"Lose the Lycra" is the headline in a recent City Pages article, which ponders why people who choose to bike have so few options in apparel. I was so happy to be interviewed for the article. Nice job Sheila Regan - you said some very pertinent things!
The preeminent alley cat race for WTF riders happens today! BiB celebrates its 10th year and it promises to be quite the bash. Many alley cat races can feel pretty male-dominated, so Babes in Bikeland was started as a way for WTF to get involved in a race that was completely welcoming. The best part is you don't even have to race! If you want to just ride recreationally, then just do so.
Riders can choose from a 20 mile route or a 13 mile route. After party is at First Avenue - can't wait for that! Bikarelly is a proud sponsor and I'll be riding with a smile on my face. See you there.
Look for more information at www.babesinbikeland.com
Open Streets is a program of the Minneapolis Bike Coalition and co-sponsored by the city of Minneapolis. Franklin Ave. will be shut down to car traffic between Portland Ave. and the river, enabling people to walk, bike, skateboard - anything human-powered. It's a great way to see local businesses that you might otherwise have not known about....it's also a great way to own the streets for an afternoon! We'll have a tent up at about 21st Ave. S., kitty corner from Pizza Luce. Come for the fashion show! The first Aura skirts have finally made it off the production line and they'll be available to purchase!
Bikarelly is a proud sponsor of the nation's largest WTF (Women, Trans, Femme) alleycat race! Some consider it a race, others just a ride, and it's all good. Over 400 riders will be hitting the streets on a 20-mile ride this Saturday the 13th. Good luck and have fun everyone!
A recent Google image search of bike commuters yielded a typical array of men and women on bikes, either one wearing anything from suits to cycle jerseys. Nothing too remarkable about many of them, until I spied a photo of a woman trying to bike and keep her skirt from riding up too far. Interestingly the link was from the Idaho Statesman. It was a feature encouraging employers to support their workers’ commutes by bike. I’m assuming they didn’t dispatch a photographer to snap a quick shot of someone biking, opting instead to use a stock image. But out of all the images they could have used, why choose - for a lead-in photo - a shot of a woman looking uncomfortable? Perhaps someone thought showing a little thigh would catch people’s attention? Another image further down the google was of the telltale wear marks on the backside of a couple pair of jeans. Anyone who bikes much knows the woes of seeing the butt of your favorite pants wear out. And why do they wear out? Because it can be hard to find the perfect pair of pants that ride just right - good amount of pockets, fuller in the thighs, not a lot of gaping at the waist. So you beat that one great pair to death.
I’ve talked to a lot of women bike commuters about the clothes they wear, and the only consensus is that people are still looking for the right solution. Brand X for some reason only has faux pockets, Brand Y is too expensive, Brand Z doesn’t fit right.
I’ve commuted by bike for many years, never stopping really from the days when my mom would send me to the store to buy some milk. I’ve really been frustrated with trying to mix what I need to ride the bike comfortably (movement, warmth) with how I want to look when I arrive at my destination (you don’t always want to look bikey, and you can’t always find a place to quickly change). So I decided to take things into my own hands. Introducing Bikarelly - designer Carol and biker Ellie. Together we’re making street clothes that look great and ride great.
Being a small start up, we’d love to hear what you’re looking for in clothes.