Top 5 cycling wish list – March 2014

Fairy-BikeUnfortunately I didn’t get to go out cycling this weekend even though the sunny weather was screaming out for a ride on two wheels, but last week, whilst out in the country lanes around the Vale of Belvoir, I spotted two new lambs; the first sighting of the season for me and a lovely reminder that Spring is here…although it would be great if Mother Nature could also do her best to make a more permanent change to the temperatures (it is suddenly rather nippy again here today in Notts).

With Spring’s arrival imminent, it has got me thinking about new kit and the loads of lovely new cycling things that are out there right now. With that in mind, here is the first of my top 5 cycling wish lists. (It’s a shame my birthday has already passed and Christmas is quite some way off, but hey, I can always dream.)

1. Anything from AnaNichoola – I haven’t even seen the new Spring/Summer kit yet but I have a star winter jersey and a short sleeved jersey from her previous collections which were kindly bought as presents for me and I just love her stuff. The pockets are perfectly angled and deep and the styling is comfortable and great quality. If you’ve not checked out her stuff yet, you should. Anna Glowinski, the British woman behind Ana Nichoola is a great ambassador for women’s cycling and if you’re quick, I believe there is an end of season sale on as I type.

2. A sat-nav bike computer – I have the worst sense of direction ever and I must waste so much time stopping to read google maps on my phone. Whilst it’s a great excuse for a breather it’s not overly productive. I have a Garmin computer, something which tells me my average speed, distance and time, but that’s pretty much where it stops. I need something which shouts directions at me, very loudly, and preferably one that doesn’t send me to the M25. Now that would be an amazing addition to my cycling life!

cycling wish list - top 5 March 2014

Am I supposed to go left or right here? Or is it straight on?…
Image: Kitty Terwolbeck via Flickr

3. A right knee that doesn’t click, grind and grate. I seem to have a patella that isn’t tracking properly at the moment. In the event that the cycling wish list fairy can’t fix that for me, an abundant and free supply of physio taping would go a long to way to helping. This stuff is great but it’s also a little on the expensive side.

4. A cycling break to Norfolk with my other half. I adore Norfolk. I spent three very happy years growing up there as a kid and we’ve had a good couple of family camping trips there over the last year or two. The North Norfolk coast is a beautiful place and will always hold a special place in my heart. A few days there, just me and Mr N. cycling along the coast line together would be wonderful right now. (Mr N. if you’re reading this and feel like surprising me with a trip away, this would earn you some very high scoring Brownie points).

5. To see my daughter ride her bike stabiliser-free would be pretty bloody marvellous. Actually, just to see my daughter riding her bike would be amazing full stop right now. She refuses point blank, with or without stabilisers, at the moment. Very frustrating, but I guess she’ll get there, when she’s ready.

What’s on your top 5 #cyclingwishlist?

 

 

17 Comments on Top 5 cycling wish list – March 2014

  1. Katie
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    17/03/2014 at 7:59 pm (8 months ago)

    hmmmm. I’m still a newbie to this passion. I feel like a traitor, but I’ve been thinking that a different type of bike might help. I have a mountain bike, but I want to be able to cope with road hills. Also, a biking mentor would be good- someone to train me how to master hills. Love that gif. Totally how I feel on my bike! I like #5 too!
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    • Donna Navarro
      17/03/2014 at 8:09 pm (8 months ago)

      Katie, you’d be amazed at the difference a road bike will make – so much lighter; you will love it! And it would definitely help with the hills. I like the idea of a biking mentor – I still really struggle with hills although I am improving…slowly.

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  2. Suzanne
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    17/03/2014 at 9:58 pm (8 months ago)

    First things first, that photo is fab! I can imagine as a cyclist that it must be very frustrating to have a child who won’t get on her bike! One of mine was like this for a while, they all get there in the end, in their own time :)

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  3. Kate Davis
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    17/03/2014 at 11:33 pm (8 months ago)

    I am developing a wish list as well, although it starts pretty basic. I would like a new helmet as my current one is over 15 years old and is probably old technology! I’d like some sun glasses, new gloves and warmer weather top. I’d like a bike as mine is an old mountain bike and also some gadgets that I’m so removed from I’m not even sure what they are; I’ve recently started using Mapmycycle on my phone as a starting point.

    We took my daughter’s stabilisers off last weekend at her request. I thought it was too early, but she had no problems adjusting.

    BTW, the link to AnaNichoola is not working.
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    • Donna Navarro
      18/03/2014 at 9:26 am (8 months ago)

      That’s a great wish list Kate. I too could do with some sunglasses. In all fairness I could have had a top ten wish list as there are so many things out there I’d love, but one step at a time! I’ve not used Map My Cycle but I did try Strava and couldn’t get away with it so I’m using Map My Ride now (this may be the same as yours?). Well done to your daughter. Hopefully Miss N. will be feeling more confident soon.

      I’ll check the link – thanks for letting me know.

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  4. agatapokutycka
    18/03/2014 at 3:48 pm (8 months ago)

    A sat-nav bike computer sounds awesome… it would be so helpful to own one
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  5. Emily G
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    18/03/2014 at 9:36 pm (8 months ago)

    In think I’d need oxygen as well as a load of physio tape! The sat nav sounds like an ingenious idea. I hope you get a few of these things throughout the year, remember Mother’s Day is coming!
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    • Donna Navarro
      18/03/2014 at 9:38 pm (8 months ago)

      Ah, Mother’s Day! Good thinking Emily :)

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  6. Kim
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    21/03/2014 at 1:11 pm (8 months ago)

    On wish 2, have you tried the CycleStreets app (http://www.cyclestreets.net/mobile/), it has a “live ride” function with tells you where to go. It is not perfect, but it is pretty good and its free.

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    • Donna Navarro
      21/03/2014 at 2:35 pm (8 months ago)

      Ooh no, not heard of that one but will definitely have a look at it. Thanks for the tip, Kim!

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  7. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking
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    23/03/2014 at 4:54 pm (8 months ago)

    Bike-riding with children is so frustrating, but then when they get it, it’s the best thing ever! We had such a scream-fest when we tried to teach L to ride without stabilisers, and said “right, one more try and then we’re going home”, and that last try is when she got it, so we stayed out for a further 2 hours! She’s now 7 and absolutely loves cycling and going on cycle rides with her daddy (who’s more of a cyclist than me I’m afraid).
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    • Donna Navarro
      24/03/2014 at 4:11 pm (8 months ago)

      Sophie, I’ve tried that. My little girl just responds with ‘Can we go now! Do I have to try one more time?!” She’ll get there when she’s good and ready and I’m hopeful she’ll love it too.

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  8. Jenni
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    27/03/2014 at 8:16 pm (8 months ago)

    Loving your list, a really nice mixture of experiences and things. I really like the AnaNicoola stuff, especially all the stars. I’m from Norfolk so I can definitely appreciate some freedom on the roads there.
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  9. Emma TheMiniMesAndMe
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    28/03/2014 at 8:00 pm (8 months ago)

    I’ve just received a two way intercom (kinda thing) to review on our bikes! I too would quite like a break away, we are off to Norfolk over Easter.

    Fingers crossed she is more keen to ride soon x
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    • Donna Navarro
      17/04/2014 at 8:34 am (7 months ago)

      Intercom for bikes? I’ll pop over and have a read of that review!

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