Can't ride, Can't write.

Why yes, that is a Designer Series Snuggie in Leopard Print. You know you want one.  I wish I were wearing mine right now.

This not riding thing is killing my motivation to write. It'll probably be another couple months (not sure, my hand surgeon won't give me a definitive answer, which I guess is his job) before I'm back on my beloved bike. Until then, I guess I'll know what it's like to live somewhere that you have to 'store' your bike for winter. How do you people do it? I also hate NOT having my own method of transportation, not having to ask anyone for a ride to get somewhere.  Losing that kind of independence, especially if you're a motorcyclist can be tougher than it sounds. I deeply value my ability to ride wherever I want, whenever I want.  Just having to think about it makes me want to scream.  As a result, I feel totally disconnected from the riding community. I know for many of you it isn't a big deal. But for me, it is. Riding every day is pure joy to me. It makes me so happy and motivates me to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions about riding through my blog. And finally having a bike that I absolutely LOVE to ride makes it that much harder. I feel like I've finally figured out what riding is all about, in terms of why I want to do it. It's not just a hobby, or a recreational activity. It's a real part of me and having to give it up even if only for a short time has been far more depressing than I thought it would be.

This month is going to be a tough one. So I'm going to ask some friends to help out. First, my wonderful friend Linda is going to submit a ride report from her trip to Alaska on her DRZ! She's sexy, smart and fun to be around. I think her ride report will inspire many of us out there to just get out there and RIDE.

Check out this recommendation of Icebreaker Wool products that my friend Rain Hayes submitted to me recently. If you're looking for a good option for winter baselayers, they're worth checking out. The features seem particularly useful for riding as well.  Thanks Rain!

**** Just wanted to let you know about some IceBreaker merino wool products, if you don't know that brand. They make several 1/2 zip shirts in various weights- 190 is thin, 240 medium, 360 heavy,etc. I love this brand of clothing like no other. In fact, I express the weather in terms of what I'm wearing from them. "Cold out. 190 AND 360."

I like their shirts because the neck comes up high enough to keep me warm, but not so high it bunches under the chin. They have thumb loops, and are cut longer in the back, perfect for leaning over on the bike. Some also have great in-seam pockets that point toward the back so you're not scrunching over your wallet.

They also make a pullover neck scarf called a chute. I never leave home without it during the winter. It's double layered, awesomely warm, and not too bulky. (Their scarves are of the same double-layered fabric; I buy one, cut it into 4 chutes, serge the raw edges and give away to friends.)

The best thing about IceBreaker is that it's Merino wool, which in my opinion is the best garment fiber on earth. Warm in winter, cool in summer, breathes, doesn't get smelly like synthetics, and lasts forever.

Lombardi's carries a large selection and has frequent sales. Twice a year or so, they have a party with the IB reps. If you get on the mail list (they send coupons via text message), you get a special invite, free socks, and 30% off all IB products. And some good Australian wine.

No, I don't work for them. But it's a great brand.

www.icebreaker.com www.lombardisports.com (local SF shop) ******

New from GearChic, other updates

I've decided to start a monthly newsletter containing any new reviews, product updates, fit questions and answers, and anything else I can think of that might be useful for my readers (you!).

I know not everyone may be using RSS Feeds, Twitter, and other social networking stuff to stay up to date on things, so I thought a monthly newsletter would be useful for those of you who want to know what I'm up to and what new content is added to my website. You can sign up for my newsletter here.
And, you can even pick a mobile phone friendly option to read it on the go!

The only reason I'll be using your information is to send you updates, never for anyone else, so you can be sure that your contact info stays only with me.

I'm aiming for June 1st (at the latest) for my first newsletter. I hope you'll sign up and let me know what else you'd like to see that I may have forgotten.

Also, it appears that the Urban Moto article won't be coming out until the next issue. Once it comes out I'll be sure to post!

Racer gloves Are Back!!

If you love Racer gloves as much as I do, then you'll be thrilled to know that the US has a NEW and improved distributor based in San Jose. A little birdy told me that Scuderia West just placed an order, so hopefully a shipment will be coming in soon.

But check with your local retailers who might have been carrying them before and let them know that Pacific Powersports Distributing based in Monterey, CA is going to be the new distributor!


4/24/09 Update:
MotoStrano in Redwood City is also carrying Racer Gloves again!
For those of you who live in the South Bay, go see my friends at MotoStrano and tell them I said hi.

I'm going to be famous

Well in that local sort of way. Urban Moto is a popular moto newspaper in the SF Bay Area. You can pick it up at just about any type of motorcycle shop. There are even shops nationally where you can get one:


Other than being a fun read, all about motos, I'll be featured in the May Women's Issue! They're going to interview me and ask me all about my website and blog. I just want women riders to know that help is out there, and it's NOT impossible to find gear.

I believe they do an annual issue with all sorts of women moto related news. I really enjoyed the last issue and I think you'll really enjoy this one as well. So keep your eyes out in May!

Side Stand Up, First Tuesday every month!

Well, my debut on the SSU podcast last month went so well that Tom, the show's host asked me to come back for a regular segment on the first tuesday of every month! I'll be doing a 18-20 minute segment on some aspect of women's gear and gear in general. So we'll have talks about fitment, how to shop, how to buy a helmet, what to look for when buying over pants, blah blah blah. I'll throw out reviews of women's gear every now and then as well. My next show is Tuesday April 7th, a week from today!

To sign up and join the show, go to www.talkshoe.com and enter 64458 in the Search box. You'll see the SSU show come up and then you can join in from there.

Podcast Interview, Side Stand Up

I'm so excited, because tomorrow night at 5:30 Pacific/8:30 Eastern I'm going to be interviewed by Denise Maple, founder of VaVaVroom. She does a women's segment on a live radio show called Side Stand Up on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Find out how to listen in here. Just click on the "Talkshoe" box on the left tomorrow night just before 5:30pm Pacific.

I'm going to be chatting a little bit about me, but also my advice for finding gear, and where you can find me getting into trouble this year.