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What is a Scrader Valve or Presta Valve?

When you ride a bicycle it will come to a point that you’ll need to inflate your tires.  Soon, I’ll be going over how to change a flat, different types of pumps and what makes a tire tubeless, tubular or standard.  For today we will be starting very basic and figuring out which valve you have and why you need to know. A schrader valve…

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Let’s Talk Saddles : Types of Saddles

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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Basics of Road Group Rides : Follow Up

Over a month ago I talked about basics of riding with a road group.  Several people emailed questions in so here is our follow up to answer some of those questions!

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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…

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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. …

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Preventative Maintenance

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.

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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…

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What’s in Your Bag?

A common question seems to be : What’s in your bicycle bag? The bag they are referring to could be my seat bag found under most of my saddles, one of my messenger type bags slung over my back on the way to work or the store, or maybe my Camelbak on the way to the local mountain bike trail.

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Go Bike Camping

Across the US budgets on summer vacations were tightened down around the waist in fear of what our economy might end up doing.  One thing I saw this summer was many people purchased their family various bikes to do things close to home.

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Basics: Bike Riding with Children

Involving your kids with cycling can be a very rewarding thing, if handled with safety and including confidence inspiring drills.  I hope to touch base on your basics, safety and how to continue to grow with your children and bike riding.

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