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Let’s Talk Saddles : Types of Saddles

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Here at Bike Shop Girl we realized long ago that finding the right saddle is a very personal, unique and often the hardest part of bike riding.  This is Part I of our on going Saddle Talk, I welcome all comments, questions and feedback on this subject.  Our Intro was a short and sweet piece from about two weeks back, now let’s get talking!

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I Spy : 2010 Santa Cruz Juliana

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Yesterday I spotted on Bike Radar the new 2010 Santa Cruz Juliana.   If I remember right, I believe that the Juliana was one of the first pioneer women’s full suspension mountain bikes.

Santa Cruz Juliana

The main changes are smaller, not quite things to make me run out and order a new full suspension bike but it does let us know that Santa Cruz Bikes is thinking of women while their quest to become an elite “boutique” mountain bike company.  Another neat thing is the Juliana is completely customizable so you can pick colors, suspension bits and parts to your liking.   Their turn around on certain colors is slower than others but color might be worth your wait.

How many of you mountain bike?  What do you own and why did you pick it?

Welcome the Xtracycle Pea Pod LT

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There is no hiding how much I love my Xtracycle when I use it as much as possible.PeaPod LT side photo

PEAPOD LT
The fun way to carry your children.

Xtracycle is proud to release the PeaPod LT: a child’s bicycle seat that enables a parent to go anywhere they want, carry just about anything they need, and ride with their children in safety and comfort.  Continue reading →

And We Are Back

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The new layout is still getting some fine tweaking but so far I am happy with the open feeling and the ability to find and organize things better.  The last piece will be adding a search bar but it is Labor Day Weekend and I’m behind on post.

Leave feedback of your thoughts on the new layout!

Girl Scout Fighting for Crosswalk

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CrosswalkA young, 10 year old, girl in New Jersey is fighting for the right of safety to cross the road from school.  For all the talk we are giving about Safe Routes to School and helping childhood obisety hopefully the Girl Scout and local town can find a good middle ground for the young girl to have to chose between walking home alone or crossing a busy intersection.

NATIONAL PARK Ten-year-old Emily Sztenderowicz has two choices when she walks home from school: Go alone so she can utilize the crossing guards posted near the school, or walk with a friend and have to cross busy Hessian Avenue.

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Preventative Maintenance : Lube Your Chain

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Prolink Lube

Proper technique in lubing your chain will help prolong the life of your drive train also a clean bike is a happy bike!!

1. Pick a lube.  There are dozens and dozens of decent lubes out there depending where you ride.  I could write a whole post about the different lubes and when/where to use them.  For now consult a good riding buddy or a local mechanic.  Here in Charlotte I like to use ProLink for everyday riding, in the winter rainy months or when I head up to Asheville in the winter I swap over to a more wax based lube.

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