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Spare kit


Remember, anything can go wrong with your equipment when out on a ride – so you want to make sure you don’t get stranded. Essential items needed for all cycling MacGyvers are: a spare inner tube (don’t bother repairing a puncture, it’s fraught with problems), which will set you back a few quid at most; tyre levers and an air- cylinder/air-pump; and a small multi-tool with allen keys. Make sure you don’t leave home without them. All items available at www.wiggle.co.uk


Oakley sunglasses When selecting a pair of sunglasses for cycling, it’s critical


to remember they are for protecting your eyes and enabling the best possible view of the road – not just looking like the cat’s whiskers. Oakley are by far the most versatile brand and their customisation services are perfect for creating a stylish look that suits you. Ensure you choose a style that enables you to pick a sun lens, a clear lens and a poor weather lens (yellow/ orange) so your investment is for all conditions. From £90, www.oakley.co.uk


Le Col bib shorts For the fellas, this is


➔ Tony’s top tips


Cycling multiplies the speed of sunburn taking effect, so ensure you cover your arms, legs and face when hitting the road under the sun – use at least factor 30 and go with the spray-on protection. Word to the wise: apply it before you get your lycra on. Also get a 150ml bottle so you can put it in your back pocket and re-apply after each coffee stop. If you’re planning on doing some Tour de France style ‘experience’ rides in the mountains, get yourself a ‘Compact’ chainset (crankset) – most bikes come with a standard set of chain rings on the front with two rings, one 39T and one 53T ring. These won’t get you up a mountain climb. You’ll need a 34T/50T combination. Without it, your dream of scaling the big famous tour climbs will turn into a impossible nightmare of mountainous proportions. Pop a copy of L’Equipe newspaper in your back pocket


as you’ll need something to shove up your jersey for the descent. This will protect you from certain death when your core temperature drops and cold wind at 50mph starts to freeze your lungs and chest. Seriously. On a hot July day, it can reach -1C at the top of an Alpine mountain – it sure caught me out.


another top product from Le Col – and will do more for your sanity and cycling than the £5,000 carbon bike. A high-quality pair of bib shorts (you’ll want to spend between £100 and £200) are a must if you want to ride comfortably and without pain in what one may consider a critical area of one’s anatomy. Recipe suggestion: mix with Qoleum Qfriction and a 100-mile Sportive challenge for best results. £129.99, www.lecol.net


Recommended vendors


Sunglasses: www.monkeyp.com Clothing: www.lecol.net Kit: www.wiggle.co.uk Local cycling-scene info: www.vsj.je Coffee for the cycling connoisseur: www.bigmaggys.com The latest info from the pro peloton: www.cyclingnews.com


TONY MOFFA is a keen racing cyclist, Co-owner of Big Maggy’s and Promoter of the Rubis Jersey Town Criteriums every May (www.JerseyTownCrit.com)


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