Happy (Day After) Freddie Mercury’s Birthday!
What, you didn’t know that was a holiday? You better know that around here, all things Queen and Queen-adjacent are worth celebrating. And how should you celebrate? How about you get on your bikes and ride ’em? Or maybe climb on a spin bike and pedal away to Bicycle Race?
Lift Cyclewear Review
We were introduced to Lift Cyclewear earlier this year — it’s a new women’s cycling apparel brand that puts style at the forefront of each piece in the collection. The idea behind the designs is that they function really well for cycling, but can also be worn for yoga, running or anywhere you’d sport your athleisure gear.
And if you know cycling gear, you know that being able to go from bike to brunch without changing is not exactly the norm. Even the really cute stuff is usually very clearly something you’d wear out cycling, you know?
So, what’s the difference? For starters, Lift has capris and cute skirts (with shorts underneath, obvs) in awesome geometric prints and fun colors. The only things that make them really cycling-specific are the chamois (it’s thickly padded, the way you’d want it to be for riding, but it makes the bottoms feel a little different than your usual workout pants) and the high waistband, which is awesome for keeping you covered when you’re bent over on a bike, but again, just not quite the same as many of the other fitness pants in your closet.
The tops, however, are truly all-purpose. Available in bright colors and styles ranging from more traditionally-cut fitted racerback tanks and tees to a spaghetti-strap tank, blousey tunic and a floatier tank, these are tops that would be just as fitting in a yoga or bootcamp class as out riding trails.
Plus, on both the bottoms and the tops, you’ve got plenty of pockets — crucial for cycling any distance, for sure, but I find them handy for just about everything I do. Hey, you guys know me — when do I ever not want to have snacks or my phone handy?
I also love that the founder, Lea Leopold, offers curated collections of different looks on the site. Sure, you can shop piece by piece, but it’s fun to see how she puts those pieces together, accessorizes them, and makes them look just about perfect for activities ranging from race day to a leisurely ride on your beach cruiser.
Do you have cycling apparel that does double duty? —Kristen