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bike style

Monday, March 23, 2015

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 jacket - Target
shirt - TJ Maxx
camera bag - Lowepro Fastpack 250
explorer pin - Explorer's Press
good vibes only pin - Pintrill

My bike is has become a huge part of my life, if you couldn't tell. It has, without a doubt, changed my life. It's my favorite possession - even ranked above my camera which is saying a lot. I try to find at least a little bit of time everyday to ride. It's what makes me the happiest.

Last summer I shared my typical bike outfit. That was Kaylah who had only been on a bike for a few months, and was still figuring out what I liked to bike in. I was having issues with being comfortable on my saddle, and found that things without a seam in the crotch made all the difference. Cue me buying a million pairs of comfy yoga shorts and pants. They got me through but now I'm trying to expand what I wear on my bike. I could (and have) read a million articles about being stylish while biking but I need to figure out what's comfortable for me.

Here's where "bike style" comes in. These posts will be just like my outfit posts except they'll be things I'm wearing on bike rides. It's a way to challenge myself to wear something other than yoga pants and a cozy black tee. I love that, it does look cute, and I'm sure you'll end up seeing me wearing it at some point but I want to expand so that doesn't end up being what I wear all summer long.

Currently I'm just trying to get back into biking in jeans. It caused me so much pain over the summer that I swore them off completely. Now I'm figuring out it all depends on the jeans and how big the seam is. These jeans are super cozy to ride in the only downside is they're turning blue saddle. Hah! Luckily it's nothing some bleach wipes can't fix!
xoxo

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  1. I love the color of those Palladium Boots and I can't wait to see more of your biking outfits :)

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous!? Since the snow melted I've basically been wearing them nonstop.

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  2. Ouch! Yeah seams & bikes just don't mix. I don't understand how anyone can bike in normal clothes, I get too sweaty for that. But I do bike to commute.

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    1. Haha! Yeah, I'm determined to figure it out!

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    1. Aren't they wonderful! I couldn't resist the color.

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  4. How exciting! Last summer's bike style post was easily one of my favorites last year.

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  5. So cute! Those purple boots are rad and I love your patch + pins combo. :D

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  6. I love that colourway of your palladiums! I have a pink low pair and a cream high pair, I'm a little addicted! I'd like floral ones next. xx

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    1. Yeeeeah, I was just browsing new colors earlier today.... Guess I could have worse addictions. :P

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  7. really like this look :) comfy but kinda stylish

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  8. Great post, thanks for sharing! If you wear a helmet I would really like to see a post on helmet style too. I've tried many types over the years and am always looking to see what other riders prefer.

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  9. Awesome!! I look forward to this series. :D

    Any chance you'd like to share why you prefer riding a fixie? So many people I know are against them. It'd be nice to hear from someone who rides them, why they prefer it.

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    1. I like it because I feel like I'm more at one with my bike which I realize sounds totally crazy but I think once you ride one you'll understand. I enjoy that when I pedal it moves, when I'm not pedaling it's not moving. My bike and I are fluid, ya know?

      I've never actually heard someone have a real reason other than "uhhh, that's for hipsters" for not liking fixed gear.

      I couldn't imagine going back to a free wheel now.

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  10. I've been bike commuting for about 3 yrs now and I really like it. I never wear bike specific clothes (eg: spandex, padded shorts, etc), just regular clothes. However one of my biggest pet peeves is "crotch-blowout" where the crotch of your pants wear out too fast from rubbing against the saddle. I'd be interested in hearing how these and other bottoms you wear regularly biking hold up with time.

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  11. I like this series you're starting! If you're still looking for bike jeans, I know Levi's is finally starting to make women's 'seamless' bike jeans, although I bought a pair from Swrve (men's only bike clothing, boo!) and resized them the fit me. works great.

    I wanted to reply to your response to Cole, about why pple ride fixed. I totally agree with you about how awesome it is to feel the power when you pedal, there's more momentum, it's lighter without a cassette. I had to go back to single speed when I messed up my knees trying to brake with my legs :( it's slower, but I love the feeling of standing on my pedals again and coasting! whole other world feeling.

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  12. I remember the first post about your bike and how clean it was. Now you have so much history with it and it can be seen from your bike :) Doing things that make us happy is the greatest <3

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