Kath Bicknell

The amount of choice for cycling clothing for women is at an all time high. In fact, the amount of choice for high quality, genuinely exciting cycling clothing for anyone is at an all time high. Read More


The Specialized Amira is one of the most popular women’s bikes in the road bunch. Curiously, it has a very small internet presence. Reviews are scarce, limited to earlier production runs and tend focus on models at the lower end of the price scale. I suspect this is more to do with freelance budgets and the number of female product reviewers working for cycling websites than reader interest in the bike itself. Read More

The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, arguably the best known bike from the big red S, has been reinvented. It not only incorporates a heap of new technology, but it pushes bike design, and the ride experiences on board, into new, exciting directions. The new Stumpy is available in 650b, 29 and 27.5+ models. And, for the first time, a 150mm, 650b version for women stands proudly by its side: welcome to the Rhyme.

Paris Gore-Specialized Rhyme Expert Carbon Read More

A lot of damage was done by early attempts that marketed cycling products as women’s-specific. But done well, the different choices, experiences and growing expertise we now have available is something really positive. Especially given more people can now jump on a bike and have fun without knowing what to modify to make it even better.

Bicknell-Rapha Womens Friday ride Read More

The Rapha Women’s City Collection represents the diverse range of activities and lifestyle choices embodied by female riders, blended with an aesthetic that hits the mark in other social and professional environments. On testing a selection of items from the range for Bike Radar I was pleased to find that the collection also excels in terms of practicality. It was far more durable that we expected too. Read More