Friday, April 24, 2009

We have a great new feature on our website: outfits! You can even embed the outfits you create on other web pages. See below:

Women's sportswear at Team Estrogen

We'll have a more detailed post about our outfits feature and how to use it, coming up on Monday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

UMCA Hall of Fame

TE's very own Sandy Earl has been nominated for inclusion in the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame "honors cyclists whose careers best exemplify the spirit of the sport". If elected, Sandy would be only the third woman to achieve the distinction, joining 6-time RAAM finisher Seana Hogan as well as Susan Notorangelo, who has both won RAAM and set a transcontinental tandem record with husband Lon Haldeman.

Sandy is no stranger to ultra cycling. As a veteran of numerous 24 hour events, Furnace Creek 508, Race Across Oregon, etc., Sandy loves to take on a challenge. For 2009, she is looking forward to her third finish in the women's solo division of the 530 mile Race Across Oregon, with the aim of qualifying for RAAM 2010.

Sandy is also an experienced crew chief for ultra-cycling events. Even solo attempts are "team" events in that a rider relies on a strong crew for race support. Sandy's riders always finish, a testament not only to their fitness, but also to her superior organizational skills, positive attitude and team-building skills. And some really strong coffee for the crew.

Sandy said "I was initially ambivalent about accepting the nomination - looking at past inductees, I'm nowhere in that league! I'm also hoping that I'm nowhere near finished with my ultracycling career so writing a retrospective on it felt a little weird. As a nominee, I'll have a bit of a writeup in an upcoming UMCA magazine. Several individuals have been nominated, and the choice is put to the membership. Inducted or not, it's a hell of an honor. "

To read more about Sandy and her ultracycling career, click on over to Triathlete Diva's blog post about Sandy.
To learn more about Race Across Oregon, visit the RAO website.
To read more about participating in an event as part of a rider's crew, you can read my tale of serving as crew chief for a 2005 RAO team here.

Adventure Cycling Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tarin H of Warwick, NY! Tarin's name was drawn from the thousands of entries we received for our 2009 Adventure Cycling trip giveaway.

For more information on Adventure Cycling, visit their website at

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bike Talk Podcast

If you missed the broadcast of Bike Talk's Women on Bikes show, you can download the podcast here:

The show was jam-packed with interesting guests; I was honored to be a part of the show. Here's a rundown of who participated:

LIZ & SHAY from CICLE talking about adult bicycle education
NATALIE from SWEETPEA BICYCLES, a custom bike manufacturer

You can learn more about Bike Talk at

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sneak Peek: Sheila Moon for Fall 2009

Here at TE HQ, we're in the midst of making our purchasing decisions for Fall 2009. Today we met with Sheila of Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel to preview her Fall Line. Her apparel for fall revolves around functional and fashionable looks for the urban cyclist.

As always, I couldn't resist taking a few minutes to try on some items. One of her signature fabrics for fall is an amazingly snuggly ribbed fleece in 3 colors, including the black fleece full-zip hoodie I'm wearing above. I loved the long, over-the-hip length, as well as the loooong sleeves with thumb holes. Totally functional on or off the bike! Her other signature fabric is a wool-blend houndstooth (67% wool/25% poly/8% nylon), worn above in Sheila's Wool Riding Britches and Wool Cycling Cap.

Sheila pays attention to the details that make these pieces ideal for cycling. Note the reinforced seat panel for durability and the articulated knees on the Britches. Hidden under the hoodie (though visible while riding) are the Britches' two back pocket zippers, which are reflective for safety while riding in low light conditions. The hoodie has plenty of length in the back, and 2 back pockets for storing essentials. There's even a pocket on the hoodie's sleeve, ideal for stashing your cell phone for quick access.

We expect to take delivery of Sheila's Fall 2009 apparel collection at the beginning of September. Stay tuned!

On the radio tomorrow!

I've been invited to be on a bicycling-focused radio program tomorrow! Every Saturday from 10am to noon (PST), Bike Talk is broadcast live from a community radio station in Los Angeles. You can stream the live broadcast at or subscribe to the show's podcast.

The second Saturday of each month focuses on women's cycling. This week's guests also include cycling coach Lorri Lee Lown from Velo Girls.

Have questions? The show features a call-in segment, so get ready to dial. It would be great to hear from you!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Thanks for visiting the new TE blog. We are planning to use this space to:

  • deliver "micro tutorials" of interest to our customers,
  • answer frequently asked questions from our customers,
  • show in-depth product reviews by TE staff,
  • and post news about exciting new products as they are introduced.

We are open to suggestions - what would *you* like to see us do with this blog?