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2,000 Nude Cyclist

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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

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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

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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

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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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Introducing Rapha’s Womens Line

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Rapha, the fine company that makes the clothing threads of many cyclist “lust list.”  You pray a pretty penny for their clothing, but it will delivery over and over again compared to some of those other main stream brands.  Their clothing is designed by cyclist, for cyclist.  The type of cyclist that will ride all day in a pair of shorts, through rain and snow to pull those same shorts on the next day with barely a washing.  This clothing is the type you dream about, that smart people save for and you can bet that it is on my “lust list.”

Let me introduce you to the Rapha “lust list” for women.  Starting with their basic classic jersey, to a good quality short and finally their Stowaway Jacket. Add these to your wish list, and be ready to click “buy now” when the time is available.

WOW : Women on Wheels, A Ladies Night Out March 4, 2010

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Across the US many great shops are realizing that women need one night in a bicycle shop all to themselves.  Ladies Night, it was coined by a large corporation, but its that one night they aren’t intimidated and you will see mostly if not all WOMEN in a bicycle shop.  Tops of topics can be covered from how to, to new product releases or clinics.  Find one in your area, or recommend your favorite shop to host one.  Below is an upcoming one at Gregg’s Cycles in Seattle, WA.

Gregg’s Cycles:  A night just for the ladies.  It’s a great chance to come an learn all about cycling.  We’ll have speakers and clinics about cycling as well as factory reps here to answer any questions that you might have.

This year we’re proud to announce that our featured speaker will be Sally Edwards, a Triathlon Hall of Famer and competitor in over 150 triathlons.  Sally is a best-selling author with more than 20 books and 500 articles on health and fitness including the popular book Heart Rate Monitor Guidebookand The Complete Book of Triathlons. This professional triathlete is a 16-time Ironman finisher, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, and past winner of the ultra-marathon, and the hundred mile Western States Endurance Run.

Also:

  • Special Deals
  • Fashion Show
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Did I mention great ONE TIME deals
  • and more…
  • Invite your friends but remember that this is a ladies only event so leave the guys at home!  Go Online to RSVP

Podcast Episode #1 : US Made Bikes and Parts

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[podcast]http://bikeshopgirl.com/podcast/BSG-Episode1.mp3[/podcast]http://bikeshopgirl.com/podcast/BSG-Episode1.mp3

Take a listen to Episode #1 : US Made Bikes and Parts.

In this podcast I talk about when or why I buy US made products, a couple big names still making in the US, as well as linking you to the upcoming National Handmade Bicycle Show.

Companies we talked about:

Trek Bikes
Cannondale
Terry

Thanks to Team Estrogen Forums for the idea!