Monthly Archives: September 2011
Light Up Your Bicycle Wheels
A cool concept that I always wish I could afford is the LED lights you put on your wheels that make shapes and color patterns. The makers, MonkeyLectric, have come out with a more affordable and not so bulky option – Mini Monkey Lights. Currently the guys are using Kickstarter to gain interest and help fund the new project.
Road Holland: Good People in Cycling Episode 1
The two guys behind Road Holland are good peeps. You don’t hear me saying that too often, so believe me it is a compliment. While we have talked about them in the past, I have limited it mainly due to the fact they are two guys in the bike industry.
Yesterday Road Holland rolled out the first Episode of Good People in Cycling films.
While so much of the world may see cyclists as neon spandex clad ants that take up too much of the road, the reality is that there are so many wonderful people involved in our sport.
To highlight them, Road Holland is kicking off a film series entitled “Good People In Cycling.” In each episode we’ll take a look at people who are doing extraordinary but often unsung work to help others.
Episode I features Craig Dodson of the Richmond Cycling Corp from Richmond, VA. Craig founded RCC as a way to give back all that he got out of cycling to kids who might otherwise never get on two wheels. In the process, he’s changing lives.
For more information about Craig and Richmond Cycling Corp visit richmondcyclingcorps.org.
Big Stampede Swap Meet in Charlotte NC
What is the BIG STAMPEDE?
How about the biggest bicycle expo and swap to hit the Southeast! Big Stampede features 25,000 square feet of manufacturers, retailers, clubs/teams, and individuals buying, selling, and swapping new and used cycling and triathlon equipment. A place for YOU to sell your old gear, and buy or swap for new gear, plus a whole lot more!
November 6, 2011
WHEN: The expo/swap is from 9AM until 3PM.
WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, will host the 2011 Big Stampede Southeast Bike Expo & Swap in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Garage located in the infield of the Speedway.
Admission = $5.00
12 and under = FREE
Parking = FREE
There is an ATM on site and there will be concessions.
The Official beneficiary for the Big Stampede is Trips for Kids. They will be there to accept any donations of used cycling equipment. Please bring something to give to them.
First Look: 2012 Trek Lush Women’s Full Suspension Mountain Bike
Back in July I revealed a new women’s designed full suspension 26″ mountain bike from Trek. The Trek Lush has been one of the top searched items to Bike Shop Girl since that day in July. Fast forward a few months, while hitting up Facebook last night an angel came knocking in the fork of my regional Trek Women’s Demo rep. Ross Rushin dropped a 2012 Trek Lush Carbon in 17.5 into my grubby and greasy hands today. I’ll have her to crush the dirt for a couple weeks. Give you all a good review of riding, tech features and my overall feel.
Rain pushed aside I hope to swap the stem and get pushing dirt tomorrow
The Day that Changed my Life, I’m Looking for Donations
October 1st, 2010 was a beautiful Friday in Charlotte. The morning had started with a 5 mile commute down the road to catch my bus into Charlotte. The work day went by quickly, I had been blessed with tickets to the Sugarland concert and it was FRIDAY! As I left my office, pedaling the .75 miles to the bus stop I never thought the next 12 hours would be so different and so altered.
If you are a loyal reader, you know I was left hooked by a car in an intersection. Not but two blocks from my bus stop and commute home for a solid weekend with family. The next several hours was spent on a backboard for MRI’s and X-rays. While my brain felt fine, I had always done well in panic situations. Calming everyone around me as my hip and legs were in intensive pain. I knew my life was changed, the preacher of “commuting by bike”, the family that owned one car, the care-free feeling I had felt in Charlotte for the past 5 years was shattered.
Everyone of my readers, Twitter friends and loved ones pulled me through. For many months I felt I had lost my soul in that accident. The soul that was commuting by bike in middle school, I felt that I had lost her. Over the past year I have found new pieces, have changed and have started to push myself. Finding my limits that I am working on breaking.
This October 1st I am Running a 5k
If you know me, you know that I am a cyclist. While I enjoyed running in middle and high school, it hasn’t been something of any interest for the past year. Over the winter, and more specifically this summer I started to jog. We call it “wogging” in my family as I feel I am super slow. When my company decided to walk or run the Race for the Cure in Charlotte there was a light that clicked on in my head. Yes, this would be a great way to celebrate one year of being alive.
Why not ride a bike? I ride a bike daily. Thanks to everyone that supported me I feel confident (though sometimes freaked out) to ride on the road or commute. That hurdle was overcome this past spring. Instead I am partaking in something, a run, that I know will hurt, I will struggle and at the end I will feel more proud of myself for completing than riding a 100 miles.
A sub 30 minute 5k with rolling hills. That is my goal. It is a stretch, but I know somewhere in it I can do it.
A car accident is scary. The whole day was a blur but cancer – now that is the one of the most frightening things a person can handle in a life time. Putting one step in front of another. Putting a few dollars down for the cure.
9 Days to Raise $425 Please Help
As much as I am stretching for 30 minutes in my first 5k, I am stretching for fundraising. But, I believe in all of you. I believe we can push over this hurdle and everyone of you will be with me as I celebrate 1 year of being alive. Every year I hope to find a cause such as this one to celebrate with.
I am 15% of the way there as I type this. Please keep pushing for me. Donate!
Tech Tuesday: 2011 Interbike Tech Recap
Recapping more of the 2011 Interbike through internet stalking and tons of Googling. Here is more thanks to Bike Rumor, MTBR and the fine folks at Problem Solver for sponsoring Tech Tuesday.
10 Speed Grip Shift from SRAM
Grip shifters rejoice, you can now move to the awesome 2×10 technology.via Bike Rumor
The best three way tool ever
4,5 and a Torx. A mountain bike mechanics dream via MTBR
Fox Shock Pump for digital geeks
Do you have a need for being riding the most high tech, or know your suspension by the half psi? via MTBR
Video from NC Cyclocross Practice Last Week
Cyclocross Practice in Lake Norman, NC from Arleigh Jenkins on Vimeo.
A clip of our Wednesday night practices for NC Cyclocross in Bradford Park in Huntersville North Carolina. Come play with us!
Motivational Monday with Starr Walker
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?
Starr Walker – Boston via RVA
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
From commuting to 4+ hour road rides, from flowy singletrack on my MTB to racing Cyclocross, you name it I shred it
What is your first cycling memory?
When I was in the 3rd grade my mother told my brother and I to get something from the garage on Christmas day. It turns out Santa could not fit our MTB’s down the chimney so he had left them there for us. We froze our little butts off riding them all day. My favorite thing was beating the boys all the way down to the bottom of our cul-de-sac.
Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?
Seeing other ladies out there shredding it with smiles on their faces inspire me. Almost 100 CAT 3/4 women toeing the line at the start of the 2010 Great Brewers Grand Prix of Gloucester motivates me.
What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?
On the bike I have little “best” moments every time I clear a section of trail that I couldn’t ride before. I have a “best” moment when someone says “lookin’ strong.” But overall I think my best moments are when participants of the women’s specific cycling clinics that I organize and assist at tell me, “thank you” or tell me how much more confident they are on their bikes now after our cycling clinics.
Tell us all about your bikes
Road bike: 2011 Colnago CLX 2.0 with SRAM Force
Cyclocross bike: 2011 Bianchi Zurigo with Force/Rival mix
Full Suspension MTB: 2011 Trek Fuel EX 8
Hard Tail MTB: I frankensteined together with parts from our basement.
Around town bike: Surly 1×1 w/ 26″ Large Marge rims and MAXXIS hookworm tires laced to CK hubs…
Favorite Photo’s from Interbike: Speedgoat Bicycles
This past week was Interbike, a week that all people in the bike industry gather in the sands of Las Vegas. You see new product, are wowed, swooned and left wanting to spend more money in the industry. Originally Interbike started when people really did see all new lines, book next years products, had job interviews, etc. These days, you do all those things but to a different level thanks to the internet. I’ve been to Interbike several many, many, times. It is fun, it is a good time but as a journalist and in the media you are working 24/7 and this year with too many things on my plate for my real job I couldn’t swing all of that time away.
For that I am going to live for a few days through people that were there and documented in great photos their travels. First up is Speedgoat Bicycles. A wonderful shop with a wonderful online presence. I believe they started out originally in PA, I remember they were one of the first shops utilizing the web to show off custom bikes and really do custom builds online. Now you can find them in IL and online.
My favorite Interbike photos from Speedgoat Bicycles
Start off with a great shot of the finish line for the CrossVegas Women’s cyclocross race.
Next up of course is coffee
Coffee from our wonderful friends at Kinetic Koffee
Sexy Kestrel Paint
Shimano XTR teamed with Shimano Pro components
Hope Brakes Disc Brake Cyclocross modulator thingy
Speaking of sexy cyclocross bikes..meet Ritte
Giro is making things match across their lines
For Sale: 54cm Surly Long Haul Trucker w/ Wheels, Cranks, Tires
Updated: SOLD (Very quickly to a nice man on eBay)
You are looking at a very lightly demo’d touring frameset from the fine folks at Surly. I purchased the 54cm x 26″ framesize when I was having back issues, needless to say I needed the next size up!
Make my loss your gain and get this a new home as it deserves. The bike is craving to be commuted, toured and loved on long rides with a new owner. Sitting in my garage with less than 50 miles on it, does not make a Surly Bike very happy.
Visit the eBay listing, pass it along to your friends and help me clean out my garage to make room for new things!