Parent, spouse, badass woman, cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, books, diy & proud nerd. I write about adventures of my semi-outdoorsy family of four, when not in the woods we are enjoying Pittsburgh, taking in a movie, or playing board & video games. Bits of my 18yr marriage to a talented artist & my POV of working for an independent publishing outlet in the bike industry. 🚲🏕☕️📚🤓
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I have come to realize, I need to reduce the amount of time i spend on my blog posts, so I can actually put them out on a semi-consistent basis. So, here it goes.
While on my 12 day adventure, I stayed over in Emeryville, right outside of San Franscisco and was able to borrow a bike and take a ferry into the city to visit Timbuk2. Of course, I got lost.
My excitement over bike racks on the ferry made the other 2 cyclist give me worried eyes.
Millenium Falcon TugBoat.
The bike paths in SF were very useful, but seemed to make me take detours rather than face the epic hills. I was riding a 20" wheel folding bike, so I didn't mind the detours, except I was running late due to my lack of any sense of direction. I finally mad fit Timbuk2, where I had the opportunity to get a tour of their office. Which I should have a blog post on the Bicycle Times website soon with details.
Finally made it.
I then attempted to venture back to the lovely home I was staying at in Emeryville. Stopping multiple times to make sure I was heading the right way, onto the BART and back to my one night home.
Next stop, Chico. Where I had the chance to tour Paul's Components. Attempt to not drool or beg for new brakes or any other amazing componentry was achieved!
Paul makes everything right in Chico, CA. He and his team are amazing.
You can't go to Chico and not stop at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Love the bike racks.
Last stop was Eugene, OR. I called up an old friend to stay with. Wish I would have had more time with her and her main squeeze, but I take what i can get.
Eugene has a great bike trail system. Almost every corner we turned had a bike trail of the road or a bike lane. I found my retirement city.
A visit to Co-Motion.
Right across town is Bike Friday.
I had the opportunity to ride a Biek Friday Tikit - 16" wheel travel bike.
I'm going to be 40 in like 3 days! I'm supposed to panic right?!
It feels like most people have a sense of dread or despair for milestone birthdays like these. I don't feel that way. But I wouldn't say I'm excited either. Full disclosure I get really excited about finding a grey hair, "I'm Mom-the-Wise now!"
Birthday's are a day that I get to have all the say in activities and food choices, that's really enough for me. Mom's generally don't get that. We are often the ones who bend our wants to make the kids or spouse happy. But we are guaranteed two days a year where we can say, "everybody back off, we are eating pizza with pineapples and anything with dark chocolate!". Nom. Nom. Nom.
Comfortable bottoms for an active woman can be a challenge to find. I'm not talking about stretchy yoga type pants, I'm looking at jeans. I am not a fan of having to change clothes to be able to run around the park with the kids or hop on the bike to run to the store. The search for a pair of women's jeans that could accommodate these simple activities and not break the bank, has been a challenge.
The Kara Jean has fit that bill. I purchased these last fall and have been living in them for weeks at a time. I wear a size 10 and these have a little give after wearing them for a few days, but an 8 was way too small for me. The pants are low-rise and the materials is a nice soft and stretchy woven denim. They are machine washable and I have had no issue with them shrinking. The fit is flattering and these pants can be dressed up for work, date night or just chasing the kids around the park.
The Kara Jean retails at $85 and is available in different colors depending on the seas…
A good pair of outdoor shoes is one item I always invest in. I've gone the cheap route with big box store brand of hiking or running shoes and they start falling apart within a few months of steady use. The last two years I have purchased Keen boots for my son and they have been great. Last year we purchased the older version of the Hikeport Waterproof Mid Boot, it has a bungee closure that works really well. He liked them, he wore them, they lasted and I cleaned them really well then was able to pass them along to a friends kid.
This year we went with Keen's new twist on the Hikeport style with Velcro closure and more of a tennis shoe look. The Big Kids Hikeport Strap Midproof Mid boots are really awesome. First, the style they look super cool. I want a pair! Kids get all the cool stuff... Second, the boots come with Keen's traditional features waterproof, odor control, lightweight and a non-marking sole. Lastly, they are super comfortable. They are comfortable enough fo…