Handmade Cycling Gift Ideas
You have less than two weeks until Christmas and you still haven’t gotten that perfect gift for the cycling loving person in your life. Here are some unique ideas that you probably won’t find on Amazon. Tomorrow I will be posting my “must-have” gift list for all of you last minute gift buying friends. You can also checkout my Pinterest Cycling Gift Guide.
A perfect bag for makeup, art supplies or small electronics. Website
If you have a cycling snob in your life, this keyring will be a treasure to them. Website
Unique designs that I hadn’t seen before. Website
Off the Map Art
My girlfriend purchased a couple of these paintings for my office when we moved. They are gorgeous and a lovely touch to any room. Website
The Women’s Story Media Event
Could it be… an outdoor women’s media event? Maybe we really are making change happen! Once I have more background on this event in June I will let you all know.
Interbike and Outdoor Retailer, two of the largest retail sports product trade shows in the world, today announced that they’ve joined forces to launch a new experiential media event highlighting women’s-specific products. The event will connect a limited number of cycling and outdoor product manufacturers with mainstream non-endemic journalists to test the latest in women’s-specific products in the environments in which they were intended.
Set to take place June 10-12, 2014 at the Crystal Springs Resort in Northern New Jersey, The Women’s Story will feature 20-25 brands showcasing the most innovative women’s-specific cycling and outdoor products.
Invited journalists will have an opportunity to truly understand the mechanics behind women’s-specific products by riding a mountain bike or testing running shoes on an off-road trail, experiencing stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on a nearby lake, trying the latest yoga gear and apparel, climbing and other outdoor and cycling activities on the Crystal Springs Resort grounds.
The Women’s Story will open to local outdoor and bicycle retailers after 2pm on the final day, allowing for product demonstrations and conversations with both manufacturers and media.
Kickstarter: The Upstand
The Upstand, a kickstand for your high end bike. A great idea for the touring cyclist or in my case someone that wants to take photos of their bike on the fly!
Salesy: Twin Six Cyber Monday Discount
Twin Six is a personal sponsor of Bike Shop Girl and this is a great deal for Cyber Monday
All orders over $56 (domestic and international) 26% OFF. So load up your cart and save on everything or take big dollars off of higher priced items. Get while the getting is good!
Domestiques for Wolfner
In case you haven’t heard, Mike Wolfner of my Cycleton team is recovering from a serious cycling accident. Many of my teammates are putting together a fundraiser for Mike and his family, as he makes his recovery.
Please join us for a party and silent auction (with over $8,000 in merchandise and free swag!) taking place at Lowry Beer Garden on December 5. A few auction items include:
Specialized Tarmac Pro Frame – $2950 Retail Value
Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 or Cosmic CXR60 wheel set – $2750 Retail Value
Full ENVE Carbon Cockpit (bars, stem & seat post) – $890 Retail Value
Thule T2 Hitch Rack – $469 Retail Value
FasCat Coaching for 1 Month – $350 Retail Value
Feedback Sports Spring Workstand – $235 Retail Value
More event and donation information can be found here:
27.5 Inches to Rule Them All
A great survey and infographic from Singletracks on how 27.5 are taking over, as they should!
Meet the Xtracycle EdgeRunner
It’s been proven that many of our trips and errands are less than 2 miles away. Now picture having a reliable, easy to ride, cargo bike to hop on in your garage. Once you get in the habit of riding a bike for those trips less than 2 miles away you’ll question why it took so long!
Meet the Xtracycle EdgeRunner
Haul kids, groceries or help a buddy move.
Available in two sizes, three models, and four beautiful frame colors, EdgeRunner tailors to every personality. The TIG-welded chromoly frame features a low step-over height and elegant geometry for easy, responsive handling with a modest bike weight – starting at 40 lbs. Xtracycle also offers a wide variety of LT standard compatible accessories tailored to cargo cycling’s specific needs, from the versatile LongLoader for lengthy loads to the foldingSideCar for bulky boxes.
The EdgeRunner completely reinvents the cargo bike, with its low cargo platform, upright yet efficient ride-position, 100% chromoly step-through frame, and complete line of cargo and family specific accessories. Leave the car in the garage on your next family drive or grocery trip. The EdgeRunner assures a fun and wallet-friendly alternative to driving and still gets the job done.
For additional information on Xtracycle’s Edgerunner, please visit http://www.xtracycle.com
Week End Roundup
This weekend, Nov 9 & 10th
Juliana Bicycles Hiring
Juliana Bicycles, a women’s specific mountain bike brand, is looking for a Brand Manager
Quick Start Cyclocross Training
Have you been bit by the cyclocross bug? This quick start plan will get you in better shape for the late season successes!
Bicycle infrastructure creates more jobs per million dollars spent than any other kind of transportation
A Winter of Cyclists
The story of a group of Colorado cyclists who challenged each other to commute by bike, at least 52 times, during the cold, dark, and snowy months.
A Delayed Reaction
The beginning of October I lined up for my second cyclocross race in Colorado. The Boulder Cup at Valmont Bike Park was easily one of my top 3 cx courses ever ridden. Unfortunately, going into the last lap I lost traction on a bridge and wiped out. Quickly dusting myself off I hopped on the bike and bridged the gap on the girl that had been on my wheel and now was 15 seconds ahead. Finishing the race, not in last place, I checked over my appendages and realized the road rash would hurt but I seemed to be okay.
24 hours later my left knee wasn’t bending and by the evening (36 hours later) I couldn’t bear weight without pain. A doctor’s appointment booked, and later an MRI. The end result of this minor crash was a miss-tracking patella and a small tear on the cartilage behind my patella. It could have been much worse and 3 weeks later I am feeling back to 80%.
Shift in Priorities
Often in life, it is when your heart breaks, or you crash you bike that we really take a count of priorities and needs in life.
The mission of this site is to empower women in cycling. I don’t plan on straying away from this but I do plan on empowering myself a bit more. Becoming a more balanced individual, going back to school and maybe even attempting cross fit!
I love riding my bike
Chances are that you are reading my blog (thank you) because you too love to ride your bike. As I shift things around, reorganize and create my content calendar for this site my reminder for all of us is that to slow down and enjoy the ride. Spending the money to have the lightest bike, power meters, or even to put a number on your bike isn’t required. Slowing down with a smile to other cyclists and maybe even giving back to the sport we all love.
My plan is to slim down my herd of bikes, buy less carbon and focus more on the adventure than the destination. I hope you’ll join me.
Motivational Monday with Julie in NC
What is your name?
Julie in Cary, NC
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
Mountain biking and wafting on the greenways
What is your first cycling memory?
Learning to ride my brothers big Schwinn when I was five. It was the only bike we had at the time and it was way too big for me.
Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?
My 22 year old son. I love riding with him. It is one of the few times we get one on one. He is fast and loves to ride technical trails. I am a big scaredy cat when it comes to skinnies and jumps but he has patiently encouraged me and coached me.
What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?
It would have to be when I rode through the state park and over the highway to have coffee at a cool downtown coffee shop with my daughter. I guess that’s why I love riding – it keeps me connected with nature, community, but most importantly my kids.
Tell us what you ride
My son gave me my bike several years ago. It is a Specialized Myka.
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