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H&M Making Clothing For Bikers

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 05

Woo! Does this mean we are entering the mainstream? I hope so, more bike clothing options the better.


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ID The Bike Win Clothing

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 06

got this in the email:

Just a quick note that a Stoneham based clothing company is giving clothing away to the person who can ID the bike in the blog at –

http://blog.osmium.com/uncategorized/id-this-bike-win-osmium-clothing/.


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Baby It’s Cold Outside, Whats Your Winter Gear Setup?

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 19

Its chilly today, according to weather.com it was 17 today in Boston, and 16 today in Cambridge for the ride in (its 14 in Nome Alaska). Which does nothing to explain why I saw double the number of cyclists in Cambridge than I did in Boston…but that is another blog post. People often will ask me around work, or in my personal life “You cycle…every day…EVEN IN THE WINTER!?!” And I say, “Yea.” That is usually the end, but a couple brave souls will inquire about clothing options for winter cycling so I thought I would just tell you what I wear all winter.

Starting at the top and working down I am bundled this way:

Head:
Helmet
Wool Hat
Cycling Hat
Scarf (if below 20)

Body:
Long sleeve shirt
Short sleeve shirt
First cotton/poly hoody
Second cotton/poly hoody

Hands:
Old thinsulate gloves stuffed into cheapo finger mitten gloves

Legs:
Boxers
Runners spandex pants
Jeans

Feet:
Wool socks
Vans

For bad weather (aka slush/rain/wet snow) I add the following
Rain Coat
Rain Pants
Plastic bag between socks and vans
Second pair of shoes if its going to be really nasty (just easier to change shoes when I get to work)

Thats it, no special high tech parka with electronic hand warmers, I find this set up allows for great flexibility and great layering options, it keeps me warm until about -10 and then at that point will keep me warm enough to get home.

Whats your winter set up, what clothing keeps you going all winter?


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Bike Jobs: Ibex Outdoor Clothing

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

Got this in the email, if you want to sell clothing to bikers this might be up your alley.

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Ibex Outdoor Clothing Boston Store-303 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115

Ibex Outdoor Clothing is an uncompromising company of “Wool Enthusiasts”. Our on going success and growth emerges from our determined passion for building exceptional performance products from New Zealand Merino Wool and other natural fibers. We even make a RIDE category devoted to cycling. Our work environment is open, casual and energized. We have a dedicated talented team of people that are progressive, active, and fun.

 

Position Type: Retail Store Associate-Part Time

Retail Store Associates are part of the team and store that delivers an exceptional customer experience, develops strong community relations, and authentically communicates the brand message.

Direct Supervisor: Boston Store Manager

To apply email cover letter and resume: [email protected]

 

Broad Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the success of the store
  • Provide exceptional customer experience
  • Sales performance
  • Inventory management
  • Product merchandising
  • Asset protection
  • Community relationship development

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Comfortable with team-based work structure. Ability to be flexible on the job
  • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious, and provides complete follow through on all areas of responsibility
  • General computer skills
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Outstanding communication, customer service , interpersonal and organization skills
  • Demonstrates initiative, problem solving and accountability
  • Preferred knowledge and involvement in athletic endeavors
  • Weekend and night availability

Compensation: Dependent upon experience

 


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Preparing For Battle

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 14

In the olden days, knights used to have a trained armor guy who would attach all the little bits of armor to them. This guy had to be well trained because if the armor fell off, or didn’t fit right, well things didn’t go well for that knight.

On mornings like today I feel like I need my own peasant trained in armor attachment. I mean yea, I am not fighting the Gauls or anything, but it does take me a while to get all my layers on.

Generally if its above 30 out, I wear spandex with shorts over, a long sleeve shirt, a short sleeve shirt, and a hoody. But on days like today I put on the full battle suit and go for it.

From the inside out:

Lower half:
undergarments and wool socks, spandex pants, shorts, a belt.

Upper half:
long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, tight hoody, loose hoody,

Head/Face:
cycling cap, wool cap, helmet, scarf around face

Hands:
Thinsulate gloves, cheap gloves that have the fingers cut out with the little mitten thing that goes over them.

Anything below 10 degrees, I swap out the converse for a pair of hiking boots.

Even with the cold today, the lack of strong wind made it very pleasant to ride to work, I saw dozens of other cyclists out and none of them looked miserable.

You can get more tips for dealing with the cold here and here.

Whats your armor regiment? Do you go high tech, low tech, something in between?


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