Launch of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame
Now urban biking will have it’s own Hall of Fame thanks to Chrome Industries’ support. The goal is to bring exposure to the culture and history of urban riding.
You can learn more at www.uchof.com, also make sure to follow UCHOF on Twitter and Instagram where they will be featuring people and items that will be in the Hall of Fame.
As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement. The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers. Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level. Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.
From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18 2013.
To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.
All City in the Movies
Earlier today All City Cycles posted on their Facebook that the Big Block model will be in a movie. The comments of course turned south about the bike, accessories and chick on board. While, I’m not wanting to open this up to a bunch of horrible comments, I do want to say I’m excited to see bikes in movies, especially being rode by girls wearing helmets!
Giro Women’s Series Gear Makeover
To celebrate the wonderful women in our lives we would like to hear why your mom, sister, wife, friend deserves to be made over by Giro.
Simply submit a picture with a description as to why she deserves an upgrade in new equipment. Once the image and copy is submitted, entries will be judged and selected by the Women of Giro.
Submit an entry between now and May,10th. The winner will be announced May 13th, on Facebook, winning a Women’s Series Helmet, women’s Shoes, Gloves, Socks and Caps.
Submit your nomination here and let’s cheer on the ladies that ride in our lives.
Functional Women’s Bike Clothes
As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!
Chrome - A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.
Swrve - very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?
Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.
Zoic - Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.
Shebeest - A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.
Loeka – I’ll take one of everything please
YMX – Yoga styles meet two wheels
What do you wear to get around town that doesn’t wear out or look to racer? I’m also going to hunt around the sale rack at REI for The North Face and Patagonia wear.
Photo credit: Bill Fehr
Women Bike with the Bike League
Some killer information from the Bike League’s program Women Bike
May is National Bike Month, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and inspiration you need to get women riding in your community! In this special edition of the Women Bike E-news, we’re keeping it short — so you can get out and ride, of course!
To help showcase the power of women on bikes this May, we invite you to take three steps to make this the best Bike Month ever:
- Ride with CycloFemme
- Register for the National Bike Challenge
- Download Bike Month resources to get more women rolling in your community
Learn more about Women Bike
Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack & Postbag
Clean lines? Check
You gotta love a sexy, utilitarian, commuter bag. Sexy and commuter don’t normally go together but it looks like Chrome got these two bags right. The only thing I am left asking is if it will fit and what the all day comfort will be like.
Chrome Welded Postbag
Details: Adjustable cross body strap and interior handles. Meant to be worn over one shoulder or strapped to a bike rack/basket. (Looking for photos of it in this use.) Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Waterproof 600 denier TPU.
Chrome Welded Rucksack
Details: Backpack style, high-tech welded seam construction. Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Quick access exterior pocket.
Gotta say, this one reminds me of a Seal Line backpack!
Looking forward to testing these out and seeing out comfortable they are on a long haul.
Learn More over at Chrome Bags
Preview: Jaybird Bluebuds X Headphones
Yes, I wear headphones when I ride. Don’t worry, I can hear the cars beside me and if we ride together I promise I won’t ride with them in.
Meet the Jaybird Bluebuds X
Micro-sized bluetooth buds
- MSRP: $169.99
- Wireless music and phone calls
- In-ear white noise reduction that eliminates listener fatigue
- 8 hour playtime on one battery charge
- Sweat-proof (I’ll be testing this to be true or not!)
- A ton of crazy good reviews
I’ve been trying these out for a couple weeks now, need to have a few more good long rides or workouts to test out the battery before I give a sound review. For now I can say I am impressed, other than the install and trying to figure out what size my ears were, they have been easy to use and an amazing music experience (comparable to my Motorola or Bose in-ear headphones) when I need that get away.
Look for a full review in coming weeks, for now check out their website or watch the video below!
Bike Build: Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker Commuter
If you have been keeping tabs on me lately you know that I am moving to Denver, CO where my lady is going into her intern year as a doctor in pediatrics. When we recently went to Denver to look at houses one of our top priorities was that she could ride easily to her main hospital of Children’s Hospital Colorado. We found a home in the Stapleton area, about 3.5 miles by neighborhood streets to the hospital. Her other hospital, Denver Health, is about 7 miles by bike paths and dedicated bike lanes.
As a graduation present for her from medical school I scooped up a 16″ Surly Pugsley for my lady to commute on. I went with the complete Surly build as it has a solid parts spec and I was only going to need to switch out a few things to make it “Doctor Approved.”
Meet the Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker
You know you are dating a pediatrician when they call their bike “Banana Cracker”
Added white rim strips to the Marge Lite rims
Switched out front brake cable to purple
Purple seat collar
Batcage waterbottle cage
Purple cow horn (not pictured, but awesome)
Bigger Additions and Reasoning:
Purple Thermalite BMX pedals- These are pretty thin with a solid base for pedaling in snow boots if needed. They have replaceable pins to keep a grasp of the bottom of her sneakers/clogs or whatever she wears
Abus Bordo XL Lock – this lock is extra long to get around that fat front wheel and frame for locking. White of course.
Women’s seat- in white (going to find a purple Fizik when possible)
Surly Nice Rack- Not pictured, but a rear rack with Ortlieb panniers (in white of course)
Knog Blinder USB light- front/rear. Will be upgraded to brighter lights in the fall
Surly Black Floyd Tires- Not pictured as we won’t switch these out until she actually starts the commute. Smooth, balloon like tires for easy rolling.
Preview: Specialized Rumor 29er Full Suspension
It is a rewarding time as a woman that loves bikes. More styles of bikes are being released, especially in the full suspension trail category. Specialized came out swinging with the Rumor, a 110mm travel 29er bike. This bike will be for the girl that loves to climb but wants to rip down whatever their trail has to offer.
Reasons why I’m excited for this new bike to hit market
• Shorter front end, which should provide better balance and front end handling
• Pretty low stand over for Small model (706mm)
• Well spec’d
• More options for women growing in the sport
• Carbon in the future? (maybe?!)
Liv/giant Avail Inspire for Breast Cancer
Liv/Giant teamed up with Young Survival Coalition for a 2nd contest to design a new Giant bike for 2013. Barbara’s winning design of cherry blossoms has very personal meanings to me (I have a large tattoo of cherry blossom’s on my left arm/shoulder.)
Check out the bike and continue to read Barbara’s story below!
Before her battle with breast cancer, Barbara Greenlee of Bothell, WA would not have considered herself an athlete and she certainly would not have called herself a cyclist. But that all changed when, like many young women around the country faced with breast cancer, Barbara sought out a support community to help her push through trying times.
“Young Survival Coalition really helped me get through treatment,” Barbara says, as she recounts the eight rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments that would eventually save her life. “I received the diagnosis at age 40. My doctor said the cancer had likely been growing for about 10 years. YSC had the resources and connections to help me through each obstacle I faced along the way.”
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues young women confront in dealing with breast cancer – issues like higher mortality rates and fertility concerns. After chemo and radiation, Barbara suffered numerous challenges – among them, a total of eight surgeries, not including her final reconstructive procedure last fall.