With over 300 miles on the Airborne Goblin that I’m riding for the season the bike has been tested. I’ve ridden the bike to the limits and pushed it, then pushed it a bit more. Now it is time for a good and fair review for all of you holding your breath wondering if you should purchase one! During the 300 miles the Goblin has seen a little bit of everything, from commuting, local single track and a 24 hour race on its shoulders. I haven beaten and abused the bike to the best of my ability thus far and this is my review based on those elements.
Searching for “sea otter”
In February Airborne Bicycles put out a call for Flight Crew members. Essentially Flight Crew members are a small group of brand ambassadors. You get to ride a bike, for free, goto Sea Otter (to work the booth), for free, and encourage cycling. When I heard this news I was ecstatic. I already had my eye on on an Airborne Goblin for the 2011 season, and if I could become part of the team? Great!
“A” Stands For : Arleigh Awesome Airborne
That was my tag line for my entry to the Flight crew. Apparently it worked, but I think I won them over with my sweet talking on the phone. How could three bike guys from Airborne turn down a girl on the phone that knows a crap ton about bikes?
Red Tape Around Every Corner
There were concerns along the way. I didn’t want to muddy any water on Bike Shop Girl by having a product sponsor, but on the flip side Bike Shop Girl is a purely passionate investment of my time. It is a personal blog and doesn’t generate enough money to buy me anything but bottom shelf beer. Now that I work in marketing full time, the bike industry is not my job and I am going to continue to give unbiased views of bikes or product.
Other details include more guest posting for product reviews that compete with Airborne Bicycles. Say Specialized wants a mountain bike reviewed, I’m going to ring up one of my em:pwr team members and ask them if they would be interested in reviewing a bike. Basing it completely on their experience, riding style and needs that fit the bike the best. Instead of having one person to review a bike, we have 38 voices and opiniongs!
I’m a Bike Rider and Racer
Cycling is an expensive sport and if someone wants to give me a bike, I’m not going to stop them. If a company structure that I believe in (direct to consumer and brick ‘n mortar) want to sponsor me, why would I turn this down? As long as I am upfront with my goals and what it means for my readers…why would I say no?
Officially, I am a Flight Crew Member
Thank you Airborne Bicycles for wanting me, I’m honored and flattered as I know what type of competition there was! In two weeks I’ll be flying to Monterray California to ride many Airborne Bikes, I’ll take many photos but most importantly it will be the first time I’ll swing my leg over my race rig the 29er Goblin and the new Delta CX bike for my cyclocross season!
For now go visit Airborne Bicycles and check out their line. The new Delta CX will be up on their site sometime this weekend.
Currently I am on vacation with my family in Bozeman, Montana (if you live around here let me know and we can get coffee.) The post are limited, and the thinking of bicycles is rare. I’m doing my best to spend time with my family, meet new family and freeze my rear off in the snow.
Christmas is a great time to look back and be thankful for what you have and what you were able to achieve in the past year. I’m not a very religious person but the Christmas holiday always leaves me feeling very humbled and thankful for my life and loved ones.
My List of Thanks for Cycling
EM:PWR Cycling - a great group of cyclist coming together to get more people one bikes
The Memory of Jeff Papenfus – Jeff was an amazing figure in cycling in the Southeast, he is missed.
A Patient Partner at 6 Hours of Warrior Creek - Thank you Melissa for not making me do another lap.
Airborne Flight Crew – A great opportunity to ride a good bike, a free trip to Sea Otter and meeting new people.
Motivational Monday – It inspires me weekly when strangers will answer my questions about their cycling lives.
My Support Team at 24 Hours of Burn – Patient, funny, great cooks, horrible mechanics and amazing people.
As I’m traveling to the 2011 Sea Otter Classic I wanted a quick reference for everyone in attendance over the four days. Please share and add in comments any other twitter names I left off.
If you are talking about the event, please use #SeaOtter
@BikeShopGirlcom – Bike Shop Girl owner
@Arsbars – Personal handle of Bike Shop Girl
@Airborne_Bikes – Airborne Bicycles (a partner of Bike Shop Girl)
@al_loutit – Cyclist from Canberra, Australia. Riding for JellyBelly p/b Kenda this year in the US.
@andrewhersam – The Competitor Group (VeloNews)
@BeyondCoastal – A healthy alternative to regular sunscreen.
@bikemonterey – Tips for bicycling in Monterey County from local resident since 1981.
@BicycleFashion – Part of Cyclelogical
@BicycleRetailer – The leading trade magazine for the global bicycle industry.
@CarbonDrive – Gates Carbon Drive
@CarltonHawkins – FRS Director of Brand Mkt, Social Media and eCommerce.
@ClifWine – Making great wines and food with a focus on sustainability in the Napa Valley.
@contour_cam – Cameras that inspire people to share epic stories of adventure, travel, and sports from around the world.
@craigrandall – Verde PR
@CrowdTogether – CrowdTogether helps close-knit groups engage and activate their members
@cyclelicious – My friend Fritz from CA
@DBStudiosMedia – Video, web design and all printed materials.
@eva_lu_ – Employee of Felt Bikes
@FeltBicycles – Felt Bikes
@GirlBikeLove – Empower, inspire, encourage more women to ride bikes.
@GoChuyGo – Ride to work. Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to ride!
@GStech - Tech guy from SRAM
@HayesComponents – Hayes Disc Brakes, SUNRinglé, Manitou, Answer, & Wheelsmith.
@HERHelmetThurs – Discounts for male & female cyclists on Thursdays
@Interbike – Interbike’s Rich Kelly
@JeremyHK – Olympic MTB racer, ten-time National Champion. JHK races for the Subaru / Trek professional mountain bike team.
@Jvalen – Motorcycle racer turned runner turned bicycle racer.
@liam_obrien – Think of me when you think of Assos, BMC and Suunto. Wandering sales rep and court jester.
@lmlightlife – Light and Motion Lights.
@MarthaVan – Action Wipes owner. Get clean with Action Wipes
@MasiBicycles – A legendary brand with a bright future!
@matt_simpson1 – New Hampshire
@MikeSted – 9x US National Champion Stunt Rider
@MissRidingKay – Student, Folsom, CA
@MootsCycles – Handcrafted Titanium Bicycles
@MTBR – Mountain Bike Review
@OspreyPacks – Backpacking, hiking and hydration back packs.
@TeamTWENTY12 – Turning Olympic Dreams into Olympic Reality. Sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co.
@thequeenofpain -6x World Champion 2x Leadville 100 Winner and course record holder.
@RadicalLights – Australian Lights for MTB
@rick_vosper – 30-yr Bike Biz veteran. Amazing mind, crusty outer layer
@Ryan_MeyerMTB – MTB Rider from Vancover
@SIDIAmerica – Celebrating 50 years of making the best cyling shoes in the world
@talltylersmith – nuun bike sales chap, avid cyclist, husband to wonderful woman.
@tjwoodruff – Pro mtb’er riding for Trek – Boulder. Owner of and coaching full-time via Momentum Endurance.
@veloimages – father, friend and photographer
@velorambling – Bicycle pedaler & peddler, Velorambler.
After what seemed like an eternity of waiting for Breck Epic to start, it finally happened. With a record attendance of over 400 racers, the start was definitely a little nerve wracking. One of the cardinal rules of the Breck Epic is “don’t be a dick”. With everyone gunning for good position on the initial singletrack descent with only a 2 mile road climb to spread out that large of a field, I can happily say everyone (at least within 10 riders of me) was really respectful.
Clif Bar is one of the original energy bars on the market and are a pretty standard energy snack on the trail or in a cyclist pocket. It’s great to see when they add more flavors to their options to keep people interested and not burnt out on their selection
Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix $15 per box of 12
Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Peanuts, Chocolate Chips (Dried Cane Syrup, Unsweetened Chocolate‡, Cocoa Butter‡, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Organic Raisins, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Peanut Butter (Organic Peanuts, Salt), ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin, Organic Psyllium), Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Oil), Organic Date Paste, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).
This bar really tast like a great bag of trail mix in a bar but with some additional moisture so you don’t have cotton mouth. It’s a welcoming difference of many bars with it’s chocolate chips, soy rice crisps, raisins and pumpkin seeds. Yummy goodness! I
f you are looking for an easy choice for calories in a wrapper, give this your own taste test and let me know what you think!
Shortly, I’ll be headed to the airport for the hop down to Las Vegas for a few days at Interbike 2013. I’ll be there this afternoon through Thursday night, and most of the time found in the Pearl Izumi Custom booth (1525 I think!)
Unique for me this year is that I’ll be there working a booth. For the first time ever I’m not on official media business, though I do have a media pass and will be walking around Thursday afternoon to find goodies to share.
If you are at the show, come say hello. I love seeing smiling faces in a sea of confusion that is Interbike.
It seems that the Nintendo Wii has a new game and accessory out, a stationary bike.
Here are several links of blogs that I think you’ll enjoy to follow. Thanks to Bike by the Sea for inspiration.
For the past month I have been cruising around on the 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s cyclocross bike. A good amount of people emailed and tweeted about the bike, so there must be an interest in women’s cyclocross! You can read the preview over yonder.