Wednesday 28 April 2010

Profile: Kristin Tieche of Velo Vogue

In the lead up to the launch of our US online store, which goes live early May, I have been interviewing some of the key female cycling bloggers over here in the States.

First up the lovely Kristin Tieche from fabulous blog Velo Vogue

Caz: What bike do you ride?

Kristin: My most frequent ride is my Motob├ęcane mixte - the bike I call Le Rouge et Noir. My friend Bike Man Ben just fixed it up with new handlebars and new pedals, so I'm much happier and more comfortable on this one now. I also just got a folding bike, the single speed KHS Latte. Doesn't go so fast, but it's very practical and super cute.

C: Why do you cycle?

K:Personally, I cycle because it's fun. I love the feeling of exhilaration you get when you're flowing along. I also love running into friends on the bike lane, which happens quite often in San Francisco. So it's very social, whether you're riding for fun or even commuting to work and back. I also know that I'm doing a great deed for the environment and my city by riding a bike.

C: What’s the best thing about cycling in San Francisco?

K: The best things about cycling in SF - because there are so many - are 1) the friends you make in our very active bicycle community,  2) all the great views to take in on the most simple of rides from point A to point B, and 3) all the little details you notice that you might not see if you're traveling by bus or car. Biking gives you a whole new perspective on the world and on your life.

C:Do you think cycling amongst women is on the increase in USA?

K: I do believe cycling among women is on the rise in the U.S. Though I can't quote any statistics, I feel like I see more women wearing normal street clothes and work clothes on their bikes going to work or play. I also know that I've met - both in the cybersphere and in person - more amazing and inspirational women who are committed to cycling through keeping up with my blog.

C: What’s your favourite outfit/style to cycle in?

K: My fave outfit? I will have to go with my Diane Von Furstenberg dresses. Everytime I wear one of her patterns and designs, I feel so uber-womanly! And then coupling that feeling with being on a bike brings the Wow! factor to a entirely new level. It's riding with confidence all the way to my destination!


Dottie said...

I ride the same Motobecane - I love it with all my heart! Thanks for the post.

Campfire said...

How elegant Kristin looks in that dress and on that bike.

Kristin Tieche said...

Thanks, Caz! Reading my words here makes me want to jump on my bike and go for a ride!!!