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2012 Specialized Fate Womens 29er

A Carbon 29er for Women from Specialized

In the past year 29ers finally hit the womens niche of the market.  Locally I have only been able to put my hands on the Trek versions of the womens 29ers.  After the test ride and looking deeper at the geometry I wasn’t sold. The bike didn’t ride well, but that was one brand trying their hand at the womens 29ers. Specialized has had their own cross country recreational womens 29er line out as well,…

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Women's 29er MTB

First Impressions: 2011 Specialized Myka Expert Women’s 29er

For the past month the women behind Bike Shop Girl have been test riding the 2011 Specialized Myka Expert 29er. Getting our own first hand impressions of how Specialized does womens 29ers. Along the way this has also allowed us to try out the Specialized 29er tires, Specialized Riva saddle and Rock Shox “Specialized Womens Tuned” fork. The Fit of the Specialized Myka 29er As a woman, I stand 5’10 with 33″ inseam….

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Women Bike

Women Bike Mini-Grant Awards

…e idea is killer and each program is unique. Do you think you could use any of these ideas in your community? To seed and support this growing momentum to encourage women from all backgrounds to become engaged in bicycling and the bike movement, the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike program has awarded $7,500 in small grants to innovative, model campaigns in four cities. WE Bike NYC Engaging Latina Women Through Bilingual Outreach…

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National Women's Bicycling Forum

National Women’s Bicycling Forum: March 4th

On March 4th, 2013, timing around the National Bike Summit, the League of American Bicyclists are hosting the second annual National Womens Bicycling Forum. I asked Carolyn, Director of Communications at the League of American Bicyclists, some follow up questions to learn more about what the League has planned for this Forum! About the National Womens Bicycling Forum Join hundreds of fellow advocates and enthusiasts who are working…

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2012 Raleigh Eva 29 Comp

2012 Raleigh Bicycles Women’s 29er Mountain Bikes

This is part of a series of short posts releasing the new 2012 Raleigh Bicycles womens line. Everything from 29er mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, more carbon and womens cyclocross bikes. I’ve got the scope, but we can thank Raleigh’s Sally on this one. 2012 Raleigh Eva 29er Womens Mountain Bikes You are hearing it here first, two models of 29ers for women from Raleigh for 2012. Yes, another large bike manufa…

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Review Giant Anthem X 29er 4

Preview: 2013 Giant Anthem X 29Er 4 Women’s Bike

…rning how to mountain bike. Fast forward a few years, more experienced designers, brands with patience and maybe some more knowledge. Now you have womens bikes that don’t have crazy head tube angles and carry well in switchbacks up or down. Thus, inspiring confidence and excitement to carry momentum through the trails. Meet the 2013 Giant Anthem X 29er 4 Womens

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Women's 29er Geometry

Why Women’s Specific 29ers Don’t Work

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to test ride on a local trail a few womens specific 29er mountain bikes.   As I had mentioned in the past I was very excited about this new idea of womens sizing  in 29″ technology but that is where my research ended. The idea of fitting smaller individuals (men or women) on to the larger wheel technology has been something that I’ve had hopes for.  A few years ago when the 650b mo…

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Women And Bicycles

WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program

WABA (Washington Area Bicycle Association) is putting together an education and outreach program to get more women on bikes! While the program is still in the infancy it seems they have obtainable goals and mission to begin with. I’m excited to follow along with what WABA is doing and how these efforts can be duplicated elsewhere. From WABA…. Why is getting more women on bikes a critical cause? In 2012, women represented just 22.7 p…

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2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women's Cyclocross

2012 Raleigh RX Women’s Cyclocross Bikes

This is part of a series of short posts releasing the new 2012 Raleigh Bicycles womens line. Everything from 29er mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, more carbon and womens cyclocross bikes. I’ve got the scope, but we can thank Raleigh’s Sally on this one. Want to know how I can tell you with 100% certainty that the bicycle industry is finally valuing women? Two things, womens 29ers and womens CYCLOCROSS bikes. Yes, it is old ne…

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Q & A : What Makes a Bike a Women’s Bike?

Question : What Makes a Bicycle a Womens Bicycle? This is a broad question with  long answer so maybe take a seat. In the old days… Many women rode their bikes with skirts (much like they rode horses side saddle.)  When bicyles were designed for women they came out with a dropped top tube design.  The most popular of these were the “mixte” or step through.  The design is still carried in many lines.  Personally I think i…

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