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Crashing Your Bicycle into Golden Leaves

It was a stupid idea, I knew that within 30 feet of entering the trail head.   Night riding on the most root strewn trail, the night after a huge wind storm blew threw the area which left roughly 2 inches of wet leaves to hide those evil roots. It was a Stupid Idea Night Riding Last Night I could feel it, my lights weren’t picking up depth with the colorful leaves thrown across the trail.  They weren’t picking up the roots I knew tha…

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Essentials For the Cyclist on Your Holiday List

…around service because during the upcoming year we’ll all need a good tune up, or wheel true. Rear Blinky Light – Even mountain bikers can use these if they ride at night, and for safety reasons you can never have enough rear red blinky lights! Socks – Wicking, wool, tall or short.  They have decorative, fancy or plain fun.  Go crazy, even the cyclist in denial of their funny bone will wear these in hiding away from their snobby friends….

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Road Holland The Aalmsmeer

Exclusive Preview: Road Holland The Aalsmeer Jersey

…riends at Road Holland. The folks at Road Holland are pulling their subtle styles and beautiful reasoning into a lighter weight merino wool (and polyester) full zip jersey, The Aalsmeer.  It helps the jersey comes in two of my favorite colors, light blue and ORANGE! Did I mention they are being made in Miami?? Most of the photos displayed are the women’s jerseys but we are sneaking in a few of the guys for all you male lurkers out there! W…

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A Somber Motivational Monday: Jeff Papenfus

A day late, but I hope my readers can recognize why and this Motivational Monday (on Tuesday) reaches folks where it matters. The setup will be a bit different, as this is a story from my fingers on someone that has motivated me consistently over the past 10 months. There are people that you meet in life that hold your thoughts, and make you strive to be a better person or citizen. An example is every time I meet a proud Marine it makes my heart…

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2012 Trek Neko

Preview: 2012 Trek Bikes Neko Dual Sport Line

Pretend we are listening to the Superman jingle in the background… “Is it a hybrid? Is it a mountain bike? No! It is a Dual Sport bike!” Joking aside, the Trek Dual Sport lineup, when it was under the Gary Fisher brand originally, was a huge favorite of stocking bikes when in my shop. It has 29er size wheels, strong enough to take light off roading, but efficient enough for rocking on the road or commuting. For the average pers…

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Airborne Cyclocross Bike

Review: 2011 Airborne Delta CX

I won’t lie, the Airborne Delta CX was the most exciting part of becoming a member of the Airborne Flight Crew this past spring. I was going to have the inside scoop, test ride and ride for a season a wonderful cyclocross bike that hopefully would crack open a huge “hidden nut” in the bicycle industry. A budget priced, disc brake, cyclocross bike. As a lover of cyclocross bikes for the utility and functionality, this bike fit r…

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Ann Groninger

Motivational Monday with Ann Groninger

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement! What’s your name and location? Ann Groninger, Charlotte NC What type of cycling do you enjoy? Any kind on two wheels – road, mountain, commuting,..etc. What is your first cycling memo…

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NC Cyclocross

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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Race for the Cure

The Day that Changed my Life, I’m Looking for Donations

October 1st, 2010 was a beautiful Friday in Charlotte. The morning had started with a 5 mile commute down the road to catch my bus into Charlotte. The work day went by quickly, I had been blessed with tickets to the Sugarland concert and it was FRIDAY! As I left my office, pedaling the .75 miles to the bus stop I never thought the next 12 hours would be so different and so altered. If you are a loyal reader, you know I was left hooked by a car i…

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2011 Burn 24 Hour Challenge

Looking Back at my First Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race

…est to prepare myself I lined myself up with some of the best support and gear a person could ask for.   Amazing lights from Light & Motion (Seca 700 and Stella 300.) A great pit setup and location, and a great prepared pit crew. Preparing for a 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race Friday I pulled a half day of work, finished packing up the little Jetta and headed up to Wilkesboro from Mooresville NC.   Quickly setting up my tent in fear of the rain st…

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