Madison Cyclofemme 2014

cyclofemmeWe’re hosting the 2nd annual CycloFemme Madison ride. The ride will start and end on Madison’s near east side from Chrysalis Hair & Body.Chrysalis is Madison’s only chemical free hair studio.

There will be water and possibly some coffee/sports drink available before the ride, but riders should make sure they’ve eaten before the event or bring along a snack that’s easy to eat on the bike.

We’ll be doing an extended Lake Monona Loop that takes us on a combination of bike paths and roads through some of Madison’s best lake front neighborhoods and parks.

This ride is very beginner friendly and we encourage everyone to bring a friend! We have a no rider left behind policy.

There will be a post ride gathering at Chrysalis where we’ll provide bike parking. There will be refreshments available to purchase supplied by the Froth House cafe. (pastries, veggies & hummus, and more)

Julia, the owner of Chrysalis will also be offering discounted salon services for all attendees. There will also be free use of the aqua massage table and some other pampering for after the ride, such as head massages with fresh herbs.

Qet Botanical Beauty’s full line of organic products will be on hand to demo.

A a raffle with items from Rapha, Yurbuds, Saris, Topeak, and some other fun businesses will also take place.

The ride itself is FREE, but you may want to bring some money for lunch if you stay for the festivities.

Parking is available on First Street, just up block from the building Chrysalis is based in (there’s a sign posted where the lot is located). There’s also extensive on street parking that will be FREE because the event is on a Sunday.

We’ll post more details as the event gets closer, but it should be a really fun time!

Rain or shine, we ride. No rider left behind. Bring a helmet, water bottle, and a lock!

Twin Six Raising the Bar

There are cycling companies who really get women and there are some who clearly don’t. Gladly our neighbors to the north, Twin Six, have a pretty good idea of what women want.

We’ll be the first to admit, we have an addiction to Twin Six and they’re only making it worse. This morning they sent out an e-mail announcing they have released their 2013 Standard series of jerseys. The Standard series is made out of a what they call Prime fabric that improves moisture wicking and offers a +28 UPF protection (aka sunscreen for your clothes). The jerseys are full zip (so much easier to use with bibs on!) and have nice¬† silicone waist grippers. Best part, the jerseys are made in the USA! (All of their clothing is, but just a bonus to have high quality good being churned out here.)

Twin Six is offering up 3 versions of the jersey for men including plain black, white, and grey. For women they have two offerings, black and white. The size ranges for the Standard is regular for the men’s, xs-xxl. For the women’s they stuck with s-l, which is kind of a let down as women tend to come in more shapes and sizes than men. I for example am more top heavy and need an XL women’s jersey or a men’s Large jersey to accommodate that.¬† Some women are smaller on top and have wide hips with a more pear shape. Personally I’ve always worn smaller bibs than I have a jersey. Hopefully if the Standard does well sales wise, they’ll consider doing a wider run of sizing. I may order one up in a large regardless, as full zip jerseys have become a welcome addition to my cycling wardrobe.

The Standard retails for $110 vs. the regular $80 cost for the rest of Twin Six’s line of jerseys. Considering the added features including a full length zipper, the UPF rating, and the high quality of the fabric…it’s worth the extra cash. A lot of folks tend to get sticker shock when they first start getting into cycling, but if you treat your gear right a jersey will last you YEARS. I tend to remind myself of how many rides that jersey will go on with me and divide it up that way. It ends up usually coming to less than a buck a ride (within a year of riding) in the break down.

We should note that Twin Six has mentioned they have some other pieces they plan to include in the Standard series. Here’s what they had to say in their most recent press release:

“For the past year we’ve been designing, prototyping and testing a new line of products called the Standard Collection. Crafting this line from the ground up and putting a practical stake in the higher-end cycling apparel market will open to the door to designing and developing additional pieces under the Standard umbrella. This past fall we debuted the Standard Thermal Hoodies and Shell. The addition of five summer-weight jerseys (three for men, two for women) to this collection is only the next step. Bib shorts for men, team shorts for women, caps, socks, long sleeve jerseys, bottles, and much much more are also in the works for 2013.”

Exciting stuff coming from a brand we love! Check out Twin Six at their website www.twinsix.com

-Cassandra