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Motivational Monday with Sue Carr

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

I’ve known Sue and her husband for a few years now. It has been very exciting to see her grow and push her comfort zone in cycling. Now as an avid time trialist on a Cervelo S1 that I had the fortune of assisting her purchase and original fitting now two years ago. You’ll find Sue and her husband at the local time trial series at the local NASCAR speedway, traveling to regional rides as well and even competing in the National Senior Games cycling time trial!

What’s your name and location?

Sue at Charlotte, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road (and time trials)

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding my little red tricycle down the very small hill in the driveway and having to push it back up the hill so I could ride down again.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

No one in particular. Ride because I feel so much better on the bike (after I have warmed up) and after the ride–do it for the uplift.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding the Blue Ridge looking at the foliage and not even worrying about the hills

Tell us all about your bikes

Only one bike I ride much at all, a Cervelo. Have a beater Trek that is saved for “just in case,” and an old hardtail mountain bike that very rarely gets out of the garage

Motivational Monday with Colleen Schaible

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Colleen Schaible, Farmington NY

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road cycling

What is your first cycling memory?

My first pink Barbie bike and the day my dad took the training wheels off…I was wearing a pink windbreaker and it was fall and there were beautiful leaves on the gound! He took the training wheels off and away I went! I didn’t look back until I hit college and then upon turning 30 I was reaquainted with a bike and a new type of riding, now I will never look back!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband inspires me to ride and inspires me to be my best! He was the person to re-introduce me to the joy that is riding a bike and then showed me the courage to take my riding to the next level.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I think my best moment was a local ride called the Tour de Thompson here in Brisotl, NY when I first met a group of local riders from a team I am now a member of…the ride was 63 miles and about 6000 feet of climbing over some tough grades! I put the boys in the hurt locker that day :) it was a great feeling that I try to tap in to time and time again on the road!

Tell us all about your bikes

My favorite bike is my Specialized S Works Ruby road bike with amazing Zipp 303 wheels! It is black and white with a bit of red! My new toy is a Specialized Transition time trial bike that I hope to shred some time trial fields with next year. It is red and white with a bit of blk! I also have a Specialized Tri Cross that I bought to ride in the winter weather here in UNY. As you can see, I am a huge fan of Specialized!!!

Full Review: 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike

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For the past month I have been cruising around on the 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s cyclocross bike. A good amount of people emailed and tweeted about the bike, so there must be an interest in women’s cyclocross! You can read the preview over yonder.

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Motivational Monday with Lori Cooke

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Lori Cooke, Pembroke, MA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

All of it!! Especially cyclocross

What is your first cycling memory?

Back in college; using my bike as transportation.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I inspire myself. Riding is my escape. I can go anywhere and always away from the stresses of daily life. It doesn’t ever matter what the weather is… My bike is my outlet to peace and happiness.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

It had to be day 2 of the downeast CX festival. Going in as the series leader, in the jersey. Needed to only beat the former world champ to keep my jersey. Front row start position, whistle blows, I get pushed into the fence. I’m tangled in my bike, on the ground as 50+ cyclists pedal over and around me. I’m stuck, no where to go except hope and pray I can actually get up when the herd passes. They are gone in what seemed like an eternity. I get up, take a deep breath, look at my bike which seems ok, mount and start to pedal. Damn, the chain is off and on the inside. Icant pedal it back on. Off the bike I manually replace it. “do you need medical?” asks the official. “No!” I start riding, tail between my kegs. God knows how big the gap is. “Ride the bike!” I tell myself. I hear cheers and the announcer detailing my trouble. The fire in my belly grows. One racer at a time.. I can do this. Start picking them off. I catch up to the pack. 40 minutes is plenty of time. There was more running in this bike race than riding it seemed. With each lap, I gained on the leaders, finishing 7th overall. Meant more to ne than that damn jersey which I sm now 8 points away from regaining. And I WILL!!

Tell us all about your bikes

My felt blue bomb road bike. Old stand by.
Specialized transition TT bike for triathlons and TT’s
Specualized Crux Pro CX BIKE
Specialized Amira Expert road bike
Antique rigid specialized rockhopper mountain bike

Motivational Monday with Jennifer Wheeler

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Jennifer Wheeler in Seattle

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road Cycling

What is your first cycling memory?

Playing “Cops and Robbers” on our banana seat bikes in Indianapolis. We lived on a long court with a hill and we’d ride up and down and chase each other down.

Jennifer Wheeler Motivational Monday

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Those who have accomplished greatness. It’s a reminder that you can accomplish the unthinkable with the right focus, talent, and determination.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

So many as it’s been an incredible first year for me. I would say winning my first NRC race for Team TIBCO during Speedweek. A close second would be placing 2nd to my teammate and world champion, Tara Whitten, at the Tour de Toona prologue. We talked for hours the night before about our goals and struggles in cycling, and it was the perfect cherry on top to place right next to each other.

Tell us all about your bikes

I ride the Specialized S-Works Amira equipped with SRAM red components, Reynolds wheels, Control Tech handlebars and seat post, and Look Keo pedals. With all this bling, it seriously corners and descends like it’s on rails–the handicap in this situation is me! I can’t wait until my skills catch up with the bike’s capabilities :)

Tech Tuesday: How to Adjust a Threadless Headset

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Tech Tuesday

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One concern that so many women (and guys) have with owning a bike is the basics of fixing it, or how to do basic road side repairs. I do recommend that as an avid cyclist even with some mechanical skills that you should become best buds with your local mechanic (beer or ice cream works well.) I also want women to feel empowered and to have a better idea of what they are talking about. Tech Tuesday is the remedy for common tech questions!

Today’s Tech Tuesday is based around adjusting your threadless headset. Threadless headsets are what 99% of new bikes come with these days, thanks to Cane Creek, and works with the bearings are pulled together by a nut placed inside of your fork steerer, then the stem is tightened down to hold everything in place.

Steps to Adjust your Threadless Headset

Step 1: Make sure that it is your headset that is loose. Often a loose headset is misdiagnosed by a loose quick release, brake caliper or front hub. We check the headset by grabbing the front brake only, rocking the bike front to back, if you feel movement you then turn the handlebars to the side and again rock the bike front to back.

Step 2: Once you are sure that it is your headset that is loose, or perhaps you have installed a new stem, loosen your stem steerer bolts so the stem can be moved side to side. You do not need to take the bolts out. Now tighten the top (stem) cap, you do not need to wrench down on it, but it should be snug. Rock the bike front to back to make sure the movement is gone.

Step 3: Tighten your stem down, making sure it is lined up with your wheel properly.

Step 4: Loosen the top cap a hair so not to cause the bearings to bind

Step 5: Move your handlebars side to side to make sure the headset is not too tight. If you feel binding repeat steps 2-4 but don’t tighten the top (stem) cap as much.

Step 6: Check over all the bolts and go enjoy and properly steering bike.

Motivational Monday with Lisa Hunt

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Lisa Hunt has been a fixture in women’s road racing for as long as I can remember. Either racing, directing or motivating. Earlier this year she was honored by the Redlands Classic, I believe the words from Podium Insight really sum her up.

Hunt has tirelessly devoted her time and energy to better her team and women cycling in general. She is the consummate teammate, always generous, always looking to better the cycling community. The award was presented before the Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race, which was the last stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

What’s your name and location?

Lisa Hunt

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road and Mountain Bike

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding with the New York Cycling Club on a 60 mile ride to Nyack, NY

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband and my friends. Because it’s fun!

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Doing the 6 hour mtb ride

Tell us all about your bikes

Parlee Z4, Moots YBB

Motivational Monday with Wendy Davis

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Wendy Davis in great Missouri

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

mountain, single-speed, gravel, cross, road

What is your first cycling memory?

June 16 2007 was my first mountain bike ride as an adult. I pedaled 1.5 miles and launched myself over a cliff. A visit to the ER confirmed a broken elbow. In that short time I found my destiny. I fell in love with mountain biking that day.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I ride to inspire others to ride. I want people to see that if I can do it, so can they. The bike has made me happier and healthier. I keep riding because it makes me a better human.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Racing at Sea Otter courtesy of Airborne Bicycles and crushing gravel at the Dirty Kanza 200

Tell us all about your bikes

2009 Specialized hard-tail singlespeed
2011 Kona Jake the Snake
2011 Airborne Goblin

Read more about Wendy over at her blog!

Motivational Monday with Starr Walker

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Starr Walker – Boston via RVA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

From commuting to 4+ hour road rides, from flowy singletrack on my MTB to racing Cyclocross, you name it I shred it

What is your first cycling memory?

When I was in the 3rd grade my mother told my brother and I to get something from the garage on Christmas day. It turns out Santa could not fit our MTB’s down the chimney so he had left them there for us. We froze our little butts off riding them all day. My favorite thing was beating the boys all the way down to the bottom of our cul-de-sac.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Seeing other ladies out there shredding it with smiles on their faces inspire me. Almost 100 CAT 3/4 women toeing the line at the start of the 2010 Great Brewers Grand Prix of Gloucester motivates me.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

On the bike I have little “best” moments every time I clear a section of trail that I couldn’t ride before. I have a “best” moment when someone says “lookin’ strong.” But overall I think my best moments are when participants of the women’s specific cycling clinics that I organize and assist at tell me, “thank you” or tell me how much more confident they are on their bikes now after our cycling clinics.

Tell us all about your bikes

Road bike: 2011 Colnago CLX 2.0 with SRAM Force
Cyclocross bike: 2011 Bianchi Zurigo with Force/Rival mix
Full Suspension MTB: 2011 Trek Fuel EX 8
Hard Tail MTB: I frankensteined together with parts from our basement.
Around town bike: Surly 1×1 w/ 26″ Large Marge rims and MAXXIS hookworm tires laced to CK hubs…

Motivational Monday with Jessica Moore

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Jessica Moore, Uh, Nomad USA? (MI via OR via NC, etc)

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

The kind with other people and you have fun. Technically speaking, road & mtn are what I’m familiar with, would love to try cx. Oh, commuting & touring too. (is that everything?)

What is your first cycling memory?

Well, I remember riding bikes with my older sister one summer. We lived on Pleasant St so I’m guessing I was younger than 7 when she challenged me to a race around the block. Wondering if she was on my tail or not I turned around to get a visual—and ended up crashing into a parked car. Next ‘cycling’ memory is from jr. High…

Motivational Monday Jessica Moore

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Mostly, my future self. There are days I don’t want to ride, or eat my spinach, or even do basic maintenance things, but all that does is keep me where I’m at. I desire to continue pursuing my best self, and that means making those small choices to keep in that direction, like riding to the store today. I want to be that girl that races and has a ton of fun, that lady that rides her bike to work even if it’s raining, all the while smiling. I want up be the old lady that arrives at the market with her bike to pick up the week’s groceries. I’m not there yet, but in thinking of that future self, I am motivated to make the small decisions. “Am I gonna ride today? Eh, well, the cool old lady you wanna be would.”

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I was somewhere in Oregon, bike fully-loaded for a cross country tour (heavy!) and climbing the longest hill I’d yet seen. Earlier that week I’d experienced a huge let down that completely shattered my plans for the next 2.5 months and I was emotionally & physically depleted. And alone. Barely managing to turn the cranks, I kept a steady pace of 5 mph, next to racing RVs and other cars, trying my best to not give up and just cry by the side of the road. But then a song would pop into my head from days spent in youth group, and I’d remember those bike trips, how hard they were at times. But also the source of the best memories of my life. You never really remember the pain, how it felt–just that it was present. So I knew that what I was currently experiencing would dissolve, that if I just kept turning the cranks however slowly, I would eventually reach the summit, and soon enough I’d be coasting down the other side, stronger, and with a smile of satisfaction on my face.

Tell us all about your bikes

My all-purpose, good-for-everything bike is my black beauty, my Surly Cross-Check. A labor of love through many hands and a few states. Then there’s the bike that receives the most beatings: my GT peace 9r (a SS 29er, of course). I’m currently jobless so that helps control the stable from being overpopulated.