Category Archives: Bike

Village Sport Shop: Shredly in the Kingdom

shredly carrie tomczyk village sport shop lyndonville burke vermontCarrie Tomczyk, Village Sport Shop owner, still comfortable in her Shredly KC shorts at a post-ride dinner.

shredly-shorts-christineChristine Bengtson in Shredly Nikoli shorts being a pretty rad mom – riding a backup bike so her daughter could pedal her new Santa Cruz Tallboy!

shredly mountain bike shorts village sport shop vermontShredly adding a punch of color to the racks at Village Sport Shop.

village sport shop lyndonville vermont bike shredlyJust a little bit of the women’s gear available at Village Sport Shop.

I had a couple of great Shredly sightings this past weekend while riding Kingdom Trails.  Thanks to Village Sport Shop’s dedication to women’s product, the Lyndonville, Vermont specialty retailer is one of the first on the East coast to carry Shredly women’s mountain bike apparel.

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MTB: Kingdom Trails

burke mountain darling hill summer bikeBurke Mountain in all its summertime glory from Heaven’s Bench off Darling Hill Road.

kingdom trails east burke vermont bike darling hill cows farmThe girls welcoming riders to the Darling Hill trails after the climb up from the village.

bike kingdome trails burke mountain vermont barn summerView of the mountain from route 114 via White School.

bike kingdom trails east burke vermont kirby connectorDefinitely worth that pesky paved hill climb for one of the quietest and prettiest loops in the network.

ski bike burke mountain academy warrens way summerWarren’s Way race hill, green not white.

burke vermont love bumper stickerDirty window; fantastic sticker!  Anyone know where to buy these?

I could easily take a picture of something gorgeous or otherwise charming every other minute while mountain biking Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont.  But the trails flow so nicely – it’s too hard to stop!  I managed to sneak in a few shots from an absolutely perfect summer weekend.  As always, Kingdom Trails gets my highest recommendation as a stellar riding destination and experience!

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Shredly: Women’s Mountain Bike Apparel

shredly mountain bike shorts ashley rankin downhill free rideAshley Rankin wears the Shredly NIKOLI short at left; the CAROLINE short at right.  Photo:  Seth Beckton

shredly dh knicker ana maria mountain bikeNew this year, the DH KNICKER offers extra length perfect for downhill, cooler temps or a classic pedal pusher look for cruising town.  Fully featured with adjustable waist, thigh vents and cargo pocket.  Shown in the ANA MARIA pattern.  Photo:  shredly.com

 

ashley rankin shredly shorts apparel mt sopris coloradoAshley checks the view of Mount Sopris in the KTO short.  Photo:  Shredly

shredly mountain bike short j moThe MTB SHORT features an adjustable waist and invisible-zip thigh vents.  Shown in the J-MO pattern.  Photo:  shredly.com

Mountain Biking Gamble's Oak ColoradoAshley rocks the RIXFORD short in the Colorado autumn color of a Prince Creek trail.  Photo:  Jay Goodrichshredly elvira mountain bike short blue whiteThe BASIC SHORT is anything but basic.  Performance, comfort, style and nice details make this short not just a standard for mountain biking but so many other active pursuits.  Shown in the ELVIRA pattern.  Photo:  shredly.com

ashley rankin shredly mountain bike apparel trunk showAshley showcasing the full range of the Shredly collection at a recent trunk show.

Ashley Rankin is a woman who makes things happen.  A lifelong Colorado mountain girl and avid mountain biker dissatisfied with women’s performance apparel – she created Shredly to put an end to big, baggy and boring and ushered in flattering, functional and fun bike clothing.

As a devout user from the launch of the brand, I can tell you Shredly makes riding even more fun! The short fabric is lightweight and breathable with stretch for mobility while being rugged, durable and surprisingly mud-stain resistant.  Thoughtful features like adjustable waistband, thigh vents and slim cargo pocket with blinged-out faux-crystal snap put the shorts over the top.

As for the separate inner liner, the Shredly YOGACHAM puts an end to hot and awkward diaper-like chamois.  There is just enough padding – but not too much – in all the right places and a low-rise waistband inspired by yoga pants for comfort.

The bottom (no pun!) line is that I feel great in my shorts — the fit, function and comfort help me ride longer; style that is fun but also a little badass makes me happy – so I like to believe that Shredly helps me ride a little better!  Check shredly.com for the full story and product range, including jerseys.  And as Shredly says:  Look Good.  Feel Good.  Shred Good.

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JUST DO IT: Picabo Street

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageThe wind howls because it knows it has to race me.  Just do it.

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageMademoiselle, April 1996

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike adWhat is it you want in this world?  What would leave you satisfied?

Picabo Street is never, ever satisfied.  She’ll ski down one mountain.  And then find a higher one.  She’ll ski down a river.  And then find a lake.  She’ll ride mountain bikes.  She’ll go skating.  She’ll be fast.  Furious.  Unafraid.  Because what is it she wants in the world?  Everything.

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike ad vintageTrees should duck.  Rocks, cower.  Anything soft and low should learn what is hard.  We have come into the mountains because they would not come to us.  And then we move them.  Just do it.

Women’s Sports + Fitness, October 1995

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On the Trail: Shredly

shredly mountain bike shorts kingdom trails vermontxshredly mountain bike shorts kingdom trails vermontKingdom Trails network in East Burke, Vermont is riding a bit wet and a lot humid but Deanne Eagle looked cool in her full kit of Shredly women’s mountain bike apparel:  Ashley peacock shorts, Monte Carlo jersey.

More about Shredly coming soon. . .

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Shopping Munich: Globetrotter

The Globetrotter shop in Munich is a massive four floors of outdoor clothing and equipment presented with the most thorough, precise and functional merchandising I have ever seen.  This German specialty retailer aims to make shopping an experience – and they succeed.

globetrotter munich shop outdoor gearxglobetrotter munich shop geyser waterThe tank on the lower level for testing kayaks and canoes erupts into a geyser that reaches the top floor.

globetrotter munich shop outdoor photographsxglobetrotter munich shop outdoor photos displayThousands of photos line the stairwells – it is visually staggering and impressive in execution!

globetrotter munich shop outdoor experience merchandising displayThe top floor hosts a large branch of the Bavarian alpine club, Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – complete with extensive maps, information, merchandise and educated staff to help plan mountain adventures.

A 360° tour can be viewed on the Globetrotter web site; this video provides a walking tour – both show off the gorgeous fixtures and unique features of this store.  I strongly recommend a stop at Globetrotter to shop the wide selection of premium outdoor brands or just for inspiration.

Globetrotter Munich:  Isartorplatz 8-10, 80331 Munich, Germany

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Ascutney Mountain, Vermont

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Tonight was registration for the Vermont 50, a mountain bike race and ultra run to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.  The 700 spots for mountain bikers sold out in 23 minutes!  I am thinking about all the miles I need to ride between now and the event at end of September.

I am also thinking about Ascutney Mountain – where the race begins and ends.  Needless to say, it is tremendously sad that this ski resort is no longer in operation.  With original trails cut by the CCC in 1935, it was a ski area with history and character, old school trails and varied terrain — and a penchant for fun as evidenced here by the polar bear on the chair lift!

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Shopping Zürich: Freitag

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This never gets old.  The Freitag store in Zürich constructed out of 19 freight containers with four floors of merchandise and rooftop access is definitely a shopping experience worth having.  There is the efficiency of the architecture.  And then there is the marvel of the interior — how Freitag, seemingly unflinchingly, devised an orderly (and visually impactful) system to present each individual piece of merchandise.

Freitag manufactures courier bags, tote bags and small accessories out of reclaimed truck tarps and recycled bicycle inner tubes.  No two pieces are alike.  Production is in Zürich and has been running since 1993, long before repurposing was a trend.  The finished products are rugged beyond any expectation and with their graphic look are icons of contemporary Swiss quality and style.

Frietag Flagship Store:  Geroldstrasse 17, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

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Don’t Jay Burke

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It was a good winter at Burke Mountain Resort:  early opening thanks to increased snowmaking, late closing due to high spring snowfall, in between a Burke Mountain Academy student became a world champion.  Personally, my husband and I made even more wonderful friends and fell more in love with the community.

I remain extremely guarded about the development hurtling towards Burke with its purchase by Jay Peak.  Yes, I know – progress, growth, security — these could and should be good things for locals and for guests, for ski and bike seasons.  I do get it and am admittedly looking forward to some of the updates.  But I can only hope change proceeds in appropriate scale and character, specific and authentic to what makes Burke. . . Burke.  This winter I have been very mindful to soak up the mountain’s rich atmosphere and personality before it all starts to evolve, in particular anticipating the construction site at the base of the Mid-Burke Express quad next winter.  There is irony, poignancy and comfort in the vintage image posted here.

A sincere thank you to everyone who keeps the ski and bike trails running and town amazingly pleasant and special!

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Chixngravy Snow Skirt

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Today, I finally became the very happy owner of a SKHOOP down skirt!   SKHOOP is based in Åre, which makes this yet another great piece of wearable snow gear from Sweden.  I will live in this skirt in cold months — more for casual wear than skiing, and it will be so nice post-ride for autumn mountain biking.  I am stoked on this new acquisition and expect it is just the first step in building a little quiver of cozy insulated skirts.

Earlier in the winter, I posted about SKHOOP and Houdini skirts.  The latest skirt discovery:  Chixngravy.  I spotted this fuchsia-skirted snowboarder zipping through a lift line at the Planai in Schladming.  Chixngravy is a trendy line of snow, street and swim wear designed by Simone Ober and based in Kitzbühel, Austria.  The snow skirt was the item that launched the brand “trying to combine fashion and function with passion and humor”.  The very cool tomboy-styled skirts with cargo pockets are offered with and without insulation, taped seams and a unique snow cuff system. I am adding Chixngravy to my Austria shopping list!

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