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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…

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Liz Hatch Photo

The Bike Industry Needs More Women Like Liz Hatch

The name Liz Hatch is a sensitive subject in the women’s cycling peloton .  The sexy blonde has made many pro women cringe.  Last year I mentioned her name during an interview with Team Vera Bradley and they weren’t happy.  Why?  Some call her a wanna be. Not fast enough to compete with the great girls.  Some call her a sand bagger.

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2012 Specialized Fate Womens 29er

A Carbon 29er for Women from Specialized

In the past year 29ers finally hit the women’s niche of the market.  Locally I have only been able to put my hands on the Trek versions of the women’s 29ers.  After the test ride and looking deeper at the geometry I wasn’t sold. The bike didn’t ride well, but that was one brand trying their hand at the women’s 29ers. Specialized has had their…

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Review of Camelbak Octane 18x

Camelbak Octane 18x Review

Camelbak Octane 18x MSRP: $99.00 Water Capacity: 100oz Size: Expanded 20L, Closed 16L Weight: 1LB 80 mile road rides, epic mountain bike rides, a Swiss Army knife that folds into a camel’s back. The Camelbak Octane 18x is a great bag. You’ll make some sacrifices on the long day trips for a lighter bag, but overall this is a great water hauling bag.   How…

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Twin Six Thanks

Weekend Riding Recap

It is always a motivating feeling to sit down on a Sunday evening and feel “fulfilled” from the weekend. Your legs are tired, maybe your tan lines are a bit stronger, and you are ready to start the 5 day recovery process that is the work week. That’s what the 5 days between the weekends are right, recovery? This weekend was one of non-stop going…

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Chrome Salvage Bags

Recycling Things: Chrome Salvage Bags

Companies have done it before. Using recycled material to make messenger bags.  First there was utilizing old truck tarps, then recycled tubes and now there is the Chrome Salvage Series. Salvage Series uses reclaimed materials for the external panels of our Heritage Citizen to create unique, one-of-a-kind bags. Built in Chico, California, each series is limited by the quantity of available material. Each bag is…

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Arleigh Jenkins

Balancing Act of Riding and Family

This Saturday was much of the same if you have an active family with kids, and you’re a cyclist wanting to get in a longer bike ride.   I have a road bike to test out and review, a Raleigh Capri 4.0.  There’s lacrosse games on the other end of the city.  50 miles by car, 48 miles by bike.   The lacrosse game starts at 12pm,…

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People for Bikes

I Believe in Bikes, They DO Make the World Better

I believe that bikes can solve many of the worlds problems if we put enough energy behind it to do so.  I know I am happier on the bike than most anywhere else in the world.   In honor of May being National Bike Month the fine folks at People for Bikes have created a short film. I believe in bikes, and I believe that we…

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2011 Airborne Goblin 29er: On Review

  MSRP: $1,199.95 A well built bike for  5 cents under $1,200.   For the person looking to upgrade their entry level bike, getting into 29ers or simply a deal finder that will upgrade the parts as they need. (I fit in the latter.) Weight: 18 inch is 28 lbs Key Parts: Aluminum hydroformed (shaped) frame, SRAM X7 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir R brakes, RockShox…

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Osprey Talon 22 backpack

#30daysofBiking Day 2: The First Commute

I mentioned over this weekend my goal of getting back in to commuting.  To try commuting for the first time since my accident in October.  That is a super long time to be off the commuting habit!  This past Monday was Day 2 of the 30 days of biking, a great day to try bike commuting. What better day then today? A 6 mile ride…

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