Preview: ZOIC Women’s Clothing
Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to watch the company of ZOIC Clothing transform and become a more popular choice for women’s clothing. Stylish and functional clothes for mountain and lifestyle bicycling, their clothing is a great fit for my move to the mountains!
Out of the 4 pieces that were sent from ZOIC this is easily my favorite. $50 for a tech t-shirt may sound a lot, but it has functions like vents near your shoulder blades and a pocket for an iPod or key. It also fits like a your favorite workout shirt but long enough on me for when I bend over riding. Time will tell how this wears, but for now it is a go-to when commuting or wearing a hydration backpack.
This stylish short pairs well with the Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee above. The liner is a pretty basic chamois, but good for someone’s first mtb short and liner combo. When mountain biking and needing a padded short I will personally use a short or bib that I already own. (I use fancy chamois remember?)
I plan on trying this short as a commuter too, maybe with a higher end wool underwear to act as that bacteria liner.
It’s summertime and we all care about our tan lines, right ladies? This tank, with built in shelf to hold your girls in place, is pretty dang comfortable. I have yet to test the shelf on a mountain bike ride, but I would assume if you are more than a large “B cup” you will want to wear a sports bra under. One of the best features of this tank are the two pockets (one zipper and one elastic) on the small of your back.
The Aura short feels like a mountain bike short to me. Elastic across the backside, on the inner and outer (medial and lateral the Dr. E has to add) leg and adjustable velcro closure on the hips for a secure fit. These shorts will stay in place on your next uphill climb or downhill adrenaline rush. Time will only tell how the rear will hold up against dirt and sand on the saddle. As mentioned in the Posh short, I won’t be using the liner for long rides but it will work for a commute or your first mountain bike rides.
Overall, most of these pieces have had one or two rides on them so I’m not prepared to talk too much about the fit or long term wear. I can say that they all look better in person than on ZOIC’s website. The materials feel nice on your skin and the attention to detail on stitching, accents and functional placement of things like zippers/mesh airflow pockets and such are pretty darn good for the price tags!
Look for a full review in a month or so, until then check out ZOIC’s women’s collection online.
Disclaimer: These products were provided at no charge for review. I wasn’t paid or bribed for my opinion.
Preview: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace
While the growth of available product for women in the bicycling industry is evident there are two key area’s lacking, high end mountain and road product. It takes a bold company, with a strong belief in women, to invest in product with a high price tag for women. Cannondale is doing it with their SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD. Available in SRAM Red, Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra Di2. I recently took delivery of the Shimano Dura Ace model and will be putting it through some abuse to see if the $6600 road bike is for you.
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace
Functional Women’s Bike Clothes
As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!
Chrome - A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.
Swrve - very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?
Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.
Zoic - Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.
Shebeest - A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.
Loeka – I’ll take one of everything please
YMX – Yoga styles meet two wheels
What do you wear to get around town that doesn’t wear out or look to racer? I’m also going to hunt around the sale rack at REI for The North Face and Patagonia wear.
Photo credit: Bill Fehr
Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack & Postbag
Clean lines? Check
You gotta love a sexy, utilitarian, commuter bag. Sexy and commuter don’t normally go together but it looks like Chrome got these two bags right. The only thing I am left asking is if it will fit and what the all day comfort will be like.
Chrome Welded Postbag
Details: Adjustable cross body strap and interior handles. Meant to be worn over one shoulder or strapped to a bike rack/basket. (Looking for photos of it in this use.) Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Waterproof 600 denier TPU.
Chrome Welded Rucksack
Details: Backpack style, high-tech welded seam construction. Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Quick access exterior pocket.
Gotta say, this one reminds me of a Seal Line backpack!
Looking forward to testing these out and seeing out comfortable they are on a long haul.
Learn More over at Chrome Bags
Preview: Jaybird Bluebuds X Headphones
Yes, I wear headphones when I ride. Don’t worry, I can hear the cars beside me and if we ride together I promise I won’t ride with them in.
Meet the Jaybird Bluebuds X
Micro-sized bluetooth buds
- MSRP: $169.99
- Wireless music and phone calls
- In-ear white noise reduction that eliminates listener fatigue
- 8 hour playtime on one battery charge
- Sweat-proof (I’ll be testing this to be true or not!)
- A ton of crazy good reviews
I’ve been trying these out for a couple weeks now, need to have a few more good long rides or workouts to test out the battery before I give a sound review. For now I can say I am impressed, other than the install and trying to figure out what size my ears were, they have been easy to use and an amazing music experience (comparable to my Motorola or Bose in-ear headphones) when I need that get away.
Look for a full review in coming weeks, for now check out their website or watch the video below!
Bike Build: Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker Commuter
If you have been keeping tabs on me lately you know that I am moving to Denver, CO where my lady is going into her intern year as a doctor in pediatrics. When we recently went to Denver to look at houses one of our top priorities was that she could ride easily to her main hospital of Children’s Hospital Colorado. We found a home in the Stapleton area, about 3.5 miles by neighborhood streets to the hospital. Her other hospital, Denver Health, is about 7 miles by bike paths and dedicated bike lanes.
As a graduation present for her from medical school I scooped up a 16″ Surly Pugsley for my lady to commute on. I went with the complete Surly build as it has a solid parts spec and I was only going to need to switch out a few things to make it “Doctor Approved.”
Meet the Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker
You know you are dating a pediatrician when they call their bike “Banana Cracker”
Added white rim strips to the Marge Lite rims
Switched out front brake cable to purple
Purple seat collar
Batcage waterbottle cage
Purple cow horn (not pictured, but awesome)
Bigger Additions and Reasoning:
Purple Thermalite BMX pedals- These are pretty thin with a solid base for pedaling in snow boots if needed. They have replaceable pins to keep a grasp of the bottom of her sneakers/clogs or whatever she wears
Abus Bordo XL Lock – this lock is extra long to get around that fat front wheel and frame for locking. White of course.
Women’s seat- in white (going to find a purple Fizik when possible)
Surly Nice Rack- Not pictured, but a rear rack with Ortlieb panniers (in white of course)
Knog Blinder USB light- front/rear. Will be upgraded to brighter lights in the fall
Surly Black Floyd Tires- Not pictured as we won’t switch these out until she actually starts the commute. Smooth, balloon like tires for easy rolling.
Preview: Specialized Rumor 29er Full Suspension
It is a rewarding time as a woman that loves bikes. More styles of bikes are being released, especially in the full suspension trail category. Specialized came out swinging with the Rumor, a 110mm travel 29er bike. This bike will be for the girl that loves to climb but wants to rip down whatever their trail has to offer.
Reasons why I’m excited for this new bike to hit market
• Shorter front end, which should provide better balance and front end handling
• Pretty low stand over for Small model (706mm)
• Well spec’d
• More options for women growing in the sport
• Carbon in the future? (maybe?!)
Preview: Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights
I’m always looking for creative and fun ways to stay safe on the bike. A new LED light string looks to be creative and fun, without a crazy price tag.
Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights
$30 a set, coming in Green - Blue - Red - White - Pink - Purple - Turquoise - Yellow
These lights claim to be weather resistant and easy to install, hopefully I’ll get a set to try in the near future for fun night rides!
Learn more on SoulCruzers.com
Review: 2013 Swobo Fillmore Initial Thoughts
A guest post by Laura of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA
In my last post, several weeks ago, I introduced you all to the Swobo Fillmore. For the last month or so, I’ve been riding this bike and have an update for all of you interested in hearing more about it.
Review: Abus Bordo Lite
As a rep with QBP we are sometimes sent fun samples to try out, if we like them we can show them to shops and increase sales a bit in that category. Earlier this year I was sent some Abus lock samples, the coolest of course was this folding, cuff like, Bordo Lite.
- 5 mm steel bars, with plastic coating to prevent damage to the bicycle’s paintwork
- Silicone cover for the lock body with “soft touch” properties
- Link construction allows compact folding
- The bars and the lock body are made of particularly light materials and ferrous alloy
- Bars are linked with special rivets
- Premium cylinder for high protection against manipulations, e.g. picking
Colors: Black (reviewed), red, white
As a bike commuter, and someone that likes to empower folks to use their bike everyday this lock excites me. I know, I am a nerd.
The lock is simple once you understand which way to turn the key to lock it back up. It is compact, and yet long enough to lock the front wheel. You can carry it on spare bottle cage mounts like I do, or you can use velcro and attach it to another tube of your bike and it isn’t heavy to put it in your jersey pocket if needed.
$90 is steep for a lock that isn’t a u-lock but the beefier brother to this, the Bordo 6000/90 is supposedly just as strong, especially in cold weather (retail of $129).
I don’t believe you’ll be buying this if your bike cost less than $700 or you are locking it up to run into the coffee shop. If you are design oriented, overly protective of your bike, and don’t want to carry a second lock or cable to lock your front wheel… this lock is for you. I’m completely sold on it and plan to buy one for my other commuter bike, and for both of my girlfriend’s bikes.
Learn more about the Abus Bordo Lite on their website.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or bribed for this review. The product was provided no charge as a work sample.