2010 June

Open Forum : Balance Bicycles for Kids

Over at Bike Shop Hub, a site supporter and a darn near close name, the talk of balance bikes was brought back up.  Many thoughts are racing between my ears currently, but before I say anything outlandish or make claims I can’t support by test data, I want to ask you all some questions.

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SRAM Force Brakes, Breaking?

It seems that there are still batches of SRAM Force recalled brakes out there.  Cozy Beehive recalls a recent story of a mechanic installing SRAM Force brakes to a customers bike and they broke under his touch.

Before you buy any SRAM Force brakesets, for your sake, go check the date stamp on the brake.  If your brake is within the date range below, SRAM will replace the brakes under warranty.

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Enduro Sport Clothing

While live in Asheville, NC there seemed to be a issue of rubbing hole into my cycling shorts.   We road every day after work, rain or shine and the sand/rain combo would rub straight through a pair of good shorts.  This is when I started wearing the Enduro Women’s Hummvee short, they lasted and fit very, very, well.

Enduro has continued to push their women’s clothing line, some of my eye catchers are below.  Slowly, the US is starting to pick up more dealers, encourage your local bike shop to try a new line.  Especially if you are into mountain biking!

Eye Catcher Clothing

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Bicycle Film Festival

While the Bicycle Film Festival has started for 2010 and may have passed your location, this is a amazing event to travel to. Films that inspire, motivate and compel people to chose a bike for life.  Make sure to visit the BicycleFilmFestival.com as they have short YouTube videos of various films.

Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001 Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.

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Would You Go To a Skills Camp?

While browsing over the Trek/Gary Fisher bikes I mentioned this morning, I came across the Trek Dirt Series.  These skills camps seem to be held all over the west coast & parts of Canada.  There are women’s only and co-ed versions.   My question goes back to the title of this post, would you goto a skills camp?

Around Charlotte There is the Dirt Divas

The local women’s mountain bike group, the Dirt Diva’s have a weekly group ride for various levels and a monthly skills clinic.  Several of these ladies have told me about a camp they would go to in Whistler for big hit skills.  I’m a chicken with no money or time to travel and learn how to jump off things.  My skills are earned, riding with friends, testing my insurance plan and well…growing some courage.

Over 5,000 Ultra-Satisfied Participants

The Trek Dirt Series claims to have 5,000 satisfied participants.  I wish I could see the demographics and travel time for their participants.  Would it be worth the travel/hassle and logistics?

Would You Go?

Do you love mountain biking and have a budget to play with? Would something like this excite you?

Women’s Twenty Niner Bikes

Earlier this week it was announced that Gary Fisher as a bicycle brand will be discontinued. Gary Fisher and his bikes aren’t going anywhere, but they will become a “Gary Fisher Collection” for Trek Bikes in 2011. There are pro’s and con’s of this which I won’t bore you of. The biggest pro I want to mention today is Trek’s “Gary Fisher Collection” Twenty Niner WSD bikes.

Fisher Mamba WSD

Mamba WSD $879.99

A price point 29er that came out a couple years back.  24 speeds, coil fork but nice high aluminum frame and disc brakes.  A great place to try the 29er wheel size.

X-Caliber WSD

X-Caliber WSD $1539.99

On the other end of the 29er spectrum from the Mamba is the X-Caliber.  30 gears, with the new 10 speed SRAM X-7, hydraulic disc brakes and all the bells and whistles you need to keep you happy for a long time.

Back on Track

Bike Shop Girl is 80% back on track, the last dots to connect are the podcast and the podcast plugin that I have been using.   If you are a wordpress master and have any suggestions on which Podcast plugin works with WordPress 3.0 please let me know.

Thanks for your patience, and make sure to ride your bike this weekend!

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Due to upgrading to WordPress Version 3.0, and the template that was on Bike Shop Girl previously not liking the new version… we are having malfunctions!

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