Welcome to Bike Shop Girl – a website dedicated to empowering women in cycling. My name is Arleigh Jenkins and I’m the founder of Bike Shop Girl. I have spent most of my life immersed in the bicycle industry. Started out at 15 years old at a local bike shop I learned how to put on pedals and kickstands, then advanced to a Pro mechanic and ran $3M bike shops, and,most recently, served as an outside rep for the largest distributor in the industry, Quality Bicycle Products. Even after 15 years I find great joy in helping a child ride their bike for the first time or helping a friend bike shop for that dream bike.
Why Bike Shop Girl?
My vision for BikeShopGirl.com is simple, more women on bikes. The official vision statement is this: To create a strong women’s bicycle community by developing resources and events to break down the barrier of entry for bicycling in the U.S. for women. I realize that getting in to bicycling, or even visiting your local bike shop can be intimidating and overwhelming. This website is the easiest way that I can reach every woman that has ever been scared to ask personal questions, or worried about getting dropped on their first group ride. It is also an extension of who I am and what motivates me to continue living the cycling after so many years.