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Ask Ella: What is the best women’s saddle?

Why shouldn’t I wear underwear under my bike shorts? What is the best women’s bike seat? Do I really need a women’s specific bike? How the heck do I manage a middle of nowhere pee break and, even worse, how do I deal with my period when I’ve got an epic ride planned? Cycling can have …

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Endless baguettes, blanketless beds and bedbugs: Tips on surviving the French tours

That part of the season is upon us…the beginning of the French tours. Yep, the Tour de France isn’t the only tour happening in France! There’s La route de France, Trophee d’Or and the infamous Tour of Ardeche which will include Mont Ventoux. And so whilst the Olympians are off frolicking in Rio, the racing …

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The 12 ways to spot a female cyclist

Male cyclists tend to stand out pretty easily in a crowd, even when there is no lycra in sight as hair-free legs and cyclists tan are a dead giveaway. But it’s not always so easy with female cyclists … or is it? Perhaps it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for. With the tendency of most …

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Lycra repair tips

Whether you’ve crashed, got snagged by a branch on the trail or the washing machine ate your favourite bibs, you’ll learn that lycra —despite its many qualities— is not tearproof. You’ve likely spent a good amount of money on your kit, and this is not how you imagined parting ways with your favourite chamois. Good …

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Strava report debunks myth that women aren’t inspired by professional cycling

Strava has released a new comprehensive Women’s Cycling Report, believed to be the biggest of its kind. With it, Strava aims to determine motivations, influences, buying attitudes and views on barriers to entry for more women taking up cycling. The big takeaways are that women, in fact, are interested in professional cycling and are less deterred …

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Summer is here: tips to keep your cool

Summer has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere. As have all the good things that come with it: sunny, warm rides and cold post-ride beers; crisp tanlines; bikepacking trips; BBQs and pool parties. But it’s also the season of sunburns, heat exhaustion and dehydration. I was reminded of this last week while spending a week …

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Cycoupling: the art of riding in a couple

I don’t care who you are — Michelle and Barack Obama, Kim and Kanye (Kimye), Bec and Leyton Hewitt — if you have donned lycra and gone riding with your significant other, you have, at some point or another, returned home separately. Not by choice, of course, but because you got into a raging argument. …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 3: On biking mount Kilimanjaro, getting “chicked” and Dirty Kanza

For our third weekly podcast, we brought in Ella editor, Anne-Marije Rook, and special guest Rebecca Rusch. Rusch, a.k.a, “The Queen of Pain”, is a seven-time multi-discipline world champion and a firefighter. Off-the-bike Rusch has national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. On the bike, Rusch excels anytime her wheels …

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Sun’s out, guns out: women’s spring kits reviewed

It’s finally sunny and temperatures are warming up. This means it’s that fun time of year when we celebrate #NewKitDay and show off our new threads at the weekend group ride. We tried and reviewed a bunch of kit to help inform you before your next purchase.   About the tester: 1,65m and 60ish kg  (all …

Spring showers and autumn drizzles: Rainy day essentials reviewed

It’s the time of the year when the weather is the most unpredictable, and there always seems to be a chance of rain. But with a few of the following essentials, you will always be prepared no matter what the forecast calls for. Reviewed: Ass Savers original and the Fendor Bendor www.ass-savers.com €8-12 EUR/$9-12 USD/$12-18 AUD While …

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