Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Brand New: “girl meets bike club”, The Private Social Network

October 23, 2008

What is “girl meets bike club” Private Social Network, Anyway?

Think of it as Facebook, but with a big bouncer at the door; above him the sign reads “This is a private club: all girls (over 16) on all bikes.”

It is your virtual club house. Come in, chat, bring friends to hang out with. upload pictures or video and share them. Meet women who ride all kinds of bikes. The more you put into your membership, the more fun you have.

  • Post pictures of your bikes
  • post reviews of stuff you like (and don’t)
  • Do a blog of a great ride you just had.
  • Come to Virtual Women’s Bike Summit’s (a scheduled chat event, which will be Multi-Media)
  • Chat live with friends from all over the world
  • Find riding partners as you’re passing through town.
  • Post a question in the forums
  • Add features and widgets to your personal club webpage
  • Find advice about commuting, fixing your bike, tips on riding and safety, etc.
  • Download pics and videos directly from Flickr, Youtube, & your iphone!

Why over 16? Because, (in the US) at 16 you become an adult on your bike; you make the choice to wear your helmet or not. Before that the law says that you must wear a helmet. It also seems an appropriate age for some of the possible adult topics that might come up with reference to women’s anatomy while bike riding.

Local Groups:
There are Local Groups, which are repository for advice about Local Bike Shops, rides and routes for women. For instance, starting in November, twice a month I’ll go into a different local bike shop, looking for things that women need for their bikes and riding (clothes, components, bikes, advice, service). While my public magazine will have the glossy version, the most “real” stuff will be here. Bitching, and solutions, best bang for your buck, as well as which bike shop staff to avoid, and who are THE go-to people, locally. Remember, as a “large group of organized consumers, we wield far more power than one individual.

Hey, I’m a woman on a bike. How do I join?

For now, invitations are sent to women who I’m sure are women; women that I know and women that I’ve followed virtually (bloggers and twitterers). Within the next week I’ll work out other ways to filter membership requests.

Why only women? Well, if you’ve read the rest of my blog here, then you know that I see a lot of differences between men and women while bike riding. I’ve found that in most virtual cycling forums that are popular, men dominate the conversations, even in the “women’s designated areas”. I wanted to form a virtual space that felt a little different. A safe, comfortable, testosterone free environment. Thus the idea of “girl meets bike, the virtual club” was born. There’s no charge to join. It’s all about the fun of it.

If you are a woman on a bike, and would like to join, please contact join@girlmeetsbike.com, and I will be happy to review your request. Expect to show me proof that:

1. You are a girl over 16.

2. You ride a bike.

Better, Updated Prints and Colors

September 29, 2008

Demand for updated looks forces fierce competition amongst girl brands; the Result is Great New looks for Every Woman

I admit that previously I’ve shied away from Terry and Shiela Moon prints, often finding the them one to several seasons out of date, in comparison to regular ready to wear fashion. But in these days of “Style.com on your iphone”, and “Tevo’d Project Runway”, gone is the lag in Style that Main St had with Fashion Ave., NYC; middle America is catching up and and has its own set of fashionistas, and they DO ride bikes. It goes without saying that they have the same style/color demands for their bike fashion as any other girl, “off-bike”. So where do we find good technical clothes, that look and feel so fierce, that you look forward to wearing it as much as your favorite dress? Yet because it is afterall, active wear, this clothing is special, in that it must have wicking capability while not “storing” smell, and the fabric and stitching must be soft next to the skin, even for us girls. In looking at these women built bike clothing companies, I’m just sure these ladies are listening to the masses.

For those who haven’t caught up yet, Blacks, greys, browns and whites, with splashes of bold, vivid Spring colors will be very popular next Spring. It would be very easy to translate this kind of palette into bike clothing, as it’s easy to make it pop, or stand out quickly, without being garish.

Two companies took full advantage of this, and you should know about them. You will not believe that that some of this clothing is bike clothing. I hope you are as delighted by these collections as I.

TERRY

Armed with her favorite Haute Couture prints and colors, forward thinking Olga of Terry Bicycles helped convince her designers to try something bolder, yet more mature; the result is a magnificent collection of prints, rivaled only by Shiela Moon, this year. Terry still has the same pink and vivid pink for their own kit, but they have stopped “mainlining” pink and we are happy to see the recovery process from this years-long addiction. The permanent pink palette has been replaced by by the Spring 2009 RTW palette, including interesting choices in brown and grey.
Favorites are the updated schraeder tank in black/grey, and the “tri like a girl” shimmel in cappuccino brown; both well constructed, sleeveless pieces. The Euro Tank will be available in the new “bike love” print.
Since last year’s tunic was a success, they’ve added in other colors and styles, including the “rotations” (a black with white design), and the “treads” print, pictured here from the Urban Trends Fashion Show. (This picture is used with permission from the blog “The Debut Effect” by Cassondra. Please visit her website for Interbike report).

Terry treads print over Capris

Terry treads print over Capris

Terry tri shimmel in cappuccino

Terry tri shimmel in cappuccino

Euro halter in the new "Bike Love" Print
Eurohalter print follows the Haute Couture trend on pattern and color selection

Eurohalter

SHIELA MOON

It looks like Shiela Moon has pushed Pedal Power into a bright new era, with bright bold new prints that are more risky and fun than EVER, but reminiscent of the POP ART of the 1960′s, with hints of “laugh-in” prints from the groovy stylings of old Peter Max.
Wasting no time with RTW colors, the solids far more on trend from the Haute Couture collections of Spring 2009. Dark brown, black, grey, and (yes the timely) ballet pink are the main staples for colors, with pop colors for accent.

At this time I must rave about her Fall/Spring commuter collection, with enough shorts Jackets, dresses, and Capris to create an entire “Stealth Commuter” wardrobe. That is, once you step off the bike, no one would ever know you took a bike to work. Her Britches are both cute, and very well made and comes in a herringbone wool blend that I just adore,. They are a classic enough style, so they’ll last through the trends of the next few seasons. I’m considering selling my car to try to live a greener life, and this is just the collection to make me feel good about that lifestyle choice. The added “lingerie” liner is a downright brilliant idea (I’ll try to find a pic).

Best prints yet, I particularly like the one on the far right called "Goldie"

Goldie mesh top with britches shorts

Goldie mesh top with britches shorts

Barb is wearing the Petticoat dress and jacket

Barb & friend: Barb is wearing the Petticoat dress and jacket

Shella Moon has Won me Over

September 27, 2008

Without giving away too much, I will say that her collection this year is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The commuter clothes are SO pretty, you’d never guess that they’re meant for the bike. Here’s a quick picture, to show you the direction Shiela Moon is headed for Spring 2009.

reviews soon…


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