Violet Femmes: 9 Pretty Purple Bike Accessories

One of the trends for 2015—be it in jewelry, in fashion or in bike accessories—will be all shades of purple from pastel shades of purple to dark purple, as seen on the catwalks for the new season, purple continues to gain space in every fashionista’s wardrobe. So we rounded up 9 purple bike accessories that we’re crushing on this season.  Purple_Bike_Accessories 1. Purple Wire Bike Basket for $25 from Sunlite

2. Floral chunky platform sandals from Dolce & Gabanna for $1025 (splurge)

3. Ray-Ban aviators with purple lenses for $170

4. Bike skirt clip in lavender for $14

5. Flower cabochon bicycle bell purple for $20

6. Bird Bicycle Lock in Purple for $15

7. Bike handlebar bag from Po Campo for $40

8. Essie nail polish in “play date” for $9

9. Lilac water bottle with straw from Lifefactory for $25

 

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May Playlist: 9 Songs for Biking

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It’s still a bit chilly at night, and we might not be ready to put our shorts in constant rotation just yet.  But we can all sense that the heat of summer is upon us.  This May’s playlist is a collection of tracks we’re jamming to in anticipation of summer. Here’s what were listening to on our bikes:

1. Night Still ComesNeko Case: The great Neko Case is a venerable songwriter + vocalist. Her stint with The New Pornographers transformed into a solo career that ranges from indie to country to pop. This one’s a slightly wistful beauty.
2. Quo VadisLower Dens: A dancey alt-rock tune that builds to a steamy, synthy apex; we really hear shades of Karen O in frontwoman Jana Hunter.
3. Daylight Dead Stars: We love every song on Dead Stars’ 2015 LP Slumber, but this one happens to be particularly great for springtime strolling and rides in the sun.
4. EverywhereEx Hex: The ladies of Ex Hex are some of our favorites in rock at the moment. They have such a great vintage sound that isn’t overdone… and pretty catchy, too.
5. Other PlansFigurines: Released in 2004, this track by Dutch indie-rockers is still one of our favorites for spring.
6. SunflowerThe Weepies: Something a bit softer for you – the ultra dreamy vocals of duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen’s project The Weepies’ latest album, Sirens.
7. Feeling OkBest Coast: The anthem of your summer has arrived early, via the California stylings of the state’s surf rock darlings.
8. I Of The StormOf Monsters and Men: We hear whispers of The National at the start of the track, giving way to the sweet melodies of Icelandic sweethearts Of Monsters and Men.
9. Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill: Yeah, so, it isn’t exactly a new tune but… you have to respect the one, the only, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She’s such a talented lyricist and has a gorgeous, velvety voice, to boot. And this song is something to nod along to.
9. Halfway ZenJerry Paper: Let’s get a little bit funky with this last one. Lucas Nathan’s Brooklyn-based project Jerry Paper is percussive and groovy and synthy and everything we want to hear on a bright spring day.
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Trend Alert: Boyfriend Jeans for Spring Biking

When it’s too nippy for shorts and dresses (sob), a chic pair of boyfriend jeans is the perfect antidote to those in between wardrobe spring blues. Boyfriend jeans are supposed to look and feel like the jeans a woman might borrow (or steal) from her boyfriend hence the name. They have a fairly relaxed fit, usually straight legs that may or may not be cuffed at the bottom, and they should look a bit big on the wearer which is perfect for bike riding. So we rounded up 6 ladies rocking boyfriend jeans on their bikes. Boyfriend_Bike_Jeans

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3 Tips for Biking and Cell Phones

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Don’t be like this biker (shown above) and chat on the phone while riding your bike. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t text while driving, and many states have a hands-free rule for talking on your cell phone as well.  It’s distracting, some say as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.  The same is true of using your phone while biking.  Human beings are terrible multi-taskers, as much as we might like to believe (and technology tries to assist us) otherwise.

Here are 3 tips to help you safely use and tote your smartphone with you on your cell two-wheeled trip:

1. Pull over-If you receive a call or text while riding your bike, pull over safety to the sidewalk or curb. Be safe and never chat or text while cycling.

2. Mount-Mounting your phone with one of these fun gadgets can make it quick and easy to reach your phone when parked. Also, these are great for GPS maps and music too.

3. Wait-Mute your cell phone on your bike ride. Use this time to clear your head and enjoy the ride. That important call or text can wait until you arrive at your destination.

Check out these stylish ladies playing it safe while they receive a call and text while biking.

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5 Spring Dresses Perfect for Bike Riding Under $100

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Spring is here! But, it might still be too chilly to break out your cut-off shorts so we rounded up 5 bike-friendly frocks under $100 to inspire your warm weather biking wardrobe. Each dress is roomy and movable and won’t break the bank. (Pro tip: team up with your ankle socks and platform sandals and don’t forget your skirt garter clip.)

1. Floral Print Long Sleeve Swing Dress from Tildon for $68.00-We love the flared long sleeves and swingy shape bedecked with colorful flowers for biking to work. The long sleeves give extra warmth on those chilly Spring morning bike commute.

Floral Tilden Swing Dress2. Flutter Sleeve Cutout Side Tee Midi Dress from ASOS for $81.00-This pop of green color packs a punch for Spring. (more…)

April Playlist: 10 Tunes For Spring Cycling

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Ah, April. A month of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. Also the month when we get to shed a few layers and dare to hop back in the bike seat, now that freezing climes and black ice are behind us. And what’re a few April showers as long as you have a wheel mud flap and rain bike seat cover, really?

But to truly set the mood for spring you’re going to need the perfect April playlist, which is why we wanted to share with you what’s in our ears this month.

Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning: Eclectic electronic mastermind Dan Deacon’s latest album is all killer, no filler. We really can’t get enough of this anthemic track, what with its twinkling percussion and vocals that draw you in for a second (and third and fourth) listen. And we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you ever get the chance to see this man live… bike, don’t run… do it.

Viet Cong – Continental Shelf: Our neighbors to the North, Canada, are the masters of good alt rock. Viet Cong’s latest essay is no exception – jangly guitar, haunting vocals, and a healthy dose of fuzz give way to a catchy chorus that we dare you to get out of your head.

Mitski – Townie: Brooklyn darling Mitski gives us a good taste of structured pop rock with a bit of an edge. This song takes several unexpected turns that keep you on your toes, which is exactly where you should be when listening to this dancey track.

Frankie Cosmos – School: If you aren’t in love with Frankie Cosmos, it’s because you don’t know them yet. Fronted by Greta Kline, this band churns out heartwarming and heart wrenching gems – short but so sweet.

The Decemberists – The Wrong Year: Everybody’s favorite old time-y folksters are back with the new record ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.’ This tune’s a bit on the softer side, and we love the soft, heaving accordion and carefully picked guitar notes. Perfect for a sunny Sunday brunch and bike ride, if we do say so ourselves.

Twin Peaks – Making Breakfast: Here’s something a bit rowdier from Chicago’s top crazy dudes Twin Peaks. This is a bubbly tune with a bit of a classic rock edge. Something to tap your toes to and sing at the top of your lungs.

Modest Mouse – Sugar Boats: We’ve all waited so long for a new Modest Mouse record, and we’ve finally been rewarded. This is one of our favorite tracks from the new LP, what with its jumpy melodies, tinny percussion, and hints of ragtime jazz.

She & Him – Time After Time: Time to slow it down. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s ‘Time After Time’ is the sweetest little love song we can think of, and it’s meant to be accompanied by sweet sunshine and probably some hand-holding.

Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love: The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has broken out on his own, and this first taste of his solo work has certainly whetted our whistle. Pretty catchy with an anthemic chorus that seems to take its cues from Gloria Estefan (and no, that isn’t a bad thing).

Built To Spill – Never Be The Same: Hearing something new from Built To Spill is always a delight. We hope that you’ll take this song with you through spring, into summer, and the rest of your life. An uplifting, light song that encourages you to “go everywhere you wanna go // see everything you wanna see.” Don’t miss them at Northside Festival this summer with Best Coast, Alvvays, and Bully.

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