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How Do You Dress for 10º Commuting?

Next Monday through Friday I’ll be in Minneapolis for a week’s worth of training for the new gig. I would like to commute by bike as much as possible from my humble abode to the QBP headquarters 14 miles away. Looking at the weather it seems to be in the teens most mornings, granted I am a week out so weather may change.

How would you dress for such weather? What are key things I should pack and worry about?

Sound off!

Oyster Roast

Upstate SC SORBA’s 2nd Annual Oyster Roast

Who wants to go?

There will be plenty of local cluster oysters brought in from the coast! We will have all the accoutrements up to and including chili, crackers, horseradish and Tabasco! There will be several kegs compliments of our good friends at RJ Rockers Brewing Co. and Community Tap! And, can you believe it, Grass Backerds returns to entertain with some amazing Bluegrass!  In addition, the BIG ACC Football Championship game will be showing outdoors on the BIG screen so you won’t miss a thing.  Did I mention the impressive bonfire to keep us warm and toasty? This go round, we will also have s’mores and weenies for the kidz!

It sounds like a partee!

BYO: I.D. if you wish to imbibe, chairs, shucking knife, shucking glove/towel, marshmallow/weenie skewers for the kidz

Prices in advance (through noon on December 2nd):
$15 for children ages 4-12
$25 for ages 13+
$15 LADIES ONLY on 11/18 and 11/25

Day of event pricing:
$15 for children ages 4-12
$35 for ages 13+

No refunds. RAIN or SHINE.

http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/474
Location : Sunrift Adventures – One Center Street Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Contact : Renee Lean rdlean@charter.net

 

 

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Dear Bike Industry, Please Find Your Morals

I was asked to remove the original photo and name of the woman in the below story by the woman. She doesn’t want to continue to be apart of the fight to make cycling a better place for women.

Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, I was awoken with the sounding of bells, chats and emails. You see a friend saw a female cyclist in need, knowing I would take up arms and fight the good fight he sought me out at o’dark:30 Seattle time. It would take a bystander woman to get things moving in the right direction.

A few years ago a woman was cheering on the sidelines of SSCXWC in her bikini. Well aware there were photographs taken, and shared. Let’s be honest…if I had a body like that, I would be on the sidelines in a bikini too. Fast forward to last Wednesday, the eve of Thanksgiving. Road Bike Review decided to make a caption contest out of this photo. Moving forward they did not MODERATE the comments, and when the subject of the photograph emailed and added her own comment – it was ignored/deleted.

I don’t need to remind you, I don’t mind scantily clad cycling women. Neither does the subject of the photograph. What I do mind is having a photo being used as a caption contest, with no moderation. Road Bike Review, this is how you want to draw in women to read your site? Let’s allow vulgar comments that border libel actions.

Learn more from the original email to OBRA after the young woman tried to reach out to Road Bike Review multiple times.

Earlier this morning (after being beat up on) the Facebook photo and “caption contest” was removed. I hope the bicycle industry media and marketing geniuses learn something from this. We live in a progressive world but do we need to make it any worse?

Photo credit: creativextreme.com

Aereonaut Saddlebag

Is it an Egg? No, It is a Aereonaut Saddlebag

Saddle bags are an interesting commodity. When you find one that doesn’t rattle around, that carries exactly what you need and doesn’t rub a hole in your shorts – you forget about it. Many companies have come out with unique ideas on how to carry your emergency tools on the bike. A great example is The Awesome Strap, which is a robust strap that can put your tube, levers and CO2 in various places but leaving your tube exposed to the elements with the chance of rubbing a hole in your rubber.

Another bag was released this morning to the masses through a press release. The concept is engaging, I’ve shot an email back to gain one for review. As everyone that rides a bike should have emergency tools/tube on hand.

aereonaut saddle bag

Albabici Aereonaut Saddlebag

As the original title says, Is it an Egg? NO! It’s an Aereonaut Saddlebag.

The plastic shell clips under the rails of your saddle. Your tube and various things are placed in the shell and a silicon skin pulls around the shell and your tube/levers/etc.

Looks to be easy to use, and I like the yellow but would prefer a red or pink! The question is how well does the mount work, how does it work when it is freezing cold and raining?

MSRP: $39.00

 

 

mtbracergirl

Race Report: 10 year old Takes on Beginner Women

A race report from a fellow Twin Six racer. Madison is a 10 year old chica killing it in the beginner class down in Florida. Learn more about her adventures at mtbracergirl.blogspot.com 

OK..here I was,  Little 66 lb/10 year old me about ready to race these women.  And I’m thinking…what the heck did I get myself into??  Then, the nerves started to settle in, my stomach was a mess, and I just wanted the whole thing to be over with already.

There was a total of 8 beginner women.  I was 6th going into the woods (not good, but better than last).  During the first 7 mile lap, racers #1 and #2 crashed, so I was able to past them and move up to the 4th position.  Feeling awesome and moving along at a good pace, I came across a difficult a climb.  I got off the bike and ran up the hill and ended up passing #3 racer. Then, I came across #2 racer and was able to pass her as she was pushing her bike up a hill. This was too good to be true. I was in second place and kept my position for the rest of the lap and throughout the entire 2nd lap.

mtbracergirl

2012 Trek Bikes Lexa S

2012 Trek Lexa Women’s Road Bikes

Looking for a review of the Trek Lexa? Check it out here.

The 2011 Trek Lexa bikes were an amazing hit for Trek Bikes corporation.

It’s one of the top selling women’s road bikes. Many women asked for Lexa by name at demos, and dealers also told us they had many women coming in asking about them. Women love the comfortable fit, race-inspired performance, and the fact that we have so many color and graphics options. It was fantastic to see so many of them at the many triathlons that we sponsored this year. - Trek Women Brand Manager

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Introducing Giant’s WheelSystems

No lie, wheels matter. Wheels are some of the most important pieces of a well riding, quickly responding, bicycle. Giant and other bike manufactures are focusing more efforts on their own components. I’m interested to see how these ride and compare to wheel specific manufactures.

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New for 2012, Giant WheelSystems are the result of a holistic approach to creating the best-performing wheels for every type of rider in any condition. The design philosophy behind Giant WheelSystems is called System Engineered Performance. In creating them, product developers and engineers analyzed the ways the individual parts of a particular wheel affect each other. Every rim, spoke and hub is designed to optimally serve the system.

System Engineered Performance considers four key performance factors—stiffness, aerodynamics, weight and comfort—and seeks to perfectly tailor these factors to the appropriate user, bike and WheelSystem.

Currently there are four road models available: P-SLR1 Aero, P-SLR1, P-SL0 and P-SL1. These WheelSystems can be found on 2012 Giant road bikes and are also available to purchase as aftermarket components.

P-SLR1 Aero
A lightweight, deep-dish aerodynamic WheelSystem designed for high-performance riding and racing. Maximum stiffness and aerodynamics at the lowest possible weight.
• 50mm deep, 21mm wide scandium-composite tubeless-compatible rims
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• Individual wheel bags included
• 1575g

P-SLR1
Superlight high-performance race wheels engineered for a stiff, comfortable ride. Hand-built with the highest-quality components and materials.
• Tubeless Ready Scandium 21mm wide rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1390g

P-SL0
A versatile performance WheelSystem for road riding and racing. Light enough to race yet tough enough for everyday training and riding.
• Tubeless Compatible rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Aero Competition bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1595g

P-SL1
Designed for performance road riding, aimed at enthusiasts or beginner racers seeking a stiff, durable WheelSystem.
• Light, durable 21mm deep 6061 alloy rims, sleeved joint
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Champion stainless steel spokes (18 front radial; 24 rear 2-cross)
• 1775g

Lake Norman State Park MTB

Laurel Trail Review at Lake Norman State Park

When I am riding locally in Charlotte NC I have roughly 4 trails I visit, either due to distance from my house, work or time restraints. One of my favorite trails,that is also one of the closer ones to my house, recently had a trail addition that opened earlier this fall.

Lake Norman State Park which is about 25 minutes north of center city Charlotte is a great trail for all levels. 20 or so miles can now be found wrapping around the lake. Well maintained with a decent amount of length it will give you a reason to make the drive. The words I would use to describe the whole circuit of trails is flowing, moderate, and scenic. The Tarheel Trailblazers have done a great job building and keeping up with the trails, the State Park Rangers keep an eye on the trail, encourage use but also make sure it isn’t abused when the weather is foul.

The recently finished addition, the Laurel loop added 8 miles to the other two loops that have been staples at Lake Norman. The loop is a bit more technical, adding fun switchbacks, little kicker climbs, man built log rollers and will give you a work out no matter your experience. Those in shape will hit the trail harder, those looking to step up their game the trail is completely rideable, you may need to walk a couple hills but there is not shame in it!

The trail reminds me of a tamed Warrior Creek in Wilkesboro. Not as much elevation change, not as many berms, but fun. 20 miles of mountain biking, with 10 more planned will make this a destination spot. I’m lucky to live relatively close to the trail (10 minute drive)!

 

Lake Norman Bicycle Route

Lake Norman Bike Route Ribbon Cutting This Weekend

If you are a local to me (Charlotte/Lake Norman, NC) then you should know about the dedication event of the Lake Norman Bicycle Route. The route is planned to circle Lake Norman on marked roads, greenways, and showing points of interest. The route is 3/4 of the way marked and mapped! Read more about it or view the map here. 

Lake Norman Bicycle Route

This Saturday is the event to kick things off, including a bike ride!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Troutman Depot 
137 South Main Street, Troutman, NC 
Starts at 10am

Description of the Troutman Loop to be ridden after the ceremony Saturday

Begin at Downtown Troutman’s landmark Old Depot at US 21/NC 115 (Main St.) and Wagner Rd.  Careful crossing US 21 to start your ride south on Wagner.  After 1.5 miles, veer right onto State Park Rd.  The scenery becomes more rural and wooded approaching Lake Norman State Park.   Past the first bridge, see a parking area at Park Lake.  Boats can be rented here during summer.  The building provides restrooms and drinking fountain (mid-March to November).  A Porta-John is located at the north entrance of the parking lot by the Itusi Mountain Bike Trail entrance.  A mile further on State Park Rd., turn right after the Park’s west gate.  St. John’s Rd. ends at E. Monbo Rd.  Turn right, and in a ¼-mile, veer right to stay on E. Monbo and the Loop.  E. Monbo stretches another 4 miles through hilly, rural horse country before reaching Old Mountain Rd.  (To visit Daveste’ Vineyards, divert right onto Talley St., past Hicks Creek Rd., and another right onto Lytton Farm.) Continue to Troutman, turning right on Old Mountain Rd. to reach US 21/NC 115.  At the light, turn right.  After a ¼ mile, turn left at Old Murdock, then right onto Eastway.  Notice the “Richardson Greenway” path across from Town Hall.  In ¾-mile return to the Depot.  If you’re hungry, enjoy one of the several restaurants you just passed along Main St.