Welcome to Bike Shop Girl! I feel honored that you have made it this far around the site, and are interested enough to want to know the background.
About Bike Shop Girl
Cycling is a form of romance to me. It can be compared to an early fresh brewed cup of coffee, the first view of fog over mountains, or a deep kiss before a long departure. The feeling that cycling creates within me rivals the creation of art and influence. I hope over the years to share and teach this feeling to as many people as humanly possible!
Name: Arleigh Jenkins
Location: Denver, CO
Cliff Note Resume: Pro level Mechanic, bike fitter, and have successfully managed bike shops within the US industry for 10+ years.Most importantly there are 1,000′s of happy bike owners and cyclists that I’ve touched in some way making their cycling experience better.
Moving Forward – Why Bike Shop Girl?
During the summer of 2009 I was managing a great shop in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC. The shop is proud in its customer service, higher end bike sales and service, especially to women. Every road bike we sold had a fitting included at the time of sale and 3/4 of our staff was well trained in bike fitting. During the middle of a busy summer a woman called in requesting a re-fit on her bike as she had been having saddle issues since purchasing the bike. She also requested a woman if possible to do the fitting.
She came in and explained that she was numb, in area’s of your crotch you don’t want numb. She had asked her riding buddies and a mechanic when she picked up her bike from servicing a few weeks before, “Is discomfort in that region normal?” Every guy chalked it up to being a new rider and getting used to the bike. The lady also didn’t explain to the guys, as she didn’t feel comfortable, what was actually happening. (I don’t blame her.)
At that moment something clicked. If this type of issue was happening in my shop, it was happening everywhere. The knowledge to prevent this was available, but the person that sold you your bike forgot to tell you.
From there BikeShopGirl.com started. The tag line “empowering women in cycling” started and things started moving quickly. Thanks to friends with Trek Bikes and my social media marketing ties the word spread quickly.
Since starting this site I have left the shop life, spent a few years in marketing and sales, as an outside rep for Quality Bicycle Products, and most recently in June 2013 I moved to Denver, CO with my girlfriend, Emily. She is in residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado and I found my place at Pearl Izumi Custom. I’m still doing marketing consulting on the side, but most free time is spent on bike riding and writing here on Bike Shop Girl.
All reviews are for no less than 6 weeks, unless noted in review. Providing an unbiased review platform that may be brutal at times but the consumer is just as brutal, if not worse. Regardless if the product is one from a sponsor of the website or friend it will be an honest and fair opinion. My goal of this site is to create educated consumers, not to sell product.