Women of Dirt Movie Trailer

Slowly, very slowly, women are getting the nod for doing things in the cycling sport.  This time a great movie (trailer is below) celebrating gravity mountain bikers and what women can do in the sport.

Awesome Land: Women Of Dirt is a unique look into the world of Downhill Racing, Dirt Jumping and Freeriding. This film looks through the eyes of the wondrous women that have helped grow the sport of Gravity Mountain Biking with their strength and courage. Other mountain bike films have overlooked these vibrant and dedicated women, but no longer!

dznuts Bliss (Now Shipping)

dznuts Bliss, another chamois butter aimed for women.

Ladies you have spoken and dznuts has answered. This elegant pro grade chamois cream for women provides the comfort and lubricious saddle glide required for top level training and racing. It is scientifically formulated for women’s sensitive skin. (4oz. tube)

anti-bacterial: pre/probiotics complex reduces the chance of infection and encourages beneficial skin flora growth.

anti-inflamatory: decreases itching, prickling and discomfort.

wound-healing: strengthens natural biological skin defenses and promotes healing in previously damaged skin.

anti-chaffing: moisture absorbing polymers isolate excess moisture, protecting delicate skin against the chamois.

no tingling: same pro-level protection as dznuts pro chamois cream,without the tingling sensation.

The main things that catch my eye are “no tingling & anti-bacterial.”  When you sit in your chamois for hours at a time, anti-bacterial to keep the funk away will be great.  The no tingling is also a great thing as many of my favorite chamois butters (Assos) tingles for the first 30 minutes of putting it on. This is a weird sensation that still after years of use I can’t always ignore.

For $24.00 if it really does everything it claims it could be worth the dollars to keep women fresh and smooth

DZ Nuts online.

Video Podcast: Keen Coronado Cruiser Review

A very brief video of benefits and initial thoughts of the Keen Coronado Cruiser on review.  A full overview will be in the next week for both Bike Shop Girl and Commute By Bike.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @BikeShopGirlcom

Grit & Glimmer : Are bike shops *still* failing us?

Over at Grit & Glimmer a question was posed to get feedback on why or how bike shops are failing in general, women.

What is the shop doing, or not doing and how can we, the women, hope to see change?

Everyday more and more women are climbing onto bicycles. It’s our time. We’re here and we’re ready to ride. Are bike shops ready for us? What’s your experience? Do you have ideas on how bike shops can be better?

Do you have a story to share?

Let it rip.

I’ve been contacted over the past few months by several large companies (a shop included) to help them figure out how to better serve us. I’m excited, energized and enthusiastic about it – and I have commitments from them that they will be willing to take risks, trust me, and do what it takes to truly make a shift-change.

What do they need to hear?

Today I’m asking specifically about bike shops but I promise later to also address the question of the larger industry. We’re making strides, to be sure, but we’ve got a long way to go.

Originally found at GritandGlimmer.com

Please take a moment to give her feedback and help all of the bike industry find a better way to help women into cycling.

Girls and Bicycles

There is a blog I follow, and have linked to several times : Girls and Bicycles.  The blog is run by a lovely lady living up in Canada, who has the beautiful ability of bringing skirts and bicycles together.

Recently she started sharing writing on “Shareable” and I love getting even more of her writing into my blog feeder everyday.

Every time I leave the house by bicycle I get exercise (even pregnant, as I am in the above picture). I often meet new people and almost always have some chat with a neighbour while I’m coming and going. As a result I actually know the people in my neighborhood and the business owners in the surrounding areas. I save time by not having to go to the gym. I sleep well at night because my body is getting a lot of activity. I can eat whatever I want without feeling guilty.
Found at Shareable : Girl on a Bike

If you need inspired, or motivated to get on your bike and use it for various things, including outings with friends, go read Girls and Bicycles now!

Peeing on the Go

It seems the more time I search the internet for various “outdoor female products”  the more products I find that give me a jaw dropping reaction.  I never knew it was such an issue for woman to pee on the go.  Sure, I’ve been stuck in a weird situation where all my male friends were simply peeing when they needed.  Normally it was a camping trip, or a very bundled up road ride where the amount of layers I had limited my ability to drop my pants and go.

GoGirl

The first one that I found and mentioned a few months ago was GoGirl.  This little thing is smaller than most the others and instead of directing your pee, it gathers it.   In my searching there have been a couple more to add to the list.

GoGirl online

Whiz Freedom

World’s first and #1 hydrophobic, anti-bacterial and eco-friendly female urine director.

I’m still researching the idea of a urine director.  I’m sure it allows you to utilize your zipper or other outlet, but when I’m riding in bibs or have long johns when camping, I don’t have anything to direct it out.

Whiz Freedom online

pStyle

The pStyle is a plastic device that allows you to pee standing up without undressing. It is a simple design that works exceptionally well.

Peeing in hard plastic?  It sounds like a disaster of splashing and leaking waiting to happen!

pStyle online

Lab-Gear 99 : Preview

Lab-Gear 99 Mid & T

The end of October I was approached by Lab-Gear to review a few of their new woman’s line, 99.

To say I was excited was an understatement.  I’ve been drooling over their merino wool line for months, especially as the guys love to rub their products in my Twitter face.   Going through the design process was very rewarding and very unique, so unique that the design process will have its own article.

I look forward to showing you the couple tops I was provided and also hope that Lab-Gear read my review to take the feedback and input.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack Review : Long Term

Banjo Brother Tag

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack
$79.99
Overall : 4 out of 5 stars.
Pros : Durabilty, storage/pockets, replaceable inner liner.
Cons : Size,  heat/sweat in the summer months.

For the past few months I’ve been using a my Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack for a variety of things.  The gym, going to work with my laptop, and even in the front of the Civia Loring that I was reviewing. You also may want to read theIntroduction to the Review on the Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack.

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fi’zi:k Vesta : Preview

For the past few years I have named the cut out or indention in the saddles for women “cooter holes.”  No, it isn’t PC but neither are all the people making saddles for women with out even having a variety of women testing them prior to selling hundreds to unknowing souls.

fi’zi:k knows saddles.  They are one of the top selling road saddles for guys that I’ve seen, among Selle Italia and such.  They have one womens saddle that has been on the market for some years called the Vitesse.  I tried riding this saddle for a while 2 years back, and suffered.  My soft tissues needed a “cooter hole”  or indention, or something that the Vitesse did not have.  I quickly swapped saddles back and continued on with life.

fi'zi:k Vesta

Now there is a new saddle from fi’zi:k called Vesta. They are marketing this with a “pressure relief channel” or a cooter hole.  That comfortable place to put your soft tissues out of pressure and harm. Other than this, the saddle is the same shape as the prior model I spoke about, the Vitesse.   The base price is $129.99, within range of most all fi’zi:k saddles, and higher end Terry saddles as well.

I hope to land one of these in my hands during the long, boring and painful base miles to see how their “pressure relief channel” really holds up.