women’s biking

Knowing When to Push and When to Restrain

by Arleigh Jenkins from Bike Shop Girl

Moxie Cycling is partnering with chic women cyclists to bring you tips, stories and healthy recipes via our blog. Arleigh Jenkins, founder of the website Bike Shop Girl, has more than twelve years of bike industry experience, is currently a pro level bike mechanic living in Denver, CO and has shared her best advice on how to approach training when you are looking ahead to a new race season.

 July is a month of excitement in the bicycle world: The Tour de France is streaming multiple times a day, summer hours may be letting you get outside more and maybe you have kids that are out for the summer and can go on bike adventures. When you are training year-round, this is also a time of year that you may be taking a rest period to gear up for the race-heavy months of August and September.

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 For me, July is one of planning for the future; July 1st is historically the start of cyclocross training for races that start in late September. I’m starting to switch over to my slow-and-steady training efforts, which means putting the brakes on most of the high-intensity efforts that I have been doing for mountain bike racing.

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Roundup: Gift ideas for your “cycling-crazed” friends

What we love this week // Just what your cycling-crazed friends are pining for this year

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving & have fully recovered from the turkey coma! The beautiful day we were given in the Midwest on Thanksgiving made the day extra enjoyable, I even got in a bike ride! It was great to get the pedals pumping again, but the bitter cold set in for good it seems and I’ve turned my attention to tree decorating and decking the halls.

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Moxie Trends

What we love this week // The season of giving is upon us! & Moxie wants to share with you our special Black Friday – Cyber Monday Deal

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Don’t miss out on this great deal! Visit our online store http://www.moxiecycling.com/ right from your home and gift away.

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SPIbelt – small item storage for your workout

What we love this week // Where can I place my small personal items when I work out?

I know most of you Moxie women are cycling aficionados but I also know a lot of you mix in running, walking, hiking, climbing, kayaking, dancing, spelunking, parkouring, etc. … and when you aren’t in your Moxie jersey with the back pockets, how do you carry your keys and phone? Personally I’ve attempted the keys around the bra strap (noisy and uncomfortable), keys looped on the sneaker lace (noisy and awkward), keys around the shorts string (noisy and even more awkward), keys in hand (just plain annoying), and hiding keys in secret spots until my return (semi irresponsible).

And then there was SPIBELT.

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Yes, SPIBELT does actually stand for Small Personal Item Belt. And what’s even cooler is that SPIBELT has a similar start up story as Moxie Cylcing:

Founder, Kim Overton, was out on a run one day, keys tucked into her bra top, and thought, “there’s gotta be a better way!”. She went home that night and sewed the very first ever SPIbelt. Year one the company operated out of her apartment and eventually moved into a warehouse where the manufacturing continues.

spibelt, kim overton, women's cycling, women's fitness, women's cycling jersey Priced right at $20 each, you can’t go wrong. Made in a huge variety of colors, there is bound to be a belt that matches your style. Are you a night owl? You can keep yourself safe with a reflective SPIBELT. Patriotic? There’s an American flag SPIBELT. Uniquely you? SPIBELT offers customized designs as well.

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Roundup: Ragbrai 2012!

What we love this week // RAGBRAI 2012!

It’s probably obvious now that we are big fans of the annual bike ride across Iowa, but in case you aren’t familiar with the event, we are happy to give you the rundown of how much fun this cycling gathering is! RAGABRAI actually stands for Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The ride first began in 1973, making this year’s ride the 40th annual RAGABRAI. In the first year, there were 114 riders who completed the ride, and since then, the numbers have continued to grow until they had to limit the ride to a total of 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day long riders. This means on an average RAGBRAI day in Iowa you can see some 10,000 cyclist’s going down the road!

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Just another day in Iowa on RAGBRAI

And when you get that many cycling aficionados together, you get a very diverse but wonderfully united crowd. Some of the team names we came across were brilliant…as well as the men dressed like Elvis, the older couples dressed in all pink including feather boas, the multiple groups of proud beer drinkers, and of course the lovely ladies dressed in Moxie!

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Tamara, Abby & Brooke in two of our styles coming out in 2013

The first day we were able to get the Moxie Men out on the official Moxie Tandem bike! Thanks to a recent ‘pimp my tandem’ makeover, this relic is looking super shiny and in the signature Moxie green. After the 50 mile ride, Alex and Denton confirmed that it takes some major man moxie to pedal that single-speed.

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One fellow RAGBRAI rider had to ask, “You know that’s a single-speed right?” But the men of Moxie were able to persevere!

Denton and Jordan even completed the Century ride and earned their patch.

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What us Moxie ladies are celebrating about is the expo before the first day of riding where Moxie Cycling had a booth debuting our 2013 line with a pre-sale! We are so proud and excited to reveal our new patterns and styles, and have had some great feedback so far. It was great fun to see women the remainder of the ride wearing our jerseys! Check out these Moxie spottings:

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And here is Team Moxie Cycling at the finish! Dipping our tires as per the tradition.

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If you would like to look into purchasing any of the latest jerseys, please send an e-mail to brooke@moxiecycling.com or deb@moxiecycling.com to get your preview catalog and receive ordering information.

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Were you at RAGBRAI?? Send us your Moxie Spotting pics and we’ll share them in our next post!

Are you interested in joining us at RAGBRAI next year? Drop us a line at the above email address, in the comments below, or at our Facebook page and we can coordinate information! We are always interested in finding more women cyclists to join us!

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Roundup: Endurance Rides and Good Tunes

What we love this week // Endurance Rides & Good Tunes 

We hope that all of you had a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday!  Now that we are less than 2 weeks away from the beginning of RAGBRAI, our Moxie rides are getting longer than they were in early spring and our cycling legs are definitely back in prime shape. Unavoidably though, the thrill of the scenery on these long routes has begun to fade after so many rides since the spring showed up earlier than usual. Which is why we should not take the beats of the Black Eyed Peas forgranted. If you’re at all like me, a little Fergie and dance beats can give you the extra energy boost to add a few miles to your favorite out-n-back ride.

Myself sans Music – “It’s pretty toasty today, I should probably just turn around and make a slip-n-slide in my yard.”

Enter Fergie – “What you gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?”

Myself – “I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk! Get you love drunk..” etc etc.

I guess you can say I’m easily distracted, but sometimes music is the perfect addition on the solo rides. Here’s some fun facts from the article Music in Sport and Exercise : An Update on Research and Application in The Sport Journal which reviews past studies on the combination of music and exercise:

  • During submaximal exercise, music can narrow attention, in turn diverting the mind from sensations of fatigue
  • Music alters emotional and physiological arousal and can therefore be used prior to competition or training as a stimulant, or as a sedative to calm “up” or anxious feelings
  • Synchronizing movements with music also enables athletes to perform more efficiently, again resulting in greater endurance. In one recent study, participants who cycled in time to music found that they required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as compared to cycling with background noise

Basically, music makes exercising more enjoyable. I would have never gotten through this past winter using the treadmill if I hadn’t I relied on some mixes from Rock My Run which you can filter by Beats Per Minute to find your perfect pace. Here’s a chart that helps you get an idea of the right BPM you’d want to use:

Any song above 125 BPM would be a good choice for endurance cycling. Whether you are bored of the scenery, need to beat the heat, or are just trying to lower you time, music can be a good enhancement. But on a bike, traditional earbuds or headphones are not the best solution since sounds in the environment are necessary for safe biking, but here is an excellent option to get around that and give you your beats, the SOAP MP3 Players:

As reviewed by GizMag:

For cycling enthusiasts, this MP3 player from Korean manufacturers, Soap, is one of the most versatile we’ve seen. It weighs just 30g, has 2GB of memory, clips into a Soap beanie (with built-in headphones) for personal listening or via ear-buds under a helmet. It even attaches to a Soap bike headlight/speaker box for sharing your tunes (even though it’s directed at the rider). At only 1cm wide and 5cm in diameter, it doesn’t take up much space either.

There are many similar options available that will get you on a bike and singing in no time. Time to build the playlists! What would your cycling playlist include?

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Moxie Trends

What we love this week // Our booth partner at tomorrow’s Nature Valley Expo in Uptown has some major Moxie!

Team Moxie is getting anxious for the event tomorrow night in Minneapolis’ Uptown, the Nature Valley Criterium. In an .88 kilometer course that races around 6 tight corners, you can see some intense racing that goes from low speeds to high speeds in seconds. Elite riders from across the country, as well as some Olympic hopefuls, will whiz by only a few feet away from the audience so your job is to clap, cheer and be a rowdy and supportive crowd!

We will be present, just not at the front of the crowd – we will be sharing a booth with our expo partner Chicked, another amazing Minneapolis-based athletic company with major Moxie.

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CHICKED: -verb. 
The act of getting passed by a
stronger woman athlete.

CHICK: -noun. 
The woman who just passed you.

We love that Chicked is all about supporting women in the sports industry, professional or casually, and they aren’t afraid to call out when women excel in an event. Moxie agrees that often the competitive nature that is so prominent in a sport can sometimes cause new athletes to shy away, but with Chicked, it’s embraced and encouraged in a positive way. Women who excel are given recognition, giving inspiration to fellow athletes to excel as well. And I almost forgot, they have some great clothing!

Here is the original Chicked t-shirt; created especially for when you pass that group of guys on the trail on you bike or with your trail-runners on. And because we both are all for more girl-power, we teamed up and created a custom Moxie design together which you can find at www.chicked.com!

How cool is this? Moxie & Chicked created this custom jersey just for you

If you’d like to see more, tomorrow night would be the perfect time to stop by and say hello to both of us! Directions to the event:

The race is at the intersection of Hennepin Ave. & Lake St.

  • From I 94:
  • Take the Hennepin Ave South
  • Turn left (East) on W 28th St.
  • Turn right (South) on Fremont Ave S
  • Turn right (West) on Lagoon Ave
  • Park in the ramp at the intersection of Lagoon and Girard, on your right, between Lagoon Theater and Uptown Tavern

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What we love this week // A little bird told us about a great, stylish headband – a Twete Bird in fact! 

As much as we love to re-enact those Herbal Essences commercials in the shower whilst lathering our long tresses, long hair can be rather inconvenient. (Alex, a Team Moxie man, can relate) Especially when we are at Cross Fit doing upside down push-ups or the wind is at our back on a long ride, we would really love it if the mane could just withhold it’s blowing-in-the-wind act and get out of our faces. Which is where Twete Bird and their fabulous headbands come in.

After being fellow Little Red Riding Hood attendees, we fell in love with how these cute headbands keep your hair at bay when you need it to be. As Twete Bird says:

From polka dots to florals, safari prints to French couture we have a headband in colors and prints to match every lifestyle.  Slip one on and spread your wings. No-care hair is just a headband away with Birde Bands.  It’s time to take back your life.

Deb picked up a couple styles of her own and she loves that these have a grippy velvet underside and an adjustable elastic band to really ensure that these headbands stay put, unlike the brands you can find at the convenience stores.

The headbands come in a wide variety of styles; thick or thin strap and many different colors are available. You could easily wear one of these to the office, to the after school event, and then to the gym. You can purchase them online at their website: http://www.twetebird.com/ or in local Utah retailers. They provide a unique way to fundraise as well if you are tired of the cookie dough buckets and popcorn tins, giving 40% of the sale back to your group! If you want to see more of Twete Bird, they also have a blog here.

Our personal favorite is the Houndstooth style: just a perfect and subtle match to our France Ave. jersey.

In other upcoming news, MS 150 is this weekend! We will be taking part in the two-day ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities in support of the National MS Society. The ride is a total of 150 miles and we can’t wait to get out there and ride after having to be in the audience last weekend! Will you be there? What are your riding plans for this weekend? In any event…

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