I’ve been enjoying a few new things this Spring that I’d like to share. At the end you can enter to win a really cool outdoor gift!
Before the ride:
Beyond Coastal Sunscreen: I found out about Beyond Coastal outdoor sunscreen through the Environmental Working Group list about which sunscreens are the safest. They have rated high for the past three years. In addition I liked that they are a small company focused on outdoor athletes and families. When we went to Costa Rica this winter for a month I took the Beyond Coastal Natural Clear, SPF 30 , Beyond Coastal Active Lip Balm, SPF 15 , Beyond Coastal Kids Natural, SPF 30 , Beyond Coastal Lip and Face Screen, SPF 30 , and Beyond Coastal Active, SPF 30 . I also took two cans of the Kiss My Face Sport Clear Spray, SPF 50 . I’m not a sunscreen aficionado and to be honest I love the ease of the spray. My issue with the spray is that is lasted only 2 days. You need to re-apply all the time when sweating or swimming. At about $15 a bottle we went through $30 in sunscreen in less than 1 week. Once that was gone, I used the Beyond Coastal. It lasted the entire trip and I still have the lip balm and Natural Clear left. It goes on thick so while I still have to battle my children to get it on, I only have to do it once or twice a day rather than spraying them every hour. My favorites are the Active line and lip balm. The active line goes on thick and lasts but it doesn’t leave white spots over your body. It goes on and then drys without residue. The lip balm is super smooth and moisturizing. I use it even when I’m not in the sun- it’s that good. I can’t believe I still have some left!
My two cents – While it costs a little more than your average sunscreen from Target it will last far longer and is much safer for your body and environment. This is very important to me, especially with my kids.
Coconut Water: One cup of coconut water provides about 90 mg of sodium, 278 mg of chloride and 60 mg of magnesium, some of the most prominent electrolytes. It also provides 600 mg of potassium per 1 cup, more than a banana. Some probably use coconut water apres-ride but I like it to hydrate before going out, especially if I ride later in the day. Sometimes I am bad about drinking enough during the day and nothing is worse than starting a ride dehydrated. After trying a number of brands my favorite is the 100% Pure Vita Coco.
My two cents -It’s expensive so save it for days when you feel that you need more of an electrolyte kick than just plain water.
During the ride:
29er: I finally jumped on the 29er bandwagon with a Jamis D29 Pro. I only have a few rides under my belt but I believe the hype! Actually I still don’t want it as my only bike but it’s been great for the smooth trails around here. I also took it up a technical trail in Moab and I found it easier to get my bike over the rock obstacles. I wanted my 6 inch travel on the way down but I guess you can’t have everything. I’m very excited to race with it this year at the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde.
Technical T-shirt: Although not designed to be a cycling shirt I have worn my Sport Science tee a few times to ride. One day I wore the women’s smarter basics tee all day in Fruita. To hang out at camp, to ride and to sleep. It held up as I never felt the need to change it due to smell or moisture. It also held up really well after multiple washing. There is no fading or those tiny pills you often get with tees.
My two cents – It’s an affordable alternative to all those $50 technical shirts and works just as well.
After the ride:
Protein Bars: CLIF just released 3 new flavors of their Builder’s Block protein bar. S’mores, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter. My son found the stash so I had to fight to get a sample of each. They are a lot better than some of the other protein bars on the market. We are also fans of the Chocolate Mint flavor. I alternate between chocolate milk and these bars after a good workout. Protein and Carbs are important after exercise. To learn more check out the protein calculator at CLIFBuilders.com.
My two cents: Buy them and immediately hide them from your children.
Wine Glasses: After the milk one must have a glass of wine, right? If you’re a cyclist then you need, yes need, the On the Wheel cycling wine glasses by Colorado artist Amanda Acheson. We’ve had ours for about a month and love them (maybe too much).
My two cents: They are only $40 for a set. I saw more expensive wine glasses at Target and they didn’t have the incredible cycling artwork on them. Also, it’s good to support small artists. I will also say at FUDOG has great customer service. We had an issue with one of ours and he sent out a replacement the next day!
And now for the giveaway. Beyond Coastal is giving away an Active Sampler Pack! Please leave a comment on this post and then check out Velo Mom and Beyond Coastal on Facebook. Winner will be selected at random on May 1st.
To facilitate some of this review, I received a Sport Science basic tee, Beyond Coastal sunscreen, and CLIF bars. All opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.