Broken Elbow Style Is Sleeveless

On a balmy Tuesday evening in July I pedaled south along the Elliott Bay Trail en route from a meeting in Seattle’s Pioneer Square to my home in White Center. In a number of places along the heavily traveled multi-use path, the pavement has heaved up and cracked, creating hazards whether you’re riding or walking. […]

Back Some New Bike Fashions from Iva Jean

It’s time to highlight some new items in development at Iva Jean, the Seattle-based bike fashion designer. I’ve been eyeballing their rain cape for some time now–and have a lot more reason to get one now that I’m living in Seattle with its lovely moist winter. I’m excited to see the new Reveal Skirt, Two-Way […]

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 […]

First Impressions of Seattle Biking

My bike experience in Seattle is all of 53 hours in duration, following a cross-state move and coinciding with the first few days in a new job, so consider this a series of blurred snapshots—about like what I’m able to take on a cellphone when I’m in a hurry and keep accidentally toggling the wrong […]

Another Page out of the History Book: Biking and Clothing

Another excerpt from The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (Volume 54, May-October 1897), “Dangers and Benefits of the Bicycle” by A.L. Benedict, MD (who apparently had quite the fondness for incredibly long paragraphs) EFFECTS ON CLOTHING AND MORALS. The bicycle seems destined to effect a reform in clothing. Sensible shoes, and neckwear that will not interfere with the poise […]

Sitting Pretty: Some Solutions for Bike Butt

So a co-worker sidles up to me as I lead a tour of visitors and says in a quiet aside, “Would you want me to tell you if you had spinach in your teeth?” “Yes,” I answer. “Then–” he pauses uncomfortably, “–you may want to know that your bike left a . . . mark […]

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 […]

Getting Started Bike Commuting: A Blogspedition inside Bike Style

The blog now stands at over 170 posts after a year of writing. Lots of advice is sprinkled throughout every post, along with my ponderings and miscellany on bike policy, infrastructure creation, and other aspects of becoming a bike-friendlier world. This post serves as a categorized round-up of many of the posts you may find helpful […]

The Skirt Scoot: A Key Maneuver

Skirts can be easier to ride in than pants, but they have their dark side. Read on for a little Twitter discussion I was reminded of the other day. (Note for those who aren’t on Twitter: When someone replies to a tweet the original appears above with the reply below in this format, so you’ll […]

Shop & Swap! Spokane Bike Swap Saturday-Sunday

C’mon down! Bike Style Spokane will hold our first shopping event of the season (it is the season, honest! Snow? What snow?) at this weekend’s Spokane Bike Swap. The event offers plenty of reasons besides our bike stylin’ cuteness to head on out to the Spokane Fairgrounds, and with a forecast of 57 degrees for Saturday […]

They’re Coming Back! Spring and Health

Reasonably good indicators on both fronts: returning health, and returning spring. Biking keeps me attuned to both conditions–my physical well-being and the turning of the seasons–in ways that driving could never provide. Health: My uphill ride home is a real indicator of whether I’ve shaken off whatever crud has attacked. Not good: I sound like […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort