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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…

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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…

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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…

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Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel

Recently Spotted: Fox Racing Women’s Reflex Gel Gloves

There are a couple very important parts of your bike that you shouldn’t skimp on, these are your “touch points”. Saddle, shoes/pedals, and grips/handlebars/gloves. Recently Quality Bike started stocking some women’s Fox Racing gloves with gel that I am looking to pick up. What’s unique is there is a short finger mountain bike version. Fox Racing Women’s Reflex Gel Full Finger Glove $32.99    Fox Racing Women&…

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QBP Women's Scholarship

2014 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

In only it’s second year, the Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship program is helping change the face of the bike industry. The program is for current bike shop girls, awarding ten full scholarships to attend a two week, in-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 scholarship…

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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…

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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!…

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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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