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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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Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Review

Planet Bike Superflash Turbo : Preview

Blinky lights, especially rear lights, are very crucial to a road cyclist, I’ve ranted about it before.. Even during the day you should be rocking a blinky to be seen. Planet Bike Superflash Turbo The Planet Bike Superflash has been a favorite of mine for awhile.  With the Superflash Turbo, Planet Bike have outdone themselves. MSRP : $34.99 One Watt Power LED plus 2 red LEDs for visibility up to 1 mile New attention-grabbing Turbo flash p…

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Soul Run Review

Soul Run Tool Roll and Wallet Review

Last summer I mentioned Soul Run products and carrying your tools in style.  Now that I’ve had some time under my belt with their tool roll and jersey pocket wallet I’m ready to reveal my feelings and emotions around their products. Soul Run Tool Roll The Tool Roll is a great concept.   It is somewhat like a seatbag, but it unrolls to display all your tools, tubes or bits without having to dump your goods on the ground to find that t…

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