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, served as an outside rep for the largest distributor in the industry, Quality Bicycle Products, and now can be found as the General Manager for Salvagetti Bicycle Workshops in Denver, Colorado. 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.
Join the Bike Shop Girl Community
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