Babes Ride Out

Lea Sabado & Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

With over 150 years of rich history behind them, Stetson is an iconic American brand that is ever evolving and forever timeless. From true western cowboys, to Hollywood elite to U.S. presidents, these hats have brimmed the heads of many throughout history. We are proud to be supported by Stetson and show you a glimpse of the women in our community that have  a true personal connection to this brand. - Babes Ride Out

Meet Lea Sabado aka @chillmami!!! We are beyond thankful to have met Lea through this community. She is the unparalleled ruler of the Karaoke DJ world at BRO events! I will never forget basking in two-stroke exhaust  while chasing her on her vintage bike through Washington on a road trip a couple of years ago.  We ended up bonding over our love of dirt and vintage two-stroke bikes. She has a garage full of treasures that would make any collector drool. Lea absolutely nails tomboy style like no other and as a true hat girl; we had to talk to her about her life in Stetson!

Name:  Lea or Chill Mami

Location: San Francisco, CA

Occupation: Tax Wizard / Finance Droid / Coffee Shop Owner / Ford Chillers Club

What kind of bike do you ride? My go-to right now is a ’73 Yamaha RD350 around town. But I am lucky enough to ride a mix between a ’77 Honda CB400f, ’67 Bultaco Metralla, ‘89 Honda GB 500, ’01 Kawi W650, or ’67 Triumph Tiger on road; ’02 Yamaha YZ125 on dirt

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:  I was originally riding 60’s Vespa & Lambretta scooters around San Francisco (and still do!) – it was the easiest way to navigate in such a small, condensed town.  I never wanted to feel solely reliant on public transportation, so I decided to get on two wheels.  Since then, I’ve always had an affinity for 2-stroke machines, and eventually, I transitioned into 2-stroke motorcycles… Viola!

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:  BRO has opened up my world! Even outside of motorcycles! I’ve been riding for years, mostly with my husband & his boys, long before Babes Ride Out was established. BRO is much more than motorcycles and adventure to me.  I’ve built and solidified stronger bonds with my friends through BRO. I’ve been able to explore, immerse, and identify myself around like-minded people in this community. I’m lucky to have not only good friends through BRO, but also a second family.  Super grateful for all friendships and ties I’ve formed over the years, and beyond state lines.  It’s satisfying to know ‘community’ is real and out there if you ever need it. Never alone!  

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event? Damn, that’s a hard one.  All BRO years have been so magical in their own unique way and between Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt, it’s so hard to have a favorite. I want to say my favorite things consistently each year in and out have been Joshua Tree sunrise and sunsets and Hot Rides karaoke.  There is nothing more magical than the vast open desert at sunrise to endless sherbet skies at sunset that stretch from one side of the campground to the end.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the clarity of the Milky Way at night. 

What is your dream motorcycle trip?  My dream moto trip changes frequently.  I’ve wanted to ride the Pyrenees Mountains to joining up the Normandy Motorcycle Club for their annual war department ride.  I think, now, I’d be at my ultimate happiest when riding dual sports in the backcountries of any foreign country or state.  I’ve done a lot of California, which is downright incredible, and still, I’ve yet to tap into all of California.  If anyone has any suggestions for best dual sport routes, let me know!!! 

Describe your personal style: Tomboy por vida! What’s the generally accepted fashion term? Tomboy chic, I just googled it. To me, it’s a mental attitude and lifestyle for sure. Haha. In all seriousness, I can remember being and dressing like a tomboy since a toddler.  My clothes were essentially hand-me-down’s from my older siblings—primarily oversized t-shirts and button ups with whacky 80s and 90s print, Jordache overalls, a denim jacket, and a pair of high top Nike’s… Shoot, I was wearing “boyfriend jeans” before they were even labeled boyfriend jeans! Hah! Not much has changed. I’m still a creature of comfort and tend to stick to basics.  If I can get on and off my motorcycle to work and play, without compromising comfort, then you can almost always find me wearing overalls (Carhartt and/or Atwyld), plain tee’s, Atwyld All-Time Jacket, and Chuck Taylor’s or riding boots. If I want a touch of femininity, I’ll just accessorize the shit out of my look with a Stetson, a beanie or dad cap, or jewelry. Or, I’ll swap out my shoes with pointed loafers, flats or oxfords.  I also live in San Francisco and the weather pretty much dictates my mood…and outfits.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:  While growing up, my dad always wore hats similar to Indiana Jones and James Bond (Sean Connery style). One hat that he would constantly and consistently wear was a fedora from Stetson. I never really thought about my dad’s hat since then, as I’m not a fan of fedoras, until I met Daryl and Claire from Stetson at BRO3. They had re-introduced Stetson in my life, along with a slew hats in all different types of styles.  That was when…

What drew you to the Greybull and Pinedale?:  I picked up the Greybull and Pinedale hats from Claire and Daryl. Immediately after, I bought the Edgemont and Retro Panama Hat. The Greybull, Pinedale, and Edgemont hats were most appealing to me simply because of the temperamental weather we have in SF.  The hats are not only made with 100% wool, water repellant and crushable, but also well constructed, stylish, versatile, trusty, soft and comfortable, and impervious to all weather conditions. I’ve worn the Greybull in torrential downpour and still managed to have a dry and warm skull. There is a soft stretch inner band that keeps your head comfortable for hours too. Having worn these trusty hats in the city in all different types of climates just confirmed my affinity to Stetson.  And lastly, being from the islands, everyone needs a Panama hat! That thing is timeless, I’m tellin’ ya.   

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:  Hats just give me that extra beat to my step.  I could be having a bad (hair) day and Stetsons (and beanies) are invisible cloaks.  I can’t be without them! They are my number one accessories aside from my rings. I know I don’t NEED anymore hats, but I WANT them all.