Personal Product Placement at Pedaling Professionally

At last week’s Pedaling Professionally panel, attendees had the opportunity to check out a table full of bike gear that their peers have deemed superior for bike-commuting purposes. Here’s a list of the majority of the products on display, as well as some endorsements from their owners:

Jaime Fearer

Nicole Donnelly

  • Diva Cup: Alternative menstrual product used by many women riders
  • Burley Travoy (with optional Market Bags): This trailer is great for groceries, errand runs, or those days when you just have too much for your panniers. It is rated for 60lbs of cargo and connects to your bike seat using a hitch system (you can buy extra hitches if you have multiple bikes). It is compact enough to bring with you into the store as well!
  • Yakkay Helmet: Yakkay helmets are a plastic mold with interchangeable covers that you can change to suit your mood. The newer Yakkay Smart Two model comes in a variety of colors. There are currently 20 covers to pick from, including one with Swarovski crystals.
  • Cleverhood Rain Cape: An alternative to rain jacket and rain pants on those wetter days, the Cleverhood Rain Cape comes in a variety of styles and is made with highly breathable, lightweight, waterproof microfiber fabric, protective seam-sealing, and water-resistant zippers. The Houdstooth version incorporates reflective detailing in the fabric to make sure you are highly visible!
  • pocampo bags: Functional, verstile bags that attach to your bike but don’t look like traditional bike bags. Come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.
  • Ortlieb Back-Roller Pannier Bag: A large, waterproof, all-purpose pannier bag. Very high capacity. Ortlieb makes a variety of shapes, styles, and colors of bags.
  • Reflective ankle wrap: Used to wrap the end of your pants around your ankle so it does not get caught in your chain.
  • BromptonThe ultimate folding bike. Not the least expensive of folders, but the most lightweight and compact.
  • Bird Industries Skirt Garter: Wear it around your thigh, clip it to the end of your skirt, keep your skirt from inching up too high while you’re pedaling.
  • Marmot Minimalist jacket: Great rain shell that keeps you very dry while being extremely breathable and lightweight (great because it’s very packable and fits into your bag easily when if it stops raining when you’re riding home later).
  • Amphipod Vizlet wearable reflectors/lights: These clip on with very strong magnets to your clothing or your bag and make you very visible at night. Great way to increase your visibility without spending a lot of money.
  • Merino wool neck gaiter: Good, compact alternative to a scarf to keep your neck and face warm for winter biking. Merino wool is the ultimate warm, lightweight, breathable material. Can also be used as a hat!
  • CVS Foaming Rinseless Wash: Great for freshening up at work if you don’t have showers there. No water required!
  • The Art of Urban Cycling: Lessons from the Street by Robert Hurst: The book’s latest edition is called simply The Art of Cycling; the book I had on display at the event was an older edition that I bought many years ago, thus still contained the word “Urban” in the title. Good primer on cycling safety in urban environments. Also covers the history of the bike as a means of transportation in cities and how bikes became an afterthought in city planning during the age of the automobile, and how to navigate that.
  • The Enlightened Cyclist by Eben Weiss (aka Bike Snob NYC): Subtitled “Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence.” Fun read.
  • On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life, edited by Amy Walker: Walker is the cofounder of Momentum magazine. Book covers a wide variety of issues related to transportation cycling.

Nelle Pierson

Image via Cleverhood

Do You Pedal Professionally?

Pedaling Professionally

L to R: Moderator Malaika Abernathy with panelists Delores Simmons, Harriet Tregoning, Keya Chatterjee, and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton

Last night, women packed the Petworth library for our Pedaling Professionally panel, held jointly with Black Women Bike DC,Capital Spokeswomen, and WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program.

The panel, moderated by the D.C. Office of Planning’s Malaika Abernathy, included Harriet Tregoning of the Office of Planning; Keya Chatterjee of the World Wildlife Fund and the WABA Board; Delores Simmons of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton, mom of three, utlitarian cyclist extraordinaire, and WABA Roll Model. Pedaling Professionally was designed to address concerns like those raised in a post on Office of Planning’s blog written by Malaika.

Panelists—all of whom identified as, at least, bike commuters—capably addressed questions about how to maintain appearances in hair and clothes before, during, and after biking to professional events; biking at night; whether to take the lane (the answer is yes!); biking while on your period or breastfeeding; and how to be safe when drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists can create precarious traffic situations.

The conversation continued long after the panel’s conclusion at Looking Glass Lounge. We hope Pedaling Professionally attendees are now better equipped to handle some of the challenges raised by bike commuting to work and are thrilled with last night’s turnout.

For a full rundown of the panelists and background information on the panel, see this post.

The Storify below the jump gives a considerable summary of the panel, but check the #womenbike hashtag on Twitter for more.

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