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.

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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.

Follow us on Spotify and check out our other cycling playlists.

 

What I Wore: Commuter Jeans from Levi’s

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Over the past few years Levi’s has offered bike friendly clothes for men – from jeans with U-lock storage on the waistband to tops with greater mobility. Hey, Levis! What about the ladies?  Well, they heard us.  Recently, Levi’s launched a similar line of bike friendly apparel for women by offering jeans, shorts, tops and jackets designed for the everyday bike commuter.

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I had the opportunity to try out the new skinny bike friendly jeans this past week. With thoughts of warm, spring rides on my mind, I slipped on the skinny women’s commuter jeans in baby blue.  Right away, I noticed the high waist that was pretty flattering. But I also noticed that the fabric (60% Cotton, 30% Other Fibres, 8% Polyester, 2% Elastane) was a little on the thin side, which made panty lines pretty apparent. The jeans also had deep back pockets that’ll keep your keys or lipstick from slipping out mid-ride.  Overall, the pants had a nicely tailored fit that was flattering on my curvy shape. I rolled up the cuff to expose the reflective seam detail which will come in really handy to increase visibility at night.  Not to mention, I thought that little detail looked pretty cute with my wood Hasbeen sandals during the day.

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Bike Style: 6 Rain Capes For Spring Bike Riding

It’s raining. It’s pouring. (and possibly snowing?) So forget juvenile, patterned rain boots, drugstore umbrellas, and your high school windbreaker. We’ve got just the right rain bike capes for spring bike riding that will stand up to the drizzle, and have got such great looks that you’ll be checking weather underground in hopes of seeing more chances of thunderstorms.

1.  Plaid Bike Rain Cape with 3M reflective piping for $250: TF Green is a traditional green Glen plaid with sharp 3M reflective piping. It is made of strong, waterproof (10K mm) microfiber with reliable Uretek zippers. Magnetic closures snap shut at armholes. Elastic thumb loops keep bike riders dry and secure. Classic look that’s built for performance from Cleverhood.

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2. La Maitresse for $230.00: A fully-lined raincoat to wear when the skies look threatening and you plan to bike.  The silhouette is long and lean to flatter your figure and keep your legs dry. Ruching on the back and a slightly tailored waist add a distinctively feminine touch.  The gently sloping hood is roomy enough for any hairstyle. The visor keeps your mascara from running in the rain while biking.

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3. Otto London Denim Bike Cape for $120: The Limited Edition Denim Urban Poncho by Otto London is a mastery of original cycling style. The outer and inner taped seams and lightweight cotton lining means the poncho acts as a cool jacket for warmer days, and once treated with waterproof wax it’s as watertight as its Urban Poncho companions.

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4. Waxed Cotton Cape for $130: Handmade in London from British medium-weight waxed cotton, this is cycling wear from the old-school. Unisex and in one-size-fits-all. It’s water-resistant, elegant and looks fab with boots, skinny jeans or leggings. Wear it on bike, on the street or to a festival. Bobbin_Bicycles_Waxed_Rain_Cape

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5. Red Rainproof Bike Cape for $40: An irresistibly cute bike poncho, Red Riding Hood style. Don’t let the unexpected rain stop you from cycling on. Rolled, it’s small enough to fit in your bike bag or basket.

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6. Como Bicycle Rain Cape for $12.00: Hooded raincoat, water resistant and protects your body from rain. Lightweight and easy to carry, one size fits most.The kick pleat neck with one button closure. A major bonus for keeping your hands and bum try.

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11 Biking Ladies Street Style Wearing Green for St Pat’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.  To honor the patron saint of Ireland, we pulled together 11 stylish ladies street style wearing green on and off their bicycles. Enjoy and don’t drink too much green beer today!

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