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Hold the Spandex: Seattle Designer Ann DeOtte Brings a Little Project Runway to Your Morning Bike to Work

Magazine article Sunset

Hold the Spandex: Seattle Designer Ann DeOtte Brings a Little Project Runway to Your Morning Bike to Work

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ANN DEOTTE'S new Iva Jean clothing line (ivajean.com) puts a feminine spin on the male dominated world of urban-cool bike clothes. The company, named after her can-do grandmother, proves that "utilitarian can still be fashionable," she says, with pieces that use ultra-durable, waterproof, and reflective fabrics cut to look like everyday wear. Here, her tips to get you rolling in style.

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* Learn the basics

For advice on getting started, try the pocket guide Everyday Bicycling (Microcosm Publishing, 2012; $10) by Elly Blue. First lesson: starting and stopping.

* Take the fear out of traffic

The best bike route is not the same way you'd drive. Think about your neighborhood. Can you take a side street with little traffic? That's a better way.

* Find the right bike

DeOtte bought her bicycle used at a bike shop for Sloo. But new city bikes aren't so expensive, and your local store may offer service deals. …

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