And We Are Back
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
A 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.
Preventative Maintenance : Lube Your Chain
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.
Burley Trailer Recall
Burley Design, in conjunction with the CPSC, has announced a voluntary product recall of all 2009 d’Lite ST and Solo ST trailers.
In order to determine if you have an affected trailer, please read the documents below.
Consumer Handout for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Consumer FAQs for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Consumer Rework Instructions for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Let’s Talk Saddles : Intro
There are three comfort zones or places your body touches a bicycle. As long as you can bear the weight of your body okay between those three places without numbness, pain or pinching then you can ride all day long.
Today we will be touching upon the saddle. This is also the hardest thing to explain or go super indepth about in only one article. Think of this as the first of many thoughts on saddles or reviews. Please read through and email about specific questions you have about saddles to continue the discussion.
Support Your Local Shop
Last week I tweeted asking women for local bike shop stories.
Do you have a shop you enjoy? If so what is it so we can let other women know which shops will treat them well.
If a shop didn’t treat you well let us know why. What could the store of done better?
You’re riding your bike often now and you’re wondering what you need to do to keep it up, right? Maybe not but let’s pretend for the moment that you want to keep your bike ready, out of the bike shop and embracing the greasy ways of working on your own bike.
Checklist for my 1st Sprint Triathlon
My first sprint triathlon is this coming Sunday. If un-prepared is part of the training regimen I am right on course for an awesome first tri! Sure I had goals and plans of doing the whole 8 weeks to your first sprint tri but life, work and excuses got in the way. The one small advantage I have is the fact I work with 3 elite-level triathlon who have a bounty of knowledge.
SIGG Bottles, Maybe Not So Safe
Furious blog entries and news articles are popping up across the internet that SIGG, known for their BPA free bottles weren’t so BPA free prior to August 2008. If you remember that SIGG was one of the few bottles out there that parents were trusting their kids to drink out of when they were throwing away all their other bottles like Nalgene’s.
Now SIGG has gone public with an announcement that all of their bottles are completely BPA free, thanks to their new “EcoCare” powder-based, co-polyester coating.
But Steve Wasik now admits that bottles made previous to August, 2008 were lined with a water-based epoxy liner which contained trace amounts of BPA. Was I misled last year? When I wrote that it’s Time to Pack In the Polycarbonates, was suggesting people get a SIGG instead bad advice?
Carey’s Cycling Chronicles
Thanks to racing, being neutral support or being roped into mechanical support for 12 and 24 hour mountain bike racers I have had the ability to meet some awesome people in my travels. Two of those people, Zeke and Carey, are riding their bikes across the Rockies.