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Interbike ’12: Preview of Twin Six Women’s and Kid’s Clothing

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

An exclusive for Bike Shop Girl, the 2013 Twin Six clothing for women, kids and a lot of sexy socks to start saving your money for.

Osprey Pack Raven

INTERBIKE ’12: Osprey Women’s Specific Bike Packs

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.)

 

SKS Germany Front Triangle Bag

Interbike ’12: SKS Germany Frame Bags

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

If you know me, you know my lure to bike packing and going Survivor style on a bike. SKS is bringing a few affordable options for on the frame bags. They aren’t handmade or to the detail that something like Revelate Designs but a good addition for commuters, longer distance riders and people testing the water. SKS Germany Energy Bag

ENERGY BAG

MSRP $22.99 The small bag sits within arm’s reach on the front top tube, secured with velcro attachments. Easily fuel up on energy bars while still riding. The bag lid protects the contents from the elements. Reflective details guarantee improved visibility in low light conditions. Dim 5.75” x 2” x 2.75” Volume 0.5L

SKS Germany Tool Wrap

TOOL WRAP

MSRP $22.99 A bicycle bag made of sturdy nylon with straps for frame mounting. The bag features storage compartments (e.g. for mini pump, repair kit, tire levers, mini tools, or small change). Weight 115g Dim 10.5“ x 8.5“ opened

TRIANGLE BAG – FRONT

SKS Germany Front Triangle Bag

MSRP: $29.99 Triangular frame bag made of sturdy material offers space for tools and spare inner tubes. It is safely secured to all kinds of bike frames with its three Velcro strap attachments and the flexible reinforcements. Reflective piping for improved visibility. Dim 14” x 2” x 4.8” Volume 1.35L

TRIANGLE BAG – REAR

SKS Germany Rear Triangle Bag

MSRP: $29.99 Triangular frame bag made of sturdy material offers space for tools and spare inner tubes. It is safely secured to all kinds of bike frames with its three Velcro strap attachments and the flexible reinforcements. Reflective piping for improved visibility. Dim 9.8” x 2” x 8.3” Volume 1.4 L

KEEN Harvest III Series Bags

Interbike ’12: KEEN Harvest III Bag Series

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

This Fall, KEEN launches the Harvest III Series -  a one-of-a-kind collection, made in the USA from pre-consumer automobile airbags.

KEEN Harvest III Series Bags

KEEN Harvest III Backpack

Harvest III Series is available in three bags and two wallet styles, including: Harvest III Backpack $120.00

Side impact bags have been collected, over-dyed for rich saturated color and upcycled into splendid totes, bags and wallets. Each item in the collection is hand-numbered underscoring both its uniqueness and hand craftsmanship.

The Story Behind the Making of Harvest III Bags

The step-by-step process of harvesting and transforming airbags into Harvest III bags requires both creativity and craftsmanship.

1. Left over, excess and obsolete airbags are shipped from an airbag manufacturer to a recycler in Salt Lake City.

KEEN Harvest III Series Bags
2. The side-impact air bags are sorted at this facility and shipped to a factory in Chico, CA. The white bags are put aside to make the white colorways. The remaining bags are dyed and laundered at a dye house.

3. Then, the richly colored airbags are sorted and cut into the bag pattern pieces either by hand using a rotary knife or by die-cut machine.

4. All the pieces to make one specific style are gathered together and given to crafters to complete the product.

5. Once completed, each bag is then hand-numbered and signed by the one of the crafters who built it.

Light & Motion Taz

Interbike ’12: Light & Motion TAZ: Ultra-Lightweight, Rechargeable, Waterproof

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

TAZ was designed to be a beast on the trail with a flood beam so wide that you will be able to navigate tight switchbacks without a helmet light. By combining the brightness of a performance light with the safety features of a commuter light (such as side lights that pulse and can be manually turned off when not needed on the trail), the TAZ is the very definition of crossover, accomplishing both tasks without compromise.

Featuring three high-end CREE LEDs and a custom-designed reflector/lens system, the TAZ has two spot beams and an incredibly wide flood beam that throws out about as much light as a motorcycle headlight with a smoother beam pattern.

Whether you are swerving through the chaotic single-track of downtown traffic or shooting off onto a secret little stash of trails, the TAZ is your companion that will lead the way.

TAZ 800 $249

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Lumens:
High- 800
Med- 400
Low- 200
Pulse- 200
Flash- 200

Run Time:

High- 2:00
Med- 4:00
Low- 8:00
Pulse- 12:00
Flash- 24:00

System Weight:
216 gr

TAZ 1200 $299

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Lumens:
High- 1200
Med- 600
Low- 300
Pulse- 300
Flash- 300

Run Time:
High- 1:30
Med- 3:00
Low- 6:00
Pulse- 9:00
Flash- 18:00

System Weight:
216 gr

 

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Interbike Prep

Boat loads of emails, phone calls, meetings scheduled, iPhone app downloaded, previews and scheduling post out for the next 6 days. What’s that you hear?

It’s time for Interbike

Figuring out work flow, camera settings, organizing meetings with bike dealers and bike vendors. Hitting up Interbike for two different goals, representing the lines I “work for” and as “Bike Shop Girl.” This is going to be exhausting, early morning coffee and late night editing. I hope my roommate plans on being up drinking coffee with me! (jonny??)

Are you going?

Will you be at Interbike? Please let me know!

What do you want to see?

The ladies, lifestyle and kids always are left out in Interbike coverage. Videos, photos, more, less and so forth. Tell me what you want!

 What do you want asked?

There are several interviews I have scheduled with pro-cycling women. The goal is to not only get a few moments of who they are, but where they think cycling or women’s cycling can be pushed and how.

Active Angelz

Interbike ’12: Active Angelz

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!

Arleigh Jenkins 2012 Burn 24

2012 Burn 24 Hour Race Recap

The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. -Alexander Paterson

Every race you do, you must take away something from it. Learn, develop and strive to be that much better the next time. Often the fight you are picking is with yourself. To be a better rider, a better person.

Pre-Ride

Last Friday I went up and setup our camp with the help of pit boss, Kimberlee. She graciously drove an extra hour each direction so that I had an extra set of hands to setup three tents and carry everything I would need over the next 2.5 days.

Once everything large was in place and I helped a bit with registration I pre-rode the course very slowly. I have learned the course pretty well over the past year but making notes of sections to take slow at night, pull off’s incase I needed to stop for food, etc etc.

The biggest thing I was debating was if I wanted to wear a Camelbak or not. The temperatures would be hot which means I should drink more water, but it also means the Camelbak would be adding a ton of heat to my bag during the day. I finally decided I would start with the Camelbak and see where it took me.

Last Minute Prep

After pre-riding and seeing how slick the roots were going to be at night I swapped my front Michelin Wild Race’r for the Maxxis Ardent. My new Powertap rear wheel had the Wild Race’r on it, which I would run during the day, swapping to the Fulcrum Red Metal XL wheel with Ardent as I entered my night laps.

I putzed around camp the morning of, moving things around, preparing some bottles, and keeping my brain occupied.

Arleigh Jenkins Burn 24

Lap 1-4

My goal was to look at the 24 hours in 4 blocks of 6 hours. My lap times stayed consistent but my pit times were getting longer. My wrist were killing me as I was taking the downhills pretty darn fast (it really is the only thing I’m good at) and I kept forgetting to take out some PSI everytime I came through the pit.  In the first lap I also quickly realized my normal staple drink of Perpetuam wasn’t sitting well in the heat. Even though I have used it for hundreds of miles this year in training, my stomach wasn’t liking it. Around lap 3 I left my Camelbak at the bit and switched to only carrying one bottle of water, a packet of gu chomps and a gel flask. At the halfway point I would stop and down some gel, drink half my bottle and fill it back up.

Arleigh Jenkins Burn 24 Hour

Lap 5-7

I needed to switch shorts, my wrist were causing my hands to lose grip on the bars, I probably wasn’t getting enough food, I needed to find my groove.

Lap 7 is when I put lights on. The Seca 1400 was absolutely freaking awesome. I should have had it on my head, not my handlebars. I always use my main light on my helmet, almost never running it on the handlebar. For the first lap I figured I had enough day light to get through and could just run it on my handlebar.

Bad choice. 

3/4 through the lap, just as you start pointing downhill for the last section, I caught something on a tree. Feet before the rock garden. As I was thrown hard to the ground, my head hit hard, followed by my shoulder and hip. I knew I had to get out of the way, I was in a blind turn and it was dark. If I didn’t move I would get run over. I pulled myself and the bike off the trail to take an assesment of damages. My arm was killing me, my left ankle was killing me from being stuck in the bike as it turned around, my shoulder and collar bone didn’t seem broken which was my initial thought. I started talking to my bike, willing it to simply get me down the mountain and back to my pit. It did just that. I don’t remember much about getting down the mountain. I pulled into my pit and never would leave it again.

My race was over.

The medics checked me over. My shorts and possibly jersey were ruined. I still haven’t checked over my bike. I remember sitting, shivering, in shock. Trying to make light of it all. Faces of my pit crew, the race director and my family all staring at me in the candlelight. Everything hurt. Looking back now I’m glad I didn’t get it in my head to get back on the bike. As it is now 3 days after the race, it still hurts to walk and my body is super banged up. My biggest fear would have been in the slippery night I would have gone down again, or jerked something the wrong way and been left sitting out on the side of the trail waiting for the 4 wheeler to come get me.

Arleigh Jenkins Burn 24 Hour

Hindsight

One of the guys on the crew, Ben, was keeping my moving lap times. He didn’t show them to me when I was riding but I looked at them the next morning. I was consistently turning hour lap riding times. This isn’t pit times, as those got longer and longer, but the moving time. That made me happy to see. That motivates me to strive onas on Saturday night as I sat there, I never wanted to ride that trail again.

Last year I did 8 laps over 24 hours, sleeping about 7 of those 24. This year I did 7 laps in the first 9 hours. That’s improvement in my eyes.

I need to continue to work on climbing, dial in exactly what I need as the hours go by from food, to chamois selection and motivation.

Thank You Notes..

Ben Wilson

Though I was only on the bike for 9 hours I owe a great amount of thank you’s.

Kimberlee – Next year she will have a shirt that says pit boss. The only person I trusted as my brain went mush. From food, to entertaining and grounding as the hours went by.

Ben – pure entertainment, time keeper and comedian. He is also really good at putting away a tent!

George – drove up to help and ride with me in the middle of the night. Unfortunately I wrecked out just as that was supposed to happen. He also checked on our dogs and fed them.

Family – It was great to see my parents, they had never to been to an event like this so it was stellar that they could drive down and see what I do for fun.

Wes – The mechanic of the hour came at the exact moment I needed my rear wheel changed and cranks checked over. Next year I need him there the whole time!

Hampton Inn Wilkesboro - The clean sheets and shower were much needed after the abuse I put myself through.

Jason Bum – Race director and stand up guy. He puts on a great event and does it with a smile.

Chris Strout & Family – Chris was a stellar motivator as he hit lap after lap with his solo efforts. His wife Kim and kids were motivating just for being there, smiling and encouraging.

Arleigh Jenkins 6 Hours of Warrior Creek

2012 6 Hours of Warrior Creek Report – The good, the bad and the really ugly

A friend of mine, Jason Grantz, has been focusing on the definition of words for the past couple weeks. I’m going to utilize this idea and sum up how I feel the day after 6 Hours of Warrior Creek.

broken |ˈbrōkən| past participle of break 

adjective

1 having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order : a broken arm.

rejected, defeated, or despairing : he went to his grave a broken man | a broken heart.

• sick or weakened : broken health.

• (of a relationship) ended, typically by betrayal or faithlessness : a broken marriage.

• disrupted or divided : broken families.

• (of an agreement or promise) not observed by one of the parties involved.

2 having gaps or intervals that break a continuity : a broken white line across the road.

spoken haltingly, as if overcome by emotion : he whispered in a broken voice.

Arleigh Jenkins 6 Hours of Warrior Creek

The Good

The trail was amazing, the berms were buff, the climbs had traction and even the first lap wasn’t too muddy.The temperature ended up being around 70º in Wilkesboro, NC.

The pit crew, as always, was extraordinary. Kimberlee and Shelley were always there for food, smiles and a good kick in the butt.

Our pit mates, the guys from Luna Cycles, Dale and Robbie, and of course Darby.

The weather was perfect, a bit chilly in the morning ending up around 75 in the afternoon.

The other racers, encouraging, helpful, inspiring.

My teammate, Melissa. Always smiling and optimistic. Even when my last lap took twice as long as it should and we ended in last place.

The sweet lady next to our pits that recognized me as Bike Shop Girl and even stopped as I was suffering after the race to say she enjoyed my writing.

The Bad

A flat tire at mile 5 on my second lap.

Losing tons of electrolytes and only having water on my back.

Walking a ton on that second lap.

The feeling of competitors passing you and not being able to do a damn thing about it.

The Ugly

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, wtf happened?

Somewhere between the start of lap one, and the middle of lap two my bottom bracket started to seize up. Hills that I was able to spin up in a middle gear on my cassette I was grinding up in my easiest cog. My multi-tool didn’t have a 2.5mm allen wrench on it to back out the adjustable ring on the SRAM X-9 cranks.

The feeling when you realize why you are sucking is between happiness and a stupid sick gut wrenching. Especially when you realize you can’t fix the thing. I knew I had 5 miles more to go, and most of it was up hill. It got to a point that I was simply hoping that I would get through before 5pm for my lap to count.

For the rest of the lap I pushed, grinded, walked, tried to smile and hoped the miles would tick by. My knees ached from trying to climb the hills with my cranks not spinning freely, my stomach hurt and at times I hit hyperventilation in frustration and pain.

A couple days later I feel better. My knees still hurt, and my brain is rather screwed up from the event. Who knows if I could have done something differently. Maybe check over my bike better between laps. Maybe tell PF30 bottom brackets to kiss my ass.

I feel badly for letting down my team. I feel badly about many things. At the end of the day it is only a race, but to look forward to something for a complete year and it to end this way is a horrible feeling.

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Charlotte Cycling Seminar: Maximize Your Training

This has been temporarily postponed due to a operator error. When it comes back up I will let you know asap!

Maximize Your Training

Feb. 4, 2012 • 1-5 p.m.
Presbyterian Hospital Multipurpose Room
200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte

This event is FREE, but space is limited!
Call 704-384-CARE (2273) today to reserve your spot

A seminar lead by sports medicine guru’s (I love that word) geared towards female cyclist, but men are welcome to come. This is a free event, but please RSVP!

Feel you could be getting more from your training? Let us coach you to new heights.
Presbyterian Sports Medicine and Uptown Cycles are hosting an afternoon dedicated to
tackling topics such as functional strength training, injury prevention, stretching and sports
nutrition. NOTE: Instruction provided at this seminar will be tailored to female cyclists,
though all are welcome.