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Motivational Monday with Rashmi

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What is your name?

Rashmi

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Trail Riding

What is your first cycling memory?

For my eighth birthday, my parents got me a gorgeous red bike as a surprise. I remember the moment so clearly, I was standing with my Mom, waiting for my Dad at the Airport when suddenly, he appeared wheeling a gorgeous, shiny red bike alongside. After a minute that it took me to register, I ran towards my Dad…and hugged my bike : )

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My kids have been very motivating and supportive from the start. From locking up the door behind me at insanely early hours to goading me whenever I am going through a slow phase, they have been solidly behind me all through.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

On the saddle, it’s been a trail ride that I named the Columbus Trail. It started out as a regular ride with five of my rider buddys, then at the turn around point, we decided to look for a new trail. We rode around for hours till we discovered a way across the river and the trail we followed was the most beautiful one that I have ever come across. It’s the reason why I ride. Off the saddle, it was a dream come true to meet meet Gary Fisher.

Tell us what you ride

I started out with a MTB, a Trek 3500 and now, I have got myself a Fuji hybrid.

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement! 

2009 Gary Fisher Simple City 3W : Quick Review

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Recently going out on a limb I pulled in a Gary Fisher Simple City 3W into our Trek Concept store in Charlotte, NC. We have been selling a lot of life style hybrids, cruisers and comfort bikes. I thought the Simple City really fit that niche and added character that the other bikes could have, but had to be purchased and added on.

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SRAM Force Brakes, Breaking?

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It seems that there are still batches of SRAM Force recalled brakes out there.  Cozy Beehive recalls a recent story of a mechanic installing SRAM Force brakes to a customers bike and they broke under his touch.

Before you buy any SRAM Force brakesets, for your sake, go check the date stamp on the brake.  If your brake is within the date range below, SRAM will replace the brakes under warranty.

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Podcast Episode #1 : US Made Bikes and Parts

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Take a listen to Episode #1 : US Made Bikes and Parts.

In this podcast I talk about when or why I buy US made products, a couple big names still making in the US, as well as linking you to the upcoming National Handmade Bicycle Show.

Companies we talked about:

Trek Bikes
Cannondale
Terry

Thanks to Team Estrogen Forums for the idea!

Which Hybrid or Comfort Bike is for You?

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One of the most popular types of bicycles right now is that recreational style.  Either one to ride with the family around your community, take for errands or maybe do a Rail To Trails with your local church group.  Below I have outlined a good amount of the various lifestyle bikes out there, depending on which brand you try the options may vary but I can do my best to help you along the way.

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Burley Travoy Cargo Trailer Full Review

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To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely sell me on trailers for daily use or leave me hoping for more.

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Motivational Monday : Shannon Carson

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A Monday morning tradition that we are starting to keep you motivated and to be striving for your goals even during a hard week or long hours at work.   Do you know someone that motivates and inspires you?  Send us your answers and photo to girly@BikeShopGirl.com

Sorry guys, I never pressed publish on this yesterday morning.. So Monday but a day late!

What’s your name and location?

Shannon Carson, Owner of Tough Chik – Mission Viejo, CA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road, but I do dabble in the mountains

What is your first cycling memory?

My husband actually taught me to ride in my 20’s. I had a hard tail Trek and we took it for a spin on a large paved trail in the Dallas Suburbs. I got spooked by a group of people coming the opposite way, fearing the sidewalk wasn’t big enough for the both of us. I swerved off the path and my front tire got stuck in between the concrete and the grass and I fell off. My trip computer flew off the bike and a group of young kids ran off with it! Luckily I was in love and stuck with it!

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Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?

Jacke Van Woerkom – She runs a non-profit organization in Southern California called Trail Angels. The goal is to help other women discover mountain biking as well as discover the confidence and camaraderie that goes with riding. The Trail Angels’ vision statement reads: “To grow and develop a group of women mountain biking enthusiasts and create a symphony of characters that come together and strengthen one another spiritually and physically.”

“On Jan. 8, 2004, something happened that changed the Trail Angels and everyone in it forever.
A 2-year-old mountain lion killed expert mountain biker Mark Reynolds in Whiting Ranch and hid the body in the brush. No one knew. Hours later, Trail Angel Anne Hjelle, 30, happened to be on the same trail. Hjelle was attacked by the same lion. Her riding partner, Debi Nichols, arrived within minutes. Horrified, she jumped off her bike and pulled her bloody friend from the lion’s jaws, saving Hjelle’s life. Several minutes later, other Trail Angels arrived at the scene; Van Woerkom was among them. The tragedy could have ended the club. But instead it did just the opposite. It bound everyone together. Overnight, membership doubled to more than 100 riders.

On Nov. 28, 2006, Trail Angel Christy Kirkwood wrapped up a ride with fellow member Debbie Brown. The pair was in the bicycle lane on Santiago Canyon Road. A car veered and killed Kirkwood, a Garden Grove school teacher.

Again, with the help of Van Woerkom, the Trail Angels banded together. And, again, membership doubled, this time to nearly 250 riders.

For most of us, the saying “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger” is just a cliché. But for Van Woerkom and the Trail Angels you could say the saying is a code. Today, the club’s logo includes the paw print of a mountain lion.

Last year MTBChick.com (mountain bike chick), honored Van Woerkom as one of the “Five Most Influential Women in SoCal Cycling.” In the citation, MTBChick.com stated. “Jacke has the energy of an army of women.”

Van Woerkom also rides horses, sky dives and surfs. But, always, she returns to the Trail Angles and her family for sustenance, never forgetting the lesson she learned in the ’90s. Balance.

During a recent talk at REI, she discussed the importance of including one’s self in the equation, along with career and family.

It’s also is a theme she talks about on her website, changinggearscoach.com .

“If you find a place to release stress and relish in what you are passionate about for a few hours,” she says, “you have so much more of yourself to give back to everyone.”

(Quoted from an article in the OC Register)

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

On January 29th I fell off my bike suffering a compound fracture in my right forearm and a slash requiring 14 stitches across my cheek. After 3 days in the hospital and 3 months of physical therapy I was able to get back on my bike. After being sidelined for almost 3 and a half months, it was the most freeing experience on the bike. I was a little apprehensive at the beginning but rode the 25 mile loop with little fear. I was relieved to find that although my arm was a little sore and uncomfortable, my spirit and love for cycling was even stronger!

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?

I am currently training for the AIDS/Lifecycle which is a 7 day, 545 mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June. I also plan on competing in my first triathlon.

Learn More About Shannon at her company Tough Chick

Motivational Monday with Sue Carr

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

I’ve known Sue and her husband for a few years now. It has been very exciting to see her grow and push her comfort zone in cycling. Now as an avid time trialist on a Cervelo S1 that I had the fortune of assisting her purchase and original fitting now two years ago. You’ll find Sue and her husband at the local time trial series at the local NASCAR speedway, traveling to regional rides as well and even competing in the National Senior Games cycling time trial!

What’s your name and location?

Sue at Charlotte, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road (and time trials)

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding my little red tricycle down the very small hill in the driveway and having to push it back up the hill so I could ride down again.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

No one in particular. Ride because I feel so much better on the bike (after I have warmed up) and after the ride–do it for the uplift.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding the Blue Ridge looking at the foliage and not even worrying about the hills

Tell us all about your bikes

Only one bike I ride much at all, a Cervelo. Have a beater Trek that is saved for “just in case,” and an old hardtail mountain bike that very rarely gets out of the garage