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This guest post is by Lindsay Piper of QBP. Man, my boyfriend is the coolest.  Me: doot doot doot, working away.  BF: Guess what? I got tickets to Polica tonight.  Me: Whaat?  OMGAWESOMEYAY Here’s the thing, this conversation took place in early December in Minneapolis.  The concert was to take place at a concert venue called Mill City Nights, which is in downtown Minneapolis.  Well on a weekend, parking is a pain, and there’s the whole problem…

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Abus Boro Lite Review

As a rep with QBP we are sometimes sent fun samples to try out, if we like them we can show them to shops and increase sales a bit in that category. Earlier this year I was sent some Abus lock samples, the coolest of course was this folding, cuff like, Bordo Lite. MSRP: $90 Details: 5 mm steel bars, with plastic coating to prevent damage to the bicycle’s paintwork Silicone cover for the lock body with “soft touch” properties Li…

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QBP Women's Scholarship
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…depth, bike mechanics school! Do you know worthy women in your local bike shop? Are you one of them? SRAM, Liv, QBP, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women bike mechanics to attend UBI. This scholarship is dedicated to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of female mechanics. This opportunity is open to aspiring or experienced bike mechanics and women th…

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Be the Change
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…s. The comments, critisism, feedback and help have always kept me going. A year ago when I took my job as an outside rep for QBP I knew that Bike Shop Girl would change, but first I needed to learn what my new career meant and how I could mirror that online. Over the next couple weeks leading to the end of the year you’ll see some content change, some restructuring of thoughts and in the end a cleaner, stronger, Bike Shop Girl brand….

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All City Nature Boy Review | Bike Shop Girl 8.7

…nted Drop bars Pretty (This by far was the most important one) I had recently left my job as an outside rep for QBP (parent company for Salsa, Surly, All City, Foundry) and personally had an All City Nature Boy that I adored. Naturally I wanted her on a cyclocross bike and the idea of a single-speed was very appealing to me as my wife isn’t the most gentle on her equipment. I wanted her to have less to worry about daily steed and for me to…

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The Bike Industry is Sick (1)
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…urself) valuable skills like bike fitting, sales techniques, or basic accounting functions. Some brands such as QBP, and Mann University, have identified this and are trying to help but it isn’t standard or a requirement. We have bike shop employees learning under fire and representing that shop to the customers that walk in the door. If they are lucky enough to work at a shop that has their own training protocol they are lucky, but unfortu…

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Social Media for Bike Shops
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…ia and feeling overwhelmed by deciding what channels they should be utilizing. After co-hosting two seminars at QBP’s FrostBike this past February I realized that most bike shops are getting too stuck in the tactical side of social media. For example, what time should they be posting, what channels, how often and so on. Very few shops actually understood that the tactical side is something you worry about after you figured out the basics of…

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Better Bike Industry

…-class sponsors who put into action their commitment to growing women in the Bicycle Industry and women riders. QBP, SRAM, RockShox, Park Tool, and United Bicycle Institute (UBI) have joined together along with sponsorships from Jagwire, Michelin, Saris, Surly Bikes, Liv Cycling, Ergon and Dero, to offer scholarships for women bike mechanics, current and aspiring, to attend UBI. Please be sure to thank them when you have a chance! For full detail…

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Founder's Beer

…e a group on order. I spent a good amount of Wednesday and Thursday taking orders from dealers as my mothership QBP will have some of the first groups available. It was exciting, still is, I hope to get to ride a group soon but it leaves me longing for something I can’t even purchase right now. When I do get a ride on it – I will let you all know if it is as amazing as SRAM’s marketing department was able to make it seem. Big Pl…

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Surly Troll Preview
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While at the Surly Intergalactic Headquarters of QBP I was able to demo a few bikes for commuting purposes from my abode to the headquarters. While there was also a Civia I haven’t put up yet, there is a Surly Troll that also busted a friends hip on the black ice across the Minneapolis pavement. The Troll was an interesting vehicle and rather fun to ride. Take the proven 1×1 platform, edit a few things, add a crap ton of braze on moun…

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