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When you think of gear for cycling, obviously the bike itself is top of the list. However helmets, shorts, jerseys and gloves are all pieces of kit that can make your ride that much more comfortable, safe and enjoyable.

Budget 4

The pennies can add up quickly when you’re shopping for kit. Luckily, this is a great time of year to grab a few cycling bargains, as a lot bike retailers have their sales on.

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you 5 different outfits for 5 budgets, so whether you are just getting started, deciding to focus on road cycling or want to take your riding off-road, there’s something for you.

Click through to see what we found. Don’t forget, as a lot of these offerings are in the sales, they won’t stick around long and may have limited sizing left.

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budget 1

Giro Skyla Women's Helmet

With a massive 61% off this helmet, it’s a bit of a bargain. It’s an open size – e.g. one size fits all, with fit adjustment via a dial at the back of the helmet. It’s also pony-tail compatible.

Available from: Chain Reaction Cycles

Price: £13.49

Altura Women's Quantum Tee

For only £4.99, you can grab yourself a technical tee shirt in a relaxed loose fit. High wicking and quick drying, it’s perfect for trail riding but also makes a great top for commuting in. They’ve only got the brown colour way left, which has blue detailing on the sleeves.

Available from: Evans Cycles

Price: £4.99

Azore Women's 8 Panel Cycle Shorts

Padded cycle shorts can make a big difference to the comfort of your ride. Lycra ones like these can be worn on their own, or under looser shorts or trousers. The Azore cycle shorts have 4 way stretch, silicone leg grippers to stop them riding up, and a reflective logo for extra visibility when riding on the road.

Available from: Halfords

Price: £15.99

Halfords Value Cycling Mitts

With padded palms to give you a little cushioning when riding, four-way stretch back for a better fit, and a towelling material on the thumb for absorbing sweat and sniffles, these mitts will get the job done without breaking the bank.

Available from: Halfords

Price: £6.39

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budget 2

MET Gamer Helmet

Another bargain helmet, in a one size fits all size. We quite like the rose detailing, and the reflective stickers on the rear of the helmet increase its hi-viz properties. It also has an LED light built into the adjustable fit dial, perfect for commuters.

Available from: Halfords

Price: £27.99

dhb Ladies Mono Short Sleeve Fluoro Jersey

If you’re riding around town, or in the ever-darkening evenings, then hi-viz is an option worth thinking about for your commute. As well as being bright, this jersey is made of technical fabric, has three rear pockets, and is even available in black and red if you don’t fancy the loud yellow option.

Available from: Wiggle

Price: £22.49

Altura Winter Cruiser Women's Tights

A long pair of tights for autumn and winter riding, with reflective details to keep you seen on the road. A fleecy backing to the fabric keeps you cosy, and they have a water-repellant finish. These tights don't come with a chamois, so you'll need to wear some padded shorts or liners underneath if you want some cushioning.

Available from: Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Price: £34.99

Pearl Izumi Thermal Women's Gloves

The reflective elements on these full-fingered gloves make them a great option for autumn commuting. The fabric is designed to wick away moisture, and absorb odours with silicone patches on the fingers and palm for a good grip.

Available from: Cycle Surgery

Price: £14.99

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Budget 3

Pro-Tec Riot Helmet

If a skate-style helmet is more your thing, then have a look at the Pro-Tec Riot Helmet. Venting at the top lets the heat out, and a built-in peak at the front keeps your eyes protected from overhead glare. The fetching orange colour will stand out about town, but there’s also black and white if you want something less loud.

Available from: Chain Reaction Cycles

Price: £39.99

Howies Women's Classic Merino Base Layer

Merino wool is renowned for its wicking and antimicrobial properties; it keeps you cool in the heat, warm in the cool, and stops you smelling after 10 minutes on the bike. That makes this top a perfect option for riding into work, and for looking stylish when you get there.

Available from: Howies

Price: £55.00

Howies Ladies Hollie Skinny Jeans

Okay, we admit these are not strictly speaking designed for cycling in. However, we reckon the high-cut on the waist, and the stretch fabric mean they’d work well for short trips across town or out to see friends.

Available from: Wiggle

Price: £37.50

Altura Crochet Mitt

The name of these mitts gives the game away. A cool retro style crochet back, teamed with a durable synthetic leather palm for a distinctive look and plenty of comfort for riding about town.

Available from: Evans Cycles

Price: £16.99

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Budget 4

Specialized Women's Propero II lululemon Helmet

Channel your inner pro-rider with the Team Specialized-lululemon helmet. This is a road helmet with great ventilation and adjustable fit, comparable to the men’s S-Works Prevail. It’s even got a ‘HairPort’ so you can fit your ponytail too.

Available from: J.E.James Cycles

Price: £62.99

The North Face Ladies VTT 3/4 Zip S/S Tee

A performance-fit jersey packed with features for a bargain price. Flatlock seams and an elastic gripper on the back hem keep it comfortable, and there are ample pockets for bottles, food etc. plus a zip pocket for valuable.

Available from: Wiggle

Price: £27.00

Craft Ladies Active Bike Knickers

A ¾ length offering to keep your knees warm and protected in the cooler temperatures of autumn. Available from XS to XL, these knickers have a padded chamois for comfort, and silicone grips at the legs to keep them from riding up as you cycle.

Available from: Wiggle

Price: £54.00

Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Gel Vent Mitt

The padding on the palm of these sleek mitts has been designed to cover and cushion two of the main nerves in your hand, keeping things comfortable as you ride. Mesh lining on the palm, and a stretch fabric back, keep the fit close and your hands cool.

Available from: Evans Cycles

Price: £19.99

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Budget 5

Giro Xara Women's Mountain Bike Helmet

Available in white, black or grey, the Giro Xara is a great women’s specific MTB helmet. Lots of venting to keep your head cool, and an adjustable fit and a visor to keep the sun, rain and attacking branches out of your face.

Available from: Leisure Lakes Bikes

Price: £79.99

Dakine Ladies Juniper Short Sleeve MTB Jersey

A great looking jersey at a bargain price, perfect for enjoying the early autumn sun on the trails. With three colours to choose from, each with a different graphic print, there should be something to suit most outfits and styles. It’s made from a technical fabric that also has an antimicrobial treatment to keep you whiff-free, and has a zippered pocket for your phone or change, and a sunglasses wipe.

Available from: Wiggle

Price: £27.00

Cannondale Rush Baggy Women's Short

Made from a lightweight fabric, the DWR treatment on these shorts makes them water-resistant, and they come with a removable padded liner short with a chamois. Lots of pockets give you ample storage when out on the trail, and adjustable tabs at the waist mean you can adapt the fit.

Available from: Chain Reaction Cycles

Price: £28.79

Qloom Women's Esperance Gloves

Swiss bike-wear company Qloom are known for bright, quality bike wear, and these gloves certainly fit the bill. A striking orange and turquoise, pull-on fit and silicone grips on the fingers will keep you going, complemented by a robust leather palm.

Available from: Evans Cycles

Price: £12.99