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Lycra-free lady There are plenty of ways to dress for your commute without going down the skintight road – here’s how to kit yourself out for a Lycra-free ride to work

Cyclescheme price The Cyclescheme price is the most you will pay for a given item, including Transfer of Ownership fees. Price assumes you are a standard rate taxpayer; higher rate taxpayers will pay less.

Squire Eiger Compact U-lock £44.99 | : £31.94 Keep your pride and joy locked up safe while you’re at work or when you’ve stopped off on the way home for a quick shop/cuppa/aperitif… Its 210mm length should mean the inner space fills easily when fixed to railings or bike-specific lockup points, making it harder for thieves to attack. It earns a highest Sold Secure Gold rating (see page 43), and comes in red, yellow, green or blue.

Giro Civila Shoes £129.99 | : £92.29 At first glance these look like a pair of casual lace-ups, but on the sole you’ll find fixings for cleats so they can be used on the bike with clipless pedals. Unlike full-on cycling shoes, you’ll still be able to walk in these, with their replaceable ‘high-traction walking pads’. The upper is perforated microfibre, with a Micro-suede inner and heel.

SKS Longboard £34.99 | : £24.84 It’s surprising how dry full-length mudguards can keep you, even in the pouring rain. As the name suggests, the SKS Longboards are slightly longer than standard guards, helping to keep your feet dry from spray on your wet commute. They come in 35 and 45mm widths to fit over various tyre sizes, so check which ones your bike frame can accommodate.

Club Ride Deer Abby Women’s Jersey £40 | : £28.40 This could have come off the rails of your high street clothing store, except it’s made of Sheer2Dry fabric. It’s lightweight and breathable, and wicks away any sweat you might build up on your way to work. Cap sleeves and ruched sides are pretty details, though you’ll also find reflectives and rear pockets for essentials.


Cycle Commuter #17  
Cycle Commuter #17