About the Quest

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:

Girl talk, basically. Please join the quest.

A bit more about me courtesy of other writers:

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5 Responses to “About the Quest”

  1. was looking for a place to type in Bikespeditions. The WOW gals have found a fun weekend morning ride- leaving from either Browne’s addition or the Fish Lake Trail trail head(for reverse).
    Ride though ‘vinegar flats on Inland Empire Hwy to the Pullman Hwy. Cross and head about 1/4 mile south on the Hwy. The shoulder area is really wide, on a weekend morning it has not been bad at all. Chaps has a yummy selection of breakfast/lunch goodies! Then continue on the Cheney Spokane Road to Scribner Rd (just past Marshall), drop down to where the Fish Lake Trail ends and ride back on the trail.
    This route has a lot of gradual uphill and one significant hill. Doing the whole route is 18.2 miles. You can of course just ride back to Browne’s addition.

    • You should be able to add destinations to the poll itself.

      The ride you describe is great. Bear in mind the Bikespedition criteria that include an element of shopping or sightseeing along with food. It’s as much about the destination as it is the ride!

  2. I REALLY admire your efforts to expand biking in Spokane. I grew up in the valley, and did long rides as a kid. 85,000 road miles later, my body is 60 years old, but I still feel the pure magic I did when I was a 12 year old riding my 2 speed Schwinn up to Moran Prairie on an early summer morning.

  3. You are a busy person –your real in person advocacy work, etc. plus this blog and the blog list of women’s blog.

    I’d say you’re organized both on and off bike! My best wishes.

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