My favourite bike and accessory brand is Specialized which makes a great range of women’s specific gear including apparel, shoes and helmets. You can buy many of the items online but I’d recommend you visit your local bike shop like my favourite store Ashfield Cycles in Sydney’s inner west.
There are very few bike shops that carry a significant range of women’s products or clothing. A couple of exceptions are Clarence Street Cyclery and Liv/Giant both in the city of Sydney. Clarence Street has a separate women’s specific section and the Giant store has a separate shopfront right next door to the main store.
The following sites have some great resources for women cyclists:
Ella Cycling Tips from Australia
Total Women’s Cycling from the UK (sadly this is no longer operating but the site is still accessible)
In recent years I’ve put a much higher emphasis on my own fitness. Part of my success is due to the fabulous Lil & Vic from Let’s Get Fit in Homebush. I go there once a week for a group personal training session.
Women’s professional cycling is so under-represented in the Australian and international media. In fact you never hear about it. Aussie cyclist Chloe Hosking writes a great blog. The best way to keep up with the women’s pro cycling scene is via social media. Many of the riders are great at keeping their social channels up to date like Nettie Edmondson, Tiffany Cromwell, Sarah Roy and more.