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Cell Phone Ban : Do you feel better on the road?

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Across the country the use of cellphones while driving is being cracked down on. Depending on your area it could be as simple as “no texting” or as strict as no cell phone use, unless on work duty.

The statistics for accidents and deaths due to use of cellphones are very high, to be honest it is one of the biggest fears I have as a cyclist on the road.

What are your local governments doing and how does it make you feel?

Locally, we have a ban on texting while driving.  I don’t think it has changed much of anything and it doesn’t make me feel better.  After the first few times friends of mine get tickets for using their iPhones or Blackberry’s while driving, then I will feel like change is happening.

Until then, I will keep my children on side roads with a good shoulder or dirt paths.

Very lastly : Webster’s Word of the Year is “Distracted Driving

Women of Dirt Movie Trailer

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Slowly, very slowly, women are getting the nod for doing things in the cycling sport.  This time a great movie (trailer is below) celebrating gravity mountain bikers and what women can do in the sport.

Awesome Land: Women Of Dirt is a unique look into the world of Downhill Racing, Dirt Jumping and Freeriding. This film looks through the eyes of the wondrous women that have helped grow the sport of Gravity Mountain Biking with their strength and courage. Other mountain bike films have overlooked these vibrant and dedicated women, but no longer!

dznuts Bliss (Now Shipping)

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dznuts Bliss, another chamois butter aimed for women.

Ladies you have spoken and dznuts has answered. This elegant pro grade chamois cream for women provides the comfort and lubricious saddle glide required for top level training and racing. It is scientifically formulated for women’s sensitive skin. (4oz. tube)

anti-bacterial: pre/probiotics complex reduces the chance of infection and encourages beneficial skin flora growth.

anti-inflamatory: decreases itching, prickling and discomfort.

wound-healing: strengthens natural biological skin defenses and promotes healing in previously damaged skin.

anti-chaffing: moisture absorbing polymers isolate excess moisture, protecting delicate skin against the chamois.

no tingling: same pro-level protection as dznuts pro chamois cream,without the tingling sensation.

The main things that catch my eye are “no tingling & anti-bacterial.”  When you sit in your chamois for hours at a time, anti-bacterial to keep the funk away will be great.  The no tingling is also a great thing as many of my favorite chamois butters (Assos) tingles for the first 30 minutes of putting it on. This is a weird sensation that still after years of use I can’t always ignore.

For $24.00 if it really does everything it claims it could be worth the dollars to keep women fresh and smooth

DZ Nuts online.

Bike Shop Girl on Versus.com

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Commute By Bike, and Bike Shop Girl is now syndicated at Versus.com to help lead the cycling community with commuting tips, stories and how to.  Much like we do on Commute By Bike already but to a bigger community!  I will be writing for Versus on commuter needs as well as showing highlights from events such as the upcoming National Handmade Bicycle Show.

Please go over to Versus.com, create a login and join my community! Also, make sure to keep up with the blog over there but I hope to have some sort of widget on the sidebar of Commute By Bike to keep you up to date with what’s going on over there.

Go on already…