well.
Cycling clothing manufacturers should take a look at people in the real world and make some clothes that fit real people. It would be even harder for those starting off in cycling who want to do so to loose weight and gain fitness. Not being comfortable on the the bike would be a big deterrent from continuing.
*Sun protection* -- Some of the summer jerseys have mesh panels that let too much sun through. If you've had skin cancer (like me) or have sensitive skin, you should consider covering up. You can get cool sun sleeves and leggings to cover your arms and legs. And a summer balaclava to cover the sides of your face, ears and neck. For added sun protection under a jersey, try a summer wicking base layer. Generally speaking, darker colors usually block UV better than light colors. And some black jerseys and shorts are available with features like "black ice" to enhance cooling.
*Bibs vs shorts* -- Another benefit of bibs is that they provide more coverage and stay up. When you sit up or stand, you won't expose your tummy when the front of your jersey pulls up. This is especially important if you are tall -- I know many tall cyclists who insist on bibs for this reason alone.
You get what you pay for in cycling equipment in general. IMHO, it's better to buy the best quality you can afford. I am usually surprised how well higher quality equipment performs and wears over time.
My ex's cycling club didn't have jerseys in a size that would fit comfortably, which was really discouraging for someone trying to get into cycling. There are a few companies like Machines For Freedom and Fat Lass at the Back that make women's cycling clothing that isn't designed primarily for slender figures, and have really good looking designs too.
I loved that freedom for the machine has models that are regular lady shaped. I have an hourglass figure and one of the models had my figure. I was really tempted to buy it because I actually knew how it would really look on me. I knew it'd look really nice. So many companies use athletic 20 years olds and I kind of know how stuff might look but it's not as reassuring as your own figure being chosen.
Awesome video, Emma, and very informative... Whatever gender you are it is worth knowing the difference in kit, and why it is there. After all, if you get into a relationship with another cyclist, it's worth knowing (as a man) what she feels comfortable in and why.
Love the addition of Emma to GCN and women specific issues. What about seats? I have been experimenting with several over the last few years. When I ride a lot my "territories" can take a beating. Any ideas or suggestions. Right now I'm riding a Specialized. Power Expert and on longer more aggressive rides it can be a bit painful down there......thanks for the help.
Emma: Thanks! I know it's not easy to talk about, but I know it just can't be me suffering with this. Also seems to have gotten worse over the last several years...🙄 Would love to see you do a video on it. Also agree that seats are a bit like mattresses. Different for different people.....
The real problem is saddles are like mattresses what's great for one person is terrible for another. If it helps i measured my sit bones at 147mm the sella italia lady saddle is perfect for me it measures 160mm width.
For both sexes, the pad in cycling shorts should come with a rider weight guideline. We all buy the same shorts regardless of whether we're 60 kilos or 90 kilos. 'Tis a bit daft to think both light and heavy riders get the same comfort from the same pad.
You can probably find some overshoes that are made to fit over everyday footwear, but then they'll probably be too large to use over cycling shoes with cleats. I usually wear some minimalist training shoes for cycle commuting that are slim and my overshoes fit just fine.
They have cutouts for the cleats on the soles, but cycling shoes aren't necessary. Bulky trainers may not fit in overshoes very well though, and you might wear the overshoes out walking around, as they will touch the ground more without the protruding cleats and heals found on cycling shoes.
Women who occasionally do long training rides need both bib and half shorts. Anything over 2-1/2 hours, that includes a bathroom break requires half shorts. Anything less, and bibs should work...….One other thing. Jerseys are made of a blend of lycra and other fabrics. I still have a jersey from the 80's that is all lycra. Any kind of weight in the back pockets cause the rear to rag down over your rear.
+MRGRUMPY53 I do not need to take my helmet off to pee, as for stuff in the pockets of my jersey I leave it in there and just take off the jersey. Seems to me you take your time to pee and like to be quite comfortable whist doing so.
It should take a lot longer than 30 seconds...You've got to remove you helmet, remove all the odds and ends in your jersey pockets, and finally the jersey. In the winter, it's ever worse. Even worse than that is when you are out in the middle of nowhere, and have to walk off the road to find a small grove of trees.
Women cyclists have better options of colours and designs over men's cycling clothes. Mens tend to be either black or very neutral. If any colour is wanted, you generally have to be plastered with sponsors on replica team kits.
The only thing you didn't mention was helmets! I know it's not necessarily a women specific issue, but I'd love it if helmet makers thought about pony tails and clearly marked which ones are compatible.
When I was shopping for a new helmet a couple weeks ago, I remember seeing at least one of the GIRO helmets are ponytail compatible. I don't recall the model, but just happened to notice it while scanning.
had long hair for years (and made them a pony tail for cycling), so from my own experience I can tell you: Specialized and Abus helmets are perfect for that! ...have the Evade, Gamechanger and Aventor - can recommend all of them (while Giro and MET helmets did not work with pony tail)
I prefer high waisted shorts/ tights so they don’t cut into me; which can look unflattering. Ladies cut jerseys fit better on me as i have narrow waist & wider hips... the mens/unisex jerseys alway look baggy either on the waist or chest. I always have to go up a size too.
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I ride MTBs only and I bought a chamois because of the chafing. I secondarily discovered that I quite like the added padding between me and the saddle so it was a win/win in the end, except for my wallet!
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.