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Bike Build: Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker Commuter

…ible) Surly Nice Rack- Not pictured, but a rear rack with Ortlieb panniers (in white of course) Knog Blinder USB light- front/rear. Will be upgraded to brighter lights in the fall Surly Black Floyd Tires- Not pictured as we won’t switch these out until she actually starts the commute. Smooth, balloon like tires for easy rolling….

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2012 Trek Bikes Lexa S

2012 Trek Lexa Women’s Road Bikes

Looking for a review of the Trek Lexa? Check it out here. The 2011 Trek Lexa bikes were an amazing hit for Trek Bikes corporation. It’s one of the top selling women’s road bikes. Many women asked for Lexa by name at demos, and dealers also told us they had many women coming in asking about them. Women love the comfortable fit, race-inspired performance, and the fact that we have so many color and graphics options. It was fantastic to see so many…

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Women's 29er MTB

First Impressions: 2011 Specialized Myka Expert Women’s 29er

For the past month the women behind Bike Shop Girl have been test riding the 2011 Specialized Myka Expert 29er. Getting our own first hand impressions of how Specialized does women’s 29ers. Along the way this has also allowed us to try out the Specialized 29er tires, Specialized Riva saddle and Rock Shox “Specialized Womens Tuned” fork. The Fit of the Specialized Myka 29er As a woman, I stand 5’10 with 33″ inseam….

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Safety to Another Level: Chrome Reflective Camo Bags

Being seen at night is a big concern for most cyclist (yet reflectors are the first thing that come off new bikes.) Chrome is launching a limited run of Reflective Camo Bags that are made in the USA. What looks normal in the day, lights up when a car light shines on the fabric to make it easier to spot. Limited run, available at select…

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Banjo Brothers Frame Bag

Review: Banjo Brothers Frame Bag

Above is a great example of what I normally carried in the frame bag. A random piece of fruit or a small, light-weight, rain jacket are missing from the photo. Roughly a month ago I did a quick preview of the Banjo Brothers Frame Bag, which you can read over here. The bag has around 700 commuting miles and a couple accidental tumbles while gravel grinding. Banjo Brothers Frame Bag $32.99-34.99 Size on test: Medium Size and type of bike tested on…

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Va Du Mar Cyclocross Race Report

Peeling myself out from the warm covers early Sunday morning, the light wasn’t out yet and as I stumbled my way through getting dressed. It was going to be a long day as my knee and body screamed in pain due to the prior days 5k race efforts. Record time into the car, hitting up McDonalds for a Muffin, sausage, egg and cheese breakfast. 25 minutes later I am sitting in a Super Walmart parking long waiting for my friends and fellow EM:PWR t…

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Giro LA DND Women's Glove

Preview: Giro LA DND Women’s Glove

There are two styles of mountain bike gloves I use. The first is your basic, light-weight, and is really there to keep your hands from slipping off your bars when they are covered with sweat, or when you slide across the hard pack dirt trails. The second type of glove I use is for longer rides, with a bit more padding in the palm and normally a size bigger for when my hands swell and my fingers “grow.” The Giro LA DND gloves fall int…

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New Product from Banjo Brothers

While I realize the below product may not be that new from Banjo Brothers, it is awesome product that I haven’t talked about yet. Look for many of the mentioned products in Bike Shop Girl reviews over the coming weeks as a box of bag goodness showed up earlier this week from Banjo Brothers! Metro BackPack $74.99     Features Available in Black, White and…

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Commuting Basics: If You Arrive on Time, You’re Late

Bike commuting is a passion of mine. The joy of swinging a leg over my bike to get to my next destination is freeing and can make any day feel complete. One thing I realize as more friends and readers are getting into bike commuting is that there can be a hugee lack of preparation for going by bike and the stress that involves. There are many topics on this subject, but today’s point is this. Just because you rode your bike does not mean y…

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Raleigh Capri Carbon 4.0

Review: Raleigh Capri Carbon 4.0

A women’s carbon bike that is happy on the all day century, yet stiff enough for trying your hand at criteriums. MSRP: $4,000 Details: Performance carbon frameset with a taller headtube and a little more relaxed geometry Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 6770 Di2 with 6700 bits mixed in. A full Shimano groupset which is rare to find these days Components: Handlebar, stem, seatpost and seat are all the Raleigh brand of Avenir. Not top level parts…

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