Velocio Women's Foundation Bib Tights review

Premium quality bibs from 100% recycled fabrics

On bike
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Foundation Bib Tights are top-quality, a delight to wear and have a genuinely manageable, irritation-free, bio-break system. The chamois isn't the most breathable, but it's comfortable enough for mid-length rides. 100% recycled fabrics and a full range of sizes to cater for everyone are the cherry on the top. Don't be put off by the price; these are a great example of 'you get what you pay for'.

Reasons to buy
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    Outstanding quality

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    Recycled fabrics

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    Great comfort-break system

Reasons to avoid
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    Basic chamois

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Velocio’s Foundation Range is intended for those wanting to kit themselves without breaking the bank, while not compromising on quality or performance. The Foundation Winter Bib certainly performs as well as some of the very best cycling bib tights, and I can’t fault the quality. Whether £163/$169 is ‘affordable’ might be debatable. On the plus side, in line with Velocio’s philosophy, the tights are made from 100% recycled fabrics.


£163 / $169 at Velocio

Velocio Women's Foundation Bib Tights £163 / $169 at Velocio

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.