USA Cycling is Pushing Women’s BMX

As a BMX rider, not quite racer yet, I’m very excited to see USA Cycling putting their money and efforts behind getting more girls further in their BMX career.

2012 Olympics here we come!

The United States has a large, undeveloped pool of 14 to 18-year-old female riders who are internationally capable. The objective of the BMX Women’s Development Program is to move athletes from grassroots racing onto international podiums, thus maximizing the United States’ UCI Nations Ranking and gaining the maximum start spots for American women at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Dwight will utilize the Supercross track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. to prepare the next crop of female BMX racers for medal-winning performances in London in 2012, and beyond.
Originally found at USA Cycling

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?