Be the Change

Be the Change

Since childhood I’ve had a journal in which I would lay out frustrations, draw desires and jot down quotes that inspired or motivated me to be a better person. Since high school I have found my outlet in typing on a keyboard. In 2009 I moved much of my efforts of typing to the outlet you see here, Bike Shop Girl, in order to “empower women within bicycling”. Three and a half years later I still find the time to push and promote…

Abus Boro Lite Review

Review: Abus Bordo Lite

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 L…

Cold Weather RIding

How to Dress for a Cold Bike Ride to a Concert

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…

Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone:

Recently Spotted: Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone

I always have my Otterbox housed iPhone with me on rides. I constantly am pulling it out to take photos, or something. The idea of a case that could hook on to my Camelbak back straps, have a port for my music, and possible take photos through it is GENIUS I say. Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone MSRP $25 Almost every bike shop in America will be able to get this through my employer, QBP. Tell them part number OW8460. Oh yes, I…

Salsa Casseroll

Full Review: 2012 Salsa Cycles Casseroll

For the past couple months I have been riding the 2011 Salsa Casseroll on the road, on side streets, commuting, off the beaten path and really it has been the bike strapped to the roof of my car while traveling all over NC, SC and TN. I will be sad when I have to send this bike back as it truly is the Cadillac of road bikes (minus the drivetrain.) You can read the preview over yonder before you dive into my full review. What is so different abo…

Surly Troll Preview

Preview: Surly Troll. One Part MTB, One Part Utility

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 mou…

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How Do You Dress for 10º Commuting?

Next Monday through Friday I’ll be in Minneapolis for a week’s worth of training for the new gig. I would like to commute by bike as much as possible from my humble abode to the QBP headquarters 14 miles away. Looking at the weather it seems to be in the teens most mornings, granted I am a week out so weather may change. How would you dress for such weather? What are key things I should pack and worry about? Sound off!…

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…

Founder's Beer

Fun Day February Friday

As I type this I am sitting on my bed with a limited New Belgium Founder’s Ale in one hand and tissues shoved in the other. Yes, and I am still typing. As I’m battling a nasal drip head cold, the feelings of January leave me here sitting feeling rather happy with how the first month of 2012 ended. 50 Bike Shops in January 2012 Yes, I visited 50+ bike shops in January. That doesn’t include the ones that I simply “stopped…