Bike Shop Girl

Wednesday Round Up

VO Mixte Cyclelicious reports on 3 different recalls for the day from Felt Bikes, Burley Trailers and Nirve Bikes.

Velo Orange has photos of their prototype mixte’s that will be available early 2010.

The Safe Routes to School Conference started today in Portland.  Follow BikePortland on twitter for more updates.

Chic Cyclist gives her impression of the bike share program in Paris called Velib.

Women’s Shopping Experience Better but Not Great

The shopping experience is getting better in the cycling industry for women. For the past few years it has been drilled in to retailers heads by manufacturers and industry representatives.   Women do make up the majority of buying decision in the average household and women do like to shop.  Seeing that most bike shops are male driven we don’t have to wonder why it is intimidating to go in and talk about spandex, bike shorts or colors of bikes with the guys.  Most of them can’t get it, because they aren’t a girl!

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What’s in Your Bag?

Seat Bag

A common question seems to be : What’s in your bicycle bag?

The bag they are referring to could be my seat bag found under most of my saddles, one of my messenger type bags slung over my back on the way to work or the store, or maybe my Camelbak on the way to the local mountain bike trail.

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Riding Pretty

Cycling and fashion is becoming a hand in hand thought.  Women riding in skirts, guys and their “tweed” rides or better yet guys in their white spandex.  Fashion is in right now with the cycling industry and Riding Pretty is documenting it around Santa Cruz.

There are many bicycle photo blogs out, many of which will be talked about here and there on Bike Shop Girl.  Riding Pretty is monitored by Shelly Shroeder, who keeps a photo gallery and even has an online store for helmet covers.

Grease Monkey Wipes

Worried about changing that flat or cleaning your bike because your hands will get filthy? Have no fear, Grease Monkey Wipes are here! Soon these will be found in my tool box, saddle bag and car first aid kit.

Grease Monkey Wipe

Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged degreasing/cleaning wipes that use a natural, non-toxic, citrus based formula to handle heavy duty cleaning including grease and grime.  Their compact size and portable nature make them perfectly suited to be carried in a jersey pocket, saddle bag, or bento box.  The wipes have several applications in the bike world and can be used to either remove grease/road grime from your hands after you change flat mid-ride, remove grease from your calf, or even degrease your chain

Basics : Your First MTB Ride

Photo from http://www.getmountainbiking.co.uk/

Photo from GetMountainBiking.co.uk/

When you mention mountain biking to a lady that hasn’t tried it before.. you will most likely get a look of horror and confusion.  The sport, growing but not quick enough, is quickly growing for the ladies in the sport.  Across the US there are ladies only mountain bike clubs popping up, allowing you to learn and experience the trails with skill clinics, and other women who will allow you to go as slow as you would like. Mountain biking can sound daunting, trees flying by you, dirt and mud.  Add the technical features and rocks, it would scare any self preserving woman!

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Carry Things on Bike in Style

Knog BagHere’s a deep confession, I have a bag addiction.  Come look in my closest and there are at least 4 messenger bags, 4 bicycle specific back packs, hydration bags and then panniers are end less.  Constantly the search is on to find the most stylish, yet functional, bag possible.

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