An interesting new name popped up on the list of independent dealers and bike shops selling Terry clothing across the USA last year. When we reached out to learn the story behind “Alaska Cycle Chic,” we were delighted to meet Krystal and Nancy, two keen cyclists and new entrepreneurs bringing great creative energy to their local cycling community.
The store’s beautiful website explains their story: In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, Krystal and Nancy agreed that it was too hard to find cool women’s cycling clothes in Anchorage, and turned their socially distanced garage happy hour conversations about the problem into action.
Women with a mission, going all-in to share their love of cycling
They saw opportunity in that difficulty, and have worked hard to create a haven for cycling women of all abilities and disciplines. The common thread is fostering a happy and healthy lifestyle while enjoying Alaska’s outdoors on two wheels.
As they put it, their mission is to promote the stoke by supporting all women and equipping them for a comfortable and confident ride on any trail they choose.
It’s clear they are well on their way. They have organized an ongoing series of events to introduce new riders to the basics of maintenance, and help riders master cycling techniques. Nothing about the events or the store is vanilla – many are led by the fearsome-sounding Viper McGnarly (aka Nancy), so the tone is set for fun as well as learning.
Here’s how Nancy describes the store:
“Alaska Cycle Chic is a new retail boutique in Anchorage, Alaska, dedicated to biker babes of all sizes and shapes, and featuring cycling gear for all types of biking. We love bike clothing that’s fun and stylish, but it should be functional and comfortable as well.
“Riding isn’t as much fun if you’re not properly outfitted. Being comfortable is key to feeling good on your bike, so we help our customers – especially those new to biking – find clothing that fits, and teach them how to layer properly – super important in a cold climate!
“Shopping in Anchorage can be challenging, with little to choose from compared to the Lower 48, especially women’s cycling clothing. Being able to try on before buying is key for our customers.
“Carrying Terry was a no-brainer when we opened. Women love color, and Terry keeps coming up with beautiful prints and comfortable styles. The Terry Fixie Short is by far the most popular item in the shop because of the comfortable stretchy waist and flattering fit for all size bodies. Please bring back the purple color!!
“The local biking community has been very supportive of our venture, and we give back by supporting athletes at many of the races and events. We also host a variety of free clinics, helping women learn how to work on their bikes so they feel more confident on the trail.”
If you ride in the Anchorage area, make sure to check out Alaska Cycle Chic’s upcoming events. The boutique looks like a wonderful place to hang out and visit for a while – be sure to shop Krystal and Nancy’s unique array of fun, bike themed merchandise, along with women’s cycling gear and clothing selected especially to suit Alaskan conditions.