One of the best things about living in LA, is the accessibility of the Santa Monica Mountains where you are almost instantly transported outside of the hustle of Los Angeles into the wilderness of the largest urban national park. On this route you are relatively straight along the Pacific Coast Highway with beautiful beach ocean views leading up to Topanga Canyon where there are endless serpentine roads, mountains, and trails to explore by foot and bike. Though, there is the challenge in climbing this route if you consider yourself a road rookie (like me) but it is so worth the views and descend back to the beach to cool off.
15 March, 2017
The Go Anywhere line by Pixi is making its debut on Kickstarter campaign today for pre-orders at their Kickstarter link http://kck.st/2lUsMlA. Immediately following, this new apparel line will appear online at www.pixicycling.com and at indoor cycling studios and bike shops nationwide.
Inspired by the need to create a comfortable and stylish option for women who cycle, CEO Emily Welsch started product development from scratch, throwing out the conventional form and function of bulky cycling pants. Surprisingly, she ended up taking cues from women’s bras, inspired by how they contour and support a woman’s form. This design journey culminated in the filing of both a utility and design patent for her tush technology.
The TushCush features gentle, subtle fasteners and a soft, contoured pad to provide a flexible fit that hugs the body, moving as the body moves, and never falling out of place when the wearer pops from standing to sitting in the saddle. The soft, smooth pad offers pelvic protection without causing chafing or irritating delicate skin.
“Since the modern women moves quickly from one activity to the next, we needed to design the apparel to be both stylish and versatile,” says Welsch. That is why TushCush pads will be sold individually and in packs of three, interchangeable in every pair of the Go Anywhere bottoms.
Their ultra-versatile line of shorts, capris, crops, and full-length leggings are made from technical fabrics that are sweat-wicking, breathable, sheer-proof and super soft. The bottoms can be worn with or without the TushCush, for a seamless transition from working out to going out.
10 March, 2017
One of my favorite things to do in Southern California is ride along the coast. With the Pacific ocean in view, the sun shining, and miles of beachside concrete, it's no wonder that one of the best routes to cycle in SoCal is The Strand. I was recommended this trail by Spinlister, an online bike rental site, who shared two options of the strand from Point Dume to Santa Monica, or Venice to Hermosa beach. Personally, I did the the ride from Santa Monica all the way to Hermosa Beach and back. The best thing about cycling this route is that it is really flexible, easy, and beautiful. It's one of the best ways to get a feel for an ocean breeze ride along the Pacific if you don't want to climb along beach cliffs.
Some stops of note:
Redondo Beach Pier
Marina Del Rey
Santa Monica Pier
Some things to expect on this trail: crowds, sand, and epic views. To start, the weekend bike warriors are in full speed along with touristy bike renters, you're bound to find congested trails from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey, but once you're past the marina in Playa del Rey, you'll find it less congested.
Sand. You will most likely have to deal with the moderate buildup of sand on the bike paths. I found that the further south you go, the more your likely to find more sand build up. This can be an obstacle depending on your tires and speed, as it will surely slow you down.
If riding along sandy trails and crowds don't bother you then the benefits of riding The Strand will far outweigh the cons. After all, this is some of the best views and stretches of of LA's finest beaches. From Santa Monica's family friendly routes to Venice beaches quirky characters, there is so much sun and sand to soak in on a coastal ride here.