I want to share this item especially with female bicyclists. It’s rare to find a combination of performance and fashionable pants wrapped up all in one for women. Even better, this pants is made right here in San Francisco using sustainable textile production. It is by ILADORA and it is a kickstarter at the moment. If you are interested, you can find more info here and you can watch their story and the pants in motion.
Here are the cool features:
- Will retail at 129.99 – grab on IndieGoGo for $99
- 4-way stretch woven Nylon
- Durable water repellency to keep you dry
- Midweight textured woven
- Invisible side zipper
- Contoured and fitted waistband to fight gapping
- Raised rear waistband for ample coverage
- Strategically placed seams to avoid chaffing
- Reinforced seams for durability
- Magnetic cuff roll to protect pant from chain grease
- Lightweight, moisture wicking 100% Polyester pocket lining
Till next time, happy pedaling!
It’s been said that San Francisco doesn’t do fashion well. In fact, former San Franciscan and famed author Danielle Steel famously said about style in San Francisco, “There’s no style, nobody dresses up—you can’t be chic there. It’s all shorts and hiking books and Tevas—it’s as if everyone is dressed to go on a camping trip…” With all that stunning natural scenery around us, I guess it makes sense we’d have lots of outdoor gear. Being here, it is so tempting to want to throw on the kind of looks shown below which we are affectionately calling ‘Camping Chic’.
Louis J. Helle, an international scholar, once said, “Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds.” During last year’s London Olympics ceremony opening, there was a skit performed with dove bikes that was inspired by this quote.
The visionary founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, once compared the efficiency of locomotion between a man riding a bicycle and the flight of a condor. He determined that, “[sic] a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.”
So the idea that riding a bike is like flying like a bird must have truth to it.
Going downhill on many of San Francisco’s hills, I often wonder if this how it feels to fly like a bird. Is it the feeling of freedom, the ease of movement, the wind in your face, the speed, the glide…etc. that gives you this sensation?
The photos below capture some of that feeling. So carefree…
San Francisco has been called “Paris of the West” due to its romantic scenery, Beaux-Arts architecture (e.g. City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House), food and wine culture, live and let live mentality, and concentration of French expats. So it makes sense that Paris is a sister city of San Francisco… but what about its Dutch influence?
It is not as prevalent as the French influence but you do see some Dutch influence if you look for it. SF has two huge Dutch windmills which were once functional in Golden Park. The city’s favorite color is orange (Go SF Giants!) and it is also a color associated with the Netherlands as well (it is the color of the Dutch royal family and sports fans don orange at events). We have the most medical marijuana dispensaries per square mile while Amsterdam is dotted with its world-famous marijuana coffee shops. Amsterdam is well-known for their Red Light District and SF is home to pornography and the once bustling Barbary Coast. San Franciscans and the Dutch love their electronic dance music and we love riding our bikes as much as the Dutch! That said, we are heading to Amsterdam this spring and hope to report on more similarities in a future post.
Dutch bikes are so versatile that you can bring pots of plants home.
In the Netherlands, the majority of men ride step-through bikes.
San Franciscans and the Dutch both like the color black as well as orange.
The photos above were all taken in San Francisco. Do you think they look Dutch?
Never underestimate the power of the color purple to stick around even after the fall season. Besides the usual staples of gray and black, this was the most prevalent color worn by bicycle riders on the streets of San Francisco during a recent afternoon, a somewhat balmy January day.
The power of the color purple can even keep your bare legs warm.
I know what his favorite color is. =)
Purple and orange together always draw the eye.
Nothing more comfortable than a hoodie and especially in the color purple.
Purple pants on fire.