Beginner’s Guide to Cycling Part II

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  1. Debbie says:

    Fi, Endura are a total bust – if you will forgive the bad pun – for the more ample-chested. Their large (no XL available) fits a bust of 37-39 inches!
    Gore look a bit pricey for the novice cyclist but I’ll be investigating Altura, who at least with their size 18 option will make it into the 40+ bust category.
    Must remember to buy gloves but I think I’ll stick with my trainers for footwear. Leggings with cycling skirt on top for the bottom half, I think. And I also got a reduced pair of Craghopper stretch hiking trousers which will probably be good if I’m just cycling to the shops or somewhere where I’d feel a bit conspicuous in the leggings and skirt combo. Thanks again for all the help online and in person. Will be in touch re basic bike maintenance lessons. Am hoping to collect bike tomorrow! xxx

  2. Fiona says:

    Gosh, I didn’t realise the size limitations with Endura. That’s rubbish. Thanks for pointing that out. If the rain goes away you’ll be even happier about getting your new bike! I’m about to look for a bike for Little Miss. I couldn’t believe how small her old bike looked compared to her! She just won’t stop growing!

  3. Debbie says:

    My new bike and Stuart’s are now in their new home at the bottom of the stairs and looking very smart. Having carried mine up the stairs I’m glad of two things. Firstly, that I’ve been keeping up my gym sessions. Secondly, that you dissuaded me from getting the Pashley xxx

  4. Debbie says:

    Next thing I learned. I have the visual-spatial awareness of something very unevolved. Where the whatsit do you put your lock bracket on your bike frame? And why does nothing look like it does on the diagram? One-to-one bike tuition needed soon xxx

  5. Scot Tares says:

    A major thing for anyone getting into cycling is having your bike set up correctly. A badly fitting bike can make cycling a lot harder than it needs to be, increase likelihood of injury and compromise safety. Most shops will go through a basic size fit before you buy, but there are some who know nothing and just want to make a sale. Shop around and if you are going to be spending a lot, I highly recommend getting a professional fit before you buy.
    You can listen to me talking about bike fit on the Velo Club Don Logan Podcast at

  6. Fiona says:

    Great advice. Thanks for the tip Scot. Really appreciate that..

  7. Fiona says:

    Brilliant! Can just picture the bikes!

  8. Fiona says:

    Ahhh, eeeek! I’d better come over! And bring my tool kit!

  9. Debbie says:

    Hmmm, was my distress that apparent? I’m thinking of taking bike to gym this morning and it’s either panniers on with lock on them or putting lock (which weighs a ton) in a backpack. When you come over you can advise on best tool kit to get too. It wasn’t costed on the Bike to Work form so I’ll have to get it separately. Oh, and possibly a handlebar bag for days when I don’t need full panniers. When is the bike guru available? On Scot’s point above, I think you’ll agree the guys at Gear are very good at making sure you get the right size bike. I had my saddle height adjusted before I left with my lovely new bike yesterday. xxx

  10. Debbie says:

    I now have even more cycling equipment. Cheap waterproof jacket (men’s but does fit over my bum), multi-tool kit, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube. But am beginning to think after a bumpy ride through the park that I might have to wear padded shorts under my leggings – ouch!

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