In efforts to not write a post about disappointment in retailers around Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all things THANKSgiving I am sitting in Starbucks on the side of I-77 to pounds keys and focus on something I can control. 2013 race planning.
Ideas for what to put in that stocking of the cyclist you love, or me!
Fresh new bar tape from Lizard Skins or Ergon GP2 grips are the easiest way to freshen up a bike. I’m also a big fan of both of these for long training miles in the winter. Happy hands = Happy Arleigh
Honey Badger + Socks made in North Carolina, how much more awesome could you get?
Ritz and his crew love bikes, support many causes and have the best hug to be found at tiring trade shows. Your local bike shop can order, or you can order direct. My personal favorite is Breakfast Buzz, Bike Shop Girl will probably have a private label of this after the holidays!
It’s that time of the year that either it’s dreary on your road ride or you aren’t mountain biking after work because you can’t see. Help out your cyclist, keep them riding and safe!
On the road option 1: To be seen, this is for the front and back on the road when it’s getting dark. I’m a fan of the new Knog Blinder lights as they charge with a built in USB and add some personality to your bike.
On the road option 2: I’m biased, I LOVE the folks at Light & Motion. The gift set will add some much needed visibility and you can see with the 200 lumen headlight, unless you’re rolling at 25mph. Both are charged by a USB cable, saving the planet one battery at a time.
On the trail: Light & Motion is what I run almost exclusively. They are water proof, bomb proof, and the company (as mentioned) rocks. If your loved one doesn’t have anything to trail ride with I would recommend the Taz 800 or the Seca 800. The biggest advantage of the Seca is being able to run on your helmet (my preference) and a separate battery so you can charge others or have backups for long rides.
Does your loved one ride non-stop with a Garmin strapped to their bike? Class it up a bit with this K-Edge mount.
Endless (another NC based company) is now anodizing their cogs to order!
EVERY bicycle rider needs one of these. Or two. Or four. It won’t prevent an accident, but it could save their life and notify you faster!
If all else fails, a gift card to your local bike shop towards merchandise or service would make any bicyclist happy!
For the 2013 season I’m really focusing on a handful of endurance mountain bike races and then a slew of cross country mountain bike series (SERC, Southern Classic and the Georgia State MTB.) Then in the fall of course will be cyclocross domination (it will be domination and not just participation!)
Looking at my schedule and thinking of bikes for work/demo and brand representation I had a lot to chose from. My rock steady go to bike for the past year has been the Salsa Spearfish. Made to crush endurance with 29er wheels, 100mm front, 80mm rear and a very stable handling platform. As a rep I have many brands to represent and having ridden a Spearfish non-stop for the past year most of my stores have seen that bike, or at least listened to stories of how killer the bike is.
Designed to be ridden aggressive. This hard tail has molded stays to “flex” and give a bit.
BB92 & 12mm thru axle rear. This means stiff. 438mm stays means nimble. Carbon means a lay up process that will allow for a molded top tube and rear stays to make the abuse of a 50 miler not so bad.
While the Broadaxe comes in three build models I opted for the frame inorder to run it single speed for the next couple months, then dropping XX1 on it after the first of the year. This bike is a show bike but if you know me it will be ridden hard.
Frame: Foundry Broadaxe
Fork: RockShox Reba RLT
Wheels: CrankBrothers Iodine 2 Wheels
Other bits: Mostly Thomson/SRAM bits on the rest of the bike. There are things I’m trying for the sake of it like the wheels. They are all mountain and heavy at 1900g but I’ve never ridden CrankBrothers and wanted to try them for a few months. This bike was built to be punished and “purposely” built. Meaning I went with a Reba fork for $$, Thomson stem/seatpost for durability, and Michelin tires because they rock.
Weight: Who knows. Not worried about it at this point. When I start placing in my categories again I’ll start knocking off grams. For now, the more weight I haul around training the stronger I’ll be when I make the bike lighter!
Disclaimer: As an independent rep for Foundry Cycles if you buy one of these in the Southeast I may make commission off of the sale. It still kicks ass.
Since childhood I’ve had a journal in which I would lay out frustrations, draw desires and jot down quotes that inspired or motivated me to be a better person. Since high school I have found my outlet in typing on a keyboard.
In 2009 I moved much of my efforts of typing to the outlet you see here, Bike Shop Girl, in order to “empower women within bicycling”. Three and a half years later I still find the time to push and promote but my message has started to change. With that I need to mirror my efforts and outlet to who I’ve become.
30 miles. 30mph headwind. I thought it was going to be easy, it wasn’t.
My words are becoming to mimic a broken record. Lacking or should I say SLACKING off my beautiful training plan. Lots of time in the car, only a handful of bike rides between the Boone Cyclocross race 2 weeks prior and that was also a joke.
Does it sound like I’m setting you up for a big let down of a result? Because I’m not. Just piling on the excuses to get you ready for a result I completely pulled out my rear.
When I heard a company was making a waterproof backpack designed not only for bike commuting by for WOMEN I jumped at the chance to review the product.
Velo Transit is a based out of Seattle, WA where they design, build, test and ship their bags out of. The first time I learned of the company was this past spring, they are making waves as their designs are very function built and have some pretty unique ideas built into their bags.
Why didn’t I schedule a trip to NYC like I had hoped for this week?
Please join Chrome and Horitoshi1 to celebrate the launch of the Chrome Tokyo Series bags.
The event is tonight from 7 – 11 pm at our Chrome HUB store in NYC.
Below are the current questions, but I want your feedback. What do you want to know about other bicycling women? What questions do you want asked?
WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?
WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?
WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?
WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?
TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES
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