This is the story of a quest. Odds are that if you’re a woman who rides a bike and has a personal sense of style you share the goal of the quest: finding clothes that look as good as they feel whether you’re turning your cranks, hanging out at the coffee shop with friends or walking into the office.
I’ve commuted by bike for years in Spokane, a city whose beautiful downtown basically sits in a bowl so there’s no avoiding those hills. My day job involves plenty of meetings in board rooms with groups like the local Chamber of Commerce so “real bike clothes” (those Spandex-y things that mostly come in black) don’t cut it. And Spokane boasts beautiful four-season recreation—which means, of course, four seasons.
After years of improvisation and bathroom stall clothing changes I’ve developed a bag of tricks. I also got serious about finding good-looking women’s fashion that works well for biking, walking and generally moving around.
It isn’t easy. Let’s face it–a lot of women’s clothing isn’t cut to be comfortable for riding a bike and most comfortable clothing is too sporty for business. (Who wants to make a swishing sound when you walk or wear someone’s logo on your butt?)
I’m bringing the quest online so we can help each other solve our mutual challenges and celebrate our style successes.
If you’ve found a great product or work-around that makes your life easier (and better-looking), please share it with an email to info-AT-bikestylespokane.com, along with pictures of you looking your bike-stylin’ best.
If there’s a particular conflict between style and comfort you’d like to resolve, post it here. Between us we’ll track down the solution if it’s there to be found. If it isn’t, who knows—I may find myself in the clothing design business one of these days….
As we identify products we think will fill the bill, I’ll feature them in reviews, photos and video and track down the manufacturer so I can make them available online (or in person at the occasional fun shopping event if you’re in Spokane). Share your favorite finds too and we’ll build a great catalog together.
If you can’t find it in the uncharted territory between your local bike shop and Nordstrom’s, I want you to find it here at Bike Style Spokane eventually.
The Quest, Part Deux: Along the way I found a lot of great women’s bike blogs, which led to my modestly titled Comprehensive List of Women’s Bike Blogs.
Besides writing about bike style in and around Spokane, I plan to feature round-ups of blog posts from around the world on topics that we have in common as women who ride bikes:
- What to do about sweat.
- Bad hair days.
- Riding in cute shoes.
- What to wear when it’s cold/wet/hot/humid and you still want to ride your bike.
- Bike bags that aren’t boring or downright ugly.
- How to be visible in the dark without looking like a traffic cone.
Girl talk, basically. Please join the quest.
A bit more about me courtesy of other writers: