More 2015 clothing collaborations with cyclists

Yesterday I showed you three recent collaborations between professional cyclists and cycling kit companies (with more at the end!) and today I’ve got more clothing collaborations – socks, kit, jeans and some casual clothing to help a team.  And if you’re in the same country as these guys, you can still get them in time for Christmas!  (Need more last minute Hanukkah/Christmas/Solstice/2015 birthday gifts for a women’s cycling fan, or woman who loves bikes?  Check out my shopping category, which is full of links to everything from art, to jewellery, to books, to random stuff from the last three years).

Emily Kachoreks’ Voler kits

I’m starting with USA cyclist Emily Kachorek‘s kits, that are for sale on Voler.  Kachorek’s the co-founder of handmade bike company Squid Bikes, and helps design all these jerseys (and gets a cut of the profits).  They have that streetart/cartoony vibe, and are available in women’s and men’s designs, with long & short sleeves, thermal versions, and even bibshorts, and I especially love the jersey full of monsters, and the black & white one – so vibrant and happy, and Megster, who told me about these, says kids love them when she rides past them.

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Cycling kit for curvy women – the 2015 edition, Part 1, “plus sizes”

Of all the things I’ve blogged about, one of the subjectss that gets most views are my posts from 2013 on cycling clothing for “bigger” and “curvy” women (Part 1, “plus sizes” and Part 2, XL & XXL).  I wrote them because at UK size 18 (US 14, Aus 20,  Eu 46) I find finding kit really hard, as cycling gear is notoriously weird when it comes to sizing.  Things across the board tend to be sized small, so even women who normally wear size L (UK 14/US 10/France 42/Aus 16) can find themselves too big for most brands, and feeling shitty about one’s body, or struggling to find a jersey that fits is never the best way to feel good about cycling.

BUT!  There are companies that understand that women who don’t fit the “skinny” stereotype love their bikes too, and even better? There are more about more of them every year.  So here’s my updated 2015 “Cycling kits for curvy women”, post taking in clothes that fit “large” and large women, women with big boobs or broad shoulders, and more –  anything over UK 18 (XXL/USA 14), with an emphasis on companies that go larger.

I’m planning a second post for companies that do L/XL, and if you want to share more companies you’ve seen, or especially, that you love for any sizes, please do let me know in the comments, on twitter, or by email at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com, and I’ll make a third post.  And if you’re a tall woman, or know one, and have found kit that fits you, please do share it, because I know women like you would love to know!

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Shirt week! How to buy 2015 women’s team kits

I do love my traditions, and one of them is running an early season voting thread to see which of the women’s top-tier pro team kits people like best.  This is what people thought last year, and I’ve just launched the 2015 peloton version here on Podium Café – click through and vote!  UPDATE!  And by popular demand, the voting post for the “best of the rest”! The posts are full of photos and videos of team launches and the kits in action, and the comments section has more kits people love (or don’t!) – but what if you want to wear some of the top tier 2015 women’s cycling team kits?  Well, here’s the simple guide to what’s available and how to buy it. Obviously it’s not all the teams, but if more teams open shops, I’ll definitely let you know.

(Want to buy 2014 kits?  I have posts about the Euro pro peloton, USA teams and UK kits)

Liv-Plantur

No team shop yet, but if you want this kit, they say it’ll be available soon – maybe sign up to their newsletter so you’ll see as soon as it’s up.

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Matrix Procycling

They’re a UCI team for the the first time this year, and while their first batch of pre-order kits have already sold out, they’ll be re-opening the ordering in March.  If you want a closer look, check out the jersey and bibshorts on Milltag.

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Shirt Week – Specialized-lululemon is no more – welcome Velocio-SRAM, and buy their kit!


So, we knew Specialized and lululemon were stepping back from title sponsoring, and only supporting one women’s team rather than two next year, but what was happening to the Specialized-lululemon team?  Today we’ve found out, it’s it’s super-exciting, as from 2015 they’ll be Velocio-SRAM.  SRAM are of course a very famous cycling brand, but Velocio.cc are really exciting in a different way – it’s team boss Kristy Scrymgeour‘s own clothing company.  And I’m very excited about getting to see the 2015 kit – and to be able to buy it!

They’ve got a special introductory price on the team kit bundle – click through to their new team shops for women and for men.  Here’s the kit…

…and here’s who’ll be wearing it – fantastic line-up, with super-climber Alena Amialiusik, up-and-coming Italian sprinter Barbara Guarischi, and Junior ITT World Champion Mieke Kröger joining double World Champion Lisa Brennauer, attack-queens Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack, and fun riders Elise Delzenne, Karol-Ann Canuel, Tayler Wiles and Loren RowneyRead all about it!

2014 Gift Guide 3: Things made and sold by pro women cyclists

I’m on a roll with my 2014 gift guide – Part 1 was a women & cycling book list, including auto/biographies, fiction, history, poetry, scifi, chicklit, economics and lots more books about women’s cycling/cycling by women.  Part 2 was a look back at what people I’ve featured in previous years are up to – mostly creative stuff like art, illustration and jewellery, with caps and mugs as well.    Part 3 is things that you can buy that are made by, or support, professional women cyclists.  Some I’ve featured before (and like always, I don’t profit or benefit from including any of these), but there are lots of new things, starting with the newest…

Ally’s Bars are the brainchild of Specialized-lululemon rider Ally Stacher, who’s been making these all-natural, sweet potato, quinoa and date-based bars for friends and team-mates, and finally they’re available for other people too!  You can read all about them on the website, and order a pack of 12 bars, and t-shirts for women and men – currently only available for shipping to the USA, because of issues around sending food overseas, but here’s hoping they’ll escape around the world very soon!

You can also find some of Ally’s recipes and much more on the site – and of course they have a twitter account.

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Shirt Week – how to look like the peloton part 3 – UK style

So far in Shirt Week, I’ve shown you how to buy team kit and stuff from the pro teams in Europe and in the USA, so now it’s time to look closer to home, and at the UK peloton.  And there’s something to celebrate here!  In just a few weeks, the pro peloton will be right here for the Women’s Tour (of Britain) – now the Friends Life Women’s Tour, as the insurance company has come on board as the race’s title sponsor.  And if you want to support the race, you can buy race jerseys and t-shirts from the ProVision Women’s Tour store.  This has a ton of things to buy for women & men, including the replica leader’s jersey (delivered after the race!), mountains jersey and Leukaemia & Lymphona Research Best Yougn Rider jersey (they’re the official charity partner of the Tour).  If jerseys aren’t your thing, there are loads of t-shirts, from patriotic to the race logo to just bikey – have a look!  And if you want to know more about how this race happened, read this VeloUK interview with race organiser Guy Elliott

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There’ll be one UK domestic team in the race – the fantastic, marvellous lovely Matrix-Vulpine.   I love them for their racing, but also their support for the wider British women’s cycling community – especially through their twitter and the Neutral Service section of their website.

They’re sponsored by trendy cycling brand Vulpine, so of course their kit has a lovely design!  You can buy women’s & men’s jersey, bib shorts, gilet, arm- and leg-warmers in the Milltag team shop (UPDATE!  there’s a sale on in October/November 2014!)  I asked on twitter for reviews of this – here’s what team fans have to say:

(Vulpine have a 25% discount offer on their women’s clothing until 30th April – use the code TheNewCycling at the online checkout – just be aware they have a limited size range…)

So what about the rest of the UK peloton?  These are some more jerseys you can buy, and if I miss any out, please do let me know!

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Shirt week – how to look like the peloton part 2 – USA teams

On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live!  So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.

Colavita

I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes,  you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees.  I’m such a child!

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Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies

I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it.  You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Continue reading