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A long time ago biking was a commuting option for students but it wasn’t seen as something everyone did. Thankfully these views have changed, and biking is being promoted more and more as a healthy alternative to driving a car. Unfortunately women make up only a fraction of this population, and repeated studies show factors of safety (i.e. sharing the road with distracted drivers) and clothing choices as the top obstacles to biking more. A survey of 365 women in Seattle found that one-third of the nondaily riders and one-fifth of daily riders reported general concerns about “grooming issues, bringing spare clothes, helmet hair, and arriving at destinations red-faced and sweaty.”

I actually don’t much care for the quote because it comes off sounding frivolous, but if you read the entire paper you’d know it’s not that frivolous at all. I started commuting by bike so far back I’d get yelled at to “Get back up on the sidewalk where you belong!”. I’d wear one set of clothes for the ride and tried to duck into a bathroom unseen to change. I’ve had years of THAT LOOK, so I can relate to that survey’s quote.

I kept looking around for good clothing options, something that was bike-friendly but also looked appropriate for the destination. Nothing really hit the mark, so I decided to take it upon myself to come up with the solution.

It’s been all baby steps, but I’m proud of these two core fashion pieces. I’m developing tops that are breathable, so give me some time and your opinions if you want to share them. Thanks!

The Aura Skirt, shown here in avocado.  A full circle, breezy skirt with a doubled over yoga-style waistband and matching hip pack.  Fabric content for the main part is a polyblend gabardine, and the waistband is four-way stretch and wicking.  Some people put biking shorts on underneath; I find there’s always fabric between my knees and prefer not to have shorts.   Shop Aura here.

The Aura Skirt, shown here in avocado. A full circle, breezy skirt with a doubled over yoga-style waistband and matching hip pack. Fabric content for the main part is a polyblend gabardine, and the waistband is four-way stretch and wicking. Some people put biking shorts on underneath; I find there’s always fabric between my knees and prefer not to have shorts. Shop Aura here.

Hip pack easily fits your phone, your keys, some cash/credit cards, your ID, small cosmetics, etc.  Inside is a pocket to keep important items separate and safe.

Hip pack easily fits your phone, your keys, some cash/credit cards, your ID, small cosmetics, etc. Inside is a pocket to keep important items separate and safe.

Closeup of the waistband fabric - tiny stripes of gray and white.

Closeup of the waistband fabric - tiny stripes of gray and white.

I know color accuracy is hard when shopping online, so here’s a chip to help

I know color accuracy is hard when shopping online, so here’s a chip to help

Porus Pants in Black….at sunset :)

Porus Pants in Black….at sunset :)

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Two big side pockets!

Two big side pockets!

We’ve moved how the panels go together so you’re not sitting on a 4-way junction of seams

We’ve moved how the panels go together so you’re not sitting on a 4-way junction of seams

Wide elastic waistband, full through the thighs, and tapered ankle make this a very ridable pant

Wide elastic waistband, full through the thighs, and tapered ankle make this a very ridable pant