Powertap 29 Enve Carbon Wheel

For Sale: MTB Powertap 29″ Pimp Wheel

$1400

No holds on this build:
Enve XC rim 32h
Powertap disc hub (160mm rotor)
Aerolite spokes (for strength)

Lightly used, freehub doesn’t show any wear.

Balance Bike Session

Balance Bike Session in Oundle, England

Over the weekend a friend/follower on Twitter mentioned that he was headed to a balance bike session. Quickly, I asked him to take some photos to share!

A quick blurb on the day from Mat

Trying to get nippers riding bikes in a rural area of England…lots of issues here with kids in villages not riding/not starting to ride, for no good reason. Loads of mums starting to ride and it’s great seeing mums and kids starting to hit the roads again.

See the complete set over at Mat’s SmugMug gallery

Balance Bike Session
Balance Bike Session
Balance Bike Session

Riding in the Rain

Staying Motivate to Ride in 36º Rain

Yesterday I only had a couple things on tap I needed to achieve outside out of the house.

#1 Errands to prepare for being on the road traveling this week
#2 A fartlek of a ride between 1-1.5 hours (anything to get me off the trainer!)

As I looked at my forecast of the day it was freezing rain and wind. I decided that I would run my errands on my road bike to stay motivated when all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a good book.

Necessary Items to Become Rain & Wind Ready

Rain Riding Gear

Fenders quickly installed on the Ridley Helium SL (SKS Raceblades to the rescue)

Waterproof backpack (SealLine Urban Backpack)

Wool and warmth as close to my body as possible (Smart Wool)

Wind and waterproof outer layers

Blinky lights

Other Things that Kept Me Motivated

Ridley Rain Riding

I planned my ride to have multiple stops. The first was for coffee and lunch. The second was my storage unit to pick up new product samples. The third was a friend at a bike shop.

Conclusion

While it looks like a lot of gear, it is gear that you may already have. The jacket I decided to wear is from Outdoor Research and is made more for outdoor/hiking. When it was pouring I wore the hood under my helmet.

The only thing that I wish I had worn was either waterproof booties or waterproof socks (which I don’t own yet.) I hope to not have to ride much more in the rain, but I’ll take freezing rain over all the snow that parts of the East Coast received this weekend.

 

Motivational Monday with Jessica

Motivational Monday with Jessica

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Jessica Schilling, Boulder, CO

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Road and recreational

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

My itty-bitty blue sparkly Schwinn with the blue-and-white streamers!

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Who … well, I live in a town full of cyclists, and seeing folks on bikes around me all the time is a near-constant inspiration to stay on two wheels. Why? Because riding is the most awesome thing ever: it’s transportation, freedom, exercise, a moving meditation, a way to quiet the mind while letting the body do its thing, a way to make the planet a better place, and a shameless excuse for ogling hot guys and girls in spandex.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

Pulling into the tiny general store in Hygiene, CO on my weekly Saturday ride for a halfway-there break of fresh lemonade, a water-bottle refill and a lounge on their lovely green lawn. Such a perfect routine!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

Shiny Red is a Globe Daily 3 (step-through, seven-speed internal hub) with a bitchin’ handmade wooden milk crate that my dad built out of scrap cedar from my folks’ back porch and a badge from Farnsworth Bicycle Laboratory, my friend’s art shop in Lawrence, KS. I spent three months tracking this bike down and ended up finally finding her on a weekend road trip ten hours away from home.

Ruby (who is blue) is a Specialized Ruby Comp, my first real road bike, purchased this summer after a months-long Craigslist saga that actually involved two separate bicycles and a little bit of heartbreak (and broken carbon). We’re still getting to know each other in one of those sort of slow-blooming romances. Shiny Red is jealous, but they’re both taking it pretty well.

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!

Love Valley Roubaix

Love Valley Roubaix – March 24th

I’m going to call this a “gravel, road ride”

March 24, 2013
Love Valley, NC
1st Annual – 50 Miles of Sexy!

If you have never visited, Love Valley North Carolina is step back to earlier times. This quaint little western town is at the base of the Brushy Mountains and surrounded by beautiful winding dirt-packed roads.
The course is approximately 50 miles with 60% +/- packed dirt roads. Bring your CX or road bike with thick wall tires and enjoy this scenic event.

Divisions
Female
Male

Cost
Female $25 online, $30 day of
Male $35 online, $40 day of

Route
LVR Route on mapmyride.com

Mandatory Gear
Helmet, Bike

Rules / Guidelines
Ride single file to the right when on open roads unless passing
Obey all traffic rules as all roads are open to vehicular & horse traffic
Riders may support other riders
Yield to horse traffic and ask for directions from rider

Register on Bike Reg
Learn about other events held by Blue Mountain Revival 

Stay Humble

Race Report: Bouldergeist at San Lee Park

My main goal for the 2013 season was to move from Sport to the Expert class. That was THE goal.

Thanks to a killer performance at the Winter Short Track Series I was moved up to Expert or CAT1. If you aren’t familiar with the difference of the two categories, it often is double the distance and sometimes on a different/harder course. Racing 22 miles on a rough, rocky, course was a bit humbling.

My first true race as an expert was at this past Sunday’s Bouldergeist at San Lee Park as part of Southern Classic Series.

The Race

Starting at the line there was 6 of us split between the two age groups, all I need to do was finish and I would be third. The start was on pavement, up a driveway climb and then left over gravel into the woods. The climb felt great on my legs, and entering the woods I slowed down to let some of the faster girls in front of me. It was a great feeling to have the hole shot, but I knew I would be in peoples way.

The course was pretty fast with nice twists, switch back climbs and some “rock” sections that with a proper pre-ride I would be able to clear easier. There was one section that only the Pros and Experts had to ride called Free Fall. I believe I walked 1.5 miles through this rock invested “trail.” Again, maybe with proper pre-ride and guidance I could have ridden more of this section, but it made me feel like a beginner all over again.

After the long walk through woods and over the rocks I was pretty mentally fried. It seemed like I was getting dehydrated and pretty disappointed. After that first lap I was done. There was an 8 hour drive infront of me and the idea of another 1.5 hours on the bike was not exciting.

The Aftermath

Thankfully I have a very supportive group around me. Constantly over the past 2 days I have been reminded that I made a big jump with my categories. It will take time to be able to hang, and then to be competitive. As an athlete this sounds bogus to me, but then I slow down and think of what I would tell someone else. They are right, I need a reality check and time towing the line. It will take time, I need to be patient and put more time on the saddle.

I don’t have another race until 6 Hours of Warrior Creek, here’s to as many long rides as I can fit in!

Motivational Monday with Julia

Motivational Monday with Julia

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Julia, Gainesville, FL

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

All: Road, MTB, multi-use trails with the family

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

Crashing on my banana seat bike in the second grade and getting stitches from splitting my lip on that big Y frame handle bar!! Good times!

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Myself, my friends and family. I enjoy being healthy and riding outside. I love riding in Gainesville, we have so many trees and wonderful places to ride. San Feslasco is a mountain bike paradise with beautiful deer and challenging elevations.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

Sharing events with my son. I am really excited about the youth development races that I am starting to see pop up more and more. I think it is important to spark more interest with outreach programs like youth races and youth mountain bike series or occasional lessons in the community. I have seen a few LBS sponsor not only a Summer MTB race series, but also a meet and greet with a few lessons. I love this. I think it fosters a long term love not only for cycling but for the places where they get to cycle.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

We have nine bikes in our garage at this moment: My old MTB, my road bike, my boyfriend’s road bike, his rain bike, his commuter bike, his MTB, My son’s road bike, his commuter (MTB) bike and my other son’s commuter bike. We will be adding a Cx bike and another MTB bike this year. SO excited!!!

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!

Suspension Experts

Shop Branding Ideas from Suspension Experts

A few photos from one of the best branded shops in the Southeast, Suspension Experts.

Front Full Drive Side

An Introduction to the 2013 Swobo Fillmore

A guest post by Laura of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA

I love a good mountain bike ride, but if I can’t make it out of the city, there are few things better than cruising around town on a beautiful, warm day with a great bike underneath you.  Atlanta had it’s first glimpse of spring this past weekend.  It was sunny, almost 70 degrees, just a little breezy, and quite literally the perfect day for city cycling.  I had several errands to run and was looking forward to being out and about on a new machine.

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Motivational Monday with Cheri

Motivational Monday with Cheri

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Cheri Felix Boulder, CO

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Mountain Biking

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

My ten speed when I was like 10? But the one I’ll never forget is when I was roped into going out with 6 or 7 women friends. They lent me their bike and said, “You’ll like it.” I wasn’t so sure. I told them that I would “probably hate it” and that I would meet them back at the car if I only lasted a few minutes. Well, that evening I said to my boyfriend, “I’m going to need my own bike.”

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I am inspired by being able to ride. By having the gift of movement. By having the priviledge of riding. By having the awesome luck to have a great bike. I am inspired by my mom who had a stroke at age 49 that left her in a wheelchair and later died at 58 of ovarian cancer. I am inspired all the time.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

The downhill portion of a Winter Park race. Watching my daughters race. And the short track race when I passed three girls. And the days I see high school girls (I am an assistant mountain bike coach) do things they thought they couldn’t do. Sorry–I know you only said moment not moments!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

PINK Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Deluxe. Full susp.

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!