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Holiday Stocking Stuffer Wish List

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I’m a cyclist, I ride year round and there are key things that I use year round, or around this time of year lust after. For all of you looking to buy something for a cyclist in your life this is my stocking stuffer list. I’ll also be writing up a larger item Holiday Wish List for the bigger ticket items.

Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle

Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle

Insulated, easy to use mouth piece and a close off valve to keep the bottle from leaking in your bag or on a shaky mountain ride.

Rear Blinky Light

Walk in to any bike shop and for $10 – 40 you can get a good rear light. Depending what type of traffic and weather your cyclist rides in you may want to spend more.

Cycling SocksDeFeet Socks

I’m a sucker for wool but maybe your cyclist is into pastel colors, crazy designs or an easy “STFU” on their cuff. Another easy to find stocking stuffer.


Tubes for your bike is a much needed evil for when you get a flat on the side of the road. Take a look on the side of the tires of your cyclist bike, right down the sizes and note if the valve of the tire looks like a car or a skinny presta valve. (If you explain it at all to a shop they’ll understand.) Often during the holidays shops will have buy 5 for the price of 4 or something.

Clif Bar SeasonalHoliday Clif Bars

During the holidays Clif puts out limited runs of their bars in Gingerbread, Pumpkin and Peppermint. Local grocery stores and bike shops should have these in stock.

How Do You Dress for 10º Commuting?

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Next Monday through Friday I’ll be in Minneapolis for a week’s worth of training for the new gig. I would like to commute by bike as much as possible from my humble abode to the QBP headquarters 14 miles away. Looking at the weather it seems to be in the teens most mornings, granted I am a week out so weather may change.

How would you dress for such weather? What are key things I should pack and worry about?

Sound off!

Motivational Monday with Tianna Meilinger

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Motivational Monday Tianna Meilinger

What’s your name and location?

Tianna Meilinger of Vaya Bags Ridgewood, NY

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

I like going to different bike trails such as Caumsett Park in Long Island. I also love running errands in NYC on my bike. Its really the best way to get around the city. I also commute to and from work at Vaya Bags, where I handmake bike messenger bags.

What is your first cycling memory?

I used to go camping in the Florida Keys with my parents every winter and my first memories of riding were there, on the Behia Honda campsite.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My good friend Rachel who is a bike messenger in New York City is very inspiring to me. When I get out on my bike in the rain, I think of Rachel hauling ass in the rain, snow, and sleet all winter long.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

My husband and I rented bikes while on vacation in Lake Tahoe. It was pretty awesome riding around, seeing the beautiful scenery and smelling the fresh mountain air.

Tell us all about your bikes

I have a 1969 Vintage Holdsworth, that I found at a garage sale for six bucks and I love it!
I also have a Specialized Crossroads Hybrid which I use on trails.

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!

My Thighs are Fat

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Last Friday I went for a spin on my cross bike. Nothing major, some dirt, some neighborhood roads, and all that good stuff. As I rode I had the time to take in the bike fit and feel of this new cyclocross bike. I’ve had in my grummy hands for roughly a month a 2012 Ridley X-Fire for a demo with the new gig. I’ve raced it, it did splendid but I haven’t had long thought filled moments with it yet.

One thing that this bike provides is a shaped carbon top tube that flattens out to provide comfortable portage on your shoulder during cyclocross races. This also showed me quickly that my thighs are a bit chubbier than the last time I had some a cross bike (roughly 4 years.) Normally, I would get discouraged by this. Who wants fat thighs? Especially as a cyclist the fat thighs make your spandex look like stuffed sausage links. Instead I found inspiration for long rides on the bike, the goal to lose the thighs and to continue to find happiness in things I would normally be frustrated about.

Here’s to winter, fat burning, miles and fat, happy, thighs.

Upstate SC SORBA’s 2nd Annual Oyster Roast

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Who wants to go?

There will be plenty of local cluster oysters brought in from the coast! We will have all the accoutrements up to and including chili, crackers, horseradish and Tabasco! There will be several kegs compliments of our good friends at RJ Rockers Brewing Co. and Community Tap! And, can you believe it, Grass Backerds returns to entertain with some amazing Bluegrass!  In addition, the BIG ACC Football Championship game will be showing outdoors on the BIG screen so you won’t miss a thing.  Did I mention the impressive bonfire to keep us warm and toasty? This go round, we will also have s’mores and weenies for the kidz!

It sounds like a partee!

BYO: I.D. if you wish to imbibe, chairs, shucking knife, shucking glove/towel, marshmallow/weenie skewers for the kidz

Prices in advance (through noon on December 2nd):
$15 for children ages 4-12
$25 for ages 13+
$15 LADIES ONLY on 11/18 and 11/25

Day of event pricing:
$15 for children ages 4-12
$35 for ages 13+

No refunds. RAIN or SHINE.

Location : Sunrift Adventures – One Center Street Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Contact : Renee Lean rdlean@charter.net