Covet: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets

Fall Cycling

With fall weather comes wetter days, chillier winds and the need to add an extra layer when cycling around town.

I recently viewed a few men’s cycling jackets that look just as good on or off of your bicycle. Today, it’s time to see what’s available for women:

The Portland jacket by Showers Pass has a reflective rear flap that adds extra visibility at night yet folds away when you no longer need it. With pit-zips and adjustable cuffs, the Portland is ready for unpredictable fall weather. Available at MEC.

Alberta-based Riyoko (meaning “to travel” in Japanese) offers their Riding Blazer, a windproof, water-resistant jacket with vents for warmer days and enough pockets for whatever you need on hand. More information about the 100% Canadian made jackets here.

Toronto-based Modrobes offers the longer trench-style Ryding Jacket made from recycled water bottles. A generous hood and vented back help you keep your cool when the winds start blowing and the rain starts falling. Available at Modrobes.

From the slim fit to the high neck, Nau’s Shroud of Purrin Jacket brings styling rarely seen in the world of “soft shells.” Learn more about this jacket made from recycled plastics at Nau.

Have you tried any of these jackets? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

Fall photo via the BikingToronto Flickr Pool

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Hauling Cargo from St. Lawrence Market

On quite possibly one of the last sunny Saturday’s of 2009, I made a quick trip to St. Lawrence Market to shop for a BBQ.

First on my list was a crate for the rear rack of the Globe bike I have on loan.
I spotted a stack of small crates at one of the vendor’s tables. Not surprisingly, I was the first person to ask to buy a crate from her. A few dollars later and I had a wooden crate… then a whole bunch of dollars later and I had lamb’s shoulder from Rowe Farms, some asparagus, sweet potatoes and an apple strudel.
Bungee cords and a wooden crate are all it takes to turn your bicycle into a grocery hauling vehicle:
Globe Haul 1 with a crate and bungee cords on the rear rack
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