Cycling Products

Xtracycle EdgeRunner
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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

expo
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Week End Roundup

Philly Bike Expo

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!

Bikenomics

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.

chamois butter her' review
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Review: Chamois Butt’r Her’ for Women

For any ride over an hour I normally apply a layer of thin cream called “chamois cream” between my chamois and skin. The reasoning is to keep friction low between chamois and body, as well as skin to skin.

Chamois Butt’r Her’ for Women $15.99

As the guys in the bike industry are realizing that women and men aren’t made the same we are seeing more products hit the market that are specially formulated for a woman’s body. Chamois Butt’r Her’ is just this, cream designed to not throw off your pH-Balance while protecting your skin from friction irritation.

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I AM SOMEONE'S SOMEBODY
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Carytown Bicycle: I am Someone’s Somebody

A shop in Richmond, VA is taking a stand on safety by pulling on the heart strings of drivers.

Carytown Bicycle currently has a run of jersey’s with the tagline line “I am Someone’s Somebody” for dad’s, mom’s, daughter’s and son’s. The hope is that as we are passed by automobiles the driver’s remember that we are human and an injury or death will matter.

View more or order online at Carytown Bicycle Company.

Giro LA DND Women's Gloves
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Guest Review: Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves

Read the preview here

Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves MSRP: $26

Details: Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch breathable mesh. Reinforced fingertips. Flex zones at the knuckles

Gloves are a necessity for me to mountain bike. Between sweaty palms, and crashing I like to keep my skin in place. I’m not needing a ton of padding, which is why these Giro gloves have been my goto choice for a few years now. Flexing in the fingers, lack of velcro to get caught in washing and an affordable price, everything I look for in a pair of XC or road gloves.

The only unfortunate piece of these gloves (as with most women’s gloves) are that the size large are too small for my long fingers.

Overall

4 out 5 as I’m very happy with the gloves but now wear the guys version.

Going to buy these gloves? Support BSG by buying through this link

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no cost for review. The link to purchase the gloves is an affiliate link and I may be paid commission if you purchase through Jenson.

Light & Motion Vis
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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
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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

 

No details available yet

View the complete collection over at Pure Fix Cycles

Power Hungry Cookbook
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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.

 

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