cycling gear

Part 2 – the Handlebar Bag

Ladies love their purses – well, I certainly do. And while riding bikes might have limited your style statement in the past, those times are long gone. Join me on a journey of fabulous options that will turn your commute to work, your coffee ride, or your touring in an adventure where form meets function!

Part 2 of the series introduces you to an alternative that I discovered relatively late in the game: The Handlebar/Cockpit Bag. Read Part 1 on the Trunk Bag, Bent Basket and Pannier Set here!

Detours DayPass Handlebar Bag

Detours DayPassI am surprised that it took me so long to think about handlebar bags. They are the easiest feature to keep your phone, wallet or camera accessible while riding – plus some of them, like the Detours DayPass, transform into mini-purses that are not only cute (a purse design with radishes??? Yes!) but super practical. In addition to their secure buckle straps for the handlebar, the DayPass comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can carry the purse around when you’re done riding – it definitely has become my perfect companion for a coffee date with friends! It also comes with reflective details for more safety on your way back home.

Banjo Brothers Canvas Barrel Bag Continue reading

Sunscreen – Biking Under Cover

If you want to bike outside, then you may want to consider covering up to reduce your risk of skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Studies prove that using sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. Other things you can do to reduce your risk are to seek shade and wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun.”

Since it is difficult to find a biking route that has 100% shade coverage, here are some of my favorite sunscreen tips:

  1. Cover it up – clothing is great protection from the sun. Try one of the Continue reading

Part 1 – the Rear Rack

Ladies love their purses – well, I certainly do. And while riding bikes might have limited your style statement in the past, those times are long gone. Join me on a journey of fabulous options that will turn your commute to work, your coffee ride, or your touring in an adventure where form meets function!

Part one of this series on all things transportation is rear rack options.

Business Casual: PoCampo Uptown Trunk Bag

Uptown Trunk Bag
PoCampo
is probably one of my favorite brands when it comes to Continue reading

How To Beat The “Winter Blues”

Beat the winter blues - naturally! Here are 3 tips from Moxie Cycling...

3 Tips to help you beat the winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder hits a lot of people hard this time of year… “In fact, some 15 million people (three-fourths of them women) suffer from a depressive condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can have symptoms like low energy, carb cravings, weight gain, and dwindling sex drive”… YIKES! 

Vitamin supplements are available over-the-counter for the winter blues, but if you can tackle it naturally – why not?! Here are 3 tips we recommend for boosting your mood and hopefully shaking away any SAD you may be experiencing – the natural way:  Continue reading

How to Commute During the Winter

Well ladies & gents, winter is upon us… *sigh* If you’re like me, now is when I begin asking myself each morning “It’s _ degrees out. Do I seriously want to ride into work today?” More often than not, the answer is yes. To put it simply, I love commuting. It’s free, I get a quick workout in the morning and evening, I don’t have to fight for a parking spot … the list can seriously go on and on. 

I’m pretty lucky in that I live and work in Minneapolis, one of the most bike friendly states in the U.S., and my commute is not only short, but pretty safe traffic-wise. The downside? It gets cold here. Real cold. Figuring out how to prepare for fall and winter commuting takes time. And, in my experience, it takes a days of being way overdressed plus a few days of being way underdressed to work out the kinks.  Continue reading

Stealthy & Healthy

Food & fitness for your consideration // We’ve heard the rumors… but here’s more evidence that chocolate should be part of your diet

At first I thought it may have just been selective hearing when people started to talk about the benefits of chocolate, but study after study has shown that the cocoa beans used to make chocolate are beneficial to your health in multiple ways. Today it was released that a government-funded study found in a group of 1,000 study participants, those who ate chocolate on a more frequent basis [about 5 times a week] weighed less than those who ate it less frequently. See the study in more detail here.

The compounds that make up cocoa – alkaloids, theobromines and antioxidant flavonoids – are responsible for the healhty benefits. I won’t go into the minute details, since I know you just want to confirm that this is not some sort of early April fools joke, but here are a few of the reasons that have been backed up:

As a healthy spring resolution I think I’ll commit to eating chocolate on a strict regiment of 3-5 times per week, making sure it is at least 60% pure cocoa or more, to make myself happier and healthier. And I’m starting with making these Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate bars [click picture for full recipe from BrightEyedBaker.com], which even increases the nutritional value. These will be an excellent afternoon pick-me up in place of any diet soda or latte.

Got a good recipe that is delish AND beneficial? Let us know!

Stay Sassy…

Team Moxie

P.S. Are you or a fellow cyclist looking for custom jersey’s this season? Moxie is now offering low-minimum custom jersey designs, e-mail brooke@moxiecycling.com or deb@moxiecycling.com for more information! We are taking orders submitted before May 30th –  don’t miss the chance to look feminine and still have all the important details in your jersey.