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...
At VeloVixen, we like to keep a careful ear out for the latest in cycling kit technology. And sometimes the news is just too exciting to keep to ourselves.
We can't reveal the brand in question, but we can exclusively reveal that secret testing is currently taking place in the central mountains of Colombia on a hot new range of cycling kit.
And when we say it's for a hot new range, we really mean it.
Just why were we so blown away by Castelli's new chammy pad? Watch and find out - whilst witnessing Fran and Liz 'shimmy in their chammy'...
Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?
A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.
Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.
As partners with Women V Cancer Ride the Night, the UK's exclusive women-only charity night cycle ride, we share our 8 top tips to keep you cycling safely after dark.
Read our guide on how to stay safe while cycling past the hours of daylight - we think you may be surprised by some of what's included!
Endura - you see a lot of it around, don't you? Were you guilty of assuming it's a bit... generic? It's time to think again.
Turns out nothing could be further from the truth, especially with a depth of female design talent in their ranks and a massive new name on their books for 2018!
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.
Since joining the VeloVixen range in 2014, the Urbanist padded cycling knickers have become our best selling range of all time, making their way into our top-5 favourite lists time and time again.
Learn more about the background to Urbanist in their original Kickstarter Project video...
If you've ever wondered what single stylish top can cover most conditions - or act as an invaluable layer on colder rides - then Rivelo's Pateley may be your answer. Fran can tell you more...
The VeloPac RidePac is one of those really simple ideas that can genuinely make a difference to you. It's the one piece of kit you need to keep your valuables safe and dry on a ride - and they look great too.
Whether we brush off the gloomy predictions of our weatherwomen and men or not, we can’t get around the fact that for the next few months we’ll need to wrap up warm if we want to continue cycling (and enjoying it) throughout December and into the new year.
When news emerged earlier this week about the launch of Pinarello's new e-bike, the Nytro, at first it seemed like a solid, positive step from a major bike manufacturer to catch the growing wave of e-bike sales.
But then the Pinarello marketing department got hold of it. And that's where the trouble began.
Like all MASSIVE global retailers, we've got our own blockbuster ad - here are Liz and Fran to talk you through some of the VeloVixen highlights this festive season... Hold onto your hats, folks!
The Gabba's lightweight and wind/rain resistant design is second to none and it's fully breathable too! So why should you own one? Watch the video review to find out...
Nowadays it feels like we're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a jacket to get us through the winter cycling season. Is that a blessing or a curse? We think the former. With so many styles and performance features now available specifically for women, it gives you the chance to really pinpoint THE perfect jacket for your cycling needs.
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