Best women's cycling base layers

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When it comes to wearing weather-suitable cycling kit, never overlook the benefits of a good quality base layer. Designed to be figure-hugging in order to wick away moisture from the skin, the best women's cycling base layers should accommodate curves where needed, and fulfil all the other duties expected of them. 

At this time of year, base layers should provide an extra layer of warmth to help you regulate your core temperature and feel comfortable on the bike. When it's warmer out, their job is to help you manage moisture build-up to stay fresh and cool, as well as keeping body odour in check.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike