The secret to riding well- Looking Good!

It’s a common phenomenon that you just ride better when you have new, stylish gear.  Whether or not it is due to improved stiffness and fit of a new shoe or the fact that orange and pink/purple just make you feel like you can scream up a steep climb. If the reasons are solely psychological they are still reasons in the end.

Look Good = Feel Good = Ride Better :}

The collage of products above will undoubtedly make you feel and ride better, especially knowing that everything is well-coordinated with the amazing custom Qloom/Crankjoy kit.  The theme of my latest favorite color   –PORANGE–  is no coincidence, but carefully calculated and crafted.

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Custom Crankjoy.com kit brings style to your ride with our own CJ swirl print. The kit design and production was super slick and easy with a great turnaround time from the friendly folks at Qloom, based in Boulder, CO. There are a few jerseys, gloves and shorts left in the CJ Shop ($39-$129), or you can contact Qloom Custom here to work on your own kits for next season.

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Out in the wild, matching like MAD!

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Headsweats Bigfoot Collection caps ($25) are head-turners and technical, made from woven stretch mesh fabric that breathes and dries quickly.

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Headsweats trucker and Bolle Diamondback glasses in the bushes in action!

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The Bolle Diamondback ($109) offer great full eye protection with a polycarbonate lens in case your ninja reflexes can’t dodge tree branches or flying rocks at 20 mph.

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Save your seats with the Transition seat wrap from Orange Mud ($39.95) with a handy zipper top to hook over the headrest.  It saves the Crankjoy van’s seat and you can get them in any color and even customize them with your company or team logo.  The plush terry towel is super thirsty and not only protects your seat, but turns into a personal portable change room….they also have one of the best promotional videos ever, see below.

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The Thule EnRoute Blur 2 has pockets for everything you can imagine. I am grateful for the folks at Thule that have thought of everything. Dedicated places for sunglasses, pens, water bottles, computer and keys ensures that you will not forget anything when you leave the door. The lightweight and solid construction with padded straps and compression to keep the front pocket laying flat means the pack stays put while commuting by bike, with even distribution of weight on two straps. You look hip without having to balance everything on one shoulder like with a messenger bag.

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Pearlizumi Women’s X-Alp Launch II shoes ($160) not only are my new favorite color (PORANGE), but they are lightweight, comfortable and have a great grippy sole for hike-a-bike sections. They are low-cut around the ankle offering great fit through the toebox and arch allowing for a customizable fit with the BOA and hook and loop closure.

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It is also important to match the shoes to the socks, bike (Ibis Ripley LS in Tang) and if you are able, the landscape.

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PARTING SHOT: The Sonoran Desert where the color PORANGE was made.

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