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All City Cycles Nature Boy Charlotte
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Errands

Lunch with a friend, cupcake pickup and all with a smile.

Interbike 2012 Gravity Check Clothing
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Interbike ’12: Gravity Check Cycling and Lifestyle Clothing

Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews

Fashion, meets fashion, that you would go to a mall and wear. Oh wait, it has cycling function? Sign me up now.

Meet Gravity Check Cycling Clothing. gravity-check.com

twinsix13
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Interbike ’12: Preview of Twin Six Women’s and Kid’s Clothing

Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews.

An exclusive for Bike Shop Girl, the 2013 Twin Six clothing for women, kids and a lot of sexy socks to start saving your money for.

Light & Motion Taz
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Interbike ’12: Light & Motion TAZ: Ultra-Lightweight, Rechargeable, Waterproof

Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews.

TAZ was designed to be a beast on the trail with a flood beam so wide that you will be able to navigate tight switchbacks without a helmet light. By combining the brightness of a performance light with the safety features of a commuter light (such as side lights that pulse and can be manually turned off when not needed on the trail), the TAZ is the very definition of crossover, accomplishing both tasks without compromise.

Featuring three high-end CREE LEDs and a custom-designed reflector/lens system, the TAZ has two spot beams and an incredibly wide flood beam that throws out about as much light as a motorcycle headlight with a smoother beam pattern.

Whether you are swerving through the chaotic single-track of downtown traffic or shooting off onto a secret little stash of trails, the TAZ is your companion that will lead the way.

TAZ 800 $249

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Lumens:
High- 800
Med- 400
Low- 200
Pulse- 200
Flash- 200

Run Time:

High- 2:00
Med- 4:00
Low- 8:00
Pulse- 12:00
Flash- 24:00

System Weight:
216 gr

TAZ 1200 $299

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Lumens:
High- 1200
Med- 600
Low- 300
Pulse- 300
Flash- 300

Run Time:
High- 1:30
Med- 3:00
Low- 6:00
Pulse- 9:00
Flash- 18:00

System Weight:
216 gr

 

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2013 Surly Bikes Preview

I’ve been biased to the Surly brand since 2003. This is about when I purchased my first Karate Monkey “29er” and then again in 2004 when I picked up a hidden stock of the pink 1×1. Since then I’ve had many bikes with the Surly logo stickered down the side. Multiple Karate Monkey’s, a Long Haul Trucker, a Big Dummy and Steamroller.

There hasn’t been much change to the 2013 Surly lineup, some colors, a 14″ Pugsley and of course, the Krampus.

Disclaimer: I am now the Southeast rep for Surly. If you buy a new Surly Bike in NC, SC, TN, AL or GA, from an independent bicycle dealer, I will make money from it. I encourage it, and look forward to being able to afford a Krispy Kreme donut in your honor. 

Race Face Single Ring
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Race Face Single Ring for 9/10 Speed

MSRP: $37.99
Details: 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40T x 104 BCD (4 bolt) 9 and 10 speed Compatible

Running 1×9 or 1×10 is huge these days. With the range you can get on a cassette many folks like the ease of use and less headache of dropping chain, shifting, etc.

I’m sold on the color and plan to be running a blue one on a new cyclocross 1×10 build I’m working on!

Active Angelz
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Interbike ’12: Active Angelz

A Bike Shop Girl exclusive, first look at the new Active Angelz line that will be launched next week at Interbike!

Active Angelez’s Launches New Female Endurance Athlete Line September 19th at the Interbike Expo 2012

Active Angelz announces their athletic line’s launch at the Interbike Expo, September 19th at booth 12138. Be one of the first to feature and review this line before it hits the mass markets of athletic wear.

Active Angelz is designed to appeal to the woman who is fit, stylish and fashionable, appreciates quality and demands athletic wear that incorporates the very best of technology. She is feminine yet strong, athletic and stylish. She balances a busy life but still finds time to work out and whether she is working out or hanging out she still feels and looks great.

Visit their Facebook and check here next week for more info and photos from the show!

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Celebrating ARTCRANK and a Dear Friend

Sunday morning, pounding on a keyboard as it seems to be a common occurrence of the latest Sundays. Catching up, setting plans and downloading for the week. Check gmail, say hello to friend, Charles, as it seems to be the only time in a hectic week we can catch each other. Picturing him in his office in Minneapolis, I’m often found on my patio in PJs.

The chats have become a weekly routine that I look forward to when I can catch him. Having friends that you are connected to online, is a strange and yet glorious thing. Charles knows so much about me, more than most, and I can say we have spent roughly 7 days together, 5 of those are when I crashed in his spare bedroom this past December. We can thank the internet, late night talks, a mutual love of bicycles, art and opinions. Friends like this are a gem so I wanted to quickly take a moment to celebrate Charles and his creation, ARTCRANK.

Bikes are the world’s most fun, accessible way to get around. Posters are the world’s most fun, accessible art form. ARTCRANK™ brings them together.

ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and posters are priced to let everybody take home at least one.

ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007. Since then, we’ve held shows in DenverSt. LouisPortlandSan FranciscoDes Moines and Bend. In September 2010, we held our first international show in London. And in September 2011, we held our first show at Interbike, the bike industry’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. For 2012, we’re adding new shows in Austin, Los Angeles and New York. – ARTCRANK.com

 

Going to Interbike?

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TN Valley Bikes
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Friday Shop Profile – Tennessee Valley Bikes

As an independent rep for Quality Bicycle Products I travel to bike shops all over the Southeast of the USA. Visiting a great amount of killer shops, doing what they love and each one in their very unique way. Next time you’re close, check one of these out! Want to see more shops? Visit the tag.

Shop Name: Tennessee Valley Bikes (TN Valley Bikes)
Location: 214 W Magnolia AveKnoxvilleTN.
Number: 865.540.9979

The boys at TN Valley created a soft spot in my heart very early into my position. This is a shop that reached out to me right when I started to say “hi.” Normally, as a sales rep it is me doing the calling/emailing and introduction to say hi. Maybe it is due to the manager, Neal Knight, being a previous employee of Quality Bicycle Products. Either way, that “hi” went a long way.

TN Valley specializes in going super fast on dirt (mountain and CX) or setting up some pretty cool touring and urban/commuter rigs. They are the spot in Knoxville to test ride Salsa and Surly Bike, or try on some Lazer helmets when you are there. We currently are working out a overnight camping trip for this fall, so keep your eyes peeled and getting your gear ready!

Stop in and say hi to Scott and Neal if you are in the area!

Icebreaker Halo Short Review
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Icebreaker Halo Shorts Review: Take Two

Last summer I reviewed the Icebreaker Halo jersey and shorts. As I rode around today in the Halo shorts I felt pretty compelled to do a follow up on these shorts, as they deserve it.

If you shop at Dick’s Sporting Goods and not REI, or believe in working out at the gym and not hiking, you may not understand the ways of wool. (Please don’t take that offensive, it’s just probably true.)

I’m found often in stupid expensive Capo or Hincapie shorts for stupid long rides. The chamois are overly developed and “wear in” as the miles turn up.

Icebreaker Halo Short Review

The Halo shorts from Icebreaker are not these, they fit like boxer briefs, are super comfortable and feel as sexy as shorts can get. (I’ve also been told they don’t make me look like I’m wearing a wad and make my butt look nice.)  As these are quick drying, non-spandex looking, they are also my go to for around town and over night rides to camp fires.  They also look a ton better with my Keen’s than most other cycling shorts.

If you are looking for a set of shorts for longer rides on the greenway, bike touring or to commute on.. look at these Halo shorts from Icebreaker!

 

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