Light & Motion Vis

Review: Light & Motion Urban & VIS

Fall means less light and a crazy mid-afternoon sun glare for drivers. Why not help them (and yourself) by running blinky lights during the day and night?

Meet my Favorite Lights Reviewed to Date

Light & Motion Urban 200 and VIS 180 Micro

Key things to know:

USB rechargeable
Easy rubber strap mount for installation and removal
180′ visibility with orange side lights
Water resistant (maybe proof?!)

Thoughts and Opinion

I’ve reviewed many lights on Bike Shop Girl and Commute By Bike. One thing or another happens after a few months of constant use. Mounts break, lenses fall out, water damage or the battery stops holding a charge (especially in the cold.)

After a year of constant use (day and night) on one bike or another, using the Urban 200 during a couple nights of camping, I can happily say I want this set of lights on all my bikes.

Interested in buying a set? Support BSG by buying through JensonUSA.

Disclaimers: These lights were provided at no charge for review, my opinion is true. If you buy through the link to JensonUSA, I may get commission. Support BSG & do it.

 

 

Pure City Cycles

Pure Fix Launches Pure City Cycles

Many brands over the past 4 years have taken the euro route for their new urban models. Flowing lines and upright position with a sexier look than their hybrid big sister and brothers. Pure Fix follows suit with a new sub-brand, Pure City Cycles, and launching 5 models within this new sub-brand today. Where I think Pure City has the right idea is that they are following the Electra model. Less options, more colors. The 4 step-thru models, from what I can tell, are all exactly the same other than color. There is one step over model in a safe color, black.

Now all you have to decide is what color you like, what size and how many gears. Don’t worry you only have two options of sizes (43 & 45cm) and gearing (single speed or 3 speed).

The Abbey $399

 

Pure City Abbey

Two sizes available, 1 and 3 speed options

 

The Crosby $399

 

Pure City Cycles The Crosby

Two sizes available, 1 and 3 speed options

 

The Langdon $399Pure City Cycles Langdon

Two sizes available, 1 and 3 speed options

The Wilshire $399

Pure City Cycles Wilshire

Two sizes available, 1 and 3 speed options

 

The Bourbon $499

 

Pure City Cycles Bourbon

 

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View the complete collection over at Pure Fix Cycles

Power Hungry Cookbook

Review: Power Hungry Cookbook

If you know me, you know that I’m not a culinary expert. While I have being doing my best in 2013 to tackle learning how to cook better please know I am not a genius in the kitchen (or grocery store!) This review is a true real world, clue-less cook, review.

Power Hungry Cookbook: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook

ingredients

If you are reading this there is a good chance you have eaten some sort of Clif Bar, or Powerbar over the past few weeks. If you are anything like me you are burnt out on the textures, taste or cost every time you swallow one of those $2-5 bars. This is exactly why my interest was peaked when this book showed up for review. Time to branch out of my comfort zone and hopefully make yummy goodies!

The actual book of the Power Hungry Cookbook

The first 30 pages are under “The Power Hungry Pantry” which explains ingredient choices, substitutes and even how to make your own DIY glucose syrup. As a beginner at this, the Pantry pages were helpful and smoothed out some confusion of substitutions.

The book is broken down into a few chapters to easily find something that may tickle your taste buds. Super-Natural Knock-Offs, Activity Bars, Endurance Bars, Protein Bars, Raw and Almost Raw Bars. Something to note, this book doesn’t just make bars but also gel blocks, brownies and cookies.

Reading through the recipes they are easy to follow. As with any cookbook, it’s always good to read through the ingredients and instructions twice before heading to the store. After each recipe there are Bar Tips, Bar Keeping and Bar Variations, all helpful especially after you’ve had a few batches and want to change things up a bit.

Recipes and Rating

Emily and I tried three recipes on our first go around. In the process we created our own rating system from 1-5, it’s a great way to see what we like, or don’t, and what we want to keep making even as we try more recipes. The rating on each recipe reflects an average of our individual ratings combined.

Power Hungry Cookbook

Brewed Awakening Cappuccino Bars – Rating 3.75

Calories: 220 Fat: 9.7g Carbs: 31.3g Protein: 5g 

espresso

Main ingredients: Rolled oats, walnuts, almonds, coconut, brown rice, some espresso powder and other goodies. These are under activity bars, and make about 16 bars a batch. They are perfect for your jersey pocket, or to chow for breakfast.

Pumpkin Pie Power Bars – Rating 4

Calories: 127 Fat: 2.3g Carbs: 15g Protein: 12g

Power Hungry Cookbook

Main ingredients: Rolled oats (processed into powder), pumpkin puree, whey protein, greek yogurt and eggs. Fall “crack” bars are what these should be called. Perfect to head into fall with one of these in your lunch or jersey pocket. Without any additional chocolate or variations it taste much like the filler of pumpkin pie but in a fluffy bar. These are considered endurance bars and make 10 bars.

Seeds of Power Bars – Rating 2.75

Calories: 199 Fat: 9.2g Carbs: 24.8g Protein: 6.1g 

mix

This was my least favorite bar, but Emily loved it. It does have a great taste, but I can’t get over all the seeds and it was by far the most intensive of the three bars. These are under endurance bars and make 20 bars.

Ingredients and Side Notes

The ingredients for the recipes we decided on weren’t the easiest to find but with some proper searching and inquiries at local stores we found everything in one afternoon. 90% was found at our local natural food store (Sprouts), the local grocer had everything else. The initial investment was around $70-80 but mostly due to us not having many ingredients for baking in our house. We went to the bulk section for all the seeds and nuts so we could buy very little for this first round. The whey protein was the most expensive at $20 for the jug, but it stores well and will also be used in smoothies. Once you have the key ingredients the cost per bar will go down the more you make them. Don’t go too heavy on recipe specific ingredients until you know you love those bars and that you will make them again.

We plan on trying out some of the knock-off recipes to see if we like our versions better than the store bought. Our rating system uses this idea of store bought compared to final product. I do believe two of our three recipes tested so far were better than what I can buy at the store. Being able to edit and try out new things helps as well. For example we are almost out of Pumpkin bars so I’m simply going to go downstairs tonight and whip up a batch. No need to spend more money or remember to order them so I don’t starve on the next ride.

I highly recommend this book for yourself and it will be a great Christmast gift for active friends in your life!

Visit the author’s website or buy your copy on Amazon.

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no cost for review.

 

Motivational Monday Molly

Motivational Monday with Molly in Charlotte

What is your name and location?

Molly in Charlotte, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road

What is your first cycling memory?

Teaching myself how to ride a bike in my driveway when I was 5 or 6. It was too big for me and there were no training wheels, I stayed out until it was dark, determined to learn to ride it, and I did!

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I’m part of a women’s triathlon group, Tri It for Life, that mentors and trains women to compete their first sprint triathlon. These women constantly inspire me to work harder and be better in all aspects of my life, not just cycling.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

For the second year in a row, I rode in 24 Hours of Booty, a 24 hour biking event to raise money for cancer research and awareness. My sister and I rode together to honor our Mom.

Tell us what you ride

I have a 2010 Trek Madone 4.5 and a 2009 Gary Fisher Piranha (I dabble in mountain biking)

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Review Giant Anthem X 29er 4

Preview: 2013 Giant Anthem X 29Er 4 Women’s Bike

A long time ago I wrote an opinion article on why I didn’t believe women’s designed 29ers worked. Designers were being pushed so hard to get things to market that the result was lack luster, and in my opinion these bikes often handled like crap compared to their non-women’s designed brothers. The front end was flip-floppy, unless you had a crazy short stem and wide handlebar. While this works well for the true mountains, it doesn’t work well for women just learning how to mountain bike. Fast forward a few years, more experienced designers, brands with patience and maybe some more knowledge. Now you have women’s bikes that don’t have crazy head tube angles and carry well in switchbacks up or down. Thus, inspiring confidence and excitement to carry momentum through the trails.

Meet the 2013 Giant Anthem X 29er 4 Women’s

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BRAC

Tonight: Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado Women’s Summit

2013 BRAC Women’s Summit
“2013 – The Year of the Cycling Woman”

October 1, 2013 * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hosted by:
Prestige Imports and the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project/Naked Women’s Racing

Location: 
9201 W Colfax Avenue * Lakewood, CO 80215

6:30 Get to know each other / Appetizers / Social time
7:00 Review and Comment – 2013 BRAC Women’s Program
o Women’s Racing Camp
o Women’s Cross Camp
o Senior Women 4 Mentoring Events
o Record Race Participation w/data from road, track and cross season
7:30 Panel discussions with Colorado Women’s Team Leaders and Racing Stakeholders
o Stakeholders tbd.
8:15 Questions for Future
o How do we build on this momentum in the women’s community?
o What can BRAC do to foster a stronger support system for women racers?
o Call for Suggestions: what other women’s programs do you what to see BRAC offer?
9:00 Open Discussion
9:30 Adjourn

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Cycling with Epilepsy

Halley was featured earlier this year in the Motivational Monday series. I personally pulled a lot of inspiration from her and asked her to write an article for BSG on cycling with epilepsy. Give the article a read and then visit her blog to follow along her journey.

When you are triaged at the emergency room or picked up by the ambulance after a bicycle crash involving no other vehicle, the intake paramedic or nurse will write “FDGB” on your form. What super official medical term does this acronym mean? “Fall Down Go Boom.” It does get the point across, at the very least.

In 2009, I was going to the emergency room approximately every six to eight weeks for similar reasons. Part of it I was cycling more so naturally I was on my bike versus say in my apartment or walking. It made me a prime candidate for tipping over randomly. A few crashes I just stood up and dusted myself off, but several of them were pretty epic with full facial road rash, splayed out in the middle of road and no memory of how I actually ended up there. That last part was the most unsettling of the entire affair.

That’s when they sent me to a neurologist. It seemed that I had been what are called “absence seizures.” Chances are that I have been experiences them for a long time in my life and have never noticed them. I kind of freak out when I think of this, because I have driven a car a lot in my life and worry that I could have been driving when this had happened. Earlier in life, I would go into random crying fits that had been misdiagnosed as “hypoglycemia.” I very distinctly remember not being able to look at restaurant menus and see the words or formulate thoughts. The neurologist informed me that I was most likely experiencing what was called a “simple partial seizure” and having had them recently, I can attest all the orange juice and glucose tablets in the world won’t help, so while yes they do look like a low blood sugar crash, they are indeed not.

I had my first “grand mal seizure” during a bike ride in downtown Portland and hit a park bench. This was an extremely difficult and stressful time for me. I felt like my brain was trying to kill me. All I wanted to was live a car-free lifestyle, work at the women’s homeless shelter and continue my own business as a professional harpist (with a custom-made bike trailer for my full size folk harp). You know, the typical Portland Oregon lifestyle, right? I couldn’t really live that when I was riddled with migraines, my weight massively fluctuating from trying out new medications – and I already suffered from an overweight awkward childhood so this new struggle was just one more thing to add to my plate.

My neurologist and I struggled to deal with my daily migraines so that I could ride my bike again without the threat of seizure and we couldn’t figure it out until I came across something she didn’t think of. Allergies. I knew I was allergic to a few medications and chemical products, but in addition to them, I added gluten, lactose and egg to my list. Having a very severe latex allergy, I had never realized that banana or avocado were part of the same family, which while I loved and are very beneficial to most diets, unfortunately for me, they cause more harm than good. Cutting them out as well, cleared so many skin issues. It was actually about that time, 2010, I “went vegan.” I had already been eating mostly vegetarian due to the lack of dairy and egg products. My body has never processed red meat well and I don’t eat pork, so it was a pretty natural transition. The most difficult thing for me to break up with was gluten. Total carbitarian.

I want to smack myself in the forehead because it sounds so stupid writing this. You cut out the stuff that you’re allergic to and you stop being sick. I’m not a nutritionist, not giving you nutritional advice and I can only write what worked for me. And, let’s be honest. I still have seizures. It’s not all about food. But I did lose 70 lbs in less than a year, which I am sure was mostly because I was putting crap in my body that couldn’t be processed and broken down.

There are the good days and the bad. I have worked really hard to get to where I am. Charting when I have seizures. I have been on a bunch of different types medications that haven’t worked for me or that I have “grown out of,” meaning that dosage is at such a high mg that any more would be toxic so the doctor either has to supplement a different medication or change medications. There are literally dozens of different kinds of epilepsy that affect the brain. Mine is called progressive myoclonic epilepsy. In short, it means it’s going to get worse in time, but right now it’s really well controlled.

I love cycling and it’s my life. I ride with a primarily road racing team here in Portland, though my passion is cyclocross. I haven’t been able to race the last two years due to health reasons. My knee went out two years ago and I had foot surgery last year. This was related to a back fracture I had six years ago. Ironically related to the dysfunction in my right cerebral hemisphere, which causes discrepancies in motor skills, visuo-spatial, perception and coordination. Basically I FDGB. I am definitely looking forward to this fall and getting muddy.

Pearl Izumi Driving Retail

Driving Retail Success: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

As Summer winds down you should still have Summer Soft Goods displayed.

Even though it’s still hot outside, your fall apparel is arriving. Now is the time to get the fall apparel on those new wood hangers, get your customers thinking about Fall riding and staying warm doing it. Create a focal point that shows off the new Fall styles. You can use your entrance flat table area to start the process. Dress up a ¾ torso mannequin in Fall styles, display warm gloves, socks, and long sleeve jerseys or jackets. You can do any number of display renderings in multiple areas to send the message it’s time to start thinking Fall apparel. It’s also time to start filling your floor fixtures with warmers, long finger gloves, warm socks, booties, and head wear.

Here are two basic examples of a Fall flat table display, and an accessory cart with warmers, head wear, and booties ready for Fall.

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Motivational Monday with Joy from Colorado

What is your name and location?

Joy from Colorado

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road and Mtn

What is your first cycling memory?

Watching my older sister learn to ride a bike. As soon as she put it down, I picked it up and rode away and have been riding ever since.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

A 62 year old friend of mine is continually challenging me to ride and improve my skills as I go. He inspires because he is one of those ‘freakish OG’s’ that continues to rip it up whatever ride we go on.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Finishing the Triple Bypass. It was monumental for me because the day I found out that I got in the ride, I was recovering from emergency surgery the night before. It made it all the sweeter to finish that ride and know how far I had come in six months.

Tell us what you ride

Road- Specialized ruby pro-red!

MTN -Specialized Jett 29er. Just plain ol fun.

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