Product Review: Machines for Freedom Horizons Jersey

Last year, I read about Machines for Freedom, a sweet new, all women’s cycling apparel company with a fine eye for detail. Did you say all women’s cycling? Did you say fashionable jerseys? This has been a long time coming. Machines for Freedom Machines for Freedom (MFF) is a Los Angeles based women’s cycling apparel company founded by Jen Hannon. It is company that specifically caters to women’s needs for cycling attire, AND has very good looking kits. What a breath of fresh air. To top it off this is a pretty cool name for a cycling apparel brand. I like how the…

Cycling Training Camp: Gibraltar Road

Some friends of mine head to Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills near Santa Monica and Malibu, each year for a cycling training week. When this was first mentioned, I knew very little about the cycling routes around this region, however both Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills boast endless routes and wonderful scenery for a training camp.   The setting in this region is ideal as you can set up a base and bike several excellent routes, experiencing new climbs and scenery each day with great weather. Better yet, you are close to civilization in Santa Barbara and near…

5 Holiday Gifts for the Female Cyclist

When the holidays roll around, and you have a special female cyclist in your life, it can be hard to decide what to get her. She loves cycling, but you can’t afford to get her a bike! What do you do? Fortunately, there are many other cycling-related gifts you can get that won’t break the bank (if you don’t want it broke)! Here is an assortment of ideas for all budgets and all types of bike-riding women.  1. For the beauty conscious cyclist: Living Proof split end treatment. She likes to bike. So why would she want a hair product? Well, cycling can take…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees. 

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…