Tips & Tales

25Feb
25Feb

The Colette rain jacket is a reliable cycling companion for Vixen Kirsty. She's cycled hundreds of miles with the stunning Café du Cycliste rain jacket successfully protecting her from the elements, all while keeping her supremely stylish. Proof that we really believe in the products we stock.

Jenni Gwiazdowski, founder and Director of DIY bike workshop, The London Bike Kitchen and part of the Total Women's Cycling test team took Colette for a spin and shares her thoughts.

24Feb
24Feb

Race organisers E3 Harelbeke take a surprising angle, referencing the infamous Peter Sagan bottom-pinching affair, to promote their annual WorldTour race.

We would love to hear what your thoughts on the topic are.

20Feb
20Feb

 

Have you ever struggled with soreness on your bike? Looked at subtle ways to save 50g in weight here or there? Considered upgrading your bike to a more expensive one to make you go better? Or simply fancied making cycling an easier way to get around?

There's a solution you might have overlooked... getting your bike fitted properly. For a fraction of the cost of a new bike, and a couple of hours of your time, Dr Bryan Roberts regularly gets his clients pedalling 1-2 gears more efficiently...

20Feb
20Feb

Ready to invest in some spangly new bib shorts for the year ahead? Stop! Before taking the plunge, take a moment to heed Kirsty's advice on what to look out for to help banish the dreaded 'sausage leg' effect.

Undoubtedly, shorts / bib shorts are the most vital piece of kit for a comfortable ride in a cyclist's wardrobe. It's a sartorial minefield out there, so Kirsty is here to prove that you can find a pair of shorts that not only suit, but flatter your figure and more importantly, make sitting in the saddle for hours on end as comfortable as it can be.

19Feb
19Feb

We love everything about Café du Cycliste's Henriette jersey, from its understated elegance, to its flattering casual fit and everything in between. It could be said we are rather smitten with this retro-gallic number.

The Total Women's Cycling team took it for a test-drive and here are the results. Find out whether they were won over by the Henriette's French charm...

19Feb
19Feb

In 1938, Billie Fleming rode 29,603 miles on her bike. That's 35 times the length of Land's End to John O'Groats. Or an average of 81 miles per day. Some days she rode up to 200 miles. And all on a 3-speed steel steed. It's a record that's never been beaten.

This year, to mark her 100th birthday, a year of rides is being organised to celebrate this unique achievement.

18Feb
18Feb

Nearly 8000 votes cast. Over 250 guests in attendance. World class stars. A genuine sense of anticipation around each award.

If 2014 was the year the Total Women's Cycling Awards were born, 2015 was surely the year they came of age.

We were honoured and excited to be headline sponsoring the awards for a second year, but could never have anticipated what a thrilling evening we were all in for...

18Feb
18Feb

Looking to transport your belongings in style? Then don't take our word for it, find out which of our pannier bags have been voted by Total Women's Cycling as the prettiest bags for your bicycle.

17Feb
17Feb

Last week saw the London Bike Show return to the cavernous halls of the London ExCel for its annual 4-day cycling convention.

If you weren't able to make it down, don't panic - we showcase the best clothing and accessories on offer on the VeloVixen stand, as picked by our customers at the show.

16Feb
16Feb

In a big week for VeloVixen, when we scooped the Total Women's Cycling Award as Female Specific Retailer of the Year 2015, the icing on the cake was when our Founder Liz Bingham and illustrious team member Kirsty Hofat were named in an extraordinary list.

04Feb
04Feb

Terminal Velocity - a 5 Year Life Cycle

Posted in By Liz Bingham

Last night we had dinner at Heathrow Terminal 5. Were we off somewhere glam for an exotic mini-break? No. Were we collecting an old friend from overseas? Nope. Arriving back from a fortnight in the Caribbean? Fat chance.

No, we were marking an important occasion. It was 5 years to the hour since a departure that was to shape us, our lives and VeloVixen forever.

04Feb
04Feb

How to Choose the Right Bern Helmet

Posted in Kit By Kirsty Ho Fat

Our Vixens love the variety in the Bern helmet range. We want to ensure you get the right helmet for your ride and appreciate that with so much choice. Price, weight, construction - it's all considered in our Bern helmet demystifier. Go forth and find your perfect companion...

03Feb
03Feb

Review: Road.cc Loves Sugoi HotShot Jersey

Posted in Kit By Kirsty Ho Fat

Cycling website road.cc tout the long sleeve HotShot jersey from Sugoi as one of the top 10 best winter cycling jerseys. Find out why here and treat your torso to some luxurious warmth.

02Feb
02Feb

Looking for something a little different in the style-stakes to protect your noggin as you shred those trails - or city streets? Cue the Prescott, Bern's first foray into the world of women's enduro helmets. 

01Feb
01Feb

Gift Guide: Velo Valentines 2015

Posted in Style Guides By Kirsty Ho Fat

Forget limp bouquets and gaudy teddy bears - if you're stuck for what Valentine's present to treat your bicycle-crazed loved one to, then have a look through what Kirsty has hinted to her husband.

22Jan
22Jan

The VeloVixen Team

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration By VeloVixen

We're incredibly lucky to have a uniquely strong, talented team here at VeloVixen. A bunch of fools that genuinely care about each other and about dealing properly with people. Here we are...

 

Liz Bingham (Co-Founder & Strategic Director)

Former Life: Mixing life as a professional actress with life on the road as a professional tour guide. Juggled seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and television roles with the challenges of keeping educational groups of American teenagers under control.

Epiphany: Meeting Phil on a blind date in 2009.

Cycling Experience: Pottering round Cambridge in the 1990s. Oh, and riding 10,000km through South America and the US with Phil.

Today: Liz juggles (still juggling!) her role as VeloVixen Strategic Director with moonlighting in cycling event organisation and being a full-time mum to Zoe and Emma.

 

Phil Bingham (Co-Founder & Managing Director)

Former Life: Sitting at a desk and travelling the world managing portfolios of hedge funds - whilst covertly plotting exotic cycling trips and other adventures.

Epiphany: Meeting Liz on a blind date in 2009 (see above). And leaving his job shortly thereafter...

Cycling Experience: Land's End to John O'Groats, Ironman triathlon, various Etapes, the whole route of the 100th Tour de France and a little ride with Liz in 2010 (see above).

Today: Phil manages VeloVixen day-to-day whilst being as hands-on a dad as possible to Zoe and Emma. And planning the odd ride here and there. If he's good, a couple of times year he gets to see another male.

  

Fran Whyte (Operations Manager)

Former Life: If you've been arrested in the Oxford area in recent years, there's a fair chance that Fran was the one wielding the truncheon (she's a big softy really). She was one of the boys girls in blue, for almost 13 years until she realised that cycling was here true calling. And especially cycling kit. Don't even ask about her wardrobe.

Epiphany: Realising that police work wasn't leaving enough time for cycling. Or holidays. Luckily life at VeloVixen is one long cycling holiday (so we tell her).

Cycling Experience: Fran's rarely off a bike, whether it's climbing a Dolomite, finishing yet another Ironman triathlon, ripping up a Welsh MTB trail or rolling in cyclocross mud. 

Today: Fran is in charge of our warehousing and order processing. You'll often find her on the end of a phone with her peerless line in sensible cycling kit advice.

 

Andrew Blakeley (Finance)

Former Life: Andrew has sorted out the numbers for many and various firms over the years, in worlds ranging from helicopters to bathrooms. Cycling shouldn't be a problem.

Epiphany: The realisation that renovating your own house entirely didn't mix well with a traditional full time job!

Cycling Experience: We're working on luring Mr B onto a bike for the first time in a while... watch this space.

Today: Andrew is a voice of pragmatism and reason in the cacophony of women's cycling - he does the important bits. And he's fast developing a penchant for ladies' lycra.

 

The Fat Unicorns: Matt Wild & Vic Whitaker (Website Gurus)

Former Life: The Unicorns have been around for many years, sprinkling their Unicorn Magic on numerous projects including our website and famous newsletters.

Epiphany: Recognising they were work and play soulmates.

Cycling Experience: any time you find these two loons away from the keyboard, you can be sure they'll be on a bike, snowboard, surfboard or rockface somewhere.

Today: Matt and Vic are sublime creators of websites - from the Unicorn's nest in Lancashire, they devise ever more fiendish ways to bring sites to life and make them work better and more beautifully.

 

Zoe & Emma Bingham (Roving Ambassadors / Product Testers)

Former Life: What?!

Epiphany: Being born into a cycling family...

Cycling Experience: Until 2016 Zoe was restricted to her 3-wheeled scooter, but is now pedalling her Isla Bike like a demon. Emma's still observing.

Today: Zoe (5) is the senior member of our youth squad, having been joined by her little sister in late 2014. Their role is constantly evolving. Both ladies take their role as Roving Ambassador very seriously - with new roving techniques including... 'running around doing funny things'. Zoe is now showing more active managerial potential - at least when it comes to managing her parents. Emma has recently developed scooter envy.

22Jan
22Jan

Liz and Phil

Every brand has its story. At VeloVixen, we are no different. But we think of ours as a journey - because, for our Founders Liz and Phil, it began with a real one.  Liz can explain more:

22Jan
22Jan

happy customers

Posted in By VeloVixen
At VeloVixen, we're not natural blowers of our own trumpet. But vanity prevailed, though, and we couldn't resist putting up a few of our favourite 'thank yous' from our lovely customers. It's always nice to hear when we get things right - but it's even more important that we sort things out properly when we occasionally don't.

07Jan
07Jan

How the TWC Awards were born

Posted in Clubs & Events By Phil Bingham

I blame that second flat white in Caffe Nero. Back in late 2012, Vos Media’s Geraldine Reeve had invited us to meet up and discuss women’s cycling – a subject close to our hearts.

We’d covered a lot of ground when – with just a whiff of Lieutenant Columbo – she slipped in: ‘just one other thing – we’re thinking about doing a women’s cycling awards… what do you reckon?’

03Dec
03Dec

Friends of Velovixen

Posted in Opinions By VeloVixen

At VeloVixen we are lucky to have the support of several wonderful women who cycle regularly and who inspire us. Each of them wants to help to encourage, cajole and support women to get back on their bikes ('back', because everyone has ridden a bike at some point!). We work with them to help spread the cycling gospel amongst women around the UK. Please let us know if you know of anyone who should be a VeloVixen 'ambassador'! Here is a little about them:

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