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!

yurbuds™ Facebook Contest!

Good news! The folks over at yurbuds™ appreciated our post so much about the Focus line that they offered us some gift cards to giveaway to readers 🙂

That’s pretty awesome, considering we haven’t posted our full review yet. So far though, I’ve really enjoyed them and will be sure to give an honest opinion of them once they’ve been put through the ringer.

To enter, click on the banner below which will take you to our Facebook page. From there you can click on the contest link. Earn extra entries by posting on your wall or sharing via Twitter using #neverstop.


Yurbuds Focus Preview

In all honesty, ear buds and headphones are pretty far down on the list of items I would consider using on the bike. Riding in the city is a little too sketchy to not be able to hear the surrounding traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians. That being said, Yurbuds were a product that intrigued me. I’ve never had a good experience with ear buds while doing anything fitness related. They either fall out, short out due to sweat exposure, or the sound quality is terrible. (I can be a little snobby when it comes to that, having lived a past life as a live sound engineer.)

Yurbuds claims that with their Ambient Noise Awareness (a feature promoted by the actual design of the product), users are able to get the best of both worlds…motivating music pumping while also being able to hear the outside world. They also claim that with their TWISTLOCK technology, ear buds will never fall out. Additional features they list include water and sweat resistance, exceptional sound quality, and a flex soft material that promotes in ear comfort.

Behind the ear Yurbuds Focus.
Behind the ear Yurbuds Focus.

The specific model I purchased was the Yurbuds Focus behind the ear. I had a gift card to Target and opted to use it on purchasing these. The Focus series are aimed to be women’s specific.They were created by a female designer to fit smaller ears. Yurbuds actually includes two different sizes of the silicone covers should you have larger ear holes.

Yearbuds makes a standard ear bud style of this model, but I liked having the added comfort of knowing they wouldn’t fall out of my ears no matter what activity I was going to do. This was assumed, I haven’t yet put them to the test, hence the preview.

So far I can say just wearing them around the house has been enjoyable. The material of the buds and the behind the ear pieces are a soft silicone and don’t cause any ear pain or annoyance. Another feature I like is their angled plug. It fits into smartphones with cases as well as other personal devices that have covers on them.

Angled headphone plug.
Angled headphone plug.

The material connecting the cable and the plug is also flexible silicone, reducing stress on the cable and less likely to shorten out if it gets yanked.

So far the Yurbuds Focus behind the ears series seems like a good choice for the fitness minded individual. There are many different models that Yurbuds carry that integrate a microphone, volume controls, and other music control devices. They also carry a line of smartphone holders and iPad cases for the athlete.

I’ll be testing these things out over the next month or so and will give a full review once I’ve used and abused them! They have the potential of making a really great stocking stuffer or holiday gift for the gym rat in your life.