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LIFESTYLE FITNESS


BIKE! ON YER


Thinking of embarking on a cycling challenge, or maybe even trying your hand at racing? Get a head start with expert Tony Moffa’s essential guide to life on two wheels


Howies merino wool base layer Using a good quality base layer is key to ensuring you regulate


your body temperature in both hot and cold climates. In winter, or early-morning riding at any time of the year when the temperature is low, a merino wool base layer will make your cycling a pleasure – and really is one of the most important tools in your clothing collection. Howies produce the best merino wool base layer around and you may find yourself wearing it more than for just cycling… £45, www.howies.co.uk


Garmin Edge 500 Possibly the most useful gadget





you’ll attach to your steed is the Garmin Edge 500 cycling computer. Whether you’re experienced or a total novice, this device will give you an advantage. It’s cadence sensor shows you at a glance how many pedal revs (RPM) you’re chucking out, which will help you understand how to use your gears – set an audible alarm at 90 RPM and off you go, it will effectively tell you when you need to change gear. £165, www.amazon.co.uk


Le Col waterproof/


windproof jacket Completely protecting yourself against rain and wind when cycling is almost a fantasy unless you have the luxury of cycling for a living and can tailor your training rides very specifically to suit conditions. If you successfully find a truly waterproof jacket, chances are it’s unbreathable at speed and high intensity. The trick is to find a garment with a strong compromise. The winter jacket from the Le Col Derboun range is perfect and it oozes cyclo-fashion with its minimalist finish and gold stitching. £169.99, www.lecol.net


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Qoleum sports balms and treatments Qoleum is undoubtedly one of the best cycling-specific


creams and treatments available. It’s a naturally produced preventative and injury care treatment suite from New Zealand. Qrub helps repair muscle damage from hard cycling challenges or multi-stage events. Qfriction is the best-kept secret in cycling – ever had terrible saddle sores to the point where you just can’t ride anymore? Qfriction will prevent chaffing and ensure your… erm… ‘undercarriage’ is well looked after. £19.99, www.bigmaggys.com











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