Zalando launch in the UK – £75 voucher up for grabs!


Please note: Competition provided by Zalando

Please note this competition is now closed! Julie is our winning entry!

To celebrate the first year of Zalando in the UK, they have a £75 voucher up for grabs for one lucky London Cyclist reader. Read on for details on how to enter.

Zalando sell a selection of sports wear for men and women including kit for cyclists. To find all the cycling gear on offer, simply hover over Sports and choose all sports. Then, choose bike in the left sidebar.

Whilst the site specialises in sports shoes, they also sell other cycling gear such as gloves, helmets and great looking waterproof jackets. The last one being an essential item for this time of the year! The company offers free returns and have a free support line if there are any issues.


Entering the competition is easy. Simply add a comment in the section below with one tip you’d give a new cyclist who’s just started cycling in 2012. Anything that you’ve learnt from your experiences that you feel would be useful to someone else. We’ll pick our favourite answer and then contact the winner to send them the £75 voucher that can be spent on anything they want on Zalando.

Please note that this competition is only open to UK residents. It will run from today until 8 p.m. on Wednesday 18th of January 2012 at which point it will be closed to any further entries. The winner will be announced on this post. One entry per person.

If the winner doesn’t respond within a reasonable amount of time then the person in second place will be contacted.

For a free £5 voucher to spend on Zalando you can also sign up to their newsletter. This is located at the bottom of the Zalando website.

Good luck with your entry!

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75 Responses to Zalando launch in the UK – £75 voucher up for grabs!

  1. Paul 16/01/2012 at 3:34 pm #

    The one tip I’d give to a new cyclist is, always carry a spare inner tube, a pump and a set of tyre levers. It’s saved me from a long walk home more times than I can count!

    • Andreas 16/01/2012 at 3:43 pm #

      Thanks for being our first entry – very good tip and one that many of my cycling friends still ignore!

  2. Annabel 16/01/2012 at 3:48 pm #

    To all new cyclists I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to be seen! Wear reflective clothing at night, make sure you have front and back lights, the more obscenely colourful and glowing you are, the more likely you will be a safe cyclist – a car driver will not see you from the corner of their eye if you are dressed in black or dark clothing at night with no lights, but they certainly will if you’re lit up like a Christmas tree. You have to be the person that is looking out for you – don’t expect the drivers to be doing the same. Plus think of all those fun colours you can wear!

  3. David Merrigan 16/01/2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Have a dry run at fixing a puncture at home, you don’t want to be learning how to do it on the roadside.

  4. Jackart 16/01/2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I would say be confident, make eye contact and take the lane early, don’t allow yourself to be bullied off your right of way.

  5. mick allan 16/01/2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Gear one is low. Try to always be in a gear that feels too low/ easy/ spinny/ soft.

    Three rather than four. Four rather than five.

    Pushing high/ hard/ slow gears puts unnecessary strain on your joints and on the transmission of your bike. Pushing hard on the pedals promotes muscle bulk so if you want muscley legs go ahead and push a high gear.

    It feels counter-intuitive at first but spinning the pedals fast in a low gear promotes excellent cardiovascular health, reduces strain on your joints and on your bike, allows you to accelerate quicker and you get quicker gear changes. But the bottom line really is a bottom line, spinning gives you a well defined rear-end and lovely lean legs.

  6. Julie 16/01/2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Hold a confident, consistent line in traffic. I got back on my bike to start cycling to work last year through Central London traffic, and that was the thing that made the biggest difference to me. My instinct had been to hug the curb, or dip back into spaces where there weren’t any parked cars, but holding a firm line a sensible distance out from the curb, and staying out if there’s anything less than a good long gap in parked cars, makes it much easier for other traffic to see you and to know what you’re going to do next.
    Oh, and enjoy it! Even if it’s chilly or windy or drizzly, it’s still better than being stuck on public transport 🙂

  7. ramblor 16/01/2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Scope out your cycle route when it’s quiet, say on a Sunday afternoon. This way you’re not navigating around unfamiliar junctions in rush hour. And also don’t always look for the gap – I see so many cyclists who seem oblivious of danger because they’ve seen a gap they can cycle through. If you’re unsure just slow down and assess your options in exactly the same way as if you were driving.

  8. Chris 16/01/2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I know this is two tips but they are SO important in my opinion.

    1. Look behind you
    2. Don’t hug the curb your are not safer there.

  9. Nick 16/01/2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Don’t be afraid to take up enough room on the road. If you don’t think it’s safe for a car to overtake you don’t tempt them by clinging to the curb. It’ll make you more confident and the vast, vast majority of drivers will be happy with it.

  10. Sandip 16/01/2012 at 4:23 pm #

    One bit of advise from me and often necer thought of even by the experienced cyclist.

    Never cycle on the inside of large vehicles.

  11. Nick Tuppen 16/01/2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Don’t just shout back louder if someone shouts at you.

    If you shout back louder you look aggressive and unreasonable
    Angry Person 1: Cyclists 0

    If you politely restrain yourself they look aggressive and unreasonable
    Angry Person 0: Cyclists 1

    Be the better human.

  12. George 16/01/2012 at 4:26 pm #

    London road-users, including cyclists are a different breed from those outside the city; you need to prepare for encounters with all of them. Study the behaviour of bus drivers, lorry drivers, aggressive cyclists, impatient cabbies and oblivious pedestrians. This will help you to anticipate danger. Learn the etiquette of fellow cyclists and set a good example yourself. Be assertive and considerate.

  13. Lizzy 16/01/2012 at 4:26 pm #

    My tip is to take a cycle training course, regardless of how good you already think you are! A lot of local councils will offer free training, so make the most of it! I took level 2 and 3 Bikeability (just a hour or two each) and learnt things I would never have thought of, including many of the tips people have already given here.

  14. debencyclist 16/01/2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Just get out and ride. You’ll love it and you’ll go further than you imagine.

  15. hjwatso1 16/01/2012 at 4:35 pm #

    A bell! Very very important when in areas with lots of pedestrians. Especially in LONDON! a very very under rated piece of kit and something that has got me out of many sticky situations.

  16. Hannah 16/01/2012 at 4:36 pm #

    My advice would be – persist! It’s bloomin’ cold out today, your bum will hurt for the first week or so (mine hurt the week before last just after having not ridden for a few weeks over Christmas) and you will forget your towel/a change of pants/your shirt [delete as appropriate] a few times. I have worn a hot pink sports bra under a white blouse for a complete working day, so I feel your pain.

    Soon the bum pain will be in the past, you will have a finely-tuned routine and will be thankful you persisted. You will get to work for free, get your exercise for free and in otherwise-reduntant time you would spend commuting anyway. Plus you will see and get to know so much more of the city by cycling.

    Persist!! 🙂

  17. Matt 16/01/2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Don’t feel you have to tackle long hills by standing up like you’re on the Tour de France. Sit back and select an easy gear and spin your way up. You’ll be amazed how much further you can go without feeling the fatique.

  18. Martyn Gleaden 16/01/2012 at 5:09 pm #

    When dressing for a day out cycling remember that you’ll cool down when you stop for a break, so pack something warm and windproof as a backup!

  19. David 16/01/2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Command your own space: Ride in a position that is safe for you, not necessarily convenient for other road users

  20. John Somers 16/01/2012 at 5:24 pm #

    The best tip I would honestly give to anyone taking up cycling in 2012 would be to get the right bike for what you are going to do and what you may intend to do further.

    Whether it is a £600 bike for daily commutes to and from work and clocking up 20+ miles a day – get the right bike or it will soon become a pain in the ass and the wallet cycling!

  21. Larissa 16/01/2012 at 5:43 pm #

    If you’re going to invest in some clothing for cycling (trousers, shorts, baselayers, jackets, whatever), make sure it’s actually cycling clothing! You might be tempted to just get some fitness clothes thinking that the cycling features don’t make up for the comparatively inflated cost of cycle-specific clothing, but they do. Don’t waste your money on guff from Sports Direct.

    If your budget won’t stretch, at least go with clothes made for running.

  22. Pete 16/01/2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Lots of tips on dealing with other motorists but my tip would be not to be put off by other cyclists. You’ll get passed by dozens of lithe things in lycra on expensive bikes that go up and down kerbs and through red lights. Go at your own pace and don’t copy other bikers behaviour if you’re not comfortable with it.

  23. Henz 16/01/2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Plan your route beforehand & take a map. You may find one way systems and cut-throughs which aren’t apparent when on foot.

    If you live in London request some free cycling maps from TfL.

  24. Steve 16/01/2012 at 6:51 pm #

    The same thing i tell every new cyclist, wear gloves…tarmac hurts.

    They alway come back and thank me later.

  25. Daniel Rice 16/01/2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Don’t chose a penny-fathering as a commuting bike

  26. Richard Craven 16/01/2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Get prepared for any type of weather and keep doing it for at least 30 days. Then it will be a habit and you will never look back.

    (I hate the days I have to drive now)

  27. Martin Hunt 16/01/2012 at 7:14 pm #

    If you are not sure a junction is safe to use on bike. Get off and walk.

  28. Iain 16/01/2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Watch the Silly Cyclists videos on youtube – don’t be put off, you’ll still get to see people trying hard to kill themself. Seriously though, Gaz does a great job showing what not to do which will help you pick up the things to watch out for and the places you just shouldn’t put yourself.

  29. Teresa Stokes 16/01/2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Get one of TFL’s free local cycle route maps and familiarise yourself with backstreets, short-cuts and cycle lanes. Cycle shops should have them, or get one from TFL’s website here

  30. Clare 16/01/2012 at 8:59 pm #

    At junctions try and make eye contact with drivers, it’s not as difficult you might at first think. It makes a huge difference to people’s behaviour, they see the person not just the bike.

  31. Martin 16/01/2012 at 9:25 pm #

    If you are in London try attending a Critical Mass ride (last Friday of every month meeting outside BFI in Waterloo at 6.30pm). It really helped me get confident very quickly on the roads, you will make a load of new friends and it’s great fun.

  32. Jon 16/01/2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Keep £20 in your bike bag. If you get a flat at night, in the cold, in the dark, when late or in somewhere unsafe, black taxis are surprisingly friendly about picking up cyclists in distress.

    Learn to change flats at a time and place of your choosing. And if you get kevlar belts in your tyres, you may not even get a flat.

  33. James 17/01/2012 at 6:49 am #

    If you can, ride through the parks. They’re stunningly beautiful at this time of the year, and you’ll turn up to work feeling like you’ve seen a little bit more of the world.

  34. Adam Leddin 17/01/2012 at 7:32 am #

    Go with the flow!

  35. Martin Abrams 17/01/2012 at 7:53 am #

    A vital tip I would give a new cyclist is to learn how to confidently look over both your shoulders whilst moving without swerving in either direction. It is vital to know what is around you at all times.

  36. bowman 17/01/2012 at 7:56 am #

    Get some armidillo/puncture proof tyres- they will save you time and money!

  37. Meadowend 17/01/2012 at 8:18 am #

    Lots of great tips. The one I would add is watch out for pedestrians. In London, most of them just step off the kerb without looking. Of those who do look, half of them are foreign so they look the wrong way! Pedestrians are, in my experience, what you’re most in danger of hitting, or falling off avoiding.

    Observing the earlier advice about not cycling close to the kerb (whenever possible) will help, ’cause you’ll have more time/room to avoid them when they do try to throw themselves infront of you. And the advice about getting a loud bell and wearing gloves is also very wise.

  38. Helgosam 17/01/2012 at 8:20 am #

    Set aside 30% of your budget for cycling gear – don’t blow it all on a nice bike, and then ride it in your jeans.

    A good jacket, padded shorts/arse, waterproof gloves and good headgear will all transform your cycling experience, from horrible to comfy

  39. Gabriel (ms) 17/01/2012 at 8:35 am #

    Fitness for women is important as we are not as assertive. Explosive power to get ahead and get a good route from junctions and wearing the right breathable high vis gear to enable to do this! Lots of sprints and hills.

  40. Ben Broomfield 17/01/2012 at 9:04 am #

    Don’t ride without protection! Always carry a puncture repair kit and pump.

  41. Ellie 17/01/2012 at 9:28 am #

    Watch out for parked cars opening doors on the road side, or pulling out without checking their blind spot or indicating. I’ve also found that on mini roundabouts cars will pull out in front of you on the left even though you have right of way (not sure why but it’s dangerous).

  42. Samuel 17/01/2012 at 9:33 am #

    Always wear a helmet and always have lights on your bike – too many people riding without both. My final tip is, watch out for the old folks in motorised scooters!

  43. Mike Waring 17/01/2012 at 9:43 am #

    Don’t be in too much of a hurry. The slower you go the more time you have to anticipate danger. If you don’t know what the car in front is doing, count to ten and take stock. Chances are he will be about to cut you up, but won’t have signalled. Stopping and looking is always preferable to squeeezing past. Every time you avoid a potential hazard give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back. Besides, it’ll give you more time to enjoy the view and the fresh air – and to wave at the polite drivers.

  44. Graeme 17/01/2012 at 10:40 am #

    Get lights that are visible and to make life nicer for yourself get some mudguards, as it will rain!

  45. Rebecca 17/01/2012 at 10:57 am #

    Ladies, please please get out front with the guys and BE SEEN!! 🙂

    • Lizzy 17/01/2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Hey, that’s generalising just a tad! I’ve seen just as many men clinging to the kerb as confident women making sure they’re seen.

  46. AlexT 17/01/2012 at 12:47 pm #

    My #1 tip: Layers!:

    Layers, layers, layers – Do a bit of research on HOW to wear clothes. That seems strange but even a slight change to the way you dress (especially in cold weather) can make all the difference. There are a lot of things which seem somewhat counter-intuitive at first (i.e. start your ride a little chilly.) but which become second nature after a while.

    Being too cold or too hot can make a lovely ride horrible, with the right stuff and the right know-how a bike ride in even the most rubbish weather can be enjoyable!

    (Also, enjoy yourself!)

  47. gavsky 17/01/2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Cycling on busy, pot-holed London streets, punctures are allegedly a fact of life for those on road bikes. Not so in my experience. Bench the slicks that come with the bike, and invest in good quality winter tyres. Then ensure you maintain their pressure – keep on the high end of the tyre’s recommened maximum. Use a good pump with gauge to ensure you don’t exceed the maximum pressure. In 2+ years – travelling 26 miles return 3-4 times a week – I’ve never had a puncture.

  48. Caroline 17/01/2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Contact your local borough council and see if they offer a subsidised cycle training lesson to teach your correct positioning and how to ride assertively 😀

  49. Ricky 17/01/2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Keep it up! I have just stated commuting by tricycle for the New Year. First few day I could certainly “feel the burn” but it gets easier quickly. And don’t be relegated to the gutter: you have as much right to use the road as anyone else. Own the lane.

  50. John Rice 17/01/2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Don’t get wound up and angry it is really not worth it and always ride positively!

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