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Bike Profile: Ridley Helium SL

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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

Reality Bikes Ridley Customer Appreciation Event

0 Reality Bikes Ridley Owner Appreciation Day

This past Sunday I drove down to the Atlanta metro for an event with Reality Bikes in Cumming, GA. The event was simply bringing together Ridley riding customers and new friends  for a ride, celebration of all things Belgium (food and beer) and looking at the new 2013 product.

While I am very biased since Ridley is a brand I represent this event was a very unique way for a shop to hold a non-salesy in store (and bike ride) while influencing customers. The event was well attended, the ride was casual but sporty and there was even a couple hundred feet of gravel road riding thrown in there for our “Pave tested” Ridleys.

Does your shop host any events like this? What was your experience when attending or organizing?

 

 

Motivational Monday with Julie Paisant

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Julie is a local lady I know from cyclocross. She fully embodies that of em:pwr cycling and motivating all. She’s out there ringing the cowbell and taking photos from the first race to the last. She also cheers you on when she passes you in her races! Kudos to Julie and all she does for women’s cycling.

What’s your name and location?

Julie Paisant, High Point NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Cyclocross, Mountain XC and Road. (Listed in order of favorites)

What is your first cycling memory?

Feeling the freedom of riding my first bike without training wheels. Such a strange sensation. Sweet freedom!!!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband inspires me to ride. He believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself.

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

I first though my best moment on the bike was making podium for NCCX this year. (4th place). But then, that really isn’t a moment. It was at the NCCX race in Boone. Really good venue put on by Andrew Stackhouse, Pirate Race Productions. One section of the course had two nasty climbs for racers to tackle. One was not rideable. Barely walkable as far as I remember. I raced the Ridley and had a little trouble on the hill even with all the gears. Slick and rough at the beginning. I did the single speed race later that day and blasted up that hill each of the four laps. (Each time shrieking with joy! It was a short little shriek due to lack of oxygen. Possibly I was the only one that heard it). I was blown away at what I could do on the single speed bike compared to my geared bike. It made me realize I could be so much stronger on my geared bike if I just committed to the gear. I changed the way I trained for races after that and it really paid off.

Tell us all about your bikes

I am currently riding a Ridley X-Fire for Cyclocross. Also built up an old bashed up Redline frame for single speed races. I was surprised at how solid this bike feels. 05′ Santa Cruz Blur, mountain bike. It has been an awesome race bike but parts are breaking down over the years. Time for something new. Thanks to Mock Orange Bikes, I have a Kona King Kahuna 29″ hard tail on the way. It’s probably more bike than I will ever need. Now I shall fling myself into the bushes in 29′ style. Looking forward to it! My Road bike is a previously used LOOK 595. Extremely responsive. I enjoy racing criteriums with this bike. It dips into tight fast turns with such ease.

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!

My Bikes: Foundry Cycles Auger B1

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As a rep for Quality Bicycle Products I have many bikes that are ridden and driven all around the Southeast. They are *all* considered demo’s, so if you are in the southeast and want to try out one of my bikes let me know in the comments or drop me a line on the contact page.

The newest bike in my fleet is a cyclocross bike from Foundry Cycles. When looking through all the brands I rep for my next cyclocross bike for the upcoming season I was automatically drawn to the Auger. Late last season I had raced a Ridley X-Fire, while I enjoyed it immensely (and will probably end up on a disc version this year) the geometry was more race driven than I wanted to ride this summer and I also wanted to try something different. Continue reading →

Staying Motivate to Ride in 36º Rain

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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.

 

Your Spring Cleaning List

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Do you ever have those days that you walk into your bike room or storage area to feel over whelmed? You simply want to ride your bike, but over the winter you have neglected your bike. Hung it up wet, wore down the chain, you need a new cassette, your rear brake is dragging and needs bled, and so forth.

That’s how I feel today. I walk into my garage, which is filled with bikes mind you, and realize I have a ton to do. Multiple bikes need washed, my new Ridley Orion needs cables adjusted, there is a Karate Monkey half built, a Pugsley that needs cleaned and transported to a shop for demo, two bikes that need sold and a few boxes in the middle that need shipped back to their home.

Spring is calling and all I want to do is ride

I think that is a fact for everyone that reads this here bloggie. Do yourself and your bikes a favor and don’t neglect them. Take a moment this week and lube your chain, check your tire life and maybe do a quick tune up. If you don’t have the skill or time, right now is a good time to take the bikes to the shop for service before the spring rush hits!

 

Road Rides on the Horizon

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On this site, for some reason, I don’t talk enough about bike rides. About the act of riding my bike. The bliss, the happiness and the emotions or pain it puts through my body.

That’s why we all do this right? It isn’t about the new bike, or the fancy gadgets. It is about the feeling we have inside of us when we ride that new bike for the first time, when you dig in to that wide sweeping turn and accelerate through the corner. All with the motor of your own engine.

Lately, I have been riding one of my road bikes more, a Ridley Orion. The feel of a thoroughbred wanting to gallop from the line, pushing me to longer miles than the coach prescribed. The bike wanting to push further. Hugging the asphalt and yet the 700×23/25 tires buzzing efficiently under me.

As the weather gets cooler we all need motivation, so here is my deal.

I’ll work on telling my story of riding if you tell me yours.

Motivational Monday with Sirena Lundsford

0 Motivatonal Monday Sirena

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!

 

Motivatonal Monday Sirena

What’s your name and location?

Sirena Lundsford, Winston-Salem NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

I’m happy whenever I am on my bike. Anyone who knows me knows that cyclocross is what I enjoy most. I love the people and comaraderie I have found there.

What is your first cycling memory?

Very first cycling memory would be riding down the sidewalk when I was like 4 or 5 with no training wheels. My mom was coming home from work, driving down the street cheering me along.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I’m fortunate to have some really positive people in my life, most of which I have met through cycling .So, in general my friends inspire me the most. I will have to say though that Justin Bristol and Kim Bailey of Cyle-Smart Grassroots Team have been real game changers for me this year.

Motivatonal Monday Sirena

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

I think the best moment on the bike this year hasn’t happened yet! I have had some really great opportunities to “work” for friends and other riders during some road races this year. Nothing feels better to me on the road than putting in a good pull for someone else.

All About My Bikes

I have one bike right now, a Ridley X-Fire that I am simply in love with.

My Thighs are Fat

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Last Friday I went for a spin on my cross bike. Nothing major, some dirt, some neighborhood roads, and all that good stuff. As I rode I had the time to take in the bike fit and feel of this new cyclocross bike. I’ve had in my grummy hands for roughly a month a 2012 Ridley X-Fire for a demo with the new gig. I’ve raced it, it did splendid but I haven’t had long thought filled moments with it yet.

One thing that this bike provides is a shaped carbon top tube that flattens out to provide comfortable portage on your shoulder during cyclocross races. This also showed me quickly that my thighs are a bit chubbier than the last time I had some a cross bike (roughly 4 years.) Normally, I would get discouraged by this. Who wants fat thighs? Especially as a cyclist the fat thighs make your spandex look like stuffed sausage links. Instead I found inspiration for long rides on the bike, the goal to lose the thighs and to continue to find happiness in things I would normally be frustrated about.

Here’s to winter, fat burning, miles and fat, happy, thighs.