Category: CYCLING

How To Care For Your Expensive Cycling Clothing

There are plenty of articles about caring for your expensive cycling clothing, however, most are full of the basics. Machine wash gentle, do or don’t machine dry, wash soon after wearing; there are plenty of do’s and don’t’s for cleaning kits. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up that work for streamlining the cleaning process for your cycling kits.

My Cycling Helmet Can Call For Help // Specialized ANGi and Road ID

The past couple months of working from home has allowed me to venture out on my own for some cycling. Usually I ride with my husband, so I wanted a way to alert him and family if I were struck on my bicycle. We have always rode with a Road ID, the small metal plate on either a wristband or elsewhere with all pertinent information an emergency responder might need. But I wanted something that would alert my contacts immediately if I was hit on my bike.

Saddle Sore Solutions for Women // Cycling During Covid-19 // Increased Indoor and Outdoor Cycling // Cycle Booty to the Rescue!

I hope you never, ever need any help with saddle sores and chafing. But, if you do, here’s what I’ve tried and what I found that works for me. With working from home due to Covid-19, suddenly I had more daylight hours due to not commuting. I decided to devote that bonus time to improving my cycling speed, strength, and distance. More time in the saddle meant more discomfort from saddle sores. Here’s how I solved the problem with some great products from a female-formulated and operated Cycle Booty, as well as some other items that provided relief. I hope this helps you!

Counterfeit Tourniquet Are More Dangerous Than Improvised // I Confiscated Another One

I “confiscated” another counterfeit tourniquet. It upset me so badly that I put off writing about it for months. Strangely, I seem to have a nose for sniffing them out and identifying them for certain. However, the infuriating part is that I realized that people don’t understand how counterfeit tourniquets are actually more dangerous than improvised versions. So, I’m going to tell you a few more times.

Increased Cycling Speed and Distance Goals // Kicking It Up a Gear During the Pandemic // Necessary Tools

As the Covid Pandemic descended, my cycling partner and I halted all road cycling. Our thinking was that our need for exercise was less crucial than the need to keep health workers safe. If we became injured; we would put a burden on the system as well as potentially expose ourselves. However, I wanted to work on increased cycling speed and distance goals. For three months, we eschewed cycling. I think part of the avoidance was simply depression. We didn’t run, cycle, or do much involving power tools. Anything potentially dangerous, we avoided. Well, we reconsidered, weighed concerns, and we are back on the road now with increased cycling speed and distance goals.

The Summer I Got Poisoned by Chemical Sunscreen // Captain Kim Walther // Toxic Ingredients

I got poisoned by sunscreen; I know, it’s just bizarre, right? The very potion designed to protect me poisoned me brutally. Rudely. Summer before last, I was teaching sailing class. I was on the last day of a seven-day stint teaching in small open boats, and it had been hot, humid, and very bright. There is no shade on our keelboats. So, I wear a hat or visor, and sometimes, a long sleeved shirt.

Our NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid Class Experience Thru REI Co-op

With all of our diving, cycling, sailing, and being far from medical assistance, it seems prudent to take a NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid class. So, we did! The class was unbelievably useful. Unbelievably. I cannot tell you how comprehensive it is, how in depth it is. I feel confident that I can walk up to a patient, assist them, and administer far more than first aid on the spot.


After three weeks of successful self-quarantine, we’ve been itching to get some miles under our tires. Should we exercise outdoors during Covid-19? We weighed the calculated risks.

While we want to stay strong and healthy, we also don’t want to suffer an injury that would put us in a hospital and take doctors away from serious virus cases. Also, we have been so careful, that we don’t want to chance any exposures ourselves. We decided to go, and were so glad we did. But, we’re waiting before going again.


Our favorite reef safe sunscreen company saves the day and their employees by introducing hand sanitizer to their product line. Stream2Sea is a small Florida-based, woman-owned company. When orders for reef safe shampoo and conditioners for the cruise ship industry plummeted, the owner, Autumn Blum, realized she could ensure her employee’s jobs while meeting a dire need for hand sanitizer. The result is a hand sanitizer of completely safe, biodegradable ingredients; no synthetic fragrances or preservatives.


Today, I’m demonstrating how to apply mineral sunscreen from Stream2Sea. Just like the Swahili face painting at Moyo in Cape Town, I’m having a bit of fun with the design to demonstrate how little you need for full coverage. I’m applying mineral sun protection from Stream2Sea that’s tinted! It’s is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe, and it’s packaged in completely biodegradable tubes of sugar cane resin!

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