Women’s Test Team: Women’s Bibshorts Review Part 1

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Meet the Testers

Kate Powlison

Kate Powlison lives for the lunch ride. Invite her on a midday ride, and the answer is almost always “yes.” Bicycling is her essential outlet and personal passion. It’s also her solution to society’s most pressing problems in her work at PeopleForBikes, the national bike nonprofit. In fact, Kate loves bikes so much that she rode all 2,161 miles of the 2012 Tour de France course with a team of five women. Whether on a lunch ride, commute, or Grand Tour adventure, Kate believes that good design can make a great ride better.

Liz Barcheck

Liz Barcheck rides and resides in Boulder, Colorado. She received her first “real” bike in her early twenties from her now husband, owner/head builder of Mosaic Cycles. Since then she has developed a love and affinity for long road rides in the mountains of Colorado and bike commutes to her middle school classroom. Currently she helps to manage and race for local cyclocross team, Team Small Batch, and continues to work for Mosaic Cycles as a product tester and advocate of custom bicycles.

Elizabeth Train

Elizabeth Train believes that few things compare to great rides with great friends. While she loves to spin on gorgeous roads, it’s singletrack that truly has her heart. She’s also been in the bike industry for nearly a decade, working for organizations such as Bikes Belong and Boulder B-cycle, and logging loads of volunteer hours with the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance.

Lisa Sumner

Lisa Sumner’s cycling career began later in life when she landed a job as the advertising coordinator for VeloNews. Lisa worked there for five years and quickly discovered a love for cycling on asphalt and singletrack. Lisa has done a handful of racing over the years, but her real passion is going out for long rides in the mountains of Colorado with good friends.

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite In-R-Cool

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite In-R-Cool

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Hincapie Power Bibshort

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Hincapie Power Bibshort

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Assos T.Lady_S5

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Assos T.Lady_S5

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro In-R-Cool

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro In-R-Cool

About the author: RoadBikeReview Womens Test Team

In order to better serve our readership, RoadBikeReview has launched a Women’s Test Team that’s tasked with reviewing gear and apparel made expressly for women. Our quartet of testers are all experienced cyclists, who each bring a unique set of perspectives and needs to the conversation. If you have questions for our testers or suggestions on gear you would like to see featured here, leave us a note in the comments section below or send an email to WomensTestTeam@roadbikereview.com.


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  • jay says:

    Don’t want to piss off Hincapie, he’ll rat you out.

  • Ashok Captain says:

    Greetings from India.
    I’m a guy, but ladies, a salute to all of you and roadbikereview for publishing such an honest review (instead of the usual ‘laterally stiff, but vertically compliant’ one usually reads).
    I have a bunch of women friends who cycle (racing to randonneuring) and will definitely send em this link.
    A review of women specific saddles (pl include Selle SMP, and the Selle Italia womens versions) with a mention of the testers sit-bone distance would definitely be worth doing.
    Happy, safe cycling,

    Ashok

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