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Road Holland The Aalmsmeer
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Exclusive Preview: Road Holland The Aalsmeer Jersey

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! Road Holland The Aalmsmeer

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.
KEY FEATURES
79% Polyester / 21% Merino Wool
Road Holland embroidered accents
Striped print inside the collar
Three rear cargo pockets
Angled exterior stash pocket
Waist gripper
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.

Trek 2012 Lush Carbon Beauty
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Preview: 2012 Trek Lush Full Suspension Bike for Women

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.

Trek 2012 Lush Carbon Beauty

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.

Trek 2012 Lush Carbon Profile

Specialized Jett
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Preview: 2012 Specialized Jett Women’s Mountain Bike Line

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!

Specialized Jett

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.

Specialized Jett Spec

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.

 

Preview: Chrome Niko Camera Bag
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Preview: Chrome Niko Camera Bag

Chrome has been rolling out some great bags this season! The Sherman, the Salvage series, and now a SLR camera bag!

Chrome Niko Pro Camera Bag

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.)

People for Bikes
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Congress are Leading Attack on Bike Funding

People for BikesFrom our dear friends at People for Bikes :

Federal funding for bicycling and walking is in jeopardyWe need you to send a short email today to your members of Congress.

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.

 

ego check
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We All Need Ego Checks

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!

4th of july bikes
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4th of July Bicycling Ideas


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.

Parades

Often, local parades will have decorated bike contests, which you decorate and then get to ride in the parade!

Group Rides

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!

Bike There

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.

Safety

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..

Bike Law Clothing Kit
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The First 24 Hours of a Bike Tour

Let’s turn back time by a month or so, do you remember that I won a wonderful scholarship from BikeLaw.com to join their Blue Ridge Bike Tour?   That’s where I am now, on that 4.5 day tour from bed & breakfast to bed & breakfast down the Blue Ridge Parkway with Black Bear Adventures.

Day 1 of my Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tour

Thankfully co-rider (and scholarship winner) Weldon Weaver nicely picked me up to carpool the two hours from Charlotte to Blowing Rock, NC.  A ton of great conversation and scenery we arrived at 1pm to our hotel.   Our fellow touring friends didn’t roll in until 3pm so Weldon and I were biting at the bit (dressed and ready at 3pm Peter!) Finally everyone was ready, and I think we rolled out around 4pm.  Most of us rocking our new Bike Law kits, wool socks and awesomeness.

Bike Law Clothing Kit

30 miles, a lightening storm, Blue Ridge Parkway and a killer descent.   A great way to start a 4.5 day bike tour!

Day 2 of my Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tour

Blue Ridge Bike Tour

Wake up sore, feeling hung over (didn’t take enough electrolytes the day before) and not sure I was really prepared for the days climbing!   At breakfast we happen to see the days weather, and it didn’t look pretty.  Cycling cap on, Gore water proof jacket, and a baggy full of treats in my bag.

I suffered, and suffered some more.  Wet socks, wet cap, wet gloves, we ass.  You get the point.  We went up a whole lot, and down for what seemed like seconds (some of the best seconds I’ve had in a road bike in awhile.)

I learned a lot about myself.  I thought I sucked at climbing before, I am even worse than I thought.  But, damn I love going down hill fast!  I learned to keep pedaling, to find a rhythm in your body and keep trudging.

Tomorrow is a new day, I hear we are riding up Mount Mitchell.   For now I leave you with photos from Peter @ Bikelaw.com

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