2013 May

2013 Ridley Helium
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Bike Profile: Ridley Helium SL

Earlier this spring I brought in a Ridley Helium SL to show to shops and put some miles on. This is the lightest bike Ridley has ever built, and honestly a joy to ride. As stiff as most will ever need, and super light. 15 lbs out of the box with Fulcrum Racing 3′s on it! With the move to Denver I’ll be selling this bike (look in the upcoming weeks for the post for details on pricing) but I as it is such an awesome bike I wanted to feature it before it left my fleet.

Ridley Helium SL

MSRP: $6,995
Details: 60, 40, 30 ton hi-mod carbon frame. SRAM Red group, Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels, Forza cockpit (bar, stem, seatpost)

 

2013 Ridley Helium

2013 Ridley Helium

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Favorite Photos of the Week

I snap a lot of photos each week and you can find me on Flickr and Instagram.

Infographic of Bike Commuting
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Infographic: Where is Bike Commuting Growing?

Reposted from BikeLeague.org

The past decade has seen dramatic growth in biking, with the total number of trips more than doubling from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey.Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated in hundreds of communities nationwide on Friday, May 17, highlighting the health, economic and community benefits of bicycling with local commuter convoys, energizer stations, breakfast rallies and more.

Where has bike commuting grown the most? In Bicycle Friendly Communities(BFC) that have made smart, strategic investments to make biking better.From 2000 to 2011, the bicycle commuting rate has risen 80% in the largest Bicycle Friendly Communities — far above the average growth of 47% nationwide and more than double the rate of 32% in the cities not designated as bicycle-friendly.
In fact, in many Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Denver and Lexington, Ky., the rate of bike commuting has more than doubled since 2000.

Click here to see the full infographics.

“I see the dramatic increase in ridership on my own daily bike commute,” said League President Andy Clarke. “And it’s definitely more pronounced in those communities — like Arlington County and the District of Columbia — that are proactively improving conditions for bicycling and following the Bicycle Friendly Community blueprint.”

Looking for bike commute data for your area?

  • Click here to download 2010 bicycle commuting data for all 375 cities included in the American Community Survey
  • Click here to download bicycle commute data from 1990 to 2011 for the 70 largest U.S. cities, including percentage of bicycle commuters and percent change
  • Click here for 2011 state commute rates, including bicycle commuting by gender
Cafe du Cycliste
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Cafe du Cycliste Women’s Clothing

Cafe du Cycliste brings stylish and well fitting clothing to women’s cycling from the South of France.

Cafe du Cycliste is a Côte d’Azur based company started by Andre & Remi. These 2 friends who lived in the South of France, originally set up this authentic brand when they got bored of finding only standardized cycling wear with designs based on professional teams.

Both were keen cyclists and had many friends in the cycling hotspot of the Côte d’Azur.  They found that many people shared their views. So they literally got off their bikes and started thinking about what people might prefer to wear.

Their first prototype came out in 2011 and the brand was born. Their focus on quality finishes and the use of high end materials produce beautifully tailored performance and leisure cycling wear, with all round usability maintaining a designer look and feel. The premium product ranges are split into 2 ranges and available for Men and Women.

Visit Cafe du Cycliste online

 

Salvagetti Lair
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Denver and for the Love of a Bike Shop

Within the next few weeks I’ll be finding my way around the city of Denver, calling a new address my home, plotting out new bike routes, meeting new friends, starting a new job and creating a new chapter of daily life with my Emily.

Going Back to Retail

When I visited Denver a couple months ago I fell in love with a bike shop. The vibe, the customer centric approach and the mission of this shop made me feel at home. While I wasn’t planning on going back “into retail” I am happy to write that you’ll be able to find me at Salvagetti. Splitting time between selling, fitting and community events I believe I’ll find my way in Denver pretty quickly with this handpicked family of bike geeks.

Time for Bike Shop Girl

Going back in retail is allowing me to devote more time towards the community of Bike Shop Girl. With a great calendar of content for the upcoming weeks and being able to spend more time with consumers I plan on delivering more content on what is relevant, needed and lacking across the rest of the cycling world. At the end of all of this I want to spread my passion of cycling to more people, that means empowering, educating and motivating you to get on your bike!

Let me know what you are wanting to see, is it product reviews? More tech articles? The Podcast? Add comments below to let me know!

Finding Joy in Love

I realize that I have done a horrible job recently with musings, opinions, rants and those heart felt post that always seem to get a ton of comments. Hopefully having a well planned content calendar, and surrounding myself with passionate cyclists will allow the time and motivation to push the bike industry forward.

Motivational Monday Cat
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Motivational Monday with Cat from Chicago

What is your name and location?

Cat – Chicago Illinois

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Centuries & commuting

What is your first cycling memory?

As a kid of 8 or 9 years old, pink sparkly banana seat Schwinn with tassels on my handlebars, riding down my residential block in El Paso Texas, pretending I was flying.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I have learned that at my age it is important to inspire myself. I ride becuase of the endorphines and the way I feel when I ride.

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

This year is still starting no best just yet.

Tell us what you ride

Cannondale Fem 5 CAAD9. She is really a beauty and a joy to ride.

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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! 

Giro Solara Women's Road Shoe
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Preview: Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoes

Requirements of a good road shoe for a woman: Fit, stiffness, looks and price. (Normally, in that order.)

Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoes

MSRP: $150
Colors: White with Gold/Silver accents, all White with Silver accents, Gunmetal with Berry
Weight: 270 grams (size 39)
Details: Three straps, one ratcheting closure (replaceable) and two velcro straps. Good ventilation up and under the shoe.

Initial Out of the Box Thoughts

I’m a fan of Giro shoes, I wear the higher end “guys” shoes in the Gauge and Factor. When given the chance to review a more reasonable price Giro shoe I was happy to oblige so that I could see if the comfort I find in a $200+ shoe could be found for around $150.

Right off the bat, the shoe fits. This isn’t a super narrow fitting shoe, but with solid arch support and “neutral” toe box it should fit more women off the shelf than say a Sidi or Shimano (Sidi is narrow, Shimano is wide.) The sole isn’t as stiff as their carbon versions, but this may be a good thing for women that want a bit of give in their sole.

Look for a full review in a few weeks on how the shoes and insoles hold up. Until then, check out Giro.com for more info.

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no-charge for review.

Intelligent Bicycle Lighting
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Survey: Bike Commuters for Intelligent Bicycle Lighting

As a bike commuter this is a pretty forward thinking idea and I believe would help in less commuter centric areas where auto drivers are not used to seeing bikes.
I am Joost van Leeuwen, a Dutch student of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. This is a project I do for a big bicycle lighting company from the Netherlands (they supply bicycle lights throughout Europe, Asia and the USA). 
 
My goal is to create the next generation of bicycle lighting; a light that senses and signals in order to make the road safer for the cyclist and the people around him or her.
If you wish to stay updated on this project you can follow me on the following media:
Twitter: @jp_vanleeuwen
Tumblr: weareideas.tumblr.com

 

Fill Out the Survey

 

88bikes Foundation
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88bikes Mobile Photo Gallery at MountainFilm

88bikes Foundation – a foundation that globally endows bicycles to girls, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking – will unveil its new mobile photo gallery at this year’s MountainFilm, which takes place in Telluride, Colorado throughout Memorial Day weekend. The trailer-based gallery will be part of the film festival’s opening party, the MountainFilm Gallery Walk, in downtown Telluride on Friday, May 24.

The Moment of Happy, is named after the highlight of each endowment, when the girls receive their bikes. 88bikes asks each girl what she wants to be when she grows up and then takes a picture of her holding her donor’s picture. This exhibit features 900 of those photos, with courageous girls from 16 countries, including Nepal, India, Ghana, Mozambique, Serbia, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Vietnam, Bolivia, the Navajo Nation, the Philippines and Uganda.

“The kids pictured in these photos are the heart and soul of 88bikes, and are our daily inspiration,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We wanted to share images of these heroic kids so that people at MountainFilm and beyond can see for themselves the results of our joy–based philanthropy. Many of these girls have survived tremendous challenges in their short lives, from human trafficking to war and poverty, and these bikes give them hope, independence and just plain happiness. That’s what these images capture, pure and simple.”

88 Bike Shop

The art gallery was designed and built in 2011 by 88bikes partner DesignBuildBLUFF as a mobile, sustainable solar-powered bike shop for a 88bikes project on the Navajo Nation. It was being constructed entirely from locally foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars on the reservation. After fulfilling its calling for that project, the bike shop decided to put its liberal arts degree to good use and become the gallery space for The Moment of Happy installation.

Dan Austin, Jared Austin and 88bikes volunteers shot the photos at the 88bikes endowment locations. Austin collaborated with Kim Ngo, Hank Louis, Nick Arauz, Jared Austin, Pauline Nee, Cindy Bithell and Andrea Powell to curate The Moment of Happy.
About 88Bikes
The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking. The highlight of each endowment is the Moment of Happy, when every girl at the ashram or shelter receives her new bike. We partner with vetted, locally-run NGOs, purchase bicycles from local vendors, hire local labor and connect each survivor one-to-one with her donor. Our volunteers return to lead bike rides, organize repair clinics, even paint murals! It’s all part of what we call Joy–Based Philanthropy–elevating happiness to a human need. Since 2007 we’ve endowed nearly 3000 bikes to heroic kids in fourteen countries–and we’re just getting warmed up. To learn more and become a bike sponsor, go to www.88bikes.org.

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