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Charlotte Cycling Seminar: Maximize Your Training

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This has been temporarily postponed due to a operator error. When it comes back up I will let you know asap!

Maximize Your Training

Feb. 4, 2012 • 1-5 p.m.
Presbyterian Hospital Multipurpose Room
200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte

This event is FREE, but space is limited!
Call 704-384-CARE (2273) today to reserve your spot

A seminar lead by sports medicine guru’s (I love that word) geared towards female cyclist, but men are welcome to come. This is a free event, but please RSVP!

Feel you could be getting more from your training? Let us coach you to new heights.
Presbyterian Sports Medicine and Uptown Cycles are hosting an afternoon dedicated to
tackling topics such as functional strength training, injury prevention, stretching and sports
nutrition. NOTE: Instruction provided at this seminar will be tailored to female cyclists,
though all are welcome.

 

 

Full Review: 2012 Salsa Cycles Casseroll

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For the past couple months I have been riding the 2011 Salsa Casseroll on the road, on side streets, commuting, off the beaten path and really it has been the bike strapped to the roof of my car while traveling all over NC, SC and TN. I will be sad when I have to send this bike back as it truly is the Cadillac of road bikes (minus the drivetrain.) You can read the preview over yonder before you dive into my full review.

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Niner EMD Super Small 29er

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As shown originally over at BikeRumor.com this is well worth the repost! 

29er with 27-27.2″ of stand over. It doesn’t sound amazing, but it’s more than an inch lower than the small.

I am super interested to see one of these up close and personal, hopefully our local Niner guy will get it on his demo truck. My fears are the handling and front end stack height for those that are on the smaller end of the spectrum on this bike. Yes 29er wheels roll better but never sacrafice handling or fit! I’ve seen super small 29ers like this, but with custom rigid front forks (and only designed around 80mm.)

Small Women's 29er Niner Frame

On the Road Balances

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As I am figuring out the balance of being an outside rep in the large territory of the Southeast, doing a shop I am absolutely in love with and trying to get back on my bike I am left with the daily struggle of finding a balance.

Anytime a new swing of events or change happens you often rise to the occasion of finding the best ways to do things. Learning new habits, breaking old ones and finding your place in life – that is what life is about right?

Finding Bike Rides and Making Money

I’m a rep now. A traveling, selling, building, growing, creating relationship, rep. My territory is NC, SC, GA, TN and AL. It means a lot of time on the road behind a steering wheel, a lot of time learning about different bicycle cultures in so many different cities and helping a great amount of bike shops get more people on bikes. The more people I can see, the more places I go, the more opportunities I have.

What I am balancing now is the right bikes to take, the right time to ride, getting shops to show me the area and witnessing their cycling culture first hand. Every day is different, every town is a new challenge and I’m embracing it but I haven’t been on the bike nearly as much as I would like. (That’s true for most!)

What is Your Story?

Do you have 5 kids and go riding at 5am? Are you an investment banker that travels all over the world and has a folder bike they utilize during the week? Tell me your story and how you find time to get on your two wheel friend.

Tech Tuesday: Difference in Square Taper Bottom Brackets

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Tech Tuesday

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Here at Bike Shop Girl I want women (and guys) to feel empowered and to have a good grasp of what they are talking about when it comes to tech, mechanics and goofy bicycling slang. Tech Tuesday is the remedy for common tech questions!

Do you know the difference in ISO and JIS bottom brackets?

Preview: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers

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Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier Shoe CoversShoe covers are a funny thing. For me, it is the make or break temperature. If I have to put shoe covers on it normally means that most of my friends won’t ride with me because it is too cold. Recently I realized my hobbled together shoe covers that I have been putting more and more duct tape on every year have had it. They are neoprene ones that I had bought probably 8 years ago now. They’ve worked wonderfully and the duct tape I believe added more windproofing to them!

After hunting around, looking at price, material and of course colors I decided on some Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers. Why? #1 price at $50 MSRP. #2 wind AND water protection #3 bright ass yellow.

Details from Pearl Izumi

  • MSRP $50.00
  • P.R.O. Barrier WxB fabric provides optimal wind and water protection
  • Fleece lined
  • Waterproof, fully taped internal seams
  • Two stage hook and loop closure provides both sleek fit and easy on and off
  • Kevlar® road bottom spreads open for easy on and off while providing superior durability
  • Recommended for road shoes with external cleats
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility
Full review coming, for now learn more or buy some at Pearl’s site.
I purchased this product on my own dime. It was not given to me for review and I was not bribed to say nice things. This is my disclaimer.

Tech Tuesday: What the Heck is a Fat Bike

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Here at Bike Shop Girl I want women (and guys) to feel empowered and to have a good grasp of what they are talking about when it comes to tech, mechanics and goofy bicycling slang. Tech Tuesday is the remedy for common tech questions!

Tech Tuesday

One of the latest bikes to enter my fold as a demo bike for my outside sales position with QBP is a Surly Pugsley. As I bring the bike to more and more events or am seen on the side of the trails with this fine steed I’m often asked “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT??” If you can’t tell from the photos, the tires are freaking huge. 3.8 inches to be exact.  Compare that to a normal mountain bike tire which is on average is 2.1.

Fat tire photo

Why Do You Need Tires So Big?

Think of a truck that goes through mud, rocks or dirt. Or think about any 4×4 vehicle. They have larger tires with more volume, right? The low pressure, high volume tires give you a great flotation across all types of loose terrain. You get better traction, can forget about worrying about that “perfect line” and pave new trails through the woods. Think of it as the true all terrain bicycle.

What the Downfalls?

The biggest downfall is the weight. While I know of some folks that have decked out their rides to be around 25-26 lbs for a fully geared bike. That is still pretty heavy if you need to hike a bike.

The selection is a bit limited. I personally know of only four manufactures that make bikes to fit this size of tires. Salsa, Surly, FatBack and 9:Zero:7. The only tires I know of are made by Surly or just released 45NRTH.

Finally, you won’t find this at most local shops. If you end up purchasing one I recommend to order a few extra tubes and maybe a tire or full spare wheel as most local bike shops won’t keep this type of stuff in stock.

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I work for Quality Bicycle Products, and have a deep association with Salsa, Surly and 45NRTH. That doesn’t mean I don’t give my complete and true thoughts on the product. If anything I’m going to be harder on the product because of these facts. This is my disclaimer. Love, Bike Shop Girl

Motivational Monday with Abbie Durkee

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Motivational Monday My Alibi

What’s your name?

Abbie Durkee

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

MTB, transportation, road, social riding

What is your first cycling memory?

losing the training wheels

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Women. I believe that clothing is the biggest limiter for most women to experience the joy of riding a bike. I put my heart and soul into designing My Alibi Clothing to fit and flatter all types of women so they can feel confident and beautiful on a bike. Get out, pedal and smile, it’s contagious!

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

Riding my 4 year old home from school and counting 82 smiles we inspired

Tell us all about your bikes

I love my pink (Hunter) single-speed. It makes me feel in my element and still feminine.

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!

iPhone Bicycle Ready Cases

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Yes, this is a bike blog but behind it all I’m a tech freak. Ask anyone about any tech product I have purchased, I research and research…then research a bit more. By the time I get to a store I tend to know more about the product than the person selling it to me.

At the end of 2007 I purchased my first “smart phone” an iPhone. It was awesome, it had a camera, could connect to WiFi, did all smart things with my MacBook Pro. I was smitten, it went every where with me.

Then one day I crashed with it in my back pocket. The delicate screen cracked. I was saddened as there was no insurance for these things. I sent it off to a place in Florida that specialized in replacing the screen. $150 later I had my phone back and it was back to being in love. 6 months later I dropped it 1.5 feet to a counter, it cracked again. I was done, with it cracking it shattered my heart. How could I love something so much that was so delicate?

At this time the cases were very flimsy and the famous Otterbox was not invented, but there was rumors about it. Fast forward, I had a BlackBerry for a year and a half, and then an Android for almost two. At the end of this past December I was gifted with a new iPhone 4s and again I’m back in love with my phone. I work more efficiently, I talk to Siri when I am driving and I am content. (I’ve been doing my best not to live on the phone btw.

Cases that Seem Bike Shop Girl Proof

Otterbox Defender Case
Over the past couple weeks I have been looking at all different cases that would keep the iPhone in one piece and safe from me. Cases have been recommended and the general consensus has been Otterbox Defender has been the general consensus. There has also been talks of the LifeProof Case.

iPhone Lifeproof caseThe above cases seem the most durable, the LifeProof can be waterproof but is recommended to test prior to submersion.

 BioLogic BikeMount

BioLogic Bike Mount Case – seems cool, the idea of having my iPhone on the front of my bike does worry me, but probably safer than my jersey pocket.

Recycle iPhone case

This guy won’t keep your phone too safe, but it sure is cute – found on Cafepress with oceanem.

Wahoo Fitness Bike Computer Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack turns your iPhone into a cycling computer with wireless sensors. It mounts to your handlebar through a pretty simple looking mount (has anyone used one?) I’m going to try to get my hands on one of these for testing, or if you have one please contact me for a review.

Topeak iPhone Dry Bag

If you want something more basic, Topeak has a cool dry bag with foam built in. Plus a mount on the back to put on the handlebar. Oh, they come in white – which is catchy for me!