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Motivational Monday with Wendy Davis

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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?

Wendy Davis in great Missouri

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

mountain, single-speed, gravel, cross, road

What is your first cycling memory?

June 16 2007 was my first mountain bike ride as an adult. I pedaled 1.5 miles and launched myself over a cliff. A visit to the ER confirmed a broken elbow. In that short time I found my destiny. I fell in love with mountain biking that day.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I ride to inspire others to ride. I want people to see that if I can do it, so can they. The bike has made me happier and healthier. I keep riding because it makes me a better human.

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

Racing at Sea Otter courtesy of Airborne Bicycles and crushing gravel at the Dirty Kanza 200

Tell us all about your bikes

2009 Specialized hard-tail singlespeed
2011 Kona Jake the Snake
2011 Airborne Goblin

Read more about Wendy over at her blog!

Booth Babes at Interbike are a Turnoff

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This past Interbike I saved my vacation time and dollars for other things, leaving my coverage to be from industry friends and stalking the internet for worthwhile product to talk about. On return from Interbike a few female friends that work within the bicycle industry emailed or texted about the outrage from an article running in the daily version of Bicycle Retailer.

Booth Babes have a Hard Life

The attached scanned in version of the article talks about how difficult the job is. The women are paid between $100-500 a day, and are paid to “attempt to charm strangers and lure them into trade show booths by talking about products you know little about.”

As a woman in the industry that does know what she is talking about this insults me. Pretty faces and large breast may attract guys to the booths, I get that. The ways of marketing to guys isn’t something that bothers me, hell I even second the notion if it means you see more women in the industry supported.

There are Beautiful Women in the Industry

I could give you a list of a 100 women that either work or race within the bicycle industry that could compete in the “looks” category of the booth babes. Here’s a thought :

Hey Mr. Bike Industry Guy, if beautiful women attract people to your booth, why not support more women (that actually ride bikes) year around to attract more people in general to bicycles.

Think of that cute shop girl that sold you a tire a few weeks ago, or the mechanic with full sleeves that could kick your butt in the alley cat. These are the woman we need to turn into poster girls. I bet most women in the industry would be happy talking shop in a booth, to be paid for it would make it that much better.

That $2,000 you spent on the booth girl at Interbike could be spent sponsoring a well deserving female athlete to get to the next level.

Is it the Boobs or That They are Women?

Women are needed in the industry. I wish I could throw you a fancy fact about how women in the bike shop or at shows give off more participation but I can’t. Somewhere there must be one if companies are spending such large amounts of marketing cash for the booth babes at Interbike or Sea Otter.

A friendly, KNOWLEDGABLE,  woman with a contagious personality is going to attract all types of people to your booth, shop or company. Women tend not to be as intimidating to strangers, easier to approach and less cliche.  This isn’t always true but if you are a bicycle shop employee or consumer you have probably felt the “boys club” feeling when walking into a random bike shop.

This goes for booths as well. A bunch of guys in sweatshirts, tshirts and baggy cargo shorts, guys that could be super nice but not over the top welcoming, I would say this is 7 out of 10 booths at any show I’ve been at. If it isn’t sweatshirts and cargo shorts it is crisp polo’s and khakis that you feel they are above you, if you aren’t going to talk to the about Campy Super Record that they are waiting to put their nose up at you.

Look are Everything

Boobs sell, so do colors, smiles and warm welcomes. An early morning at Sea Otter, a booth with free coffee will have more traffic than any booth with tank top clad boobs. The Luna Chix team trailer at Sea Otter is always slammed. These women are friendly, gave away free food and took the time to talk to everyone interested. They are real women that come back from warm up laps muddy, that are well versed on the bikes they are riding and to me, are the best sales representatives for Orbea that you could ever have.

Find the Women

You want to attract people to your booth with boobs? Put out a call, place and ad for bicycle industry models or racers. Ship in some shop employees that already SELL your PRODUCT.

You want more people riding bikes? Put more women behind your product, on the front of your booth selling it, in the design meetings, on the sales calls, and so on.

 

Preview: Specialized Cycloross Tires

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As cyclocross season is getting rolling, cyclocross product is rolling in the door for test riding and abusing in the name of reviews! One of the most sensitive subjects for cyclocross racers (other than bike geometry) is tire choice and pressure.

2012 Specialized Cyclocross Tires

Three new cyclocross tires focused on from the big S, Specialized Bicycles. One for each terrain, hard packed, mixed conditions, and wet or muddy conditions.

Specialized Trigger Tire

Specialized Trigger

This is the tire for the hard pack conditions, and developed with the help of Todd Wells.

Details: Sharp but shallow diamond tread pattern in the center. Increased and more stable blacks in the shoulder for cornering in hard surfaces.

Trigger Tubular TPI: 290 Weight: 420g MSRP: $100
Trigger Pro TPI: 120 Weight: 275g MSRP: $55
Trigger Sport TPI: 60 Weight: 405g MSRP: $35

Specialized Tracer Tire

Specialized Tracer

Details: One tread that covers all courses, a center knob providing good traction, shoulder knobs to adapt on hard or loose grounds.

Tracer Tubular TPI: 290 Weight: 420g MSRP: $100
Tracer Pro TPI: 120 Weight: 285g MSRP: $55
Tracer Sport TPI: 60 Weight: 405g MSRP: $35 

Specialized Terra Tire

Specialized Tracer

Details: Sharp edged tread that clears well in mud and muddy

Terra Tubular TPI: 290 Weight: 425g MSRP: $100
Terra Pro
TPI: 120 Weight: 305g MSRP: $55 

Tires in for Review

One set of each of the Terra and Trigger tires showed up and are being mounted to give you a full review! For now go check out Specialized full run of cyclocross tires on their website.

The FTC makes me tell you that I receive these tires for free for review. I was not paid or bribed, but I wouldn’t mind making a dollar on this.

Va Du Mar Cyclocross Race Report

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Peeling myself out from the warm covers early Sunday morning, the light wasn’t out yet and as I stumbled my way through getting dressed. It was going to be a long day as my knee and body screamed in pain due to the prior days 5k race efforts.

Record time into the car, hitting up McDonalds for a Muffin, sausage, egg and cheese breakfast. 25 minutes later I am sitting in a Super Walmart parking long waiting for my friends and fellow EM:PWR teammates to arrive for our car pooling. Many good topics, a couple moments of daydreaming and we arrive in Spartanburg, SC finding the Va Du Mar park quickly. Chatting, dressing and registering. I probably should have warmed up more than the 30 minutes on the road that  I did. During my pre-race course preview lap I dismounted tweaking my knee even further. This would sum up the next 45 minutes if you want to finish reading now.

On the start line there was 4 women and maybe 8 men. A very sad showing for the cyclocross community in South Carolina. The women’s field even had cash payouts! As I stumbled around the course, carefully getting off the bike, somewhere on the backside of the first lap I was questioning what I was doing and how much pain in every down stroke I was feeling. I finished though, slow and at least 8 minutes behind the person in front of me.

The Course

The course was fun other than the lack of  pavement, and a good amount of grass riding. There is a jaunt through the woods that stumbled up some of the roadies. As the course was worked over the dirt became more and more loose. The park was gorgeous, tons of parking, and new bathrooms that were heated!

Finishing Thoughts and Goals

I need to ride my bike more. Too often I get done races and simply realize I need to ride my bike and I would be better. It isn’t the nutrition, mental, or bike, I just need time in the saddle for progress.

Questioning to continue to pay $20 a race to realize this. Maybe go to simply photograph and ride the course before I have to pay!

First Impressions: 2011 Specialized Myka Expert Women’s 29er

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For the past month the women behind Bike Shop Girl have been test riding the 2011 Specialized Myka Expert 29er. Getting our own first hand impressions of how Specialized does women’s 29ers. Along the way this has also allowed us to try out the Specialized 29er tires, Specialized Riva saddle and Rock Shox “Specialized Womens Tuned” fork.

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Road Holland: Good People in Cycling Episode 1

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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

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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!

Big Stampede Swap Meet

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

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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

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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.

Donate Now

I am 15% of the way there as I type this. Please keep pushing for me. Donate!