Charcoal Merino Wool Bolero | Moxie Cycling Co

Why We Designed It: Bolero

Rides in the early spring through late fall (and even early morning summer rides) require layering for comfort and the need to find a versatile piece that accomplishes warmth, breathability while being compact creates quite the challenge!

We started with sourcing premium 100% Merino wool out of New Zealand as a base for this technical piece.  The benefits of wool are lengthy.  Gone are the days of itchy, smelly, thick wool.  Our merino wool is exceptionally soft – in fact it’s so soft that most people don’t even know it is wool!  This piece has two layers of midweight 150gm wool to enhance the benefits of layering.  The natural properties of wool wick away sweat without feeling clammy/cold and we added toggles around the waistband of the jacket to ensure a snug fit without drafts for all body shapes.  No one needs a jacket windsail, which sounds funny, but I think we’ve all experienced a few of those in our time in the saddle.

 And of course in true Moxie fashion, we finished this piece off with a few feminine details – a hidden cuff pocket to store your credit card or lip balm on the inside wrist of the jacket above the bend in your wrist and super cozy, on-trend thumb holes.  With so many fabulous Moxie tank jerseys to choose from in our closet and likely yours, this classic piece is versatile to go with everything and fits perfectly in the enhanced BackpaxTM pocketing system starting in the Spring 2014 line.

We’d love to hear what you think of this new piece as well – please share it with us in the reviews section of our website

Have the winter blues got you down? You’re not alone!

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:

  1. Keep moving! Just because the polar vortex has blanketed the outdoors with snow, doesn’t mean you should stay bundled up inside all day. If you haven’t tried fat bikes aka snow bikes - they can be a really fun way to get out in the fresh powder and spin your legs. They offer a pretty stellar core workout since you’re using more stability muscles than with other cycling. If that doesn’t sound appealing, you can hit up the gym, go for a walk, or even ski – whatever it takes to get your blood & endorphins pumpin’.
  2. Don’t become a hermit! Cold weather is a killer for social lives but hey – happy hour happens all year long. Convince a few of your bff’s to meet up for a cocktail (or two)! If you’re not into grabbing drinks after work, try to get a few of your gal-pals together for a movie night, knitting party, or whatever floats your boat as long as you’re having fun and being social.
  3. Soak up the sun! The amount of daylight may be limited in some areas this time of year but try to get outside (or by a nice, big window) for 30 mins to an hour a day. If that’s not an option, light therapy from light boxes and can help lift your spirits. 

Hope these tips help you get along – hang in there!

Quote Source: Women’s Health Mag

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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.

With the help of the loyal Moxie Facebook fans, I’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you prepare if you decide to take on cold weather commuting.

The Gear

First, you’re gonna want make sure that you’ve got some handy gear for the adventure that is winter commuting… this is the easy part.

lightThe #1 recommended thing you need? Lights. The more the merrier, so to speak. Not only are lights fairly inexpensive, they are ultra important for making sure you’re visible. No ifs ands or buts – wear lights.

Next on the list is knobby tires. Mountain, snow, and cyclocross bikes are ideal for winter commuting because their frame is designed to accommodate knobby tires for extra traction on the ground. If it’s wet & slippery out, slick road tires simply won’t cut the mustard.

bagBackpacks and saddle bags are another accessory that you may want to invest in. I carry this Timbuk2 backpack  that I adore because I can cram so much extra clothing and food into it and it’s still really comfortable and supportive on my shoulders/back. I also have a small saddle bag on my bike that holds a flat repair kit and a plastic bag to cover my saddle in case it snows/rains while I’m at work.

Final gear recommendation – fenders. These are also fairly inexpensive and totally worth it. Gone are the days of having water/mud/slush/etc splattered up the back of your pants. Yay!

What to Wear

This is the complicated part. What you wear depends on a few things – the weather where you are, mainly, but also how well you tolerate the cold. As I mentioned before, you’ll probably experience over & underdressing before you figure out what is most comfortable for you in different temperature ranges. Don’t worry, you’ll get it worked out. In the meantime, here are a few pointers to build from:

1. Dress in layers. Moisture wicking layers go on first, followed by insulating layers. Top it all off with something wind or waterproof. No need to invest in fancy clothing if you don’t want to, old wool shirts and your winter jacket will work just fine. The main thing is making sure that you’re covered and can peel away layers if you get too toasty and can add layers if you are too chilly. Our friend Steph recommends wearing “at least one layer of wool socks, followed by windproof boot covers, or something waterproof for sloppy days.”

stuff2. Accessories are your friend. I recommend owning multiple pairs of gloves in varying weights, a neck warmer (or thick scarf), a hat (or balaclava) to wear under your helmet, and even glasses to prevent frozen tears from forming by your eyes. You can mix and match based on the temperature, but having some version of these items will make your commute much more comfortable. Georgie O says “I use ski gloves and pack some lighter gloves to swap once I warm up.”

3. Check the weather forecast. Clearly, you can stick your head out the door and see what’s going on in the morning but it’s good to know what to expect and how you’ll need to be dressed later in the day for your ride home. I’ve made the mistake of not checking one too many times and had to ride home very annoyed and cold.

My final tip is to know your limits and be careful. Try to stray away from icy roads/paths, heavy winds, and extreme colds.

If you have any other suggestions for cold weather commuting, feel free to comment!

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Ride on.

Heather A

Brooke’s Fall Update

BrookePhew!  Summer has a way of disappearing in a flash these days.  Moxie had an incredible spring and summer traveling to cycling, triathlons and running events throughout the country and visiting our valued authorized dealers.  Our early travels brought us to Wisconsin, Arizona, IL, and Utah and we enjoyed saying hello to familiar faces and making new friends.  At this point in the season, after what seems like months on the road, we pause and reflect on the growth of the business and want to express a sincere heartfelt thank you to all of our fans who believe as passionately about pursuing dynamic experiences as we do. Thank you. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you.

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In August, we had our brand reps visit us in Minneapolis for our sales kickoff and retreat.  We had a blast and we’re excited to introduce our fans to a team of reps throughout the country that started out just like we did – inexperienced in apparel, connectionless in the bike industry – but full of passion for doing something great in women’s cycling. We’re honored to have these women representing our brand bringing Moxie to bike shops, outdoor retailers and events in their area, uniting like-minded women with a love for cycling.  Andrea, our rep from Wyoming joined us a day early and participated in a Esprit de She Cycle Tour with a life-long friend.

tiki spin The remainder of the team joined us on Friday for a tiki-inspired celebration.

And bright and early on Saturday we rose for a team spin class at Life Time Fitness.

We spent the afternoon presenting the 2014 collection, planning for growth and joking about the additional jobs everyone needed to find to feed their Moxie addiction.  It was a productive afternoon and we left the meeting feeling inspired for all that is to come for 2014.  We’re excited to introduce you to this group of phenomenal women – please take a moment to read their bios!

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Enjoy the ride!
Brooke, Co-Founder, Moxie Cycling

Essential Eye Protection

By Helen E. 

It’s a bit of a dreary day here in Atlanta and while I usually consider myself a “fair weather” rider, the temperature is just too awesome for me to not go for a spin!  One of the pieces of gear that I never leave without is some sort of eye protection.  I always have something to shield my eyes from the elements just in case I find the desire to ride in weather that isn’t bright and sunny.

It’s important to remember that no matter where the sun is, your eyes need protection from other elements. Debris from the road, bugs and rain from an unexpected shower are just a couple things to consider when you’re gearing up for a ride. So, which lenses are good when it isn’t necessarily sunny and how to do you find glasses for different conditions?

Lenses

There are 3 lens types that you typically find in the cycling world: the dark sometimes mirrored lens that’s optimal for bright and sunny days; the mid-range light pink or gray lens that is great for overcast days and trail riding in shaded areas; and lastly, the clear lens that’s perfect for rainy days and night rides.  You can get a different pair of shades with each lens type or you can opt for a pair of glasses that comes with interchangeable lenses.  Either way, you’ll be set for a ride in any condition!

Glasses

Tifosi Podium XC cycling glasses

Photo courtesy of TifosiOptics.com

Your local shop is a great resource for finding the perfect pair of shades.  Most shops have a couple of brands of glasses that you can try on before you buy.  Bike shops also have glasses geared toward, well, cyclists.  You’ll often find glasses that have multiple lenses that are interchangeable giving you the option to switch out lenses without having to switch glasses.  My current personal favorites are the Tifosi Podium XC.  They have 3 different lenses which are super easy to switch out, come in fun colors and are a great price at $80!

No matter what conditions you like to ride in, eye protection is a must!  Get a good pair (or pairs) of riding glasses that allow you to jump on your bike no matter what the weather is doing.  Your eyes will thank you.

Happy riding, y’all!

 

Do you have a favorite pair of glasses for when you ride or run? Tell us in a comment!

 

What’s Better Than Water?

by Helen Easterly representing Moxie Cycling in Georgia, USA

Helen's BikeWe’re in the middle of summer here in Georgia and, like most places that means it’s hot.  It also means that I find myself sweating more and needing more than just water in my bottles when I’m riding.  A sweaty Helen means more electrolytes lost and it’s important that I replace them.  Sports drinks are a must have this time of year!

It seems like there are a million different sports drinks out there which can make it difficult to decipher what’s best.  Remember that your goal is to replace the electrolytes like sodium & potassium that are lost while you’re riding.  My advice?

Read the Label.
Drinks with high fructose corn syrup or ingredients that you can’t pronounce probably aren’t the best or healthiest choices for a sports drink.  Try to avoid traditional sports drinks that are often premixed and high in sugar.  While a good balance of sugar and sodium is needed, too much sugar can often cause stomach discomfort.  I tend to stay away from premixed drinks and buy powders or tablets that I can mix with water.  They’re portable and easily mixed into water so even if I’m on a long ride and find myself in someone’s front yard using the hose; I’ve got what I need!

Ask the experts.
Bike shop employees are great resources if you’re not sure where to turn.  They often carry some of the better options for you like, Skratch Labs (one of my favorites) and have tried them personally.  They tend to have different flavors to try out, too!  You can’t beat a personal recommendation from someone whose job is to be on their bike!

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In a bind?
I’ve found myself in a pickle where I don’t have my portable powders during events and am stuck having to choose between PowerAde and water.  In those cases, I do a little 50/50 mix so I have a little flavor and a little electrolyte replacement instead of plain water.

Remember that proper hydration is always key when you’re active.  Stay away from products that have high amounts of sugar, but have enough of the important electrolytes you need.  Don’t be afraid to try different products and different flavors.  You may be surprised!

Happy riding, y’all!

Recover Like A Champ

by Susan Lacke from Fit Bottomed Girls

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Everyone loves a post-ride meal – it’s a time to indulge in your cravings, whether it’s a giant plate of pancakes or a platter of enchiladas from the Mexican joint down the street. When that meal is followed by a nap, it’s even better!

But could this recovery routine today be hurting your training next week? It’s possible. Though a post-workout routine can (and should!) be a celebration of what you’ve completed, it also sets the tone for what’s ahead. Recover like a champ with these tips:

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What and When to Eat for the Perfect Recovery

by Caitlin Boyle from Healthy Tipping Point

Marni Sumbai is a five-time Ironman triathlete, a vegetarian and a registered dietitian with a Master of Science in exercise physiology. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about fueling endurance workouts.

Many athletes focus on the physical aspect of their workout, but Marni believes that the eating part is just as important. While it’s hard to make blanket statements about what everyone should eat after a hard ride, there are some basic concepts that apply to all athletes.

Pay Attention to Protein and Carbs

“The perfect post-workout recovery meal is one that can be digested well and provides key nutrients to your body,” says Marni, who advises filling up on a combination of protein and carbohydrates.

The moment you step off your bike, reach for a healthy snack. Marni recommends immediately eating 10-25 grams of protein to begin repairing your muscles. Healthy options include yogurt, milk, protein powder or a protein bar. After her last hard workout, Marni drank a glass of protein powder drink mix while stretching and cooling off in the bathtub.

Your recovery meal, which you should eat within an hour after your workout, should include another 15-25 grams of protein and 30-60 grams of carbohydrates. While some fat is healthy, opt for less fat in your recovery meal, as Marni says it can interfere with digestion. And while some cyclists can eat a “normal” meal, such as chicken, veggies and rice, others may find that they have a sensitive stomach after a hard workout and need to eat something like a smoothie or several protein bars. “Every athlete is different,” she says.

And remember – the perfect recovery really begins during your workout. “Without the right fuels to support training, athletes who are riding long and hard may find their body in a compromised state where no amount of nutrition can undo improper (or lack of) timing of nutrition during a workout,” says Marni, who recommends taking in liquid calories throughout your long rides.

Curious to learn more about fueling for endurance events? Follow Marni on her website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

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Strength: It’s What’s for Lunch

by Susan Lacke from Fit Bottomed Girls

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The lunchtime workout can be a puzzle for most people. In 60 minutes, we’re supposed to change clothes, break a sweat, shower, change clothes again and get back to the office. Oh, and there’s that little thing called eating, too!

If you’ve arrived late to one too many 1 PM meetings with helmet hair and a hungry belly, it may be time to change up your lunchtime routine. Strength training with body weight exercises are a perfect solution – it’s low-maintenance, requires no equipment, can be done anywhere (even in your office!) and will make you stronger for when you do get on the bike. The best part? You’ll still have time to grab a bite to eat!

Your Lunchtime Workout

Do at least two sets of each for a well-rounded workout – more, if you’ve got the time!

Leg Drives:

Stand 3-4 feet from a wall. Extend your arms and lean into the wall, then bring left knee up towards your chest. Lower knee and repeat with the right leg. Alternate legs every five seconds, gradually increasing the speed of leg turnover until you hit a challenging rhythm.

Walking Lunges:

Keeping your chest up and out, step forward and drop into a lunge position. Pushing off with your entire front foot, return to an upright position and walk forward, repeating the action with alternate the leg. Take ten “steps” with each leg. If limited on space, just step forward and push back, alternating legs.

Wall Sit:

Leaning against a wall, slide down until you are in a seated position. Keep your back flat against the wall and spread your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold this position for 60 seconds.

Burpees:

Start by squatting low to the ground with your hands on the floor for balance. While pressing on the ground with your hands, kick your feet back until you are in a push-up position. Do one pushup, then immediately return to the squat position. Leap up and return to the squat position upon landing. Repeat 10 times.

Donkey Kick:

Start in a push-up position on the floor. Push off on your toes and tap your heels to your rear end before returning to a push-up position. Repeat 10 times.

L-Seat:

Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your hands on the floor next to your hips. Slightly curve your back forward, then use your hands to lift your hips and legs off the floor. With your legs in mid-air, point your toes and hold for 5 seconds before returning to the floor. Repeat 10 times.

Plank:

Lie down on your stomach. Resting on your forearms, push off the floor until you’re on your toes. Keep your back flat – if your butt is in the air or you’re sagging in the middle, that’s a sign you need to tilt your pelvis and use your core muscles. Don’t forget to breathe! Hold for 60 seconds.

Superman:

While laying on your stomach with your arms outstretched, simultaneously lift your chest and feet as high off the floor as you can. Hold for 3 seconds, then rest for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times.