Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to have some great conversations with the marketing gal over at Chrome about their womens clothing line and their different models of bags. The clothing line details will be another day but let’s talk about the bag I selected for review.
Chrome Mini- Messenger Bag
There’s no hiding it, I’m a bag whore. Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a great amount of bags for you guys and you’ll see what I mean about being a bag whore. As my daily needs for a cycling bag have changed, I decided to scale down on the size of bag I would normally pick. I wanted something to hold the needs of my daily work, including laptop, book and needed cords. When commuting, I need the basics of shoes and clothing, sometimes a lock.
The limited edition colors are awesome. The size is perfect for my 17″ laptop and all my needs. I haven’t begun to use it on a daily basis but I think it seems to have enough spunk yet, hopefully, be able to pull off a semi-professional look to roll into work.
Check out Chrome online and we’ll be back with a full review in a few weeks!
Aluminum hydroframed with carbon fork, change the spec and you have three different levels of Raleigh’s new womens road line. There are some thoughts I walk away with after looking through the line. First off, I don’t understand the geometry and will look more into it with Raleigh. I wish they would bring the smaller 45cm through the whole sizes, especially since it has a 495mm top tube! Until I have more answers, here’s the 2011 Raleigh Capri womens line up…
We recently received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light and it quickly was installed on the rear of my Salsa Casseroll. Our initial spin around the block gave the impression that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully. Something I didn’t realize I was missing in a light.
July through September is an exciting time of the year for the bike industry. July is one of the busiest months across the US for retailers, and right around the corner the next seasons product is budding to be released.
One of the first releases out on the wire are the new Trek Bikes line of women’s road bikes called Lexa.
Trek Lexa $689.99
Compared to the Trek 1.1 unisex bike, this bike is all aluminum (including the fork) with 8 speed drivetrain and compact cranks.
Trek Lexa S $899.99
Compared to the Trek 1.2, carbon fork and 9 speed drivetrain.
Trek Lexa SL $1099.99
Compared to the Trek 1.5 with 9 speed Tiagra and carbon fork. Available in compact or triple.
Trek Lexa SLX $1319.99
10 speed shifting, hydro-formed frame and a higher end aluminum bike.
Earlier this week it was announced that Gary Fisher as a bicycle brand will be discontinued. Gary Fisher and his bikes aren’t going anywhere, but they will become a “Gary Fisher Collection” for Trek Bikes in 2011. There are pro’s and con’s of this which I won’t bore you of. The biggest pro I want to mention today is Trek’s “Gary Fisher Collection” Twenty Niner WSD bikes.
Mamba WSD $879.99
A price point 29er that came out a couple years back. 24 speeds, coil fork but nice high aluminum frame and disc brakes. A great place to try the 29er wheel size.
X-Caliber WSD $1539.99
On the other end of the 29er spectrum from the Mamba is the X-Caliber. 30 gears, with the new 10 speed SRAM X-7, hydraulic disc brakes and all the bells and whistles you need to keep you happy for a long time.
Ritchey Bicycle Components have released a new shallow drop road bar, Curve Bar, available in aluminum or carbon. With a respectable 235g (alum) and 210g (carbon) this handlebar could be found on many women’s bars in the upcoming season. Pricing will be between $95-285 dependent on alum/carbon.
Details from Ritchey
•Fixed shallow 128mm drop with a smooth transition for a comfortable hand position
•Allows rider to set up for aggressive positioning in the drops as well as the tops
•Extended center section is compatible with clip-on bars
•Sanded stem and brake lever mount sections for no-slip component grip
•Available in 40/42/44cm widths
I hope to get a pair of these in on my cyclocross bike, I think the drop and reach would compliment cantilevers very well. Keep your eye out for those coming to the Bike Shop Girl headquarters.
This past weekend, while at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, I was able to talk with Sheila Moon – provider of fine cycling clothing. While I finish up the video clip of our interview, I’m going to tease you with a few photos of her clothing.
Rapha, the fine company that makes the clothing threads of many cyclist “lust list.” You pray a pretty penny for their clothing, but it will delivery over and over again compared to some of those other main stream brands. Their clothing is designed by cyclist, for cyclist. The type of cyclist that will ride all day in a pair of shorts, through rain and snow to pull those same shorts on the next day with barely a washing. This clothing is the type you dream about, that smart people save for and you can bet that it is on my “lust list.”
Let me introduce you to the Rapha “lust list” for women. Starting with their basic classic jersey, to a good quality short and finally their Stowaway Jacket. Add these to your wish list, and be ready to click “buy now” when the time is available.