Welcome to your Monday on a Thursday post! Our Monday post was a little late because we celebrated our co-founder’s birthday way too hard and let’s face it, getting old sucks.
Today’s post is about helping out a fellow commuter choose a bike, here is the message that we received:
Hi i’m looking for a new bike and need a few recommendations.
I commute to work it’s only 2.5 miles but it includes a 7% grade hill. Down on the way to work and up the way home.
I’m a teacher and I often wear dressed to work. I need a bike that can handle the hill and is still a low enough crossbar that I can wear dresses. I currently have a 8 speed cruiser but it’s just too heavy for the uphill trip.
I don’t want to spend a lot but it seems women’s bikes are more expensive than men’s”
We posted the question on our Facebook page and we got one lonely response, I guess everyone is too busy commenting on Facebook posts regarding the President’s executive orders.
Welcome back fellow bike commuters, today’s post does not have anything to do with bike commuting, trains nor cyclecross bikes; today’s post is all about my Bianchi Impulso road bike that received quite a few likes on Facebook.
Although I have ridden Giant bicycles for most of my roadie life, the Bianchi brand and its Celeste color has always captivated me. Yes, the color can be a love it or hate it thing, but that Celeste green is quite iconic and anyone who knows about the Tour de France knows that the great Pantani was a Bianchi rider.
So back in March I got a hair up my butt and I decided that I wanted a Bianchi bicycle to celebrate losing 30 lbs, so that meant that I had to let go of my Giant TCR SLR 2. I found a buyer and my quest to get the Bianchi began. I must have visited 6 different shops looking for the Bianchi with the right fit and the right components, and yes, it had to be in Celeste color. Believe it or not, the Celeste color is quite desirable and most of the bikes that I wanted were sold out for the year, yes, the year.
Here is our little secret: My Bianchi Impulso is a chick’s bike. Yes, you read that right, I ride a Dama model. Here’s Bianchi’s little secret: other than the Dama sticker, a women specific saddle and subtle differences on the sticker scheme, this bike is EXACTLY the same as the men’s model. Look it up if you don’t believe me, the geometry specs are the same.
The bike shop where I got it from were really forthcoming about this bike and even though I kind of hesitated at the beginning, a $100 discount helped me made up my mind. So unless you really know your Bianchi models, you would never guess that I ride a girls bike.
Hey Cycle Ladies. Last fall, I received a Bikie Girl Bloomers Trio Set: a hitchable flounce skirt, a pair of wild ride bloomers, and a skitch to review. However, due to crappy weather conditions, only just recently was I able to take full advantage of this fantastic product and take the women-specific bike commuter gear for a ride.
Now, I must say, upon first impression, I was taken aback by the bold pattern and color choice of almost all the Bikie Girl Bloomers “Wild Ride” options – not my first choice. However, over time, and as the weather brightened in the Pacific NorthWet, I found myself conjuring up any excuse to wear those lacy, purple, green, and teal, leopard print spandex bloomers! Definitely a cycle ladies brightest moment of a summer day: pulling on a pair of these hot pants!
Be comfortable, both on & off the bike, in a lightweight, unpadded bike short and a flowing, soft knit skirt.
Bike gorgeous in a smoothly draping skirt while your underside is covered with a colorful print.
With our Skitch, you can hitch up the skirt while riding, and let it down upon arrival.
You are ready for the bike ride, ready to twirl on the dance floor, and ready for whatever blows your skirt up!
Flouncy and light skirt with smooth drape (no pockets or zippers)
Hitch up the skirt with removable Skitch
Shorts feature comfortable stretch lace waistband and hem
Lined crotch is unpadded for all-day comfort
Great for cycling around town, or whatever blows your skirt up!
1-1/2″ elastic waistband can be worn high or low on waist
Dry clean recommended (may be hand washed) Shorts: Polyester or nylon (varies with print) and Spandex
Hand wash, line dry recommended
9″ inseam on M size
Made in USA
No need to choose between a skirt that works for cycling and a skirt that looks nice at the office or out on the dance floor. Â The Hitchable Flounce Skirt flutters just above the knees with a smooth drape and a flouncy bit of spunk. Â When paired with the Wild Ride Bike Shorts, no slip is required. Â Use the included Skitch to hike up the hem when you can’t resist the urge to allow a peek at what lies beneath. Â Let the skirt down when you arrive and want to keep your wild side hidden. Â The skirt features a decorative coconut button on the waistband for securing the Skitch.
My impressions: It took awhile for me to mentally break myself in to the idea of the Bloomers & Skirt combo, however, it is all about the weather! Now that it is warm and sunny out, the Bikie Girl Bloomers & skirt trio set is really a go-to for a comfy, easy, breezy ride. They are now my favorite shorts to pull on any day that you want to wear a skirt to work and naked legs.
The spandex is comfy and is paneled nicely, so that there isn’t a seam right in down the crotch. Also, the lace keeps it from sliding around. Surprisingly, the lace doesn’t rub or itch, either. I wasn’t a huge fan of the skitch, and just preferred to ride with the skirt down. I’d even wear the whole outfit to the office, then bike to yoga after, and strip off the skirt to reveal some sweet leopard print at the yoga studio!
Someone even said to me, as I was getting dressed after yoga class: “Please don’t put that skirt back on, those shorts are amazing!”
So, bike ladies, if you are feeling like a bold commute is in your future, I’d highly recommend you invest in a soft skirt and bloomers for your summer rides. You won’t be disappointed. The high waistline and flattering flouncy skirt looks great with a tank top or fitted dress shirt. If your office is a little on the casual side (read: no skirt suits required) you could pull this off for your 9-5. The price is pricey, but the quality is handmade and handsome for $125 for the set.Â If that is beyond your price point, try the shorts only for $55.
Here’s a press release we got the other day — it may be of interest to Minnesota residents and others who are looking for ways to celebrate National Bike Month:
‘Bike Mom’ Project to Encourage Women, Kids to get on Bikes in Minnesota Eight-week initiative includes a content series, events, and a major bike gear giveaway
ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 13, 2014) â€“ Pedal Minnesota, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Monopoint Media, have launched a project to encourage women, moms, and kids to ride bikes. It launched on Mother’s Day, May 11. Focused on a Minnesota audience, the “Bike Mom” project runs for eight weeks. It includes a series of articles published on PedalMN.com, social media contests, event appearances, and a major grand prize gear giveaway. The project has a goal to inform and motivate women and moms to bike in Minnesota. In addition to serving as an information resource, the project will feature 5 to 7 “ambassadors.â€ The ambassador moms will document their experience biking with kids on social media and on the PedalMN blog. A major component of the project is a promotion called “The Mother Of All Bike Gear Giveaways.” More than 10 companies have donated gear, including bike seats, kid trailers, scoot bikes, apparel, helmets, and a mom-oriented bike model for the winners.
Minnesota is widely recognized as a top place to ride a bike. Bike trails, on-road bike lanes, and other infrastructure abounds in the Twin Cities as well as out-state.
All “Bike Mom” content and the giveaway contests will be hosted on the Pedal Minnesota site. Go to www.pedalmn.com for more information on the initiative.
ABOUT PEDAL MINNESOTA
Pedal Minnesota is an unprecedented collaboration of state agencies and private organizations to encourage more people to get on bikes more often, in Minnesota. The partnership includes Explore Minnesota, the Minnesota departments of Health, Transportation and Natural Resources, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, and the National Park Service. Pedal Minnesota encourages all types of biking, from leisure to commuting. PedalMN.com serves as a go-to resource for information on bicycling, including mapping tools, lists of biking events, personal tips and trip ideas from bicyclists across the state.
ABOUT MONOPOINT MEDIA
Monopoint Media LLC, founded in 2006, is a creative agency focused on outdoor, sports, and active lifestyle brands. The company (MonopointMedia.com) is based in Minneapolis and works with brands to build video, stories, micro-sites, social-media projects, and custom events. Monopoint Media owns and operates GearJunkie.com, a widely-read blog covering gear, the outdoors, and active lifestyle topics.
Holla Bike Commuters: break out your cardigan sweaters and flat-heeled boots, cycle ladies, and for you DC cycle gents, maybe your oxfords and V-neck sweaters! It’s Capital bike time… For those of you in the DC area, come check out the National Bike Summit and the National Women’s Bicycling Forum March 3-5, 2014. I’ll be there, lurking, casually… and attending related free-events as much as possible!
Don’t be turned off by the storm, see you there!
Registration is closed online, but still available on site.
I’ll be weaseling my way into the 4pm event this afternoon. If you’re in the hood and looking for a last minute excuse to pedal power before the storm hits, join us!
Online registration is now closed. You can register on-site at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 3.
Sunday, March 2
4 – 7 p.m.
Media Training For Bicycle Advocates Renaissance Hotel: Congressional B
Whether you’re showing off a new bike lane, drumming up support for federal bike funding, or calling attention to a safety hazard on your corner, you’ve got a story to tell about biking. Reporters want to help you tell that story — but you need to know how to work with them. Or, you can tell that story yourself!Â Join us for the first-ever National Bike Summit media training — hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, Streetsblog and Streetfilms — on Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance DC (999 9th St NW).Â Read more and register.
7 â€“ 9 p.m.
We love meeting our readers and bringing together our online community in real life. Weâ€™ll be hanging out post-media training at RFD (Regional Food & Drink) in the back bar. Weâ€™ll provide some yummy appetizers, and RFDâ€™s full menu of entrees is available if youâ€™ve worked up a serious appetite.Â RSVP here.Â RFD back bar, 810 7th St. NW (two blocks from the Summit hotel).Â $10 at the door gets you a free drink.