2011

Lisa Hunt Women's Road Cycling
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Motivational Monday with Lisa Hunt

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!

Lisa Hunt has been a fixture in women’s road racing for as long as I can remember. Either racing, directing or motivating. Earlier this year she was honored by the Redlands Classic, I believe the words from Podium Insight really sum her up.

Hunt has tirelessly devoted her time and energy to better her team and women cycling in general. She is the consummate teammate, always generous, always looking to better the cycling community. The award was presented before the Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race, which was the last stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

What’s your name and location?

Lisa Hunt

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road and Mountain Bike

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding with the New York Cycling Club on a 60 mile ride to Nyack, NY

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband and my friends. Because it’s fun!

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

Doing the 6 hour mtb ride

Tell us all about your bikes

Parlee Z4, Moots YBB

Raleigh Women's Cyclocross Bikes
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First Impressions: 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike

A beautiful brown box with a huge Raleigh logo on the side showed up this past week for review. Inside, a 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 women’s cyclocross bike in for review. I previewed the line back in August and received a good amount of tweets and comments about the line. At $1,650 this bike could be a break through road/cross/commuter/do all women’s bike. Allowing more options and ways to get women on one well spec’d bike. I have high hopes, and the bike will be abused to see if they meet the hopes.

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Hydration Main
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Clean Your Camelbak or Other Hydration Packs

A question I receive often is how to get the mold out of the reservoir of a Camelbak, Hydrapak or other hydration pack. Camelbak is rolling out a stream of great videos lately, including how to use their cleaning kit. As a user of the cleaning kit, it does its job and keeps the mold out of your water. (ekk!)

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Introducing Giant’s WheelSystems

No lie, wheels matter. Wheels are some of the most important pieces of a well riding, quickly responding, bicycle. Giant and other bike manufactures are focusing more efforts on their own components. I’m interested to see how these ride and compare to wheel specific manufactures.

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New for 2012, Giant WheelSystems are the result of a holistic approach to creating the best-performing wheels for every type of rider in any condition. The design philosophy behind Giant WheelSystems is called System Engineered Performance. In creating them, product developers and engineers analyzed the ways the individual parts of a particular wheel affect each other. Every rim, spoke and hub is designed to optimally serve the system.

System Engineered Performance considers four key performance factors—stiffness, aerodynamics, weight and comfort—and seeks to perfectly tailor these factors to the appropriate user, bike and WheelSystem.

Currently there are four road models available: P-SLR1 Aero, P-SLR1, P-SL0 and P-SL1. These WheelSystems can be found on 2012 Giant road bikes and are also available to purchase as aftermarket components.

P-SLR1 Aero
A lightweight, deep-dish aerodynamic WheelSystem designed for high-performance riding and racing. Maximum stiffness and aerodynamics at the lowest possible weight.
• 50mm deep, 21mm wide scandium-composite tubeless-compatible rims
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• Individual wheel bags included
• 1575g

P-SLR1
Superlight high-performance race wheels engineered for a stiff, comfortable ride. Hand-built with the highest-quality components and materials.
• Tubeless Ready Scandium 21mm wide rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1390g

P-SL0
A versatile performance WheelSystem for road riding and racing. Light enough to race yet tough enough for everyday training and riding.
• Tubeless Compatible rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Aero Competition bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1595g

P-SL1
Designed for performance road riding, aimed at enthusiasts or beginner racers seeking a stiff, durable WheelSystem.
• Light, durable 21mm deep 6061 alloy rims, sleeved joint
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Champion stainless steel spokes (18 front radial; 24 rear 2-cross)
• 1775g

Lake Norman State Park MTB
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Laurel Trail Review at Lake Norman State Park

When I am riding locally in Charlotte NC I have roughly 4 trails I visit, either due to distance from my house, work or time restraints. One of my favorite trails,that is also one of the closer ones to my house, recently had a trail addition that opened earlier this fall.

Lake Norman State Park which is about 25 minutes north of center city Charlotte is a great trail for all levels. 20 or so miles can now be found wrapping around the lake. Well maintained with a decent amount of length it will give you a reason to make the drive. The words I would use to describe the whole circuit of trails is flowing, moderate, and scenic. The Tarheel Trailblazers have done a great job building and keeping up with the trails, the State Park Rangers keep an eye on the trail, encourage use but also make sure it isn’t abused when the weather is foul.

The recently finished addition, the Laurel loop added 8 miles to the other two loops that have been staples at Lake Norman. The loop is a bit more technical, adding fun switchbacks, little kicker climbs, man built log rollers and will give you a work out no matter your experience. Those in shape will hit the trail harder, those looking to step up their game the trail is completely rideable, you may need to walk a couple hills but there is not shame in it!

The trail reminds me of a tamed Warrior Creek in Wilkesboro. Not as much elevation change, not as many berms, but fun. 20 miles of mountain biking, with 10 more planned will make this a destination spot. I’m lucky to live relatively close to the trail (10 minute drive)!

 

Lake Norman Bicycle Route
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Lake Norman Bike Route Ribbon Cutting This Weekend

If you are a local to me (Charlotte/Lake Norman, NC) then you should know about the dedication event of the Lake Norman Bicycle Route. The route is planned to circle Lake Norman on marked roads, greenways, and showing points of interest. The route is 3/4 of the way marked and mapped! Read more about it or view the map here. 

Lake Norman Bicycle Route

This Saturday is the event to kick things off, including a bike ride!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Troutman Depot 
137 South Main Street, Troutman, NC 
Starts at 10am

Description of the Troutman Loop to be ridden after the ceremony Saturday

Begin at Downtown Troutman’s landmark Old Depot at US 21/NC 115 (Main St.) and Wagner Rd.  Careful crossing US 21 to start your ride south on Wagner.  After 1.5 miles, veer right onto State Park Rd.  The scenery becomes more rural and wooded approaching Lake Norman State Park.   Past the first bridge, see a parking area at Park Lake.  Boats can be rented here during summer.  The building provides restrooms and drinking fountain (mid-March to November).  A Porta-John is located at the north entrance of the parking lot by the Itusi Mountain Bike Trail entrance.  A mile further on State Park Rd., turn right after the Park’s west gate.  St. John’s Rd. ends at E. Monbo Rd.  Turn right, and in a ¼-mile, veer right to stay on E. Monbo and the Loop.  E. Monbo stretches another 4 miles through hilly, rural horse country before reaching Old Mountain Rd.  (To visit Daveste’ Vineyards, divert right onto Talley St., past Hicks Creek Rd., and another right onto Lytton Farm.) Continue to Troutman, turning right on Old Mountain Rd. to reach US 21/NC 115.  At the light, turn right.  After a ¼ mile, turn left at Old Murdock, then right onto Eastway.  Notice the “Richardson Greenway” path across from Town Hall.  In ¾-mile return to the Depot.  If you’re hungry, enjoy one of the several restaurants you just passed along Main St.

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Meet Mountain Bike Legend Jacquie Phelan at Bicycle Escape

Jacquie helped to found NORBA, IMBA and was right there for the creation of the mountain bike. Learn from her amazing history and lovely outlook at life and bicycles at Bicycle Escape.

Bicycle Escape Frederick, MD
Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

As always the event will be catered with plenty of food and drink.

 

Lizard Skins DPS Bar Tape Review
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Review: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 Bar Tape

Lizard Skins DSP Handlebar Tape Review

Details from Lizard Skins:
2.5 mm thick for that extra bit of comfort. At 82” of lengththere is ample length for any bar & 50 grams per set
MSRP: $38

Initial Thoughts

When I first saw the Lizard Skins handlebar tape popping up in the local bike shops I was intrigued. Anytime a company comes out with a product that is twice the price of their competitors they are either idiots or they have some amazing technology worth the cost.

Second thing I saw was that the Lizard Skins company doing a great job with merchandising. They give shops that order a certain amount of minimum product a great eye catching point of purchase. It is a handlebar that allows a consumer to try out the tape, some even have pieces of all the colors and styles available, this is the seller. The tape is different and Lizard Skins knows this – allowing you to try it. It reminds me of the really nice tape you can buy for fancy tennis rackets. It is a bit tacky to touch and only becomes more tacky if it becomes wet. It really hits on the name of the company “Lizard Skins.

There are many colors to chose from, along with the thickness of tape. 2.5mm is the one I went with for better shock absorption, but there is also a 1.8mm for those that like to “feel their bars.” The color, pink of course!

Long Term Review of the Lizard Skins Handlebar Tape

While my review package of tape showed up in early summer, I wanted to put the tape through its paces. As the tape is almost $40 to wrap a handlebar I wanted to make sure it was worth the cost and continued to feel tacky, padded and pink.

Every time I get on my cyclocross bike with this handlebar tape installed, I am impressed. 600 miles on the handlebars, and the pink is still going strong. A bit dirty, but still pink and tacky.

Lizard Skins DPS Bar Tape Review

Overall Thoughts

Not everyone needs to spend this much to wrap their handlebars. If you have a problem with sweaty hands, slippery handlebar tape, maybe have to wear gloves for grip, or you wear through tape a couple times a season.

This tapes for you. 

I’ll leave you with this. While at my local cyclocross practice a friend and gear whore, George, saw my tape, felt my tape, asked me about my tape then quickly went out and bought his own tape (not in pink). We both realized quickly that it is durable and perfect for cyclocross.

Disclaimer: Lizards Skins provided this tape free for review, I wasn’t paid or bribed. 

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Changes to Maryland Drivers License to Benefit Bicycles

From Bike Maryland website

Thanks to the efforts of a diverse coalition of regional groups that worked closely with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and State Highway Administration, a revision to the Maryland State Driver’s Manual that addresses sharing the road with bicycles is being issued this Fall (2011). This Manual will serve as the basis for
improved driver’s education and new driver’s licensing examination questions. It is hoped that this can serve as a model for other jurisdictions as a means of introducing bicycle safety education into the automobile drivers’ mindset early in their training.

Details at http://bikemd.org/files/public/documents/advocacy%202011/drivers%20handbook%202011.pdf

Section VI – Sharing the Road (New 2011 Maryland Driver’s Manual Page 29-30)

Headings are:
Right-of-Way
Expect Bicyclists on the Road
Following a Bicyclist
Pass with Care – Give Bikes at Least 3 Feet
Use Caution at Intersections, Bridges, and Driveways
Driving at Night
Watch for Children

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