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Interbike 2010: Movmoda

The boys were all a buzz about the Movmoda fliers that were being passed around so I headed over to see what all the excitement was about.

Cycling lingerie? Really?!?! Well, here is what they have to offer and I am curious to know if ladies would really be interested in wearing this for their rides? The apparel is marketed to wear by itself or under you regular cycling clothing.

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Sports bra.
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Yes, this is a thong for cycling.
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The apparel seemed to be made of nice fabrics – made in Italy, uv protection, eco-friendly and moisture wicking.
You can find lots more pics on their site. There’s no pictures of women wearing these items while RIDING their bike though…..

Interbike: The happenings with Loeka

I am a huge fan of Loeka. This company makes riding attire specifically for the ladies. I have done a review in the past for Loeka on our sister site and loved, loved, loved their pieces for mountain biking. I am happy to announce that Loeka has now expanded their clothing line to include pieces for the commuting women! Here are the owners Rory Harmse and Coreena Fletcher telling you a little about their new product line. Enjoy!


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ZOIC REVIEW

I have been testing this little ensemble from Zoic for some time now in this sunny California weather. Zoice offers apparel for mountain biking, daily commutes and for women, men and kids! You can read my first impression here.

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I was sent 4 items for review.

First is the Namaste hoody.
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From their website:

Namaste Hoody
Cover Up with Style

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* Long sleeve fitted hoody with front pouch pockets, hidden key pockets and screen print detail on inside hood
* Internal MP3 pocket with ZOIC grommet with additional “Streetside” screen print
* Vented Sleeves
* Flatlocked body seams for improved comfort, durability and a smooth non-chafing surface against the skin.
* Chest darts for improved fit and shape
* Wrist cleavage

This hoody has quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe! It’s a very stylish piece but you won’t believe how comfy this little jacket is. The jacket is a polyester, bamboo charcoal, and spandex blend. Soft and stretchy. I love that this jacket breathes well, yet is just enough coverage for cool evening strolls. I even wore this jacket for an 8k I ran some time back, in the rain!

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I’ve received alot of compliments on the screen print on this hoody.

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This jacket features a little MP3 pocket. LOVE IT!!

I love the small details in this jacket. The MP3 pocket, the additional screen prints, a hidden key pocket in one of the front pockets! Love, Love, Love it! This is also what I consider to be a very high quality jacket. The stitching is beautiful and the fabric is incredibly durable. I’ve washed this jacket many times over and there has been NO shrinkage or fading of the fabric. All the stitching has stayed in tact also. This jacket actually looks the same as when I first received it. This hoody is priced at $65.00 and is available in these colors:Antique, Blue Moon, Creole, Envy. I don’t typically spend that kind of money on a hoody, but this jacket is definitely worth it. The fact that it still looks pretty new after all these months is a testament in itself that it is going to last a very long time!

Next is the Cuello Tee.
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From their website:

Cuello Tee
Fashion Meets Function

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* Cap sleeve fitted tee with screen printed details on the inside neck, sleeve and back bottom panel.
* Scoop neck collar for a fashionable look in your pursuits
* Chest darts for improved fit and shape
* Flatlocked body seams for improved comfort, durability and a smooth non-chafing surface against the skin

This tee proved to be equally of the same quality as the hoody. Many washes and no shrinkage or fading. This is also a polyester and bamboo charcoal blend. Again, very soft on the skin and it breathes really well. I also wore this tee on a mountain bike ride to test how it does with some serious perspiration. It held up strong and kept me cool!

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What I love about this streetside collection is that these pieces are very bike riding friendly yet they are stylish enough to confidently shop and do your errands. This is a nice classic comfy loose fitting top. Priced at an affordable $40 and available in these colors: Antique, Blue Moon, Creole, Envy.

Next is the Damsel Skirt.
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From their website:

Streetside Damsel Skirt
The Cutest Piece in ZOIC’s History

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* Solid colors are made in lightweight stretch fabric with 92% Nylon/8% Spandex composition
* New flat front waistband with snap/fly closure and added belt loops
* Contoured design lines and back yoke for perfect fit
* 2 Front hand pockets 2 rear pockets
* Liner: Women’s Girl Short Liner
* Removable moisture wicking stretch liner with “barely there” pad
* Pad: Barely There fleece lined pad
* 13″ Center front length- long enough to cover, short enough to entice!

I was really excited to test out this skirt! You can’t deny that this skirt is adorable! The skirt is lined with a removable black short and it is made of a nylon/spandex blend that makes it very stretchy for an attractive fit.

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Lots of pockets. Two in the front, and two in the back.

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The liner is actually really comfy. Its comparable to a boy short type underwear, just a little longer. And it has side snaps on the top to secure it to the skirt if you like.

I love the feel and the look of the skirt. Like the other items, very durable under all the riding. On the bike I didn’t feel like the skirt made it difficult to pedal and it never got in the way. I did feel sometimes the need to pull down the bike short. That may be partially because the skirt and liner runs a little on the shorter side. There is also barely any bike padding, which I really didn’t mind because there were worn for “cruising” around town or my shorter commutes to work. I don’t care for the diaper feeling for my shorter rides.

The only drawback with this skirt was probably the length, as I don’t consider myself a modest mouse but I don’t care for gawks and stares either. And you will get both with this skirt. I even managed a few dirty looks from other gals while out at stores. And I wanted to say, “But you don’t understand, there’s shorts underneath!! This is a bike specific skirt for biking!!” Eh – I just smiled instead. And this attention could be a bonus for bike commuters I suppose. We need all the help with visibility on the roads, and this skirt will not disappoint! Get Jack in a skirt like this and he’ll be sure to turn some heads! 😉

This skirt is priced at an affordable $50. That includes both the skirt and the removable liner, and it is available in the shade seen above (cachi) and a darker version (cub). Despite the “shorter” style, I will still be sporting this skirt around town. I really liked that these are bike specific yet so classy and casual looking to wear while shopping and running errands. It’s nice to have more and more variety for us commuter gals!

And lastly the socks!

From the website:
Dazzle Sock
Women’s Mountain Bike Socks

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Soft, breathable, quick drying, non-bunching sock with ankle height, double layer seamless cuff, & built-in arch support.

Ok, so what could be said about a sock? Well, let me tell you. When I put these on my feet, I said “Oooooohhhhh, these feel good!”. Really soft, and a GREAT arch support. Best socks on my feet thus far. And they matched my namaste hoody and skirt – bonus. 🙂 Priced at $15.

Zoic offers a great variety for both the ladies and the gents! I really loved all the items I have tested out. They may be a little on the pricier side but you won’t be disappointed. The quality is excellent and these pieces will last you a long time. Check out all they have to offer here!

***I also need to mention that Zoic is taking a pro active approach with eco friendly designs. As mentioned above they have incorporated bamboo into the namaste hoody and the tee that I have reviewed along with other items. You can also find organic tees on there website!

Here are some of the benefits of bamboo from their press release:
Integrating bamboo into the woven and knit pieces has numerous comfort, performance and environmental benefits:

¨ Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton with a texture similar to silk.

¨ Bamboo is a naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic fabric.

¨ Bamboo fabric wicks away moisture and dries faster than cotton.

¨ Bamboo clothes can be worn all year round as they keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

¨ Bamboo fabric protects against the sun with its natural UV protection.

¨ Bamboo is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

¨ Bamboo is a fast growing and self replenishing plant that requires little water.

¨ Bamboo is also a symbol of friendship and resilience.

Adventures around town

RL and I have been trying to use our cars as little as possible. I have been commuting to work and taking my kids to and from school on bike. This weekend we wanted to see how a longer commute would work out for our grocery shopping. With a family of five to feed this is no easy task. We also live in a community of huge hills and a really fast highway on the way to the local Traders Jo’s. But I love to ride my bike so we decided to give it a go!

RL loaded up his Xtracycle with a trailer attached and I couldn’t resist a ride on my new beach cruiser. 🙂

My youngest daughter also wanted to join which was no problem with the Xtracycle. We also made sure to bring a small cooler for our frozen and refrigerated items. And of course we remembered to bring our sack cloths and brown bags!

My biggest concern was the huge hills and highway traffic. But we found another route that made it all the more enjoyable. There were two parks we could ride through that kept us off the fast highway, and some nice quiet neighborhoods with the biggest bike lanes you’ve ever seen!!! The round trip is about 7miles. And it was a beautiful ride. Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then a ride on my beach cruiser. 🙂

The grocery shopping was quick, but expensive!!! I don’t know what it is about bringing some of the family along for the grocery shopping but I seemed to have more items in my cart then usual. All our items fit perfectly into the trailer though.

The ride home was a piece of cake for me. RL on the other hand, well lets just say he got in a great work out for the day. Hehehe. I had such a good time I suggested we make this a regular family outing. We had great conversations to and from the store, a great work out, saved some gas money, and some great bonding time with our youngest daughter.

Happy Mom’s Day!

Happy mother’s day to all you beautiful ladies in the world!!! And for the aunties who take care of a niece or nephew, or a grandma who cares for her grandchildren! Because a mom isn’t so much about the title as it is about how you care for the loved ones in your life. =D

Hope you all have a day of love and encouragement. Mother’s day is more of a weekend exstravaganza in my household. I have 3 beautiful little girls that shower me with love. =D And an incredible husband that adores me.

I guess I’ve been a good mom this year because the hubby brought me home a shiny new toy to play with. ;0) Some of you may not know that I had to sell my beach cruiser some time ago and have been missing it ever since! I was so ecstatic to get a new cruiser! I just need some streamers and a new basket and I am all set!! =D Have a great time with the family today!!! =D


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