First Ever National Women Cycling Forum
Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flats Tires Along the Way), will appear as the keynote speaker at the inaugural National Women Cycling Forum.
The forum will be held Tuesday, March 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the 2012 National Bike Summit.
Women still cycle at much lower rates than men in the United States — making up just 24 percent of bike trips in 2009. But that trend is shifting. This Forum will be the first national gathering specifically dedicated to raising awareness about and discussing how to engage more women in bicycling.
“This critical topic and rising energy is gathering momentum across the country as more women of all backgrounds are starting to ride or getting more involved in the movement,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator for the Alliance for Biking & Walking. “We’re eager to start a continuing conversation aimed at increasing the number of women who bicycle for transportation and recreation.”
Learn More over younder_____ http://nationalwomencyclingforum.eventbrite.com/
Favorite Photos from the Past Week
Working on posting more photos, here are some of my favorite that show the past week in a nutshell.
Get a Bike for Free – Ride Your Bike – Report About It
One of the brands I represent is having an ambassador hunt. I would love if half of the ambassadors were women…
Foundry Cycles is looking for five brand ambassadors, Foundry Tradesmen and women, to ride our bikes and document their experiences. If you’re chosen, you’ll be given a Foundry bike. In return, you’ll spend the year talking to people about your Foundry. Go on rides, take it to races, local events, coffee shops, the grocery store, your local bike shop—everywhere you’d normally take your bike. Answer questions about it. Tell people what you think of it. Let them take it for a spin. Throw on a helmet cam and send us video of your adventures. Write up your experiences. You’ll have to earn your keep, but if you work as hard as you play, then you’re right for Foundry.
Niner EMD Super Small 29er
As shown originally over at BikeRumor.com this is well worth the repost!
29er with 27-27.2″ of stand over. It doesn’t sound amazing, but it’s more than an inch lower than the small.
I am super interested to see one of these up close and personal, hopefully our local Niner guy will get it on his demo truck. My fears are the handling and front end stack height for those that are on the smaller end of the spectrum on this bike. Yes 29er wheels roll better but never sacrafice handling or fit! I’ve seen super small 29ers like this, but with custom rigid front forks (and only designed around 80mm.)
Preview: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers
Shoe covers are a funny thing. For me, it is the make or break temperature. If I have to put shoe covers on it normally means that most of my friends won’t ride with me because it is too cold. Recently I realized my hobbled together shoe covers that I have been putting more and more duct tape on every year have had it. They are neoprene ones that I had bought probably 8 years ago now. They’ve worked wonderfully and the duct tape I believe added more windproofing to them!
After hunting around, looking at price, material and of course colors I decided on some Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers. Why? #1 price at $50 MSRP. #2 wind AND water protection #3 bright ass yellow.
Details from Pearl Izumi
- MSRP $50.00
- P.R.O. Barrier WxB fabric provides optimal wind and water protection
- Fleece lined
- Waterproof, fully taped internal seams
- Two stage hook and loop closure provides both sleek fit and easy on and off
- Kevlar® road bottom spreads open for easy on and off while providing superior durability
- Recommended for road shoes with external cleats
- Reflective elements for low-light visibility
Full review coming, for now learn more or buy some at Pearl’s site
I purchased this product on my own dime. It was not given to me for review and I was not bribed to say nice things. This is my disclaimer.
iPhone Bicycle Ready Cases
Yes, this is a bike blog but behind it all I’m a tech freak. Ask anyone about any tech product I have purchased, I research and research…then research a bit more. By the time I get to a store I tend to know more about the product than the person selling it to me.
At the end of 2007 I purchased my first “smart phone” an iPhone. It was awesome, it had a camera, could connect to WiFi, did all smart things with my MacBook Pro. I was smitten, it went every where with me.
Then one day I crashed with it in my back pocket. The delicate screen cracked. I was saddened as there was no insurance for these things. I sent it off to a place in Florida that specialized in replacing the screen. $150 later I had my phone back and it was back to being in love. 6 months later I dropped it 1.5 feet to a counter, it cracked again. I was done, with it cracking it shattered my heart. How could I love something so much that was so delicate?
At this time the cases were very flimsy and the famous Otterbox was not invented, but there was rumors about it. Fast forward, I had a BlackBerry for a year and a half, and then an Android for almost two. At the end of this past December I was gifted with a new iPhone 4s and again I’m back in love with my phone. I work more efficiently, I talk to Siri when I am driving and I am content. (I’ve been doing my best not to live on the phone btw.
Cases that Seem Bike Shop Girl Proof
Over the past couple weeks I have been looking at all different cases that would keep the iPhone in one piece and safe from me. Cases have been recommended and the general consensus has been Otterbox Defender has been the general consensus. There has also been talks of the LifeProof Case.
The above cases seem the most durable, the LifeProof can be waterproof but is recommended to test prior to submersion.
BioLogic Bike Mount Case – seems cool, the idea of having my iPhone on the front of my bike does worry me, but probably safer than my jersey pocket.
This guy won’t keep your phone too safe, but it sure is cute – found on Cafepress with oceanem.
Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack turns your iPhone into a cycling computer with wireless sensors. It mounts to your handlebar through a pretty simple looking mount (has anyone used one?) I’m going to try to get my hands on one of these for testing, or if you have one please contact me for a review.
If you want something more basic, Topeak has a cool dry bag with foam built in. Plus a mount on the back to put on the handlebar. Oh, they come in white – which is catchy for me!
Preview: UClear Bike Helmet Communicator
What happens if you could ride your bicycle, listen to music, talk on the phone and continue to communicate with out being blasted from others, and putting yourself in harms way with headphones? For $230 you may be able to do that. Enter UClear Bluetooth helmet communicator.
This advanced helmet communicator lets you make a call, intercom with another cyclist or listen to music – all on the fly without interrupting your bike ride. UCLEAR’s military proven boomless microphone & patented beam forming technology isolates your voice and eliminates background noise so you can be heard in even the most extreme environment.
- High-fidelity speakers with embedded microphones (2)
- Hardware to mount controller to most helmets.
- 30” extension cord for placing controller in pocket
- AC/USB charger
- Velcro speaker mounts
- Talk Time:Up to 10 hours
- Standy Time:Up to 2 weeks
- Battery Type:Rechargeable lithium-ion polymer
- Full charging time:2 hours
- Bluetooth version:2.1, Class 2 (EDR)
- Design type:rain and snow resistant
More Coming Soon
Now that I got a new case for my iPhone I am looking forward to trying out this UClear device. Product testing, helmet installation testing and abusing has started. I will check back in with this review soon!
Fat Tires and Full Suspension Prototypes
Next week Tech Tuesday we will touch on fat tire bikes and why they are awesome. For now imagine your mountain bike tire to be 4″ wide. Yes 4″. They’ve been around for several years. The Surly Pugsley in purple was my first experience with fat bikes, this was in 2005. It was single speed, I was in North Carolina. It was awesome for bombing through woods, making my own line on the trail and really not giving a crap what I ran into. Think monster truck with a bike. (You do need forward momentum for it to work!)
Salsa Cycles recently released photos of a full suspension fat tire bike
For those that live in North Carolina or on the West Coast won’t get this. What are fat bikes and why does this matter? The answer for the first question comes Tuesday. The answer for the second question is simple.
Because they can.
Monster truck with front and rear suspension to make your own path, hit the sand, hit the snow and be fine when you hit those logs or rocks in the way.
From Salsa’s blog:
The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes….
These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.
Bike Shop Girl in 2012
What a whirl wind the past couple months have been. First a new position within an amazing company in the bike industry. Leaving my old company. A good amount of traveling via airplanes in December 2011 and started to hit the road hard in 2012. I’m really looking forward to traveling the southeast in this new position and hopefully really creating smarter, and stronger bike shops within the southeast. This can only mean more folks on bikes, which is always my ultimate goal.
I’ve been building demo bikes, finding time to ride and testing product for reviews. All of this should really start hitting next week, with timing out post, filling in the schedule and pulling in part time guest writers you should see more diverse writing on this site in 2012.
You’ll see more riding, more event coverage and more of everything. I’ll be on the road a ton, which means a lot of time to think, ride new trails and roads, meet new people and try to hit the bike industry with storm.
I have goals for 2012 but those still need to be smoothed out before I release them to the wild, for now know you all – my readers – are a specific high line goal of mine.
What are your goals on and off the bike? Tell me more….
Video: 2011 MN Cyclocross Champ
2011 MN State Cyclocross Championship
November 19-20, 2011
Basset Creek Park
Music by Frontier