Bike Shop Girl has over 12 years of bicycle industry experience and hands on knowledge. Hoping to empower women and others on the bike so they too can feel the freedom and power that two wheels can give someone.
Recently, I witnessed a customer taking a standard 2010 Cervelo P3, and making it hers. With a little help from a co-worker this lady turned a standard (very beautiful) P3, uniquely hers. White handlebars, white stem and red bar take really turned this dream bike into her dream bike.
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.
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.
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.
A quick introduction was posted over at CommuteByBike.com to introduce the Batavus BUB I had teased about a couple weeks ago. The BUB is a watered down version of most Batavus bikes. It’s for the person wanting a true city bike but not all the bells and whistles like full chain guard and generator lights.
We are fortunate enough to be one of the first bike testers for the prototype Batavus BUB. The bike we had in for review was a one speed with a coaster brake. Slowly I’ll be unveiling my own thoughts, along with a friend who is a pretty new cyclist/commuter. Let’s start with an introduction from a shop called Renaissance Bikes that was our contact for the BUB.
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.
A benefit of my job is being able to work with many different people and customers on various types of bikes. The shop I manage is a big player in bike fitting and making sure if you purchase a bike, or your body changes, you will be happy, safe and comfortable on that bike.
This leads me to my thought for the day. Regardless of what type of bike you ride, there is a perfect fit for that bike and yourself. This fit can also change with time and be open to that idea. The reason for that is day to day your body changes, you stretch more or less, you sit more or less, you eat more or less (and so on.)
It is Subjective
The perfect bike fit is subjective to yourself and the bike fit technician you are working with, it can also be subjective to the day you walk into the shop to be fit. As I’ve mentioned before I slowly plan on picking a part a bike fit and highlighting the key things you should pay attention to to find that “perfect bike fit.”
Women cyclists are far more likely to be killed by a lorry because, unlike men, they tend to obey red lights and wait at junctions in the driver’s blind spot, according to a study.
The report by Transport for London’s road safety unit was completed last July but has been kept secret. It suggests that some cyclists who break the law by jumping red lights may be safer and that cycle feeder lanes may make the problem worse.
The Times has obtained a copy of the study, which says that 86 per cent of the women cyclists killed in London between 1999 and 2004 collided with a lorry. By contrast, lorries were involved in 47 per cent of deaths of male cyclists.
I’m tentatively going to expand into merchandise and small product sales on Commute By Bike and Bike Shop Girl. But I would like your feedback. What type of things would you purchase through us vs Amazon? Would it be enough to know you are supporting a great resource to purchase that light or bag through us?
Let me know what you think and what you would be interested in!
My initial post about Pre-Season planning turned some heads over at Team Estrogen’s forum. Many people were excited to talk about their 2010 goals, but after 4 pages of women’s goals there were a few asking me if I was crazy. They looked at November and December as resting times, or they may still be trying to complete 2009.
All these things are fair, but I find planning out your season prior to the holiday season makes things easier and you may eat one less serving of mash potatoes.
We didn’t get many comments on the blog about 2010 plans, so let me start off mine:
Training for Trans Iowa. The race is the end of April, and it will be roughly a 30 hour race across the “B” + “C” roads of Iowa. Cyclocross and mountain bikes are much needed.
The rest of the year I’ll be doing what I can, when I can. Maybe continue the local weekly mountain bike series, hit a couple longer distance mountain bike races like the 100 miler, or 12/24 hour lap type.
Smaller goals include stretching more, strength training and losing about 15 pounds of fat (hopefully gaining back 8 pounds of muscle.)
Now these are my goals, there are many things behind them like finding a better fit saddle for 300 miles on a cyclocross bike, the proper lighting, nutrition and preparing my mind for all of it. I knew this task was daunting and overwhelming so I have suited myself up with proper testing and coaching.
Next time we will be talking about what type of testing, what coaching does for you and why even someone getting into cycling or trying to lose weight could benefit from all of this.