Wednesday, March 9, 2016

We've just launched our very own women's cycling apparel brand.  Take a look at

 Doyenne - unique, bold and colorful women's cycling jerseys for the cyclist who wants to stand out from the crowd.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Don't miss out!  Use coupon code FREE2 to enjoy free economy shipping on your entire order when you purchase 2 or more FINAL SALE items.  Offer ends 10/31/2015.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New TE Exclusive Women's Cycling Jerseys

We've recently added several new prints to our Team Estrogen exclusive jersey collection - quantities are limited and they are moving fast -- our Day of the Dead jersey is almost sold out already!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Exciting New Product Announcement:

We recently received into stock an updated version of our limited edition, TE-exclusive, gloss red SIDI cycling shoes.  These will definitely add some color to your cycling wardrobe.  Now available in both MTB and Road styles!

SIDI Gloss Red Dominator Womens Cycling Shoe
SIDI Gloss Red Genius Womens Cycling Shoes

Monday, September 30, 2013

Winter's Kiss - 3rd in our Seasons Series.

jersey photo

UPS recently dropped off a shipment of jerseys that we are very excited about: Winter's Kiss.

Winter's Kiss is the 3rd jersey in our TE-exclusive Seasons Series, a four jersey series celebrating the changing seasons. Each season's jersey features a female image in seasonal colors and themes. Collect all four!

This mid-weight winter jersey features a warm, brushed fabric with a grid texture on the outside that has a bit of sparkle to it!  See more photos of this winter jersey.

Don't miss the previous jerseys in this collection:

Summer Groove

Monday, January 14, 2013

Weather Schmeather!

So, it’s January, and you really want to ride your bike! But it’s JANUARY and it’s 26 degrees outside. Surely that’s too cold to venture out, right? Well, no. 

You’ve probably heard the one about how “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad apparel choices”, right? While we might not agree entirely (after all, who wants to ride a bike during a hurricane, for example ), we do generally agree that if the roads are not icy there really isn’t any temperature at which it’s too cold to ride a bike.

So, how DOES one keep warm when the temperatures plummet? The keys to success are proper layering, minimal breaks, and hot beverages (we’re fans of thermoses that fit in our bottles cages).

Proper layering. We've all heard this term, but what does it really mean? There are 3 parts to effective layering:
  1. A moisture management inner or base layer – having wet or sweat-damp clothing against the skin is the surest way to feel chilly in cold weather. The ideal base layer is one that grabs the moisture and transfers it AWAY from your skin and TO the outer face of the base layer, where it can move into the mid (insulating) layer of your apparel. While the base layer may not be dry on the outer face, the inner face of the fabric should feel dry to the touch, thus keeping you warmer. It is important that you pick a base layer size that provides you with a FORM FIT. The fabric must touch your body to work properly.
  2. An insulating mid layer – This is the layer that retains the heat being generated by your body. Synthetic insulating layers generally do this by trapping heat between the fibers of the peached/brushed/lofted materials they are constructed from. Wool insulating layers do this as a natural function of the wool fiber itself, trapping the heat inside the fibers.
  3. A wind/water outer layer, also known as a shell – This is the layer that protects you from what Mother Nature throws AT you.

    Chose a thermal wind blocking soft shell for cold but dry conditions. 
    Garments of this type generally have a windproof outer face, often covering the entire garment, but sometimes with strategically placed panels of thermal material only to aid in venting excess heat. The outer face will also typically have a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment that will help mist or light rain bead up and roll off the jacket rather than being absorbed. This feature will generally be overwhelmed with moisture if the wet weather is persistent, so do not rely on soft shell to stay dry if the weather is expected to be persistently rainy.  The inner face will generally be an insulating layer. Choose a weight depending upon your personal “thermometer”.

    For wet weather, choose a waterproof hard shell
    Waterproof shells use a waterproof membrane (such as GoreTex or eVent) which is generally laminated between a face fabric and an inner material for durability. The face fabrics are also typically treated with a DWR application to aid in moisture beading off the garment. While waterproof shells are also great wind layers, they do not move moisture vapor as fast as a typical wind shell, so some people are prone to overheating in waterproof shells. Waterproof shells are best reserved for wet conditions, when possible.
This general layering system can be applied to the bottom half of your body as well. When it’s very cold, choose a cycling knicker or tight, add some wool socks, and cover it all with a pair of wind-blocking, non-chamois tights such as the Pearl Izumi Amfib Tight.

Face, fingers and toes all need to be protected as well. Choose a cycling cap like the Hincapie Arenberg which covers the ears, or a thermal balaclava when temps fall below freezing. Choose windproof and/or waterproof insulated gloves to keep fingers warm. 

Remember that after taking a break, the first thing to feel chilled when you start riding again will be the extremities like your fingers and toes! Ride a little harder after a break and those digits should warm back up again in 10-20 minutes. Don’t hesitate to get some help from modern science. Chemical toe and hand warmers can be a digit-saver in really cold conditions. They don’t work when wet, however, so try to keep your hands and feet dry in the rain, by using waterproof accessories.

One final note about layering on your legs and feet – when overlapping layers, think like a roofer putting shingles on a roof and don't give the water a path in towards your skin. Tights or rain pants should go outside and on top of your booties.   If you tuck your pants in, you'll end up channeling runoff directly into your shoes!

Want some suggestions? Here are some of Susan’s personal favorites:
  1. Moisture management base layer: “I’m a huge fan of having a synthetic moisture transfer baselayer against my skin. My personal favorites are Pearl Izumi’s base layers made with Minerale as well as Craft’s Active Extreme base layers, particularly the configuration with the Moving Wing feature. Both of them move moisture like a champ.”
  2. Insulating mid layer: “The ability to retain warmth when wet gives wool the upper hand as an insulating layer. Modern wool is super soft, never scratchy, retains its shape, is machine washable, and is warm even when wet. I love the cycle-specific jerseys from Ibex, such as the Giro Jersey and from Icebreaker, such as the Viva Jersey.
  3. Wind/water outer shell layer: “Here in the rainy Pacific NorthWet, most of my winter rides find me in a GoreTex Ultralight Oxygen Jacket. On the rare occasions when it’s dry enough (which generally means it’s very cold!) to go without a fully waterproof layer, I am partial to a windproof soft shell, like the GORE Windstopper Jackets that we carry.

This past Sunday (January 13th), Susan rode 71 miles during which the temperature averaged 28 degrees. How did she stay warm? Here’s what she wore, head to toe.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Why Consider Bib Shorts?

Some women find bibs to be more comfortable than shorts. The bib design eliminates the need for elastic around the waist and is therefore more forgiving in the mid-section. This feature is particularly attractive for women that have what is often called an "apple" shape, ie. A waist measurement that is large relative to their hip measurement. The bib strap design holds the shorts up and helps keep them in place. As with all cycling apparel, it's important to get the proper fit, size, and style for your body type and riding needs.
Many women have shied away from bibs because they perceive them as being a "pain in the butt" when it comes time to use the bathroom. Since the bib straps rest on the shoulders, it's usually necessary to remove the jersey or top for bathroom access. Many of our vendors have solved this issue by creating features that allow the shorts to disconnect at the back and drop down similar to standard shorts. These easy-access features have been designed as buckles, zippers, and 'drop-tail' flaps.
You can shop our entire selection of women's bib shorts here, or call us with all your questions! Don't take our word for it; read what our customers are saying about bibs below! Happy riding.

by Hincapie

Power up! The compression of the lycra in Hincapie’s Power Bibshort enhances your performance and reduces fatigue. The chamois is amazing, too, with one of the most comfortable constructions we’ve ever felt. With abrasion-resistant panels in the saddle wear areas, they really have thought of everything here. Get race-ready: all you need to do is pull this bibshort on and you’ll be ready for the podium.

These are amazing!

I ride 150-200 miles a week and train for time trials throughout the summer. These are always my first choice for shorts because they are so amazingly comfortable. After wearing these I will only buy bib shorts in the future for all my shorts needs.”

Cynthia the cyclist, competitive cyclist
Manchester, ME

Absolutely Great

Wore it for the first time on a 33 mile ride, and it was perfect. I also really liked the snap back that allowed me to drop the bottoms, so I could use the porta potties without worrying about straps dragging on the ground. I am a small, but with a long torso, so the length of the straps was a concern. A Team Estrogen customer service person helped me to find the best bib for my size, and she did a great job. Amazing service! They made that ride great, and I continue to enjoy wearing them. My riding buddy calls them my "Georges".”

Service and delivery comments:

The delivery was fast, they arrived in perfect condition. I used a lot of customer service! I am sort of small, but with a long torso. The first pair of bibs I tried had straps that were too sort, so I started asking questions. Anna got my measurements, and went and tried on several pairs for me. She told me the Hincapies were a better length, and that the smalls should fit (rather than the mediums I was tending toward) and she was right. As a result of her help, I had my bibs in time for the Venus de Miles, and the ride was pure pleasure.”

b, avid cyclist
Boulder, CO

Xenon Zippety Doo Bib Shorts


Cover all your bases with this sleek yet tough bib short. Welded seams along with compression panels provide unparalleled comfort and high performance. Abrasion resistant material ensures protection against chafing and a specially designed bottom allows for quick and easy bathroom breaks. If you are serious about your gear, this piece is for you.

Bibs Rock!

Ladies, give these a try. Men have been wearing bibs for ages and for a good reason, they are more comfortable.”

wheelaway, casual/recreational cyclist
Portland, OR

The Perfect Bib

The straps and the chamois are totally comfortable, the legs don't ride up, there's no pinching at the waist and the zippers are a dream - you don't feel them at all and they make it totally no hassle to "drop your drawers."

Long Distance Rider, avid cyclist
Silver City, NM

by Louis Garneau

The snug fit of a nice road cycling bib is hard to match. A well-made garment will fit over your body like a true second skin. Louis Garneau’s Mondo Evo Bib does exactly that, making you feel as efficient (fast!) as you can possibly be. With materials that help your body circulate blood, laser-cut cuffs that all but eliminate a transition from bib to skin, and a fit that’s second to none, this is a piece of gear that can actually make you faster. Amazing!

Outstanding bibs

These bibs are just amazing. I really don't have enough words to describe them. They're invisible on the bike, even the chamois which I was worried would be a bit stiff and bulky, completely blends into my body and movement. The legs stay in place without any unnecessary squeezing from the compression bands. The fabric is effortless, great wicking, feels like it's part of my skin. These bibs are everything I ever expected high-end cycling apparel to be.”

CycleJane, avid cyclist
Austin, TX
No Squeezing!

This is my first pair of bibs, so I can't compare them to other bibs...But I can say that I won't go back to shorts if I can help it! These are so comfortable and I never realized how constrictive shorts are around the waist until I put these on. The shoulder straps lay neatly along my sides. I love that there are no leg grippers/chafing. Initially I worried that the chamois was too thick, but it's actually quite comfy and somehow less obtrusive (and less visible!) than the thinner ones in my other shorts. Wicking is great all around.

The *only* reason that I give these 4 stars instead of 5 is that I feel they may run a bit small in the thigh. I am 5'2", 130 lbs, proportionally heavier in the hip and thigh. Usually I buy a large short to be safe and to avoid sausage effect, and that's what I did here. I find these bibs to be a bit tighter than I expected and the seaming was slightly awkward there. But I'll stress that it's purely a cosmetic issue, and not even a big one...I was still perfectly comfortable even though I wish my thighs looked a little smoother.

So if you're between sizes, especially below the belt, I'd advise you to round up. That said, I would absolutely recommend these awesome, comfy bibs!”

ohlefty, avid cyclist
Baltimore, MD

RSE Bib Short

By Sugoi

Sugoi pulled out all the stops with their RSE Bib Short. Aggressive styling, ultra-comfortable Cross-back bib straps, and their most advanced chamois. No comfort feature is overlooked with these; they’ve even eliminated an inseam for reduced bulk! There’s nothing to hinder you here, no reasons to worry about anything other than your ride. Comfortable and fast: what a combo.

Most comfortable bike short ever

The thing I love about these shorts is that there is no waistband to dig into your stomach and hips. I love these shorts and will buy another pair within the next month or so. Worth every penny!

Patbfit, avid cyclist
Clarkston, MI

Almost Perfect Bib

Wide band at leg bottom makes this bib feel more compressive than my other bibs and the legs don't ride up. Because the straps don't have a clip, it's pretty easy to wiggle each arm out of the strap without taking off your jersey when you need to use the loo. When riding, however, the straps do feel tight on my shoulders - with my other bibs, am totally unaware of the straps. I do have a relatively long torso - if you don't, the straps might not be an issue ”

LBS, avid cyclist
Silver City, NM

FR Carbon Bib Shorts

By Giordana

Serious bibs for serious bike babes. The Giordana FR Carbon Bib Short is updated for 2011 with a slightly higher front rise. Constructed from a combination of HC44 compression fabric, Ametista with carbon fibers and perforated Antiguafabric, these Giordana bib shorts are among the most advanced bibs on the market.

Great Bibs!

A woman on a group ride recommended them. She said she loved them but that they ran small. Other reviews stated the same. I ordered one size larger and they fit perfect. These are my first pair of bibs and the most comfortable bike shorts I've ever worn. The pad isn't too bulky and the bottom of the legs don't give me sausage legs or cut into my thighs. I love them.”

Bikechick, avid cyclist

nothing compares to these bibs!

beware of these bibs! once you wear them, nothing will ever feel as nice. the body clone seamless technology is amazing and makes for a perfect (and flattering fit). the other shorts are in the drawer.”

lone rider, avid cyclist
Toronto, ON


I have searched long and hard for a bike short that stays comfortable for the duration of the long rides - at last I have found it. Just enough padding without too many separate sections that sometimes tend to bind. More isn't always better.

If your looking for a comfortable short with a flattering fit, this is the short for you.”

Lozell, avid cyclist
Denver, CO

Drop Tail Cycling Bib Short

By Pearl Izumi

The Drop Tail Cycling Bib Short with In-R-Cool® technology is specially designed with the lady rider in mind. It offers the convenience of a drop tail so you can ride in your favorite bibs and make use of the facilities hassle free. No more peeling off those layers. Phew!

Comfortable and convenient

For a long time, I was reluctant to try bib shorts given the high price. I finally decided to use a gift certificate to spring for a pair, and am glad I did.

I've had my Pearl Izumi drop-tail bib shorts for about a year, and use them on club rides and for racing. They are a marked improvement on regular shorts, particularly for longer rides, as there is no waistband to dig into you. The leg grippers are a little uncomfortable and rubbery-feeling off the bike, but not at all noticeable when riding. The drop-tail system works as advertised, so on group rides I can zip in and out of the restroom and not hold people up. (The drop-tail feature also keeps me a lot warmer than other bibs, with which I have to remove several layers to get the shorts off.)
Squid, avid cyclist
Portland, OR

My new favorite shorts!

These were my first pair of bibs and I was really hesitant to drop down the cash with all the mixed reviews I had seen about female bibs. All the negative reviewers are wrong, bibs are the way to go! I didn't even realize how much my regular shorts cut into my waist until I rode 50-ish miles wearing the bibs. Feels great to not worry about showing off the slit between my jersey and shorts!

Bibs and Bikes, avid cyclist
Denver, CO