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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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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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Let’s Talk Saddles : Intro

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Stone SaddleThere 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.

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Checklist for my 1st Sprint Triathlon

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ChecklistMy 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.

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Basics : Your First MTB Ride

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Photo from http://www.getmountainbiking.co.uk/

Photo from GetMountainBiking.co.uk/

When you mention mountain biking to a lady that hasn’t tried it before.. you will most likely get a look of horror and confusion.  The sport, growing but not quick enough, is quickly growing for the ladies in the sport.  Across the US there are ladies only mountain bike clubs popping up, allowing you to learn and experience the trails with skill clinics, and other women who will allow you to go as slow as you would like. Mountain biking can sound daunting, trees flying by you, dirt and mud.  Add the technical features and rocks, it would scare any self preserving woman!

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