Archive for May, 2011

May 28, 2011

Sure Footing: The Blogspedition Goes Shoe Shopping

“You didn’t ride your bike in those.” They don’t even use the up-talk intonation at the end that would indicate a question. It’s a definitive statement.

The Bandolino pumps at left occasionally slide off my foot; I may see if I can add an elastic strap over the arch. The white Aerosole sandals stay on great with all those straps and have a nice non-skid sole.

I could not possibly have ridden in my burgundy Bandolino T-strap stilettos. The bronze metallic leather lace-ups with the 3” heels. The tangerine leather kitten heels.

Oh, yes I did! I love me some girly shoes, possibly influenced by my mother, who turns 90 this year, being voted “Best Legs” in her high school class. She walked two miles each way to/from her high school in her high-heeled pumps to show off those legs, long before the days when women would put on sensible tennis shoes for their power walks.

I own just one bike, a road bike that serves me for both commuting and recreation, and I used to change my shoes back and forth because I had full clip-in pedals.

I got tired of the hassle–and of feeling like a dork wearing a nice outfit with my black commuter shoes when I didn’t feel like changing–and changed my pedals to ones that let me clip in on one side and use the platform on the other side with regular shoes.

Cute shoes for riding my bike: Vaneli bronze pumps, BCBG black pumps, Bandolino patent leather stilettos

The Vaneli metallic bronze shoes at left were a screaming deal at DSW and stay on the foot wonderfully. The BCBG pumps in the middle are older and boy, do I wish I could replace those; the non-skid surface actually wraps around onto the shoe upper a tiny bit, which is a great feature for protecting it from pedal nicks. The Bandolino patent leather ones at right also stay on great; I have an increased fondness for straps now that I ride.

Blog Round-Up

I’m not unique riding in heels, even if I’m still a bit unusual in Spokane. Check out some of the photos on these blog posts on other women’s bike blogs to get an idea of the incredible diversity of “cycling shoes” we’re riding in when we bike with style.

  • When Your Shoes Give You the Slip: Why you need to take care of your sole when picking a riding/work shoe on Lovely Bicycle
  • Cycling Shoes, Velocouture Style: Great set of photos with links to albums on Flickr from Vélocouture
  • Cycling Work Shoes: Did you know that in the original Wizard of Oz Dorothy’s shoes were silver? (a statement on the monetary system by the author) Check out these shiny babies on Bikes and the City.
  • Cycling Shoes I Can Wear to Meetings: If your meetings are hospitable to shoes that resemble a fairly dressy high-top, you’ll dig this review from Bike Shop Girl.
  • Sensible Shoes: Some practical shoes—but they come in colors like red and mustard—from Cycling in Heels.
  • Riding in Heels FAIL: The failure isn’t what you’d think with these 4″ platforms reviewed by Let’s Go Ride a Bike.

How to Choose Cute Shoes for Pedaling

I wore a pair of green summer sandals last week that you’d think were pretty sensible for biking and learned the hard way that their wooden soles subsequently gave me some nasty foot cramps in the night. I kept hopping out of bed to deal with the charley horses I got in my toes and arches.

A pair of basic black pumps I wore the next day, on the other hand, worked great because the sole is flexible. I think the muscles in my foot just have to work harder on the hard-soled shoes. I also think the separated heel of the pump works better than the platform of the sandal. (They were the BCBG pumps in the photo above.)

Three things I now look for in buying dress shoes:

  • flexible sole
  • non-skid surface
  • secure foot enclosure

The shoe needs to move with my foot and stay on the pedal. It also needs to stay on my foot! I’ve had a couple of instances when my foot slipped out of the shoe and there was an awkward moment during which I hoped the car behind me belonged to a shoe fanatic who wouldn’t over-accelerate. So I look for a shoe style that really covers the foot or plenty of straps to hold it on–no flip-flops.

If you have any cycling podiatrist friends, have them stop by the blog to offer shoe selection tips on this post. But they can’t say, “No high heels.”–I’m my mother’s daughter, after all.

Your Turn

  • Do you have some go-to shoes that let you move comfortably from riding your bike to looking professional for a meeting?
  • What’s the favorite comment you’ve received about your footwear when people assume you can’t ride in those cute shoes?
  • Any shoe styles that just absolutely don’t work for you?
I know you’re wondering: What the Heck Is a Blogspedition Anyway?
May 26, 2011

SO Fun—Last Saturday’s Shopping Event

Thank you, ladies, for making last Saturday SO fun! Vendors, shoppers, and helpers mixed, mingled, and massaged while Deb kept the Roasthouse coffee coming. The feedback was all positive and enthusiastic and we’re definitely doing this again!

Other views of the event:

SistahPedia (which went live with their new website in conjunction with the event): Bike Style Spokane Launches!

Fitness Bliss with Kris: For Bloggin’ Out Loud

Pictures posted on Flickr by Hydra Creations

May 19, 2011

Sisterhood Rocks!

I absolutely love the way this Saturday’s shopping event came together. It exemplifies everything about why I know a blog and associated activities will help grow the world of women riding bikes in Spokane and far beyond, and the path demonstrates the power of human connection, especially among women.

Maybe I believe that because I’m the middle of three sisters and know the warmth of the sisterhood. I have a personal connection to everyone involved with the event, so they’re all sisters of a sort (and one brother).

That’s just the kind of town Spokane is: where everybody knows your name, and knows someone who has just what you need. I have a story about each and every vendor but I’ll just tell you about two here:

SistahPedia.com: Bookmark it, check it out on Facebook, and join the Women Who Know!

Angela Brown, co-founder of Sistahpedia, became a friend years ago—I think before either of us was much of a cyclist. She now trains and has done STP (Seattle to Portland) a couple of times and I’ve become the area poster chick for bike commuting in a skirt.

When I saw Angela associated with something called “SistahPedia” on Facebook I automatically gave it a thumbs-up. Then I learned that she and her sister actually co-founded SistahPedia, which she describes as the place for WWK—Women Who Know.

From the website they’re launching that will be packed with information on health, beauty, entertainment, careers, education and more:

“Whatever our Wonder Woman powers are, we women are usually in the know. That’s what SistahPedia.com is all about. Sharing our collective knowledge to give our Sistahs a head’s up, leg up, word up (couldn’t resist). Whatever you want to call it, our goal is to provide women with the resources and support we need to be successful on whatever path we choose.”

Along the way I had also learned that work colleague Kris Pitcher was writing a health blog, which I’ve been highlighting through the Spokane Blogs Facebook and Twitter accounts I founded to support local bloggers. And then—surprise! Turns out she’s the health blogger for SistahPedia.

Read Fitness Bliss with Kris on her blog and at SistahPedia.com

Kris’s background is exercise science & nutrition, and she spent 11 years working full time in the industry. Ironically it wasn’t until her full-time work took a different direction that she was able to focus on her own personal fitness and health/fitness writing pursuits.

Kris is a lightweight bodybuilder and a writer. She says on her blog, “I hope you’ll enjoy the Fitness Bliss journey with me, it’s often rocky & sometimes unpredictable, but always rewarding.”

Kris will be giving a short talk at the event: “Finding Self—Body Image and You.” For many women this represents a lifelong struggle. Some women won’t get on a bike because they think they won’t look good or because the Spandex shorts reveal more than they conceal. If only they would go for a spin! They’ll learn that the joy of riding takes away the fear.

I know over the years I’ve done my share of obsessing about lumps, bumps, and bulges. I’ve been too thin (my daughters called that my “Skeletor” look because I have fairly angular facial bones) and I’ve been heavier than I consider healthy. I’ve raised two daughters and have done a fair amount of screwing up as a mother in an effort to encourage healthy habits in them.

Now I’m old enough that it would be pretty silly to worry about whether my tummy is flat (had two babies) or my thighs have cellulite, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have those moments with the cold, hard truth of the three-way full-length mirror at Nordstrom’s (or the skinny full-length mirror and the harsh lighting at Goodwill or Value Village, for that matter).

I’m looking forward to Kris’s talk. Come by the Bike Style Treats and Shopping event Saturday at noon to hear it. And to meet your sisters.

Your Turn

  • Has biking (or something else) changed the way you think about your body image?
  • Who are the women who have inspired, supported, motivated, encouraged, or pushed you to try something new?


May 17, 2011

The Search for the Perfect Purse: It May Just Be a Bike Bag

Po Campo Logan Tote in Free Bird fabric

Look at this and tell me it's not a purse.

Raise your hand, ladies, if you’re like me in my former life: Always buying another purse in search of the perfect purse.

That’s the one that doesn’t weigh too much totally empty, that has the right dividers and organizers inside, that has a comfy handle or strap, that will fit a file folder or laptop inside—whatever the features are that matter most to you that you can never, ever find all in one purse.

Then I started biking and pretty much gave up that particular quest because I just use my panniers. But I don’t like them.

They do not satisfy the inner Barb, the purse-shopping Barb, the Barb who wants to put her cell phone into the exact same place every time so she can always find it when it’s time to parent her teenage daughter via text.

Purse-shopping Barb is doin’ the happy dance tonight, though. This doesn’t count as a review because I haven’t gotten to ride around with my new bags yet but I just had to show you the before and after pictures.

Axiom Cartier Journey Series Bike PanniersBefore: Utilitarian black bags, purchased in an emergency when my old pannier blew out during a conference. I kinda sorta hate them.

Why?

  • The hooks dig into my side if I carry just one with the strap.
  • If I clip the two together (admittedly a handy feature—if you want the entire weight of everything you’re carrying pulling on one shoulder) the hook attachments that hold them to the rack are a total pain! They frequently get snarled together in a fingernail-breaking tangle. Naturally I can’t get the tangled hooks apart when I’m in a hurry and really just need to get the bags on the bike so I can get rolling.
  • Black is a bad color for the inside of a bag. More than once I’ve lost a little black pouch that holds my electronica because it’s swimming around in the bottom of a black bag and I can’t see it, or I managed to drop it into the gap they left between an inside liner and the true outside of the bag.
  • No true organizing possible. Everything just mooshes down to the bottom of the pannier. There’s one outside mesh pocket and one small zipper pocket on each of them but the protected space inside is just a big maw that engulfs my stuff.
  • The outside mesh pockets close with Velcro, which means that any fabric items I stuff in there are guaranteed to get snagged.
  • I had to buy bags that fit my specific rack, which constrained my choices.
  • Plus there’s the whole ninja look.
Po Campo Bike Bags: Logan Tote on top of rack, Pannier hanging below

Pretty in Po Campo! Logan tote strapped on top of rack, pannier hanging on rack, both in Free Bird fabric.

After: Po Campo! Features I really like:

  • Quick attachment with straps that just buckle around the rack—nothing to dig into my side later and this would fit on any rack.
  • Not the slightest hint of ninja.
  • Everything shows up inside against the nice bright lining.
  • Pockets inside and a separator in the pannier that will make it easy to develop consistent packing habits.
  • Big outside pocket on the pannier has a magnetic closure—no more snags.
  • Straps on the bottom of the Logan tote used to fasten it to the top of the rack would also let me hang a yoga mat on there. How many times has Betsy seen me struggle into Spokane Yoga Shala with panniers, mat, water bottle, helmet, everything slip-sliding away?
  • Still have that safety bit that’s important to me: reflective elements on the sides that will show while I’m riding. Plus the light fabric will just show up more.
  • Back in the day before those daughters grew up, I would have appreciated the fact that these can attach to the handles of strollers too!
  • Last but oh, so far from least, they look like purses. Nice finish, nice hardware, protected zippers, pretty fabric (with a water/fade resistant finish).

Granted, I’m giving up some storage space because they’re smaller than the Black Ninja Monsters. But I keep trying to downsize what I carry anyway and this will force some additional decluttering.

I have an ultralight laptop that fits into the pannier along with files and my insulated lunch sack fits into the Logan along with the Po Campo wristlet (not shown here), which will become my new wallet because I can strap it onto my handlebars when I don’t need anything else and ride, ride like the wind.

Want to get hands-on with these beauties? I’ll have a variety of bag sizes and fabrics at the May 21 Bike Style Treats & Shopping Event at Roasthouse Coffee and at future shopping events. Bring your bike and try them on for size! (and for style)

Your Turn

  • What are your must-have features in bike gear and in a purse?
  • Have you found them all in one item yet?
  • Have you cleaned your purse/pannier out lately? What little treasures did you find?
May 13, 2011

Bike Style Treats and Shopping! May 21 Event

I’m holding a fun bike-y ladies’ shopping event Saturday, May 21, 10am-2pm, at Roasthouse Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland

I hope you’ll come and bring/tell all your friends as a fun way to wrap up Bike to Work Week. (And you don’t have to be someone who rides a bike to have fun at this, either!)

What’s up? I’m bringing together some friends who have cool stuff for you. Indulge yourself a bit, meet some women who like to ride bikes, enjoy some tasting and some shopping, and you’ll definitely want to try on a Nuu-Muu!

Coffee: Roasthouse, of course! Served up by Deb Di Bernardo, whose “Farm to Cup” philosophy connects you with the people who feed your caffeine addiction.

Treats: Chocolates and goodies from Petunia’s Marketplace, home of local and organic gourmet goodness.

MassageRobby Eldenburg, LMT, will have a massage chair and do neck/back/shoulder work ($1/minute or $10/15 minutes) (Robby’s Facebook page)

Paper arts: The ladies of 40 Candles will have journals, cards, and fine art photographic prints.

Inspiration and information: Kris Pitcher, health blogger for Sistahpedia and part of Team Pitcher (nutritional coaching and personal training)–a friend, colleague, and amateur body builder–will give a brief talk about women, body image, and health shortly after noon.

More inspiration: Angela Brown, another friend and colleague, is starting up Sistahpedia (website coming soon; for now, hang out with the Sistahpedia page on Facebook)

A zine: Futurewise will be there with issue #1, the bike issue, first in their new series of Complete Streets Zines that explore the streetscapes of the Spokane area through the eyes of Spokanites. $3 donation benefits Futurewise.
Cool custom stickers: Bike images and much, much more from the fertile brains & bike-riding imagineers at Hydra Creations.
Bike stuff: Yours truly will bring a few fun things to make your bike-riding truly stylin’.
  • Po Campo bike bags and panniers: No one will ever guess that pretty purse is actually designed to strap onto your handlebars–until you show them. Made in Chicago by a woman-owned company. Not just for biking–great to strap onto strollers too!
  • Nuu-Muus: The cutest dress you’ll ever sweat in; great for biking, tennis, yoga, running and other active movement. Made by a women-owned company based in Bellingham, Nuu-Muu is a member of 1% for the Planet, a business organization that donates 1% of all sales to environmental organizations.
  • Bike WrappersLike reflective clothing for your bike–style & safety both. Made in California.
  • Bike Style Spokane stainless steel water bottles: Show your style with a BPA-free water bottle.
  • Who knows what else? I’m still shopping for the kind of girl stuff that just makes it more fun to ride.
If you’re on Facebook, share the event invitation with friends there and please become a fan of the Bike Style Spokane page. You’ll see my blog posts and get news about future shopping events whenever I hold one.
You can sign up to receive the blog posts via email here on the Bike Style Spokane website.
If you have been dreaming of some product you’ve seen online but you don’t want to buy it until you’ve had a chance to check it out, let me know. You can post a link in the comments here.
I’ve been on my quest for the intersection of style and comfort for some time now so I have some ideas and I’m always looking for more. At the event I’ll have information on some of the other things I might bring in–you can help me pick!

Use the sharing tools below the post to spread the word. See you there!
May 11, 2011

It’s Snot Pretty

Pearl Izumi Lobster Claw Cycling Gloves

So warm my hands sweat if it's above 40, these lobster claws are great for winter riding--except for the total lack of a nose-wiper!

OK, gross, right? The way your nose runs in cold weather—and we still have cooler temperatures in the early morning and the occasional rainy spring day. It doesn’t help any that I’ve had a cold for two weeks and am running like a faucet.

Fact of the matter is, there is just no ladylike way to deal with that while you’re riding unless you’re the type to whip out a hankie with Grandma’s tatted edging. I actually own one of those hankies, and in fact my grandmother taught me to tat once upon a time, but I don’t carry my hankie riding.

Pearl Izumi Ladies Cycling Gloves--5-Finger

These work for spring/fall riding, occasionally with a liner if it's still pretty nippy in the morning. They block wind but not cold; my fingertips get pretty painful if it's cold. They do have a wiper though.

So there’s good reason that a lot of cycling gloves have a little patch of terry cloth covering the meaty part of your thumb. It’s a wiper, and boy, am I glad to have that sucker when I realize the old sinuses are about to do a very unladylike overflow.

Weird thing, though: The Pearl Izumi lobster claw gloves I got especially for riding in the coldest weather—when my nose runs the most—don’t have a wiper patch. They have a really unfriendly bit of soft-finish leather that has no absorbent properties whatsoever and can be unforgiving at below-freezing temperatures.

Pearl Izumi Ladies Cycling Gloves--Fingerless

I wear these much of the spring/summer, although I also have a lighter pair with less padding. These were my first pair with some color other than black or gray. Why are women's bike gloves mostly so boring?

I find that especially odd since the five-fingered gloves I use for spring/fall riding and my fingerless gloves for summer are also made by Pearl and both have a wiper patch. What gives, Pearl?

I’m in the hunt for much cuter gloves to serve as hand protection/hankie. I’ve found Ana Nichoola in the UK. What do you think of the Bow-Peep (pictured below)? And have you seen this kind of adorable in your local bike shop lately? Googling “cute ladies cycling gloves” yields some really uncute results.

Your turn

Are gloves purely functional for you, or would you like to see more fashion options in gloves optimized for biking?

And how do you deal with the runny-nose problem? I know racers fade off to the back of the line, turn their heads to the side and blow but I’m just not willing to venture down that slimy road.

Cute Ladies Cycling Glove: The Bow Peep by Ana Nichoola

These stylin' babies by Ana Nichoola in the UK come in this gray/pink combo and a white/lilac design as well. I need to find out if they have a wiper patch, but hey, they're washable! They'd also be nice and breathable for summer riding.

May 8, 2011

Bustin’ the Style Boundaries, Believe It or Not

Those of you with bolder tastes and more flair will look at this picture and see a pretty ordinary outfit. But if you knew me you would realize this represents some serious chutzpah on my part. And I credit biking for that.

You see, I’m pretty monochrome. Let me show you some pictures of my closet. Look at those jackets. See any prints? Ha! My most frequent look consists of two solid colors, and usually one of them is black. Or gray.  If I do buy a print it’s one that could easily pass as a solid, like the black and white mix you’ll see in one of the jackets.

I’ve also had pretty traditional/conservative taste in officewear over the years, primarily suits.

Solid colors, of course. My mother’s voice says in my head, “If you’re buying separates on sale, always get all the matching pieces. You never know when you’ll find something else to go with that color.”

So I have tended to wear outfits exactly the way the manufacturer shipped them to the store. Black jacket? Black pants/skirt, of course.

The pale end of my monochrome jacket spectrum.

When everyone wore nylons, I wore nylons.

When everyone went to bare legs, I went to bare legs.

My motto for shoes was “Beauty before comfort.” High heels, of course, even when they were wildly impractical.

I wear so much green it has become a signature color, but it's still a solid.

Loved straight skirts, both short (around knee length as I got a bit older, thanks to Stacy on “What Not to Wear”) and long.

Then I started biking and the ability to hop on and off the bike at stop signs created new fashion issues. Long straight skirts? Out, definitely out, although I have one left that I just hike way, way up to ride.

aaaannnd all the way to brown, gray, and black. I really whoop it up with the color choices.

Even shorter straight skirts make it harder to climb on my road bike than a skirt with a little flippier hem.

I still love beautiful shoes, but they need to have enough grip on the sole to stay on the pedal.

And a bike definitely doesn’t care whether your top and bottom were manufactured from the same fabric.

Something about the sense of freedom I get from riding my bike freed me up to make different choices in my personal style.

Hence this outfit. A number of things make this the “new Barb” style instead of “old matchy-matchy Barb” style:

  • That peachy sweater: That color does not appear in the skirt! I would have sworn you always had to have a fleck of one color in the other piece for the two to work together.
  • Tights: They’re great for that tiny bit of warmth I like to have on my knees for these days when it’s still around 35 degrees for my morning commute, warming to the 60s midday. These aren’t the SmartWool tights I plan to find, just something from TJ Maxx or Ross or Fred Meyer. (I’m cheap thrifty.)
  • Shoes: They’re from The Walking Store and are simply great for both walking and riding. I wouldn’t have found them girly enough, once upon a time—heel not high enough, foot a little more covered than what I was used to. Now I think those attributes are just dandy because the shoe stays on my foot while I pedal.
  • Jacket: Note that the jacket and skirt are not the same color. Whoa. This neat little number is a vegan jacket made of PVC, of all things.
  • Scarf: The scarf is what makes it work for me, since it has the peach of the sweater and the browns and tans of the skirt and jacket. This beauty is from Finders Keepers II, a great little shop on West Main not far from where I work that has beautiful scarves.

Now granted, this mixing-it-up bit doesn’t make me Lady Gaga or Bjork by a long stretch. But I’ve stretched the boundaries of my comfort zone.

Given all this, the fact that I started a blog that claims to have something to do with style? That’s the real boundary stretcher. But you’ll help me, right?

Your turn

How about you? How has biking changed what you thought you “had” to wear for work or for fun?

May 6, 2011

Why We Need Each Other

In my quest for women’s bike blogs I’ve already identified a bunch (approaching 500) and the list keeps growing. So why another one?
  • Spokane has a growing community of people who ride bikes. Women are sometimes the invisible minority in that community; I’m out to change that along with a number of other wonderful women (some of whom I hope to profile in future posts). As an article in Scientific American put it, women are the indicator species for how bike-friendly a community feels so the more of us on the road the better for everyone.
  • Women who may be unsure or nervous about riding need safe places to hang out and learn.
  • Women who’ve been riding longer have figured out some tips and tricks that can benefit newer bike commuters.
  • On the style front, the hunt for good-looking clothing that doesn’t interfere with active movement takes effort and time—and we don’t have much time.
  • Bike shops run by Spandex guys, for Spandex guys, don’t give women the kinds of fashion choices we expect in our regular shopping rounds, let alone the experience. We love ’em and need ’em but they’re not always all about the cuteness, if you know what I mean.
  • The wonderful professional salespeople at your finer department stores do great work, but they haven’t evaluated their skirts in terms of how much you’ll flash people when you throw a leg over the saddle, their pants in terms of how a wide leg might get fouled with chain grease, or any of it for its water-shedding and dirt-resisting fabric qualities.
  • Going out on a bit of an evolutionary biology limb here, to mix a metaphor: We’re hardwired to gather ripe red berries together (my personal theory for why red-tag sales really push my hot button). While all humans have a “fight or flight” biochemical response, women in particular also have a “tend and befriend” biochemical response. Being around people with whom we have bonded gives us a nice flood of happy hormones. Social network spaces, blog comments, and similar connections across electronic space trigger some of the same sensations.

Let’s make friends, pick a few berries shopping deals together, and enjoy the happiness.

Your turn

What insights, resources, advice, questions and answers about women biking with style would you like to see here?

May 5, 2011

Riding in Skirts: Today’s Reactions

Any of you who ride in “girl clothes” have heard this: “You ride in that?!”

Today’s outfit—flowered skirt, little white sleeveless tank because the sun finally came out and we hit around Can you bike in a skirt and heels? Why, of course you can!64 degrees, black blazer because I knew it would take a while to get to 64 degrees—elicited a variety of reactions that I just have to share.

#1: Guy on the sidewalk as I biked west on Sprague—Classic wolf whistle after I’d gone by.  I’m old enough to have relaxed as a feminist and figure he means well, although the only male opinion that matters to me is that of Husband Dearest.

#2: Leaving the Taaj Restaurant after lunch (if you live in Spokane, check this out for a great lunchtime Indian buffet for only $10). A woman riding her bike on the sidewalk, helmet-free, with a face that suggested she has faced more challenges (or possibly just more weather) than I have grinned at me, gave a thumbs-up, and said, “Awesome!”

#3: Got into the elevator (yes, I suppose I could take the stairs but hey, I ride my bike!) with a man who took in my top half—high-vis jacket, helmet—and said, “Great day for a bike ride!”

I agreed enthusiastically. He then caught on to what I wore on the bottom half and said, “You ride in a skirt?”

I said, “Yep.”

He nodded and said, “That’s cool.”

Yes, yes it is. (Sometimes really, really cool, since the morning temps start out around 35 right now.)

Your Turn

If you ride in girl clothes, what kinds of reactions do you get?


May 2, 2011

What the Heck Is a Blogspedition?

A “blogspedition” takes us on a journey through the many wonderful women’s bike blogs around the world in search of answers to burning questions, delightful inspiration, and the occasional gut-busting laugh.

I’ll undertake a blogspedition on a specific topic every so often. If you  see a post that makes you wonder what perspective others have on the same topic, think you’re seeing a trend in biking or style, or just have a question, drop a note here and I’ll venture forth into the wilds of the Internet.

To get us started, why not click on the topics on this poll that you would enjoy reading about?

As for the -spedition coinage, I explain this on the Bikespedition page too. When my daughters were little, lo these many moons ago, I took them on fall “leafspeditions” walking through our neighborhood in search of the most beautiful leaves. “Most beautiful” did not mean just the loudest and flashiest fall colors, either; we looked for quiet beauty too. I figure why not -spedition my biking and blogging?

Blogspeditions

Sure Footing: The Blogspedition Goes Shoe Shopping

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