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Pearl Izumi AeroSensor
£125 4

Even if you're on a fixed budget, spending over £100 on a pair of cycling shorts can seem ludicrous. If you're the sort of rider who puts in serious annual miles or wants the best comfort money can buy, however, then it makes total sense.

The sole of the Vertigo is reinforced with carbon

Northwave Vertigo SBS
£79.99 4

The first things we noticed about the Vertigo were its great looks and light weight, especially as the sole isn't fully carbon. It's reinforced with carbon and provides an absolutely solid foundation with a low stack height.

The Ventoux  Wide offers some relief for those with wider feet

Nike Cycling Ventoux Wide
£74.99 3.5

In past tests Nike shoes have generally been a bit tight for those of us with wider, flatter feet so the wider Ventoux Wide size option comes as some relief. Coming in at the enthusiast to sport price point, the Ventoux is well made and built to last.

The X Link system enables you to adjust the red strap pad for complete comfort and security

Specialized BG Pro Carbon Road Shoe
£139.99 4.5

Full FACT carbon sole and an adjustable buckle places the Pro Carbon Road Shoe at the higher end. It is also one of the most comfortable road shoes available and can be upgraded with an adjustable foot bed for that perfect fit.

Generously sized and warm jersey

Endura Cirrus
£34.99 4

The Cirrus is very similar to Sugoi's Mack Daddy and has the same relaxed styling and general-purpose appeal. The Polytex fabric is softer to the touch and has more stretch, but both jerseys tend to wick sweat in equal measures.

The Shimano R131S has a full carbon sole

Shimano R131S
£89.95 4.5

The R131 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to an expert level race shoe; you rarely get much change from £100 for a shoe with such features, especially ones with a full carbon sole.

The MPS5 is certainly comfortable  but you amp apos ll need an overshoe for winter conditions

Carnac M3 MPS5
£129.9 4

Made for high miles and the sports rider after a 'quality' feel, Carnac's M3 upper is married to a slightly more forgiving, injection moulded carbon polyamide sole. The shoe is also available in a full carbon version.

Specialized Terra Jersey

Specialized Terra Jersey
£34.99 3.5

Loose and easy on the eye, there's not a lot to separate the looser tops in terms of fit and performance.The durable Hydrofit fabric in Specialized's offering gives a good degree of wicking comfort and there's a hidden threequarter length zip at the front.

Q amp A   Clydesdale ride

Q&A - Clydesdale ride

I'm new to this mountain biking thing because I've only been doing it for about six months to lose weight after a serious rugby injury.

The inner is fully lined  which makes for a very comfortable shoe

Cannondale RP2100 Performance
£125 4.5

Cannondale's partnership with Diadora is starting to turn out some very impressive shoes. A whole new range for 2007, the RP2100 certainly turns on the European flair and race styling.

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