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Why Must I Want Rapha for Christmas?

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I work in the bike industry which means I do not make crazy amounts of money in order to justify paying $85 for a merino wool tshirt. But, I want it so badly.

Then there are their cycling caps. Sexy and I own one. Thanks to Peter with Bike Law. Best cycling cap I’ve ever had. $40. WTH.

Finally, these boxers. They look so yummy and delicious to sleep in, or lay on the couch, or work out in (under shorts) at the gym. Merino wool, pink, boxers. Oddly, they are affordable in my head. $40

 

Foundry Cycles Broadaxe: Singleatored

1 Foundry Cycles Broadaxe Single Speed

For the 2013 season I’m really focusing on a handful of endurance mountain bike races and then a slew of cross country mountain bike series (SERC, Southern Classic and the Georgia State MTB.) Then in the fall of course will be cyclocross domination (it will be domination and not just participation!)

Looking at my schedule and thinking of bikes for work/demo and brand representation I had a lot to chose from. My rock steady go to bike for the past year has been the Salsa Spearfish. Made to crush endurance with 29er wheels, 100mm front, 80mm rear and a very stable handling platform. As a rep I have many brands to represent and having ridden a Spearfish non-stop for the past year most of my stores have seen that bike, or at least listened to stories of how killer the bike is.

Enter the Foundry Cycles Broadaxe

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Review: Velo Transit Edge 30 Commuter Backpack

2 Velo Transit Edge 30 Review

When I heard a company was making a waterproof backpack designed not only for bike commuting by for WOMEN I jumped at the chance to review the product.

Velo Transit is a based out of Seattle, WA where they design, build, test and ship their bags out of. The first time I learned of the company was this past spring, they are making waves as their designs are very function built and have some pretty unique ideas built into their bags.

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Chrome Storm Pasha Women’s Cycling Jacket

2 Chrome Storm Pasha Jacket

It’s that time of the year. Unless you live in some odd part of the country that doesn’t receive seasons, fall is hitting you smack in the face. You may get caught in a cold rain, or have a headwind chilling you to the core on a late night commute.

Chrome has released a new jacket just for those reasons.

Meet the Chrome Storm Pasha

The Storm Pasha features fully-taped 100% waterproof breathable Chrome Storm™ technology. It has a bike-friendly fit for comfortable riding, pit zips and two way main zipper for active venting, a zippered back cargo pocket for cell phone and keys, and reflective details so you can be seen at night.

Features and Fit

  • Fully seam taped construction with waterproof Tactel nylon fabric
  • Zippered pit vents for on bike ventilation
  • High neck collar with 3 panel hood
  • Full width pass through back cargo pocket
  • Longer sleeves and torso for riding comfort
  • Waterproof two way main zipper for on bike ventilation

Personal thoughts on the Storm Pasha

I wish there were more colors, or at least color hits to make the jacket pop out in the dark while riding on the streets. Black is sexy and clean, but so is not dying. Once I get my hands on one I’ll be sure to let you know the fit and durability!

INTERBIKE ’12: Osprey Women’s Specific Bike Packs

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Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews.

Osprey Pack Raven Women’s 3L Hydration Backpack

Osprey Pack RavenThe Raven series is the new sister to Osprey’s Raptor collection of premium, mountain biking, hydration packs. Sized and tailored for a woman’s body, the Raven builds on the reputation for outstanding fit and stability established with the Raptor line. Highly detailed and uniquely designed, these packs will turn a lot of heads while tearing up the trail.

MSRP: $109-129

Details: AirScapeTM backpanel, BioStretchTM harness as well as a full hipbelt to keep the pack stable and transfer the weight effectively. The packs are equipped with a 3L Hydraulics reservoir and Osprey’s new hydration sleeve design with direct access zip for fast loading.

Colors: Clover Green and Iris Purple

Sizes: Raven 14 – $129, Raven 10 – $119, Raven 6 – $109

Updated Osprey Pack Verve Women’s Hydration Backpack

Osprey Pack VerveThe Verve women’s bag that Osprey came out with for 2012 gets a couple updates too. First is an additional pocket on the front of the bag and new colors!

MSRP: $109-$89

Colors: Passion Purple and Platinum Grey

Sizes: Verve 13 – $109, Verve 9 – $99, Verve 5 – $89

We have been reviewing the 2012 Verve pack and excited to see some of the changes as it seems to make the bag a bit more functional for rides the girl looking for function (multi-tool, pump, food) and not a ton of water on their back (2-3L.)

 

2013 Surly Bikes Preview

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I’ve been biased to the Surly brand since 2003. This is about when I purchased my first Karate Monkey “29er” and then again in 2004 when I picked up a hidden stock of the pink 1×1. Since then I’ve had many bikes with the Surly logo stickered down the side. Multiple Karate Monkey’s, a Long Haul Trucker, a Big Dummy and Steamroller.

There hasn’t been much change to the 2013 Surly lineup, some colors, a 14″ Pugsley and of course, the Krampus.

Disclaimer: I am now the Southeast rep for Surly. If you buy a new Surly Bike in NC, SC, TN, AL or GA, from an independent bicycle dealer, I will make money from it. I encourage it, and look forward to being able to afford a Krispy Kreme donut in your honor. 

Interbike ’12: Active Angelz

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A Bike Shop Girl exclusive, first look at the new Active Angelz line that will be launched next week at Interbike!

Active Angelez’s Launches New Female Endurance Athlete Line September 19th at the Interbike Expo 2012

Active Angelz announces their athletic line’s launch at the Interbike Expo, September 19th at booth 12138. Be one of the first to feature and review this line before it hits the mass markets of athletic wear.

Active Angelz is designed to appeal to the woman who is fit, stylish and fashionable, appreciates quality and demands athletic wear that incorporates the very best of technology. She is feminine yet strong, athletic and stylish. She balances a busy life but still finds time to work out and whether she is working out or hanging out she still feels and looks great.

Visit their Facebook and check here next week for more info and photos from the show!

Review: GU Electrolyte Brew Lemon Lime

0 GU Electrolyte Brew Review

Reviewing a nutritional item is so different than trying on a pair of shorts. Even restaurants I struggle with reviews. What I like is much different than what you may like, but my job is to tell you about my experience and you come up with a conclusion that fits you to try it or not. Let’s try to make this as useful to you as possible!

This review should start with a disclaimer, and notice to never ride behind me. I sweat a lot. Which means I need to take on a lot of liquids and replacement for the salt leaving my body on a salty stream.

Overall Review of the Gu Electrolyte Brew

Two thumbs up, the Brew is mostly carbs and sodium. Exactly what I need on hot days in the southeast. Replenishes what I’m sweating out without giving me a heavy stomach while riding tempo. If I need something with more weight to it I goto Cytomax. The Lemon Lime flavor reminds me the taste of the original Gatorade flavor. I find it strangely comforting as it brings me back to two a day practices in high school!

These guys come in single serve packets or big jugs. I recommend to try out a different flavors of the single serve and let me know what you think!

Visit Gu Electrolyte Brew Online

FTC Disclaimer: The product was provided at no charge for review. I was not paid or bribed, but wouldn’t mind getting paid once in awhile for this.

 

Icebreaker Halo Shorts Review: Take Two

2 Icebreaker Halo Short Review

Last summer I reviewed the Icebreaker Halo jersey and shorts. As I rode around today in the Halo shorts I felt pretty compelled to do a follow up on these shorts, as they deserve it.

If you shop at Dick’s Sporting Goods and not REI, or believe in working out at the gym and not hiking, you may not understand the ways of wool. (Please don’t take that offensive, it’s just probably true.)

I’m found often in stupid expensive Capo or Hincapie shorts for stupid long rides. The chamois are overly developed and “wear in” as the miles turn up.

Icebreaker Halo Short Review

The Halo shorts from Icebreaker are not these, they fit like boxer briefs, are super comfortable and feel as sexy as shorts can get. (I’ve also been told they don’t make me look like I’m wearing a wad and make my butt look nice.)  As these are quick drying, non-spandex looking, they are also my go to for around town and over night rides to camp fires.  They also look a ton better with my Keen’s than most other cycling shorts.

If you are looking for a set of shorts for longer rides on the greenway, bike touring or to commute on.. look at these Halo shorts from Icebreaker!