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Would You Go To a Skills Camp?

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While browsing over the Trek/Gary Fisher bikes I mentioned this morning, I came across the Trek Dirt Series.  These skills camps seem to be held all over the west coast & parts of Canada.  There are women’s only and co-ed versions.   My question goes back to the title of this post, would you goto a skills camp?

Around Charlotte There is the Dirt Divas

The local women’s mountain bike group, the Dirt Diva’s have a weekly group ride for various levels and a monthly skills clinic.  Several of these ladies have told me about a camp they would go to in Whistler for big hit skills.  I’m a chicken with no money or time to travel and learn how to jump off things.  My skills are earned, riding with friends, testing my insurance plan and well…growing some courage.

Over 5,000 Ultra-Satisfied Participants

The Trek Dirt Series claims to have 5,000 satisfied participants.  I wish I could see the demographics and travel time for their participants.  Would it be worth the travel/hassle and logistics?

Would You Go?

Do you love mountain biking and have a budget to play with? Would something like this excite you?

Women’s Twenty Niner Bikes

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Earlier this week it was announced that Gary Fisher as a bicycle brand will be discontinued. Gary Fisher and his bikes aren’t going anywhere, but they will become a “Gary Fisher Collection” for Trek Bikes in 2011. There are pro’s and con’s of this which I won’t bore you of. The biggest pro I want to mention today is Trek’s “Gary Fisher Collection” Twenty Niner WSD bikes.

Fisher Mamba WSD

Mamba WSD $879.99

A price point 29er that came out a couple years back.  24 speeds, coil fork but nice high aluminum frame and disc brakes.  A great place to try the 29er wheel size.

X-Caliber WSD

X-Caliber WSD $1539.99

On the other end of the 29er spectrum from the Mamba is the X-Caliber.  30 gears, with the new 10 speed SRAM X-7, hydraulic disc brakes and all the bells and whistles you need to keep you happy for a long time.

Back on Track

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Bike Shop Girl is 80% back on track, the last dots to connect are the podcast and the podcast plugin that I have been using.   If you are a wordpress master and have any suggestions on which Podcast plugin works with WordPress 3.0 please let me know.

Thanks for your patience, and make sure to ride your bike this weekend!

Site Outages

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Due to upgrading to WordPress Version 3.0, and the template that was on Bike Shop Girl previously not liking the new version… we are having malfunctions!

Single Speed and Fixed Gear : What It Means for You?

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The fixed gear, urban hipster, era seems to be calming a little bit in my area.  This means I can crawl out from behind my wool rock and enjoy riding my preferred style of bikes.  You see I enjoyed single speed mountain biking before pink was the new black, and fixed gear road cycling was part of my off season training for Team Snow Valley racing.  Deeply embedded in my blood is the love for single drive machines, ease of use and less thinking while riding.

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nuun : A Hydration Review

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Nutrition is an under used term for the novice cyclist or athlete.  For the professional, it is the way of life.  They run their engine like NASCAR builds their cars, with precision.  For the past few months I’ve put my family in some sort of science experiment with various types of nutrition supplements and varieties.

nuun is a electrolyte replacement, with a little flare.  These little tablets come in 8 flavors, and are kept in plastic tube to keep them readily available on long rides.   With available flavors like Kona Cola, which tastes exactly like Coca Cola, and Lemon+Lime, tastes like Sprite, or Banananuun.  My personal favorites will always be the fruity styles like Citrus Fruit or Tri-Berry.

The flavor isn’t the only unique feature of Nuun.

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Do You Wear Sunscreen When You Ride?

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A valid question was asked over on Twitter, “Do You Wear Sunscreen When You Ride?”

My answer is yes, and well… no.  Up until this year I have always worn short sleeve jerseys when riding.  Maybe it is the roadie in me where sleeveless jerseys are banned from racing.  I often have freaky tan lines from gloves, helmet strap and short sleeve jerseys.

At the bike shop and at home I have now invested in KINeSYS sunscreen, in the spray bottle!  It is the least we can do for our skin, but in the long term it probably isn’t enough.

Next step is SPF clothing, but that will be another time.

Essentials Purchases for Your First Triathlon

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This week on Bike Shop Girl we are covering triathlons and the basics of getting started in this quickly growing sport.  We began the series with “Talk of Triathlons” and then moved on to “Basic Things to Know About Triathlons.”

Today we are covering the essential equipment or gear I feel with get you across the finish more comfortable and confident.  At the end I will also list things that aren’t essential but a good long term investment.

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Basic Things to Know about Triathlons

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Triathlons are an amazing sport to set a goal for, keep your training varied and there are several short tri’s that anyone with basic athletic or active body can complete.  Across the country women’s only triathlon events are picking up full steam.  Locally, we have the Rambling Rose Series.  This series quickly sells out and is a great attraction to those women simply trying to finish their first tri or testing out this new sport.  The distances are short : 250 yard swim, 9 mile bike and 2 mile run.

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