2012 February

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Rickshaw 24 Hour Commuter 2.0 Bag Deal

This is completely copied from my email as I’m short on time, but it is such a crazy deal I couldn’t pass on to tell you.

Only for 24 hours the Commuter 2.0 Laptop Bag, Backpack and Mini, in Standard or Skinny are just $99.

Online orders only. For 24 Hours only. — 6am PST 2/15/12 to 6am PST 2/16/12
We wanted to give you the chance to meet our favorite laptop bag and backpack: The commuter 2.0! Each bag will be built-to-order, just for you so now’s your chance to get your hands on the feature-rich laptop bag everyone’s been raving about. Originally debuted at TED in 2008 the Commuter family now includes a standard and skinny model in both backpack and briefcase form so no matter how you commute, we’ve got your back. We’ve been acclaimed for our patented magnetic silencers, praised for our removable laptop sleeve, and coveted for our customizable colors. Now we wanted to take that love and share it with you!

Any Commuter bag, any size. $99. Yup, it’s ok to tell your friends!

Offer expires tomorrow (2/16/12 6am PST)

Exclusively and only offered on the Commuter 2.0 family.

Go shopping now!

Blurring the Lines

One part cycling geek, one part tech geek, and one part marketing geek rounds up into me. As I walk the line of the gray I realize that everything I am is who I am. Working back in the industry as I do, makes it easier to blur this line.

You’ll be seeing a lot of changes

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, a ton of things grinding in my mind and a lot of plans being jotted on the iPad. An easier way to update on the road, a focus point to Bike Shop Girl that is bigger than one person.

As I walk in to a huge expo later this week I look at all of my readers, mostly of the female gender, become apart of this site. Guest articles, photos, videos and em:pwr is what 2012 is about for Bike Shop Girl.

 

Who’s in?

Get a Bike for Free – Ride Your Bike – Report About It

Foundry Cycles

One of the brands I represent is having an ambassador hunt. I would love if half of the ambassadors were women…

Foundry Cycles is looking for five brand ambassadors, Foundry Tradesmen and women, to ride our bikes and document their experiences. If you’re chosen, you’ll be given a Foundry bike. In return, you’ll spend the year talking to people about your Foundry. Go on rides, take it to races, local events, coffee shops, the grocery store, your local bike shop—everywhere you’d normally take your bike. Answer questions about it. Tell people what you think of it. Let them take it for a spin. Throw on a helmet cam and send us video of your adventures. Write up your experiences. You’ll have to earn your keep, but if you work as hard as you play, then you’re right for Foundry.

Founder's Beer
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Fun Day February Friday

Founder's Beer

As I type this I am sitting on my bed with a limited New Belgium Founder’s Ale in one hand and tissues shoved in the other. Yes, and I am still typing. As I’m battling a nasal drip head cold, the feelings of January leave me here sitting feeling rather happy with how the first month of 2012 ended.

50 Bike Shops in January 2012

Yes, I visited 50+ bike shops in January. That doesn’t include the ones that I simply “stopped by” with out a specific reason or for business reasons, or the ones I have visited multiple times in January. I’m still catching up on all the paper work for these shop visits, including notes and goals for as many as I can handle. It is a lot of ideas, goals and hopes to swallow but it was a great first month on the road. I saw many shops in SC, TN, and NC from Knoxville, TN to Charleston, SC. I’ve met many new people that I can already call friends, and looking forward to watching them grow over 2012. You’ll see many of these shops featured over the next few months here on Bike Shop Girl.

2013 SRAM Red Launch

I don’t like to cover much stuff that you get to see at every other cycling site out there. The new SRAM Red is out, it is fantastic looking and hopefully you have a group on order. I spent a good amount of Wednesday and Thursday taking orders from dealers as my mothership QBP will have some of the first groups available. It was exciting, still is, I hope to get to ride a group soon but it leaves me longing for something I can’t even purchase right now. When I do get a ride on it – I will let you all know if it is as amazing as SRAM’s marketing department was able to make it seem.

Big Plans for February

February will start off slowly this week, mostly paperwork and house keeping. Next week the “boss” comes to town and I will show him off in SC and NC. Or is it I show off NC & SC to him? Visiting between 3-5 shops a day Monday – Thursday with the hopes to get in bike rides in there as well. From there I’m in Minneapolis for Quality’s big Frostbike trade show. I hope to cover some of the event, along with featuring some seminars after the show shuts down. From Minneapolis is Georgia. Southern X cyclocross endurance event, Southeast Bike Expo, Foundry Cycles launch parties, trips with my Lazer manager and continuing to learn more shops in the Southeast area.

Things that Matter a Bunch to me and nothing to you

Shimano Centerlock Rotor

I finally got a hold of a centerlock rear rotor today at First Flight Bikes. I paid retail and I’m okay with it – I wanted to ride my bike today. I also paid retail for these amazing socks. I have a feeling I’m going to wear them out.

WTF Sock Guy Socks

 

Ridley Bikes Orion Demo
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Bike Builds in Queue & Beyond

Have a few bike builds on tap right now since traveling and demoing bikes is part of my day job, along with trying to enjoy cycling as much as possible.

Surly Karate Monkey with Internally Geared Hub

I’m going to be trying out a Shimano Alfine rear 8-speed hub on a 29er mountain bike, that will be mountain biked hard. Everything is built, just need a rear 160mm centerlock disc rotor for the back wheel. Can’t really mountain bike with only a front brake! (This is an 18″ and on my older Karate Monkey frame)

Surly Karate Monkey Single Speed

16″ Karate Monkey should be delivered tomorrow that I’ll be putting a RockShox Reba RL on the front. Trying to convert more and more women to 29ers and hopefully single speeds!

Surly Pugsley Fat Bike

You’ve seen the pictures. 18″ Fat bike that I’m lending to shops in the area to get folks interested and going ga-ga over.

Ridley Orion

Dropped off the parts this morning for my goto mechanic (when I don’t have time) to build up a medium Orion with Shimano Ultegra and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels.

Salsa Spearfish

My goto mountain bike right now, short travel, big wheels, and orange!

Salsa Mukluk

Another fatbike that is living currently in SC to help take over the dirt road centuries!

Salsa El Mariachi

You’ve seen the photos of the Mariachi’s. Dominate with the alternator drop out. Single speed, geared – it don’t matter – just do it.

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