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Cross of the North 2013

A Cyclocross Race for Last Place

…line and friendly talks in the parking lot with faces you don’t recognize but saw you racing and find the light in the wreckage of your failed race. Results are in the Smiles and Miles The race was hot, dusty and a bit shattering for me. I was happy with last place in SW3, which would have been top 10 in the SW4. I am happy that I didn’t submit a downgrade request when moving and I’m happy I showed up to race. One more step clos…

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New Product from Banjo Brothers

…up to 10″ x 15″ notebooks Cell phone holster included Front and rear reflective tape and webbing tab for safety light 16″H x 11″L x 6.5″W / 1100 cubic inches Click for Product Page   Canvas Waterproof Commuter Backpack $99.99         Features Fully-waterproof replaceable liner 20-oz heavy-duty canvas construction Water repellent dry-wax finish 1500 cu in. Click for Product Page       Frame Packs $32.99-34.9…

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Flow at Lake Norman State Park

…ll games for the first time, I quickly loaded up my Green Goblin to hit up Lake Norman State Park before the daylight faded. As I drove to the park I realized I was going to miss probably 30 minutes of the 2:30 ride time that I had planned due to the sun starting to go low beyond the trees. Quickly I came up with a new game plan. The goal was to ride the Itusi and Mambo loops (12 miles) for warm up and then to crank out another lap on Itusi but a…

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Child Bike Rental Program

…training wheels.  The learning curve is gentle and quickly conquered.  My shop sells the Strider running bike, light weight and under $100. The biggest concern I’ve had with these Striders are once the child learns to ride it, they are ready for the next bike with pedals.  The purchase is very short lived if the child progresses quickly. Unless the parent has another smaller child, or perhaps a friend they could pass it on to.  Yes, these…

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Favorite Cycling Shorts

…ensity of thickness through out, with out stepping down the actually feel of the pad.  So it doesn’t cause the pad to bunch in unwanted areas.  Please it is a bit wider than most pads so it doesn’t hit the crook of my butt as most do. Loeka Shell Short $60 My favorite mountain bike short, and it comes in a variety of colors too.  Light weight, great fit and the length hits right above the knee so it keeps me well protected….

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Merchandise on Bike Shop Girl

I’m tentatively going to expand into merchandise and small product sales on Commute By Bike and Bike Shop Girl. But I would like your feedback. What type of things would you purchase through us vs Amazon? Would it be enough to know you are supporting a great resource to purchase that light or bag through us? Let me know what you think and what you would be interested in!…

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Essentials Purchases for Your First Triathlon

…cycling short and you can buy different tops depending on your mood. Apparel Suggestions Do not buy a white or light colored outfit if you are doing open water swims.  Most water will change the color of your outfit into a nasty shade of brown.  For pool swims, buy something bright if you can, that way your hubby or friends can find you easily. Swim Goggles – Depending if you are swimming in the pool, or in open water, you’ll want a clear…

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A Sombering Reminder

…er, was hit on her bike not but 300 yards from where I daily commute.  It is a reminder to always have a blinky light on the back, bright colors and to pick your roads carefully. A Davidson bicyclist was seriously injured on Sunday, July 4, when she was struck by an SUV while riding on Faith Road in Mount Mourne, just north of Davidson. She was in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday with a fractured spine and punctur…

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Puma Cargo Bike | Trend Setter or a Fashion Victim?

…rrier for heavy duty transport of your groceries or other needs. Developed for city dwellers, Mopion features a light aluminum frame, making it a one-of-a-kind lightweight cargo bike weighing only 22 kilos. The geometry holds the body in a slightly inclined, but still heads-up position for navigational ease and exceptional balancing. The name Mopion derives from an island in the Atlantic Ocean, symbolizing the new Trans-Atlantic approach and bala…

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Reflective Rims and Internally Geared Hubs

…wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs (IGH) since trying the Civia Loring with SRAM i-Motion.  Combine the IGH and a Dynamo front hub for a motion powered front light. Once my new Surly “Open Bar” and Salsa stem arrive for the bike, it will be ready to rock and roll. Shimano Alfine and Velocity Halo Dyad Velocity Halo Dyad and Shimano Alfine…

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