International Win for Susan Day

In this little cycle blogging arena there are a few people that stand out, make a difference and are worth the read every morning.   One of this people is Elden, or better known as Fat Cyclist.  Four years ago he started to bring humor and personality to weight loss and every day tribulations.  More recently he brought the fight his wife was having with cancer to the public.  Showing all those that haven’t had to deal with this horrid disease what they dealt with daily.   By bringing all this to the front he also started fundraising for the fight, and teaming up with TwinSix for cycling wear where proceeds went to the fundraiser.

Through the years Fat Cyclist has been a excersice of a man with  a heart, and a funny bone.  Please take August 23 as Win for Susan Day.

Wear your Fat Cyclist gear, LiveStrong bracelet or clothing, homemade signs, or other item to signify your personal fight against cancer and take a picture of yourself.

Next, upload the picture via twitter and post it on the 23rd with the tag #win4susan

SRAM 10-Speed Chain Power Link Voluntary Recall

Do you ride SRAM road components?  If so please take note!

SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a voluntary recall on its 10 speed PowerLock chain connector. SRAM has determined there is a potential for the PowerLock connector link outer plate to fail.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

-SRAM 8 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 9 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 10 speed chains are not affected.

The following steps should be taken by dealers:

1. PowerLock Connector Link – identification and action
- Inspect all new and used bicycles in your store that include a SRAM 10 speed chain.
-Locate the PowerLock connector link on chain.
-Locate letter stamped onto end of PowerLock connector link.
-PowerLock connector links with letters “M” and “N” should be removed from the chain and set aside for shipment back to SRAM.
-Contact SRAM Dealer Service for replacement PowerLock connector links and to arrange for return shipment of affected PowerLock connector links back to SRAM.
-Replace affected PowerLock connector links with new connector links provided at no charge by SRAM.

2. PowerLock Connector Link – removal and replacement
-Replace PowerLock connector link if date stamp is letter “M” or “N.”
-Removed affected PowerLock connector link with chain tool (both pins). Drive the larger diameter end of pin out of link by positioning pin removal tool against small pin diameter. Repeat; second pin.
-Install new PowerLock connector link.
-Fit chain, insert both halves of the PowerLock into the chain ends and bring the ends together on the bottom side of the drivetrain (no tension side).
-Pull chain apart until you feel some resistance.
-Rotate the chain so the PowerLock is positioned on the top side of the drivetrain.
-Pedal forward while holding bike firmly in place until you hear click sound. The PowerLock is now on its place and safely closed.

To learn more about the recall and obtain a return authorization number and replacement Power Lock connector links, please visit your local bicycle dealer to deal with all warranty issues.

Urban Outfitters Bike Shop

The popular store, Urban Outfitters has seemed to have teamed up with Republic Bike to offer Republic’s popular under $400 singlespeed/fixed gear wheels.  What makes this bike popular?  The price and the fact you can change almost every part on the bikes color.  A good time waster is to press “Random” to see what color options it comes up with for me.

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2010 Bontrager Cycling Shoes

In 2009 Bontrager released their first ever cycling shoe line.  After teaming up with Esoles in order to get thousands of foot scans.  The result was a well fit shoe, with replaceable arch support and a bargain compared to other shoes. The line was very in depth with women, men and triathlon shoes.  (Personally, I have two pairs and I love them!)

For 2010 they are going even deeper with the line and adding more color.  The women are staying pretty subtle but the mens line have a lot of orange through out.

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Masi Bicycles Women’s Road Line

There’s a take on women’s designed product the basics are shorter top tube because women (most women) have longer legs and a shorter upper body.   The shorter top tube and over all length of the bike allows for easier reach to handlebars, better fitting for someone with those long legs.

Masi has a take that those shorter tubes and steeper angles change the feel of the bike.   Instead they have simply made a couple of their key models smaller, changed colors and most importantly the touch points of the bike.  Touch points are narrower handlebars, seatpost that aren’t leaned so far back, shorter stem and an over all reach on the bike that allows you to use your brakes or shifters correctly.

Welcome the Bellissima line.  Tim Jackson of Masi isn’t sold on the pink, but I am.   Now to sell him on the idea of one model that runs smaller than 48cm.  Allowing our youth to get into the sport at a decent price would be very rewarding.

Hartford Breast Cancer Ride

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If you are in the area of Edina, Minnesota do yourself and others a favor : go CHEER!     The Hartford Breast Cancer two day event to raise money for Open Arms of Minnesota and Susan G. Komen For the Cure Minnesota Affiliate.

There are many pit stops, and “cheer sections” that need to be volunteered at.   Also, with camping and excellent bike support it sounds like a ride not to be missed.

Dirt Series

karengutrath_wheelie drop 1Bringing instruction, camp based with amazing coaches and techinque.  Mountain biking will never be the same for women. The Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bikes

If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our mountain bike camps are for you.

Based in Whistler, the Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles travels throughout BC, Alberta, Oregon, California, Idaho and Utah. We offer personalized instruction, professional programming, and an incredibly skilled, enthusiastic, and supportive coaching staff.

Our annual schedule features over a dozen women’s only mountain bike camps and clinics, as well as four legendary co-ed weekends. We’re in our eighth year of operation and have taught over 3,500 ultra-satisfied participants.

The Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles is a skill development program like no other. Give us a weekend and we’ll improve your whole year.

Building confidence, fueling success, and enriching lives through  mountain biking.

Photos found at DirtSeries.com

2010 Trek Women’s Bikes

Slowly we are seeing hints of 2010 bicycles being released.   Here are a few from Trek Bicycles

7000 Series

wsd10_7000_1310001aThe 7000 series from Trek is a tradition hybrid.  A cross between a mountain and road bike with a great upright fit to it.  The 7000 is the base model from Trek made out of aluminum with 21 speeds, and a shock absorption seat post.

Skye Series

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New for 2010 is the Skye line of entry level mountain bikes.  Multiple levels, with their own naming hierarchy. Four different models and colors ranging from $359 to $639.

Madone 5 & 6 Series

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Added design elements, new levels of carbon fiber and even lighter.  Made in the USA and custom paint or accessorize the road machine for your liking.

Once we know all about the details of more 2010 bikes we will update you

You GoGirl!

Stumbling along the internet like I do most nights I found a link to “GoGirl” on Twitter. It is advertised as

GoGirl1If you camp, you’ll love GoGirl. If you ski, you’ll love GoGirl. If you boat, you’ll love GoGirl. If you travel, you’ll love GoGirl. If you just want to avoid the germs you find in nasty public toilets, you’ll love GoGirl. GoGirl is for active women of all types and ages.

It caught my attention because how often are you stuck somewhere needing to pee horribly and you simply can’t because we have to drop your pants and squat?  I’m always being told to “use a sissy jar” on the long car trips, on the side of a bike trail somewhere or in a concert somewhere when the line is 30 minutes long.

Shortly I should have one in my hands to see how easy, reusable and thought out it really .s