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Girls and Bicycles

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There is a blog I follow, and have linked to several times : Girls and Bicycles.  The blog is run by a lovely lady living up in Canada, who has the beautiful ability of bringing skirts and bicycles together.

Recently she started sharing writing on “Shareable” and I love getting even more of her writing into my blog feeder everyday.

Every time I leave the house by bicycle I get exercise (even pregnant, as I am in the above picture). I often meet new people and almost always have some chat with a neighbour while I’m coming and going. As a result I actually know the people in my neighborhood and the business owners in the surrounding areas. I save time by not having to go to the gym. I sleep well at night because my body is getting a lot of activity. I can eat whatever I want without feeling guilty.
Found at Shareable : Girl on a Bike

If you need inspired, or motivated to get on your bike and use it for various things, including outings with friends, go read Girls and Bicycles now!

fi’zi:k Vesta Review: Initial Thoughts

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A beautiful fi’zi:k Vesta showed up at my doorstep a couple of weeks back.  Quickly, I snapped some photos and then installed the saddle on my cyclocross bike. Since then it has been on my goto bike for long road rides, and my daily commute.

Initial Feel

The very first feeling of the saddle is the firm, yet padded support.  This is a good feeling as I don’t like a saddle that I sink into. If you sink too much into a saddle your sit bones are no longer holding you up and the soft tissues are left holding you up.  This saddle hasn’t seen more than an hour and a half of consistent ride time so we can only tell how the padded feeling holds up.

The “pressure relief channel” seems to work so far.  It isn’t a cut out so if I rock into the drops I can feel pressure on my soft tissue areas but to this point there has been no numbness or pain when this pressure happens for an extended amount of time.

Look & Design

The saddle is an eye catcher.  Subtle enough, but if someone walks close enough to see the top of your saddle they will stop and ask, “WHAT?!”  This exact story has happened to me with everyone that has seen the saddle.  My only worry about the eye catching colors are they will bleed over time into my white bib shorts.

Closing Thoughts

Sitting initially on this saddle I didn’t think “this is the one,” but that never has happened before with any of my favorite saddles. There are always fine tuning with the bike fit and trying different angles and fore/aft of the saddle.  BUT I didn’t sit on this saddle and feel horrible pain, nor did I feel pain after 25 miles.  The jury is still out on this saddle but I will check back with you as the fit is modified and more miles are logged.

Peeing on the Go

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It seems the more time I search the internet for various “outdoor female products”  the more products I find that give me a jaw dropping reaction.  I never knew it was such an issue for woman to pee on the go.  Sure, I’ve been stuck in a weird situation where all my male friends were simply peeing when they needed.  Normally it was a camping trip, or a very bundled up road ride where the amount of layers I had limited my ability to drop my pants and go.

GoGirl

The first one that I found and mentioned a few months ago was GoGirl.  This little thing is smaller than most the others and instead of directing your pee, it gathers it.   In my searching there have been a couple more to add to the list.

GoGirl online

Whiz Freedom

World’s first and #1 hydrophobic, anti-bacterial and eco-friendly female urine director.

I’m still researching the idea of a urine director.  I’m sure it allows you to utilize your zipper or other outlet, but when I’m riding in bibs or have long johns when camping, I don’t have anything to direct it out.

Whiz Freedom online

pStyle

The pStyle is a plastic device that allows you to pee standing up without undressing. It is a simple design that works exceptionally well.

Peeing in hard plastic?  It sounds like a disaster of splashing and leaking waiting to happen!

pStyle online

Lab-Gear 99 : Preview

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Lab-Gear 99 Mid & T

The end of October I was approached by Lab-Gear to review a few of their new woman’s line, 99.

To say I was excited was an understatement.  I’ve been drooling over their merino wool line for months, especially as the guys love to rub their products in my Twitter face.   Going through the design process was very rewarding and very unique, so unique that the design process will have its own article.

I look forward to showing you the couple tops I was provided and also hope that Lab-Gear read my review to take the feedback and input.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

Bike Shop Girl 2.0

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A warning that the site will most likely be down this coming week for a fresh design, and focus going into 2010.

Thank you all for the most amazing first 3 months I could of ever asked for, look for a fresh look, feel and a lot of things happening in this network!

Bike Shop Girl for the Holidays

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A quick note that Commute By Bike & Bike Shop Girl will be running on the lean side for the next two weeks. With the holiday a few days away we are helping Santa Claus get ready for the big day, and the week after we will be finishing inventory counts at the bike shop. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack Review : Long Term

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Banjo Brother Tag

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack
$79.99
Overall : 4 out of 5 stars.
Pros : Durabilty, storage/pockets, replaceable inner liner.
Cons : Size,  heat/sweat in the summer months.

For the past few months I’ve been using a my Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack for a variety of things.  The gym, going to work with my laptop, and even in the front of the Civia Loring that I was reviewing. You also may want to read theIntroduction to the Review on the Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack.

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fi’zi:k Vesta : Preview

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For the past few years I have named the cut out or indention in the saddles for women “cooter holes.”  No, it isn’t PC but neither are all the people making saddles for women with out even having a variety of women testing them prior to selling hundreds to unknowing souls.

fi’zi:k knows saddles.  They are one of the top selling road saddles for guys that I’ve seen, among Selle Italia and such.  They have one womens saddle that has been on the market for some years called the Vitesse.  I tried riding this saddle for a while 2 years back, and suffered.  My soft tissues needed a “cooter hole”  or indention, or something that the Vitesse did not have.  I quickly swapped saddles back and continued on with life.

fi'zi:k Vesta

Now there is a new saddle from fi’zi:k called Vesta. They are marketing this with a “pressure relief channel” or a cooter hole.  That comfortable place to put your soft tissues out of pressure and harm. Other than this, the saddle is the same shape as the prior model I spoke about, the Vitesse.   The base price is $129.99, within range of most all fi’zi:k saddles, and higher end Terry saddles as well.

I hope to land one of these in my hands during the long, boring and painful base miles to see how their “pressure relief channel” really holds up.