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.
Being the change I want to see in the bicycle industry
A strong mission. Inspiration found in a motivational quote that is a play on words from Mahatma Gandi:
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
The original goal of “inspiring women in cycling” is NOT being deleted but instead being expanded. A clear vision with the help of the game changers within the bicycle industry. As a woman I will still talk shop about women’s products, tech tips and to help you overcome any hurdles to become a better bicyclist. As an industry lifer I must make my peace with the times, changes and struggles I see infront of anyone taking to two wheels. To make peace I must be the change I want to see.
My opinions and vision are strong. This website, as mentioned above, is not being removed but instead morphed to mirror the song my heart and mind sing around bikes. Moving more to a personal blog, with the collaboration of friends along the way.
What should you expect?
For the bike shop: Best of class stories, tips on merchandising, more shop profiles that are changing the face of bike retail and more stories of why we are all doing this. Highlighting industry events worth your while, and if time allows there will be coverage or roundup of those events/seminars and experiences.
For bicycle industry folk: An outlet and a sounding board. Let’s make this better together. Are you a manufacturer doing something different? Do you believe in organic, or LEED? Do you have a product that will change how children ride or eliminate the need for batteries on lights? Let’s tell your story.
For the bicyclist: I’m still the girl you’ve learned to know over the past 3.5 years. My goal is to tell more daily life stories, there will be race recaps, bike reviews and tech tips.
I thank you for the last few years. The comments, critisism, feedback and help have always kept me going. A year ago when I took my job as an outside rep for QBP I knew that Bike Shop Girl would change, but first I needed to learn what my new career meant and how I could mirror that online.
Over the next couple weeks leading to the end of the year you’ll see some content change, some restructuring of thoughts and in the end a cleaner, stronger, Bike Shop Girl brand.