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    Episode 12: How to Evaluate a Piece of Motorcycle Gear

    I’m simultaneously recording a Facebook Live event that I did back in May.

    If you don’t know anything about motorcycle gear, how are you supposed to look at a product? What are some things to consider while you’re evaluating a piece of gear besides the most obvious safety and protection features.

    How do you know if a piece of gear might be right for you? What do the vents mean? what can some of the features this jacket offers imply for me and my style of riding?

    Here are a few pieces of gear that I go through and my break down.

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Thank you for listening!

    Find me on iTunes.

    Episode 11: How to Figure Out Motorcycle Gear Sizing and Fitment

    I’ve been a little behind in uploading episodes, I’m sorry!

    In this episode, I’m going to give you my tips on how to figure out what sizing might be like for brands that you aren’t familiar with and general sizing for motorcycle gear, not normal clothes. I was simultaneously recording this for Facebook Live so you can also watch the full episode instead of listening to it.

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    The first step is to get your numbers: measure every part of your body and identify your fit / body proportions:

    Then I cover the general sizing approach between Euro and American brands and what to expect, what is the size range in European gear? Where do men’s sizes start? Where do women’s sizing start? How does that translate to American sizing?

    What’s your frame of reference? How do you look at the gear you have now to help you decide whether any new gear fits you correctly?

    Lastly I’m going to give you a few helmet fit tips to help you figure out what might or might not fit you correctly.

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Thank you for listening!

    Find me on iTunes.

    Season 2, Episode 10: Common Gear Mistakes

    Sorry for the absence!

    I’ve decided to try and knock out two birds with one stone, by recording a Facebook Live broadcast I had this past week.

    Episode 10 is Common Gear Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

    I broke down various mistakes I’ve seen riders make when selecting or wearing riding gear and how you can avoid them the next time you shop for try on riding gear.

    It doesn’t have a traditional intro, so I’ll be sure to add that next time.

    I’ll be uploading each Facebook episode as soon as I get around to it. LOL.

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    Join me on Facebook for my next Events on my Facebook Page (facebook.com/gearchic):

    Saturday, April 25th 7pm East: How to Evaluate Piece of Motorcycle Gear

    Wednesday, April 29th 7pm East: Motorcycle Gear Hacks

    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Thank you for listening!

    Find me on iTunes.

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    Episode 9: Helmet Fit Tips

    In this episode, I’m going to give you some fit tips and talk about helmet shapes. Because if you don’t know or understand that much then this is going to be even more challenging than ever.

    This fit shape guide gives you a general guide to how to determine what your shape might be. I like to use the analogy of narrow shoe v. wide shoe.

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Thank you for listening!

    Find me on iTunes.

    Episode 8: The Differences Between Real Gear v. Fake Gear

    There are numerous differences between what I call “Real” Riding Gear v. “Fake” Gear.

    In this episode I’m going to give you some ways to identify real gear as you’re shopping:

    • how to look at a brand: is this a brand that is actually going to protect and work for me?

    • why not shop at the mall for a jacket?

    • 3 features every riding jacket must have to protect you

    • how to tell if the jacket you’re wearing is right for your riding lifestyle and what that means

    • fit tips to help you figure out what really fits you and why it’s supposed to fit that way

    Please post any comments/questions below, I’d love to answer your questions in my next episodes.

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock







    Episode 7: Wearing Motorcycle Gear in the Summer

    Updated: 7/30, my first upload didn’t go quite right. Ep 7 is now working! It must have been really hot because I called this #8. But it’s only Episode 7!

    Revit Eclipse Jacket available for women and men

    Revit Eclipse Jacket available for women and men

    In this episode, I’m going to mainly focus on mesh riding gear and what to look for when figuring out what kind of mesh is right for you. I’ll also tell you where you should never have mesh for more protection, as well as what kinds of questions you want to ask yourself so that you find something that works for you.

    You’ll also find out how to stay a little more comfortable by wearing base layers.

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    I’ll also give you some of my favorite ,mesh gear options for men and women and how wearing gear keeps you cooler!

    https://www.fix.com/blog/motorcycle-riding-in-hot-weather/

    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 6: Waterproof Riding Gear

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    In this episode, I give you some things to consider when thinking about waterproof motorcycle jackets and pants.

    What are the options? What choices do you have? How do you choose?

    A few of the options I mention:

    Laminated Shells

    click here for an explanation of what this means along with the positive aspects of this method


    Waterproof, “Z” Liners (waterproof membranes not laminated):

    I’ll do a deeper dive in a future episode, complete with fit options for each category but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this brief episode. And now, off to Virginia to do some riding for a week!

    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 5: Interview with Motopreneur, Debra Chin of MotoChicGear

    The original Lauren Bag, recently featured in an episode of The Good Doctor on ABC (October 8th, 2018).

    The original Lauren Bag, recently featured in an episode of The Good Doctor on ABC (October 8th, 2018).

    In this Episode, I sat down with Debra Chin, founder of a company that you’ve probably seen online, MotoChicGear. Her Lauren Bag was specifically designed with women riders in mind, which we all know is a smaller percentage of riders in the US overall.

    I wanted to ask how it feels to be one of the few women of color in our industry making products for us. I rarely see another woman who looks like myself riding motorcycles, let alone selling and making products for women riders.

    We discussed how challenging it’s been for her to launch her business and tips/advice she can pass along to anyone listening out there hoping to do the same thing.

    I also asked her to share her experience with offshore production, including what brought her to that decision and the challenges of being a woman motopreneur and getting her products in the door. We covered a lot in almost an hour, so hope you enjoyed it and stay tuned for more in a couple weeks!

    Links:

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 4: Riding Jeans

    All of the seams in your riding jeans should be reinforced and stitched so you can’t see through them!

    All of the seams in your riding jeans should be reinforced and stitched so you can’t see through them!

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    In this episode, I’m going to give you a broad overview of what to look for, why your regular jeans aren’t good enough, and what riding jeans aren’t good for.

    Unfortunately my favorite brand of riding jeans (Worse for Wear) is no longer in business so I can’t recommend them anymore. But I can recommend a few others. But I do recommend listening to the interview that I did with the founder who gave me a lot of great information about what to look for in your jeans and why they’re so different from what’s already hanging in your closet.

    Something I forgot to touch on in this episode is riding leggings. Which have the same basic protection as many riding jeans. A few styles I recommend:

    • Alpinestars Banshee Leggings; waist runs small with a roomy hip; so ideal for women with smaller waists and larger hips/bottoms (e.g. measured waist is 30”, measured hips are 40”)

    • Oxford Super Leggings; waist runs big; ideal for women with larger waist and hips (e.g. measured waist is 40”, measured hips are 46”)

    • GoGo Gear

    Moterrific Episode with Worse for Wear about Riding Jeans:

    Women’s Denim Jean Brands:

    Fabric Links:

    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 3: What Motorcycle Gear Do I Need?

    My first real riding suit, back in 2004?

    My first real riding suit, back in 2004?

    11/29: Podcast Uploaded. Looks like it never uploaded the first time :(

    In this episode, I’m going to break down everything you need to buy for your first set of gear and why. I’ve also made the presumption you are buying a full face helmet. Let’s be honest, you know it’s the safest option so why bother going through this debate?

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    Head to toe, what you need to know and some things to think about when shopping for gear. We will do a deep, detailed dive of each piece in future episodes, but this is a broad overview of what gear you need and why; helmet, jacket, boots, gloves and pants.

    Random mentions (none of these are sponsors, just helpful links):

    As the podcast develops, I’d love to hear your requests for topics or guests. Please post a comment below. Thank you!

    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 2: Leather v. Textile

    (Above: Rokker Black Women's Jacket)

    In this episode, it's just me to give you some things to think about when trying to decide between leather and textile. 

    Not all gear is the same and there are a lot of factors to consider if you're trying to choose between the two. 

    I hope you find these points to be useful and food for thought as you navigate the gear world to decide what's best for You and what's worth compromising and what isn't. 

    In future episodes, I'll dive a little deeper into detail with regards to each one and how to choose the best leather or textile for you. 

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Music: "Life Is Good" by Joystock

    Episode 1: A Conversation with TCX Boots USA

    It's here!!

    My first interview / conversation with my friend Michael "Tex" Mawby, Director of Sales & Marketing for TCX Boots USA. We cover their infamous riding sneaker, CE Certifications and not boot related but why do I have old leather jackets in my closet?  

    Take a listen to Episode 1 right here, or you can subscribe to this page for automatic RSS Feed updates. 

    You should also find me in the iTunes Store as soon as this episode is uploaded. 

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    (Apologies for the first 10 minutes of audio, and Tex's audio since I called him on his cell phone. I also had to cut out some of my feedback to his remarks in the first 10 minutes because my audio was just so low. I hope you enjoy our convo!)

    This episode was NOT sponsored or paid for by TCX Boots or anyone else for that matter. All podcasts (past and present) are totally and fully funded by my own spare time.

    Artwork: Boggytown

    Music: "Life is Good", Joystock

    WELCOME TO THE?GEARCHIC PODCAST

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    I'm so excited to announce my all new podcast, featuring discussions and interviews from friends, colleagues, strangers, basically anyone who will chat with me about you guessed it, motorcycle gear. 

    Join me as I learn more about different brands, technologies and people that make up the motorcycle gear universe. 

    Of course, I also aim to give you as much information as I can about the world of gear and I won't be limiting it to women's gear either. Finding protective apparel dealers / shops / manufacturers that you can trust your safety and protection is challenging and I am to make that a bit easier with this podcast. 

    I also hope to decode technical terms and brands that you may hear in your everyday riding life: Cordura, SuperFabric, Dynatec, UHWMPE, Coolmax and more.

    a Product Sponsor of the Women's Sportbike Rally

    a Product Sponsor of the Women's Sportbike Rally

    I can't wait for you to join me weekly? biweekly? I honestly don't know, I'll record as often as I can depending on who will talk to me. Sometimes it might just even be me.

    Stay tuned to this page for Episode 1, a jolly discussion about motorcycle boots with my friend and the Director of Sales & Marketing of TCX Boots USA. We're going to talk about CE Certification of motorcycle footwear, how synthetics are taking over and more. I will upload episodes to this page in a different blog post each week. I'll also be adding it to iTunes so stay tuned!

    If you want to be a guest on my show, please keep in mind that there are NO paid endorsements.

    PS Don't worry, I didn't break up with my girl Cristi, you will still find me with Cristi on Moterrific.

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