It’s been a bumper year for women’s cycling in 2015, with new pro teams, increasing financial support, more media coverage and, of course, more and more gear designed for women at all levels of road cycling and mountain biking.
I joined BikeRadar in the spring, shifting over from my previous role as deputy editor of Total Women’s Cycling. It’s been rewarding and fascinating to track how women’s cycling has evolved over the year and continues to change.
It’s becoming clear that bike brands, clothing companies and equipment manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice of the ever-increasing number of women riding, and the fact that we’re a diverse bunch, riding at all levels, all disciplines, all ages and all around the world.
Highlights for me have included watching the cream of the female pro peloton lay it all on the line for La Course in Paris, and getting to shred the revamped Juliana Roubion on the old mining trails of California. It’s been exciting to hear how brands like Bell Helmets are putting their money where their mouths are and investing in quality research to ensure they’re getting it right for women, with many more brands investing in marketing, research and product development.
There’s also never been more choice when it comes to women’s bikes, clothing and gear – though I feel there’s room for even more.
So after thinking long and hard, I’ve selected the products that have stood out for me over the past year. These are the items I reach for again and again, the ones I bore my friends talking at length about, and the ones I’d recommend.
Juliana Roubion 2 CC XX1 2016
Five Ten Freerider Wmns
Giro Women’s Undershort
Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer sports bra
Rapha Women’s Long Sleeve Brevet Jersey
Polaris Mica jersey
Flare Roost DH Shorts
Hope F20 flat pedals
You can read more at BikeRadar.com
Source: Bike Radar