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North American Handmade Bicycle Show Roundup

Last weekend a couple of us from Bike Shop Girl went to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Richmond, VA.  We covered the show for a variety of media’s and wanted to put them all down in one place for your viewing pleasure.

Versus.com
Intro, Day 1, Interview with Nick Crumpton

CommuteByBike.com

HandmadeBicycleShow.com

Bike Shop Girl NAHBS on Youtube

Flickr Set with over 600 photos

Ritchey WCS Curve Bar

Ritchey Bicycle Components have released a new shallow drop road bar, Curve Bar,  available in aluminum or carbon.  With a respectable 235g (alum) and 210g (carbon) this handlebar could be found on many women’s bars in the upcoming season. Pricing will be between $95-285 dependent on alum/carbon.

Details from Ritchey

•Fixed shallow 128mm drop with a smooth transition for a comfortable hand position
•Allows rider to set up for aggressive positioning in the drops as well as the tops
•Extended center section is compatible with clip-on bars
•Sanded stem and brake lever mount sections for no-slip component grip
•Available in 40/42/44cm widths
•Drop/Reach: 128/73mm

I hope to get a pair of these in on my cyclocross bike, I think the drop and reach would compliment cantilevers very well.  Keep your eye out for those coming to the Bike Shop Girl headquarters.

Podcast Episode #3 : Interview with Joan Hanscom of USGP

[podcast]http://bikeshopgirl.com/podcast/BSG-Episode3.mp3[/podcast]

Last week we met up to talk with Joan Hansom of the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross and as well as the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships.

We talked about many things but key links of interest :

US Grand Prix of Cyclocross

2013 Cyclocross World Championships

Artemis Racing

Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12 Racing

North America Handmade Bicycle Show

2,000 Nude Cyclist

There has been the naked bicycle rides and events but I believe this photographer set the standards a tad bit higher than I’ve seen done before.

Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam’s historic canals on Sunday – a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.

Found at the Brisbane Times

Have you done a naked bicycle ride, or posed nude with your bike?  I think I am too self conscious to even think about this task, but there are 2,000 cyclist in Amsterdam that weren’t!

Photo Credit : Brisbane Times

Child Bike Rental Program

Over at Velorution they talked about a program that rents the small push/glide bikes by the week.

This triggered many thoughts in my head as I love the push bikes instead of training wheels.  It allows a child to learn relying on themselves only, and not training wheels.  The learning curve is gentle and quickly conquered.  My shop sells the Strider running bike, light weight and under $100.

The biggest concern I’ve had with these Striders are once the child learns to ride it, they are ready for the next bike with pedals.  The purchase is very short lived if the child progresses quickly. Unless the parent has another smaller child, or perhaps a friend they could pass it on to.  Yes, these little things hold their value and could sell on Craigslist quickly, but why bother?

Now, what about a rental program to allow the child to try it?  A week for $20 seems fair to me.

Parents : What are your thoughts?

Velo News Pro Rider Diary : Amber Neben

VeloNews.com has a pretty amazing run down of their monthly Pro Rider Diary’s.   From the big names of Jeremy Powers, Michael Barry, and Ted King.  They recently added a woman, Amber Neben.   With only one article up so far, I’m excited to keep on top of what this World Champion and Olympian is doing.

How do you describe what it feels like to prepare so hard for something, to dedicate so much to something and then lose the opportunity to even try to see it through? The immediate loss of opportunity, whether that was trying to do well in the Giro or helping Team USA in the world championship road race, hurt.I remember lying on the ground after hitting that barrier and thinking about how hard I had worked to get myself back from the previous crash — the details, the focus, the fight. It always takes a lot to come back, but I had managed to do it. And now, there I was again, lying on the ground in excruciating pain, waiting for the ambulance while the race went up the road. The interesting thing was that the huge disappointment of not being able to finish hurt more than my high-energy fracture — and believe me, that hurt.

Read the full article at VeloNews.com

Podcast Episode #2 : Q&A with Team Vera Bradley Foundation

This past Wednesday, I made my way to Uptown Charlotte, NC to visit Uptown Cycles where the shop was hosting Team Vera Bradley Foundation Pro Cycling Team. The three members from the team, Alison Powers and Kristin Sanders, were in town for wind tunnel testing and the owner of Uptown Cycles, as well as pro cyclist and team member, Robin Farina, decided to host a Question and Answer panel with a few of the ladies.

Alison Powers holding the new team skinsuit

Now sit back, and learn what these amazing women are doing for the cycling arena.  If you are so inclined after the podcast to make a donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer research please visit VeraBradley.org

Due to the large room and semi circle of women, the audio isn’t the best but I’ve tried to level out audio and add comments here and there.

[podcast]http://bikeshopgirl.com/podcast/BSG-Episode2.mp3[/podcast]

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