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Cycling is a great and cheap way to keep fit and have fun. And now you can do it in style too.
Cycling is good for you and it's green too! With our Cycle Chic fashion tips you don't have to wear unflattering clothes on the road to stay safe.
You can be active and trendy. Choosing the right clothes to wear on the road has never been easier.
There is no doubt that cycling is good for you and the environment, but let's face it, the idea of being in gym gear all day is not very appealing. The good news is that there are plenty of fashion options to cycle around in style without putting your safety in jeopardy. This summer's trend for jumpsuits works very well. Go for one with short or tight trousers to avoid it getting caught in the wheels. Dresses too work well, but avoid maxis for the same reason. Wearing comfortable shoes is very important too. We often see celebrities cycling in high heels, but that's not the safest option, especially if you are a bike novice. Chunky low heels, flat boots and trainers are a safe and trendy option. Bright clothes are always great as they make you visible to car drivers. Hot pinks and reds are vivacious colours and easier to pull off than fluorescent yellow. Handbags can be a little difficult to carry when cycling, so choose one that can turn into a rucksack and then back into a handbag. Waterproof jackets may not be the pinnacle of fashion, but there are plenty of beautifully cut ones on the market now that will keep you dry and stylish at the same time. Wear gloves to protect your hands whilst cycling and pick a classic leather or faux leather pair instead of velcro, fingerless ones. Helmets are very important for safety and whilst they may never be a beautiful accessory, there are several around now with cute, colourful patterns.Sunglasses too are a must if it's sunny or windy. Those made specifically for cycling stay put and look great. And don't forget to wear a good face moisturiser and lip balm with SPF : you'll be spending more time outdoors and the wind and pollution can make your skin really dry.
‘Cycling is great for all ages - once you learn how to ride a bike you should never stop! It offers a great cardiovascular workout which means that it is brilliant for your heart and lungs, it also helps to strengthen your core' says Gillian Reeves , National Group Exercise Manager at Virgin Active Health clubs. But how can you make sure you are fit and safe on the road?
Bike courier Ed Houghton has been cycling for 15 years and he's kindly shared some tips with us:
Be seen - high visibility clothing, reflectors for your bags and lights at night.
Be assertive - always stay in front of cars or behind them. Don’t wait next to cars or lorries at lights.
Practice - quiet roads and parks that allow bikes are a great way to gain confidence
Watch out - for car doors and people crossing the road.
Stop at zebra crossings - this is a legal requirement and if you don't stop you are liable for a £30 fine and you can now get points off your driver’s licence for cycling offenses. Ouch!