How to Dress for a Cold Bike Ride to a Concert
This guest post is by Lindsay Piper of QBP.
Man, my boyfriend is the coolest. Me: doot doot doot, working away. BF: Guess what? I got tickets to Polica tonight. Me: Whaat? OMGAWESOMEYAY
Here’s the thing, this conversation took place in early December in Minneapolis. The concert was to take place at a concert venue called Mill City Nights, which is in downtown Minneapolis. Well on a weekend, parking is a pain, and there’s the whole problem of not wanting to drink & drive, but well YEAH I’m going to have a cider while I watch Polica.
So what’s a gal to do? Ride her dang bike, that’s what a girl’s to do.
That’s a bit easier in summer of course, but that night was expected to be in the range of 20-30 degrees, and the roads & paths were covered with a bit of snow/ice slop. So this brought up the obvious question – what on earth do I wear to stay warm & dry on my bike, but still look concert-worthy? I set to work a-wardrobing.
It is Crucial to Layer
Layer 1 – The concert layer
Key #1: Toasty legs- I accomplished this by layering Patagonia midweight Capeline pants under my Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pants. The Outlier pants are super stretchy, so it’s easy to add the layer under them without becoming immobile. And they look like jeans, so style.
Key #2: Warm & dry tootsies- Nobody likes cold soggy feet while trying to take in awesome music. To fix myself up here, I layered some DeFeet Wooleator socks (Minneapolis Bike Love Edition) under my Stella McCartney for Adidas high tops. They’re made entirely of shiny synthetic leather and cover my ankles; both factors keep my feet dry & stylish at the same time, in a slightly Marty McFly kind of way. Where’s my hoverboard?!
Key #3: Warm but not sweaty core- I snagged a delightful tee shirt, complete with printed sassy phrase, and layered it under my numero uno, all-time favorite piece – my Surly long sleeve merino jersey. It’s comfortable, keeps me warm & sweat wicked, and looks feminine but not girly. Disclaimer: I manage Surly and a few other brands’ clothing offering- this is one of my babies, so I might be biased, but it really and truly is awesome & indispensable.
Layer 2 – The outer layer (as watched over by my late dog Baxter, who was not thrilled that I was about to leave him home alone)
Key #1: Dry & Windproof torso – My handy OR Mithrill softshell- another indispensable piece, does the job with panache.
Key #2: Warm, safe extremities – On the paws, my 9,000 year old Swix lobster mitts. They’re a little sad looking at this point, but they work. I’ve yet to find a bike-specific pair of gloves that I like as well. My 45NRTH Greazy merino cap. It’s warm, fits nicely under a helmet, and has plenty of ear coverage. Same disclaimer as above, and also in this case the Brand Manager is also the aforementioned boyfriend, so there you go. Anyhoo popped on top of that is my Lazer 02 helmet. The high-vis yellow is nice for night riding, and the one-size-fits-all adjustment means it’s easy to fit it over a hat. The finishing touch is a pair of photosensitive Optic Nerve glasses to keep the crap & wind out of my eyes.
Key #3: ID & money required- The tiniest of Timbuk2 messenger bags, the Catapult, is so handy. Plenty of room to stuff my gloves & hat once I arrive at the venue, without excess bulk. And it rides high & tight to the body, which is really nice for riding.
Striking a pose in my concert getup at home
About to roll out. Note the front & rear lights. Safety, people! I’m riding my All-City Macho Man with 45 NRTH Xerxes studded tires to cut through slop & ice. You can tell this is still early winter, because my neighbors & I had still been taking snow removal much more seriously & thoroughly. We’ve since given up on the prospect of seeing actual pavement.
Success! Opening act Marijuana Death Squads, and headliner Polica. Love her pants!
Week-End Round Up
Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. These are stories and links that caught my interest this past week! Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below.
2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit Recap
This past Monday I had the opportunity to attend most of the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit. Unfortunately, I missed the morning speakers which included CO Governor, John Hickenlooper, and an old friend from DC, Andy Clark of the Bike League. I’m hoping that 303 Cycling will do a recap of these speeches so I can pass them along to you!
Key Highlights at the Colorado Bicycle Summit:
Safe Routes to School Act for Continued Funding
Getting More Women Riding Breakout Session
The amount of amazing women doing extraordinary things for cycling in Colorado is overwhelming. The next step is for all of us to come together to make a deeper impact. Look for a survey and more action around this soon!
Putting many faces with names from email and Twitter was pretty important for me. As a pretty new resident of Colorado I still don’t have my footing in the cycling scene so socializing and getting to know more people was key.
Tomorrow is the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit
Tomorrow, Monday February 10th, you’ll be able to find me most the day at the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit most of tomorrow, including a moderator of the break out session “Getting More Women Riding.” I hope to report back with a recap of what is happening in Colorado Bike Advocacy and ways we can all work together to get more women riding in our wonderful state!
What is the Colorado Bicycle Summit about?
- Learn best practices for making change happen at the city, county and state levels
- Learn about bicycle-related issues for the 2014 Colorado Legislative Session
- Spend the morning at the State Capitol, with access to state legislators
- Network with bicyclists of all flavors at the Summit Happy Hour
- Bicycling advocates and industry leaders
- On- and off-road recreational cyclists and commuters
- Elected officials and agency staff
- Anyone who wants to learn about making bicycling better in our state
BikeHack Tandem: As Seen in Boulder
Walking to my office on Pearl Street in Boulder, CO the other day, I did a double take. This bike has so many clear call outs of awesomeness, how many can you spot (click to enlarge image)?
Evelyn Stevens: Why We Play from SoulPancake
SoulPancake presents: Evelyn Stevens: Why We Play
Meet Evelyn Stevens. Olympian, World Champion, and one of the greatest female cyclists competing in the professional world today. What separates her though from those she races against is her extraordinary escape from the confines of her former life in a Wall Street cubicle and meteoric rise to the top of her sport.
Staying Motivated During the Polar Vortex and Colorado Winters
I need to confess, I haven’t been riding my bike as you can probably tell from the lack of updates and Strava achievements. In the cold and dark I’ve been turning to running and exploring the trails near my home. While this isn’t ideal for a content on a cycling specific site it is ideal for my happiness. My 2014 goals include no bike races for the first time in many years but instead to explore more and become a more rounded athlete.
How are you staying motivated and moving during these cold spells that keep hitting? Are you hitting the gym or maybe braver than I and suiting up for a bike ride? Perhaps you are smart and on the trainer in your basement pushing those watts around as your sweat hits the ground.
Tell us, what are you doing?
Why Should We Buy Local When It Isn’t Equal?
During the past month of mad scrambles to get presents and my new routine of walking the streets of Boulder, Colorado, past boutique’s and chains I have become jaded.
I believe my feelings changed around the time American Express started pushing “Small Business Saturday” the day after Black Friday several years ago. If you really are a small business owner, there is a chance you don’t even accept American Express because of the raised fee’s the card brings. Small Business Saturday should be sponsored by the US Treasury to promote the exchange of paper bills and metal coins, not plastic that costs the small business more margin (think 3% of the maybe 30% that the merchant may be netting.)
Back to my original thoughts.
I’m a proud gold card carrying Starbucks customer. Daily, I walk past many cute little coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado, on my way to the office in the morning. I have tried three over the past month, a couple of them numerous times, and it has been a 50/50 split of leaving with happiness. Maybe I have high expectations but to me a local business should deliver me an equal, or maybe even better, experience of the chain next store. I’ll happily pay a bit more for this. The coffee should taste equal or better, the atmosphere should be welcoming.
Here have been my experiences at these local coffee shops
- My credit card was accidentally charged twice
- My drink order was forgotten
- The staff treated me like I didn’t belong (no smile, no exchange of pleasantries)
- Twice, I have walked away with an amazing cup of coffee but all other times my Keurig produces equal quality
Get to the point
This venting is not to ridicule the local coffee houses of Boulder but to prove a point that buying local does not mean that you should be settling.
There have been many comments over the years when I link to JensonUSA or any online retailer to buy a product that I’m not showing love for local bike shops. While I have the softest place in my heart saved for local bike shops with out the name “Trek” or “Giant” in their name, I also have a higher level of standards for these shops. Being a local bike shop does not mean you have arrogance about you, your mechanics are too good for hybrids and your bathrooms reek. Being a local shop means you need to be better, work longer hours, and have higher standards. If you can’t deliver that, then I will take my money elsewhere and recommend for others to go somewhere I know they will be treated well like REI or JensonUSA.
As the world of consumerism changes, I don’t believe Amazon is the devil or the end of local businesses. I believe local businesses need to step up the service, the quality and they will be happily rewarded.
Intro: Review of 2014 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike
This past summer Raleigh Bikes released photos and spec of their 2014 cyclocross line, including the RX 1.0 Women’s bike. The bike didn’t change too much other than paint and some small part upgrades. I was excited about the bike (mainly due to the paint job and price) for women and thought it would be a perfect do-all bike for my better half. So here we are doing a second review of the women’s RX 1.0!
This second review of the Raleigh RX 1.0, in the 2014 model, is to look at it as an all purpose bike. This is how most women are looking to purchase a cross bike in this price range as a do all, fun finder. There could be road rides, green-ways, Rail to Trails, commuting, baby hauling and maybe a cyclocross race thrown in there to say you did it.
A refresher of spec and pricing can be found here. The original review over here.
Week End Roundup
This weekend, Nov 9 & 10th
Juliana Bicycles Hiring
Juliana Bicycles, a women’s specific mountain bike brand, is looking for a Brand Manager
Quick Start Cyclocross Training
Have you been bit by the cyclocross bug? This quick start plan will get you in better shape for the late season successes!
Bicycle infrastructure creates more jobs per million dollars spent than any other kind of transportation
A Winter of Cyclists
The story of a group of Colorado cyclists who challenged each other to commute by bike, at least 52 times, during the cold, dark, and snowy months.