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Category Archives: Bike
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.
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!
New 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 checks the view of Mount Sopris in the KTO short. Photo: Shredly
Ashley rocks the RIXFORD short in the Colorado autumn color of a Prince Creek trail. Photo: Jay GoodrichThe 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 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.
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.
Women’s Sports + Fitness, October 1995
xKingdom 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. . .
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.
The 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
xxxxxThe “shocking pink or cerise” Tucker Sno-Cat. From Vermont Life magazine, Winter 1949-50
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!
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
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!
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!