This is part of a series of short posts releasing the new 2012 Raleigh Bicycles women’s line. Everything from 29er mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, more carbon and women’s cyclocross bikes. I’ve got the scope, but we can thank Raleigh’s Sally on this one.
2012 Raleigh Capri Women’s Road Bikes
You may or may not know but I’ve been test riding a 2011 Raleigh Capri for the past couple months. Timing seems to be everything as right when I’m about to post a review about a bike, Sally turns around and sends me the new information for the 2012 line.
Raleigh Capri Carbon 3.0 MSRP $3,000
Full carbon frame and fork with the same geometry as the Capri from 2011. A mix of Shimano Ultegra and 105 but mostly all Ultegra besides the 105 shifters and brakes. Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri Carbon 2.0 MSRP $2,400
Same frameset, full carbon as the Capri Carbon 3.0. Full 105 groupo and a lesser quality hub but same rims. Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri Carbon 1.0 MSRP $2,000
Same frameset, full carbon as the Capri Carbon 3.0. New Shimano Tiagra 10 speed and KMC chain (come on Raleigh.) Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri 4.0 MSRP $1,650
Hydroformed aluminum frame, carbon fork with alloy steerer. Full Shimano Ultegra 10-speed except for brake calipers. Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri 3.0 MSRP $1,300
Same aluminum frame and fork, but with a downgrade on parts to Shimano 105 10-speed for the majority of the drivetrain. Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri 2.0 MSRP $930
This bike takes a step down to Shimano Sora 9-speed and FSA cranks. A step up from the 1.0 with 8-speed but still not with the mainstay of 10 speed. Available in 45, 49, 52, 54, 56cm
Raleigh Capri 1.0 MSRP $710
The starter model for Raleigh, Shimano 2300 8-speed. A good beginner bike but if you get riding you’ll quickly ride out of this bike. Available in 45, 49, 52, 54, 56cm
A sneak peak exclusive for Bike Shop Girl from our friends at Road Holland. The folks at Road Holland are pulling their subtle styles and beautiful reasoning into a lighter weight merino wool (and polyester) full zip jersey, The Aalsmeer. It helps the jersey comes in two of my favorite colors, light blue and ORANGE! Did I mention they are being made in Miami?? Most of the photos displayed are the women’s jerseys but we are sneaking in a few of the guys for all you male lurkers out there!
Welcome The Aalsmeer Jersey from Road Holland
When we launched Road Holland, we were flooded with emails from women who applauded our no girly-girl flower print design aesthetic. However, we underestimated a couple of things. One – that women like full zip jerseys just as much as men (even moreso if they wear bibs and we’ll leave it at that…). And two – that they really like Royal Orange.
We listened and The Aalsmeer, our newest poly-blend merino wool cycling jersey, is our response.
Cut from a lighter than air fabric, The Aalmsmeer is the perfect combination of sophisticated styling and serious performance. We’ve included a subtle Road Holland crown embroidery on the collar which is then lined with a smart tulip print (the only flowers you’ll see on our jerseys!).
On the back, there are 3 ample cargo pockets and an exterior stash pocket that is perfect for holding credit cards and cash – things you don’t want flying out when you reach for that energy bar.
The Aalsmeer is available in Royal Orange (Go Cavs!), Carolina Blue (Go Heels!), and Milky White.
79% Polyester / 21% Merino Wool
Road Holland embroidered accents
Striped print inside the collar
Three rear cargo pockets
Angled exterior stash pocket
Earbud/headphone cord pass-through in middle pocket MSRP of $120
With an MSRP of $120 it makes these jerseys very competitive, as long as the fit goes along with all the wonderful things I have heard about Road Holland I’m sure these will be a knock out of the park.
What is the word Aalsmeer mean?
First, Road Holland names all their jerseys after a town in Holland (get it, Road Holland?) and Aalsmeer is where 90% of the world’s flowers pass through…. goes with our saying “women want real flowers, not flower prints on their Jerseys”
About Road Holland
We make serious and stylish cycling wear. Serious because cycling demands clothes that fit well, perform well, and last. Stylish because we believe riders shouldn’t look like ad-emblazoned corporate team clowns just because they are on two wheels. Do you wear a full Redskins kit for that casual weekend match of flag football? What about an authentic Yankees uniform for the afterwork softballl game? We didn’t think so. So if you’re looking for skin-tight, dye-sublimated cheap polyester with lightning bolts, cereal box characters, and team sponsor logos, you won’t find them here. You also won’t find any pretentious attitude here about what and who constitutes cycling. What you will find are friendly down-to-earth people with a love for top-notch materials, always in style designs with fun accents, and flattering cuts that make you look good on and off the bike, whether you are a male, a female, a whip thin racer, or a Clydesdale.
Road Holland is essentially two guys, the founder is Jonathan Schneider the designer and guy behind all the designs and reasoning. Richard Grossman seems to be the man keeping all the wheels turning in the background! Both having essential jobs to making Road Holland a quick success over their first year.
I think bike manufactures are finally getting it. Women’s bikes are not taking a “unisex” bike, shortening the top tube and throwing a women’s saddle on there. Let me introduce you to the 2012 Trek Lush. There aren’t too many details but this is what I have so far.
120 mm of suspension. Ground up design with a lower center of gravity and lower stand over. The spec’s and prices haven’t been released but with 4 different models from “Lush” to “Lush Carbon” I would bet that the pricing and spec will mirror the EX line that has been Trek’s mainstay for the past few years.
When the Specialized carbon fiber 29er, the Fate, was released there was talk about the Jett. An aluminum version of the sporty carbon hardtail. Now there is details to share!
Highend Aluminum Women’s Racing in 26″ or 29″
The new Specialized Jett comes in two models, Comp or Comp 29″. Exact same “mid-level” build on both, only difference is wheel and tire size. I really wish that the build was a step up on parts. 9-speed with Alivio cranks (SLX rear derailleur and hydraulic brakes..) doesn’t seem to fit the need of an aggressive rider. Full SLX or XT would have been a better fit for in my mind.
Details to Note
80mm of travel on both models
Frame size specific spec. This means a smaller frame will have shorter cranks, smaller brake rotors and narrower handlebars.
M4 aluminum, 2nd from the top level of aluminum that Specialized has to offer
Lock out and adjustable rebound on a coil sprung fork
Super low stand over (still waiting on geometry to confirm) and short front end to fix the 29er downfalls.
Pulling from their messenger bag shoulder strap and seat belt buckle setup, the new camera bag is stealth and very Chrome. A large main compartment that mirrors many “pro” camera slings with the side entry. Top “compartment” holds your Moleskin, keys, wallet and memory card holder. Stability strap to help with those that want to ride with a camera on their back.
Now, I wish they were made in the USA (these were manufactured in China) and available in colors other than black. Chrome normally listens to their consumers, if they sell a decent amount I would love to see a custom option!! (Black and pink, white and pink or blue and white, please.)
As a known bag whore, and camera freak – I’ll be ordering one of my own for testing. (That’s what I tell my bank account anyways.)
Today, Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, outlined his plans for the new transportation bill and called for the elimination of dedicated funding for biking and walking programs, which he suggested, “do not serve a federal purpose.”
In the Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma is leading a similar attack. Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that one of his top-three priorities for the next multi-year federal transportation bill is to eliminate “frivolous spending for bike trails.”
If Representative Mica and Senator Inhofe get their way, dedicated funding for three crucial programs — Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and Recreational Trails — will be eliminated. The cost-effective federal investment in bicycling that is making our nation better will shrink dramatically. We can’t allow this to happen.
That’s why we are asking you to reach out to the two U.S. Senators and the U.S. Representative who represent you in Congress. Ask them to support ongoing, dedicated funding for biking and walking in the next transportation bill. (You can find your representatives and send your note directly from our website. Click here to review clear, basic, suggested text for your email. Feel free to customize it and/or add a personal story.)
Your simple messages will make a difference. You can help refute Representative Mica’s and Senator Inhofe’s unreasonable, counterproductive cuts. You can help assure that progress will continue in all 50 states to make bicycling safer and better for people of all ages.
It seemed like a good idea the night before, going for a mountain bike ride on the Fourth of July. Our plans were a bit foiled when we slept in, and then believed it rained over night (our trails don’t allow for mountain biking 24 hours after rain showers.) We putzed around the house a bit, drank some coffee and finally loaded the bikes on the car around 1:15pm. Did I mention it is about 94º out?
An Ego and Mental Check
As riders and cyclist, we like to push ourselves. With that you become very competitive and sometimes put the blinders on when you are on the bike. The “fun blinders.” For the past 3 months I’ve had these blinders on strong. Getting annoyed if my ride is cut short, or crappy.
When you take a beginner or kids for a bike ride you’re blinders come off, you see the trail and riding as something completely different. Heart rate monitors, speeds, expensive suspension and all those “do-dad’s” are thrown to the wind. Taking photos of smiles, “extreme” drops, and trying new things are all that matters.
Take a Step Back
No matter if you are a cyclist in a hardcore cycling season, or someone that recently picked up a bike, do yourself a favor. Do yourself and the bicycling culture a favor. Join a group ride, lead the beginners, start a kids mountain bike ride, start a coffee ride, or do something like a tech clinic to teach basic bike repair.
We are all here for the right reasons, we love bikes. Try to promote that more, even if you are already – I thank you and encourage you to keep going!
Three day weekends wrapped around holidays are always my favorite times to figure out how to incorporate my bike riding with the events or festivals around town.
Often, local parades will have decorated bike contests, which you decorate and then get to ride in the parade!
Locally there are several supported including the Fabulous 4th Metric Century in Tryon, NC, and group ride happening all morning on Monday. The 4th is a good weekend to get out early to beat the heat and stay ahead of the plans you may have!
A couple years ago I employed my xtracycle to tow everything to a cookout. It included a cooler, watermelon, chairs, blanket and snacks. With flags taped to the back of the xtracycle. It was very fun, and folks were interested in the whole feat.
Try to be more visible and utilize more lights and bright clothes on holidays like this one. Cook outs and BBQ’s normally include more drinking and driving..