Bike Shop Girl | Arleigh
A woman owned mobile bicycle workshop in Northeast Denver, Colorado with over 15+ years experience as a master mechanic.
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To be honest, I've never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I'll feel about a product - sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely sell me on trailers for daily use or leave me hoping for more.
It is the week before Interbike and everyone is putting out teasers of their new product that they will be launching.  Civia is one of these companies.  Known for throwing show stoppers, for example in 2007 when they released the brand with a $2500 commuter bike.  Since then they have branched out in all directions and budgets.
We featured the new bikes from Puma over at Commute By Bike at the beginning of the summer and many people commented on the aesthetics of the bikes. Regardless of if you like them or hate them, they spurred enough of an opinion inside of you to comment. Due to this, their marketing and design team did their job very well.

Welcome the Puma Cargo Bike

From Puma’s Headquarters, Somwhere in Crayonland : PUMA Mopion is rock steady for the daily grind. It mixes city bike features, and cargo bike features, making it a sturdy companion. It comes with a super-size innovative front carrier for heavy duty transport of your groceries or other needs. Developed for city dwellers, Mopion features a light aluminum frame, making it a one-of-a-kind lightweight cargo bike weighing only 22 kilos.
As more and more folks are realizing the benefit of a well set up full suspension you see less hardtails on the trail and more full squish. What I see a lot in the shop is people completely ignoring their suspension until it is to the point of needing a costly replacement. Remember the happier your bike is the better it will ride.

A Short Story about Daily Bike Dilemmas

One morning I was sitting in my local little town of Davidson, NC. This is a small college town known for Davidson College and also one of the most friendly bicycle towns in the area of Charlotte, NC. Their welcome signs on all ends of the town state they are a "bicycle and pedestrian friendly town." As I'm sitting, drinking my latte and putting together my farmer's market list, I see a great amount of cyclist stringing through town practicing for the big sprint triathlon that happens the end of August at the local YMCA. The cyclist have just finished a open water group swim and now riding the bike course for the sprint triathlon. Here is the issue, this post-swim bike ride is not organized and often has 200 or so cyclist. There are elite level triathletes down to the most beginner bicyclist within the group. The ride goes through downtown Davidson with heavy car and pedestrian traffic. The cyclist do not know how to behave within a group of cyclist, let alone with cars and people walking around. A month ago, during one of these exact times, a group ride after a large open water swim at the local YMCA, an entry level cyclist was cut off by a car pulling into a parking spot. The cyclist grabbed her brakes, flipping over her handlebars and hitting her head very hard on one of the parked cars bumpers.
A couple weeks ago I was chatting with Rob from Mission Workshop about the lack of women's cycling clothing that I could get off the bike and go into work or a coffee shop. He laughed a little bit and then said to wait a couple weeks. Rob had up his sleeve the DZR shoes. Stiff, SPD compatible and a gum bottom, use them with clipless or without. Walk into your business casual meeting, or make a statement. Did I mention they have a women's line?

A new main series we will be focusing on here at Bike Shop Girl will be on customer service, the lost art. My hope is to target the companies that are doing it well, and explain what others could be doing better. What Are Your...

I just spotted Bike Love Cycling Kit (jersey & shorts) from Dude Girl that grabbed my attention.  The look of the red chain creating a heart on the jersey, snatch. Be ready to pony up about $90-100 per jersey and short but if you want...

Somewhere in the depths of the internet and one of my computers, is the original version of this article.  I hope the second version is only that much better than the first! Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle MSRP: $12.99 Details: BPA Free, Insulated Bottle A water bottle is a water...