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Surly Krampus

Surly Krampus and the 29+ Take Over

The last 10 days of my existence I’ve been in Utah drinking in all of the new bike knowledge I could handle. One of the biggest things that came out of the event of Saddle Drive was a new fatty bike from Surly Bikes. Meet the Surly Krampus Surly has coined a new term in the cycling industry called 29+. 3″ tired 29er mountain bike. Take your beloved…

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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…

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Sunday Bike Ride with the Greenwalds

For the past few days Emily’s parents have been visiting us in Denver. They are a fairly mellow couple but also very active. It’s a great joy to have them around, watching their mutual loving relationship and the enthusiasm for adventure is contagious. I can only strive to be to Emily what her parents are together! Yesterday we decided to go on a bike ride down the Sand Creek Greenway. Without a goal in mind we reached the end and de…

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Driving in the night

All Over the Place

I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert’s bare, man. I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I’ve had my share, man. I’ve been everywhere. – Johnny Cash I’m feeling like Johnny did so many years ago. Last Friday was a great monthly demo party at Spoke Easy in Charlotte. The rain scared some folks away but no fear it was a great attendance! The Surly Pugsle…

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Surly Pugsley Fat Bike

Tech Tuesday: What the Heck is a Fat Bike

Here at Bike Shop Girl I want women (and guys) to feel empowered and to have a good grasp of what they are talking about when it comes to tech, mechanics and goofy bicycling slang.  Tech Tuesday is the remedy for common tech questions! One of the latest bikes to enter my fold as a demo bike for my outside sales position with QBP is a Surly Pugsley. As I bring the bike to more and more events or am seen on the side of the trails with this fine s…

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Interview with Jill Homer

Win a Bike Light – Motivational Monday with Jill Homer

This month’s Motivational Monday posts are brought to you by one of my personal favorites, Light & Motion. Between now and the end of June, Light & Motion wants to know who or what in the cycling community motivates  you. All you have to do us leave a comment here or on Light & Motions’ Facebook page. At the end of the month we’ll be choosing one lucky winner to score a brand new VIS 360 commuter light! What’s your name and loca…

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Salsa Fat Bike Prototype

Fat Tires and Full Suspension Prototypes

Next week Tech Tuesday we will touch on fat tire bikes and why they are awesome. For now imagine your mountain bike tire to be 4″ wide. Yes 4″. They’ve been around for several years. The Surly Pugsley in purple was my first experience with fat bikes, this was in 2005. It was single speed, I was in North Carolina. It was awesome for bombing through woods, making my own line on the trail and really not giving a crap what I ran in…

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Ridley Bikes Orion Demo

Bike Builds in Queue & Beyond

Have a few bike builds on tap right now since traveling and demoing bikes is part of my day job, along with trying to enjoy cycling as much as possible. Surly Karate Monkey with Internally Geared Hub I’m going to be trying out a Shimano Alfine rear 8-speed hub on a 29er mountain bike, that will be mountain biked hard. Everything is built, just need a rear 160mm centerlock disc rotor for the back wheel. Can’t really mountain bike with…

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