Archive for Reviews

Great Gear for a Rainy Ride: The Wander Wrap

I was still living in Spokane when I crossed the tipping point between fair-weather rider and all-season rider. This meant building my collection of gear to make it a little more comfortable to ride on cold, wet, or snowy days. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear, right? Boots with wool socks […]

My Mary Poppins Bike: Review of the Specialized Globe Daily 2

My bike commuting started on a big-box “Iron Maiden” pseudo-mountain bike, replaced with a similar one when #1 was stolen. These bikes probably weighed a good 45 pounds apiece before adding racks and gear. Then I met Sweet Hubs, who got me onto a Specialized Dolce–a lightweight road-biking dream at around 18 pounds before I […]

Possibly Perfect Pants: Outlier Tailored Women’s Daily Riding Pant

I didn’t mean to go on a 50-mile test ride of the Outlier Tailored women’s daily riding pant. It just happened. But I’m quite glad it did so I can write a review based on a serious use well beyond a typical commute. After all, I have been known to wax a wee bit obsessive concerning […]

Just Ride: A Betsy Book Review

As a frequent bike commuter and leader of a woman’s cycling group, I was delighted to read Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Peterson. The author has cycled daily for over forty years, raced, sold, and built bikes for decades. Peterson’s thesis is a simple one: bike racing has added […]

Hub and Bespoke: Worth a Bikespedition All Its Own

For someone dedicated to riding a bike and looking pretty much like every other busy, Outlook-calendar-flogged person hustling into a meeting—as opposed to standing out as the sweaty one in Spandex sausage casings—a trip to Hub and Bespoke in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is a trip to the source, the wellspring, the manna, the […]

The Trek FX Gets a Road Test, and I Get Confused

After seeing my informal impressions of Wilma’s Breezer Uptown Infinity, Betsy offered up her Trek FX for comparison. I rode it for my regular commute route three days while she was on a trip. My impressions were a bit colored by the fact that the preceding week I hadn’t ridden at all, busy as I […]

Informal Impressions of the Breezer Uptown Infinity LS

Thanks to my friend Wilma Gyswyt Flanagan I got to test-pedal a Breezer Uptown Infinity LS for a few miles. These are my initial impressions and in no way constitute the kind of exhaustive review I would write if I put it through a lot more mileage. And then there’s the fact that I’m no […]

Lovin’ the Lace: Review of Sheila Moon Lingerie Liners and Knickers

When I first put on the Sheila Moon “Lingerie” knickers—trimmed with pretty lace at the cuff and waistband—I thought, “Oh, that’s right—this is why I like Pedal Panties.” You see, Pedal Panties, which I like to describe as “more than underwear, less than bike shorts,” serve as my everyday wear for bike commuting. With their […]

Cutest Dress You’ll Ever Sweat In: I Heart Nuu-Muus & Ruu-Muus

My product review of Nuu-Muus/Ruu-Muus is long overdue, given how many times I rave about them and show Betsy or myself in one on a bikespedition or at an event. Some of the reasons I love them: The silky, body-skimming fabric is wonderful on your skin and utterly forgiving of lumps, bumps, and bulges. The […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort