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A good quality, well-fitting base layer is an essential piece of kit for both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

Base layers are designed to keep you cool and dry in hot weather and snug and warm on chillier days. Get yourself one of these and you'll soon be wondering how you ever managed without it.

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Keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, the Craft Women's Cool Mesh Tee Base Layer has cooling mesh panels in the sides and the back made from Hexachannel fibres for great ventilation.

It's a well fitting top, ergonomically designed for optimum flexibility and is soft and comfortable to wear. Choose from the pink, black or white varieties or treat yourself to all three.

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The mesh underarm panels make it a highly wicking base layer and its light weight makes it suitable for keeping in your backpack as a spare layer too.

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Suitable for high activity and endurance riding, the dhb Women's Lite-Fit Short Sleeve Base Layer has an open mesh back fabric for optimum ventilation and benefits from an anti-odour treatment to keep you smelling -and feeling- fresh throughout your ride.

It's also ultra-light and has flat lock stitching that follows the natural curves of the body to prevent chaffing.

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A comfortable and simple base layer, the Madison Isoler Women's Short Sleeve Baselayer has been designed to create the perfect female fit. M-Tec fabric has been used for absorbency and the base layer wicks away moisture to keep you comfortably dry.

The pink trim is reflective giving you that extra little bit of visibility for dark nights.

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Available in black and white in sizes extra small through to extra extra large, the Gore Bike Wear Women's Base Layer Singlet is really tight fitting so that it feels like a second skin.

It has an extra long back so it stays tucked into your shorts and flat-lock seams to minimise chaffing. Great for year-round riding, this is a well-fitting, moisture wicking base layer.

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Available in blue or pink at £36.99, this is one of the pricier base layers on the market but is made from top quality fabric and it keeps you warm even in the wet so it is well worth it.

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Its a tight fitting top with fast wicking and quick drying properties and has been treated with an anti-odour control product for added comfort.

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The dhb Women's Corefit Short Sleeve Base Layer is a versatile item that can be used as a first thermal layer during the winter and a technical single throughout the summer.

Available in black or red, the Corefit offers full freedom of movement, a high wicking construction and an odour-resistant polygiene treatment.

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Its seamless design prevents chaffing ensuring that you're as comfortable as possible whilst exercising.

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We appreciate that this is a lot pricier than the others, but we are glad to report that the extra investment in this case is worth it.

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