I’m a total sucker for bike gadgets and pretties. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find people who help support my habit.
These are CycleAware’s Slap & Wrap pant leg bands which are very cool reflective cuffs to keep my pant legs out of my bike chain! Brilliant! I can store them on my bike frame, so they’re always where I need them when I need them. Looks like you can get them at Team Estrogen. Oooh, stocking stuffers!
✅ Best Lumens Super Bright LED USB Bike Lights
Great bike light for added safety – This light is just what you needed to see well in the dark hours of the night. It is easy to install and has a great looking secure mounting harness. It’s very easy to operate and has terrific daytime lighting features as well. This light does the job they intend it to do. The bright wide beam is perfect, giving you the confidence.
✅ Best Road Bicycle Helmets With USB Rechargeable Rear Light
Awesome helmet!!! – Amazing. Love it. Light as a feather. Highly recommend. The LED light is amazing too. The safety light at rear of helmet is clearly a nice feature with multi-lighting options, including solid, flashing, and rotating red.
✅ Best Half Finger Shock-Absorbing Bicycle Gloves
Great gloves for arthritic hands – Really nice fabric/material! Go on easily and come off easily due to the loops on two of the fingers. The Velcro closure gives a snug fit without being tight or constricting . You needed gloves which would helps you to grip when hands get sweaty, and these gloves are perfect, very comfortable.
(Side note: I’m having a hard time keeping those Slap & Wraps away from the boys. Crazy stuff going on. On the other hand, they’ve been entertained for hours.)
Happy birthday to me! I was lucky enough to score this handmade bike belt, crafted by Cindy Larson here in beautiful Montana. It looks great with jeans and my “Be Fabulous. Ride Bikes” hoodie from Harlot Wear. Get the belts at tart. It’s really easy to start collecting these babies in all the beautiful fabrics Cindy has selected. Tartress Anna Visscher has assured me that more bike goods are coming soon for holiday giving. Lead me not into temptation . . .
And then there’s the bike trainer that Husband and I have been eyeing at a used sporting goods store. In its previous life, it probably helped some bike racing ninja warm-up and cool down before a big event. Now, it will sit in our basement while we pedal for our sanity during a long Montana winter.
Let’s be clear — I don’t get giddy doing intervals on a bike trainer. I’d much rather be out in the fresh air and sunshine, pedaling real hills, watching the changing light on the mountains. But I desperately need an endorphin boost, so the trainer isn’t bad when the wind is bitter and the snow is deep.
This Minoura M50 is small, portable, light, and quiet. Thank ya Jesus. Our last bike trainer was so flipping loud that I couldn’t use it while the kids were sleeping, both for the noise it made and for the shouting Husband and I did if we needed to communicate while one of us was using it. Last night, I was able to watch a TED talk while getting in an interval workout.
This trainer got good reviews and seems to be in decent shape. We picked it up for less than half the price of a new one, so I’d say it’s a win. Maybe someday we’ll feel the need for a fancier, flashier trainer, but that’s not today.
Here’s a great song about the magic of biking. Love it!
And a story about Supergirl finally getting bike shorts instead of skivvies!
Yes, the Supergirl undies really are available. But you really don’t need the costume if you’ve living a Supergirl existence, right?
Lastly, here’s some bike love you can slap on your skin when the mood suits, without regret years later. Fantastic temporary bike love tattoo for $5 from Tattly.
Setting my Compass this week
— Starting most mornings with some little bit of movement. My brain is so much happier when it gets a shot of exercise first thing. It pulls my head out of hamster mode, and I can focus (mostly) on what matters instead of panic about getting it all done.
— Getting a handle on this big thing that’s been brewing in my head for a few days. Women. Exercise. Power.
— Clearing off one small horizontal surface in my house each day rather than doing several and getting resentful. I know, where’s the sport in that?
What’s your world revolving around this week?