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Bontrager RXL WSD Mountain Bike Shoes

Review: Bontrager RXL Mountain WSD Shoes

If you can recall I have been using a pair of Bontrager RL shoes for a couple years, I wrote a review about them a couple months ago. After using and abusing my RL’s for a couple years I have taken a step up to the RXL shoes. Hopefully the carbon isn’t too stiff and I’ll be able to rock the gold and black. What…

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Adjust Avid BB5 Brakes

How To: Properly Setup and Adjusting Avid BB5 Brakes

One concern that so many women (and guys) have with owning a bike is the basics of fixing it, or how to do basic road side repairs. I do recommend that as an avid cyclist even with some mechanical skills that you should become best buds with your local mechanic (beer or ice cream works well.) I also want women to feel empowered and to…

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Improvement Continues to Fuel the Fire

Last week I posted about the first cyclocross practice of the season. How painful it was to feel so slow, and how I really needed to give myself a head check on where I have been to where I am going. The past 2 weeks I really have been putting forth effort into a consistent workout regimen. Tracking and plotting on TrainingPeaks.com. Bike riding, jogging…

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Stephanie Cole

Motivational Monday with Stephanie Cole

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement! What’s your name and location? Stephanie Cole, Charlotte NC (EM:PWRteammate and motivator) What type of cycling do…

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Answer ProTaper 650 XC Handlebar

Review: Answer Products ProTAPER 650 XC Handlebar in Pink

While at Sea Otter this past spring I was hooked up with the new pink Answer Products ProTaper XC Flatbar. After installing and riding the bar for a couple months (15 or 20 rides) I can give some honest feedback. ProTaper 650 XC Bars Details Width: 685mm Weight: 235g (flat) Back Sweep: 3º Colors: PINK, Mango, Red, Green, Brunette (brown), Black Answer ProTaper 650 XC…

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NC CX

North Carolina Womens Cyclocross Clinic

Bicycling skills clinics are an interesting thought. Adults, having skills clinics in the way you would for your favorite sport as a kid. For myself I need to become confident again going into barriers, and $40 for 6 hours of someones time is a great deal. Stackhouse is limiting the field for good instructor to class size so please sign up so I have friends…

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Ergon PC2 Pedal Preview

Preview: Ergon PC2 Pedals

Pedals on a commuter are always an interesting dance. Platform, clipless, toe clips, and then which brand/level? For my around town getter I try to keep platforms on year around to be able to hop on and just GO! The bike I keep at my office in Uptown Charlotte is this type of bike. Originally with BMX style platform pedals, $10 Wellgo pedals, they did well as…

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Cyclocross Training

The First Cyclocross Practice of the Season

Have I mentioned how excited I am about the cyclocross season that is coming up? 50% excited about the racing and 50% excited about the environment, friends and culture. Last night was the first cyclocross “practice” of the season. It really is a reason for friend, George Berger, and I to get out to Fisher Farms with barriers and ride around in circles. Another one…

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