Tips & Tales

07Nov
07Nov

Champagne is my Achilles heel!

Recently, we went to one of my lovely friends' 50th birthday parties. It was a beautiful evening, and I completely lost track of how much I had to drink with my glass always miraculously being filled.

26Oct
26Oct

We all know that relations between road users on 2 and 4 wheels aren't always cordial. But with so many of us driving and cycling, we think they should be.

Here's one way you can help us to spread the love...

24Oct
24Oct

Iris Slappendel is one of the most extraordinary women in cycling.

If you haven't heard of her, here's why she's such a beacon to us and many others.

09Oct
09Oct

Our famous VeloVixen Women's Cycling Chat Group is the most talked about chat group in female cycling - isn't it time you joined us to experience it?

07Oct
07Oct

Are you trying to lose weight and not succeeding? Feeling like you are doing everything right but still can’t lose weight.

How are you sleeping? That could be the missing bit...

02Oct
02Oct

Castelli make some of the finest, most technical top halves in cycling. But whilst they're all incredible to wear, it's not always easy to decipher which ones will work best for you. Here's our jargon busting guide to have you kitted out properly...

19Sep
19Sep

Is your gut slowing you down?

Posted in Fitness Lifestyle By Catherine Steel

Do you listen to your gut? When it is not working as it should, it reveals so much; from bloating, belching, smelly wind and - yes - questionable number 2s. 

Not a topic everyone likes talking about but it's at the root of so many health issues. 

13Sep
13Sep

Trek-Segafredo's Abi van Twisk has competed with the very best in the world.

But she's a South London girl at heart and just loves riding her bike. She reckons everyone should take a leaf out of her book...

11Sep
11Sep

Improve Your Mental Health by Cycling through Winter

Posted in Inspiration Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

We all know that exercise benefits our physical health but what about our mental health? Recent research has shown that two-thirds of people spend less than an hour per day outside during autumn and winter. There's never been a better time to get out on your bike!

23Aug
23Aug

Food cravings and comfort eating

Posted in Fitness Lifestyle By Catherine Steel

Do you crave foods? Carbohydrates, salty or sweet? Food cravings is something Catherine hears about most weeks in her clinic - and knows a lot about from personal experience.

21Aug
21Aug

We all want to improve out cycling. Here are 10 relatively easy wins (nos. 6 and 10 are especially easy!) to make you an instantly better cyclist.

06Aug
06Aug

Earlier this morning, Fiona Kolbinger made cycling history. Not just women's cycling history. Cycling history for the ages. In winning the notorious 4000km Transcontinental Race, Fiona levelled the playing field like few others in sporting history.

26Jul
26Jul

Let's face it, the UK's not famous for blazing heat. When the mercury passes 20c we're prone to flapping about as though we're living in the Dubai desert. Fans and paddling pools sell out, and public fountains are gridlocked. But it can, and most years it does at some point...

24Jul
24Jul

Ever fancy just going for a spin? Leaving all technology behind and simply pedalling to clear the mind? Jeni is a big advocate - and as she explains, it can work wonders in more ways than you might expect...

23Jul
23Jul

Bikepacking with Children Pt.1

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott - Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

There isn't much that Juliet hasn't done on a bike. But going bikepacking with a toddler could be the biggest challenge she's yet taken on. This is just the start...

19Jul
19Jul

Why am I so tired? Fatigue... the number one factor leading cyclists to nutritional therapist Catherine. Here's her advice on how to combat it.

12Jul
12Jul

The first time I rode my bike up a hill I had to get off and push. I pushed my bike over the brow of the hill and slumped down on the verge to admire the view. I had no sense of satisfaction, I had hardly justified a rest, but my wobbly legs needed to regroup. The pros make it all look so easy, so effortless. The reality, I found, was somewhat different...

11Jul
11Jul

Are you taking on a 100km ride this year? If so, here are pro rider Tiffany Cromwell's 8 Top Tips. Even if you're already a seasoned 100km veteran, you're sure to learn something...

10Jul
10Jul

So we started selling bikes. Sounds simple, doesn't it?!

After all, we've been leaders in women's cycling kit for over seven years, so why not sell bikes? But we had to be 100% confident. Here's how we choose our bikes.

04Jul
04Jul

Get them right, and padded cycling shorts are the gateway to a smooth, comfortable ride. Find out how to wear and care for yours correctly to enjoy miles upon miles of pain-free, efficient cycling.

03Jul
03Jul

There are many reasons we may feel anxiety with our cycling - fear of the danger, performance anxiety or anxieties driven by the stories we tell ourselves.

Here are 6 ways that you may find help if you find the anxiety train pulling into your station.

27Jun
27Jun

So Jeni went on her first cycling holiday.

It was wonderful - but she came away having learnt lessons she'd never have thought of...

26Jun
26Jun

What is it about the humble cycling cap? Surely a cap is a cap is a cap? How can a simple piece of elasticated peaked cotton stir up such emotions and evangelising amongst cyclists who claim to be 'in the know'?

When it comes to complying with how things 'should' be done in cycling, we're the first to suggest a dose of rebellion. But with caps, we can't get enough of them. Why so?

21Jun
21Jun

See cycling in a whole new light

Posted in Kit By VeloVixen

Have you ever cycled into direct sunlight and felt like your eyeballs were melting in their sockets? Is your ride partner magnetically attracted to loose road chippings?

Well, let us guide you into the wonderful world of cycling eyewear, where looking 'spec-tacular' is just as achievable as giving your eyes the protection they deserve.

17Jun
17Jun

Your Sportive Survival Guide

Posted in Beginner's Guides Fitness Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott - Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

We love sportives - these organised, well-marshalled events are a brilliant way to challenge yourself, ride fantastic roads and have fun. Especially if you set about them the right way, says Juliet Elliott...

10Jun
10Jun

We recently asked you, our friends and customers, to give us your top tips that you wish you'd known when you first started cycling.

We were inundated - which goes to show the generosity of spirit in the cycling world. You may be surprised by some...!

01Jun
01Jun

Going Sleeveless

Posted in Style Guides Kit By VeloVixen

Pssst - want to know the best way to wind up cycling fascists? Sleeveless cycling jerseys. Once impossible to find, now there are almost too many to choose from. Here are our top tips.

31May
31May

5-time World Downhill Mountain biking champion Rachel Atherton has been a dominant force downhill MTB for more than 10 years. Maria caught up with her to get the latest lowdown on her extraordinary career - which shows no sign of slowing!

20May
20May

Danny MacAskill has long been one of our favourite character in cycling. He definitively puts the 'skill' into MacAskill, and has never knowingly taken himself too seriously.

So when we heard about his latest video, 'Danny Daycare', our ears pricked up as only fox ears can.

16May
16May

Find your tribe

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration #CycleHappy By Jeni Sanderson

"My overwhelming emotion recently has been the feeling of belonging."

Jeni is living proof of just how cycling can become a bedrock of social interaction and happiness way beyond the bike itself.

06May
06May

For many years, ASSOS of Switzerland was one of the most respected names in cycling. The only catch, from a female cycling perspective, was their notoriously... how would you say?... 'traditional' approach to marketing their women's kit.

Then in 2016, everything changed.

02May
02May

This summer, we're supporting world record Atlantic rower Kiko Matthews woman as she takes on single-use plastic via an epic bike ride, riding 7200km around the British coastline whilst raising awareness of plastic misuse.

25Apr
25Apr

Ever find yourself falling into the trap of feeling you have to ride with certain people, to grind out particular distances? Jeni has an alternative approach that just might make you fall in love with cycling all over again.

12Apr
12Apr

We all know how good even an average ride can make you feel. But cycling can improve more about your life than you might have thought.

08Apr
08Apr

10 Great Cycling Goals for Summer

Posted in Fitness Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Juliet offers you ten inspiring, fun-filled cycling activities and goals that will make these summer months the best you’ve ever experienced.

03Apr
03Apr

Jeni Sanderson is an expert in positive psychology - and we all know how crucial that can be on your bike. Here's how to get the best out of yourself, both in cycling and beyond...

01Apr
01Apr

As organisers of a major race for the women's pro peloton announces that the dress regulations will require participants to wear 'skirts', we ask: how can this be in 2019?

11Mar
11Mar

Quick & Easy Yoga Exercises to Improve Your Cycling

Posted in Fitness Inspiration #CycleHappy By VeloVixen (Author: Lexie Williamson)

Improve your cycling with these 5 minute daily yoga exercises - designed to boost power, help prevent injury and improve bone density.

01Mar
01Mar

The London Bike Show will never have seen the like. We're joining forces with those lovely folk from Casquette to host 'Casquette LIVE with VeloVixen'. It promises to be THE big reason for coming to this year's London Bike Show (29-31st March)...

21Feb
21Feb

When we asked you for your stories about how you got the cycling bug after the age of 40, we expected a few tales. But not 100s! And such moving, inspiring ones at that.

Here are just some of our favourites - and the eventual winner...

14Feb
14Feb

How to stay positive cycling when you feel like stopping

Posted in Fitness Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Just because it’s hard, it doesn’t mean you suck. Sometimes we all need an attitude adjustment.

The power of positive thinking is real. And so is the power of negative thoughts.

30Jan
30Jan

In a recent Strava report, what stood out the most was that “cyclists in their 40s and 50s ride further and faster.” I wanted to investigate if cyclists really are fitter in middle age than in their 20s...

28Jan
28Jan

Part two of Maria David's epic Christmas Rapha 500 ride - in which she covered 500km whilst everyone else was beached on the sofa after one mince pie too many.

27Jan
27Jan

The Rapha Festive 500 is a long-established 500km ritual of countering the festive binge - and there are many ways to tackle it...

17Jan
17Jan

There's been a lot of excitement about the 2019 range of Anna's Legs. So let's hear from Anna herself what makes them so special and personal to her.

08Jan
08Jan

Setting yourself a big challenge is a great way to motivate yourself to increased fitness, becoming a better cyclist and a huge sense of euphoria and pride.

But this year I'm focusing on something more subtle. And it needs a little imagination and sparkle.

23Dec
23Dec

Reflections on these times

Posted in Opinions By VeloVixen

This is a turbulent time for cycling, for retail, for politics. Actually, for our world as a whole.

These are our year end thoughts - things are not nearly as downbeat as you might think!

21Dec
21Dec

Tips from Alice Barnes (World Team Time Trial Champion) and Coryn Rivera (Sharon Laws Rider of the Year) give their tips on getting the most out of your bike ride this winter. Plus thoughts on the 2018 season.

19Dec
19Dec

How cycling can help in the darkest hour

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration #CycleHappy By Elaine Scott - member of our VeloVixen Women's Cycling Chat group on Facebook

"Well I went for my walk with little success. I only managed 0.9 miles before I had to give up go home and build a jigsaw instead. Sorry it's not going to be a light and fluffy read today."

Read more about how Elaine rebuilt through the support that only cycling can offer.

15Dec
15Dec

Maria David is in love with Milan and Lake Como - both the chic urban living and, of course, the cycling. Let her show you around some of her favourite places and routes... 

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