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Customer Service : Bike Shop Failure

Last week I attempted to purchase a lock at the shop down the street from work. Prior to riding down to the shop and wasting a lunch hour I first tried to message them on twitter, following it up with an email to the owner asking what type of locks they had. Quickly, the owner responded but I can honestly say his email didn’t lead me to wanting to purchase a lock from them. “We have a mixed bag of random locks (eleven81, Surelock…

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Outlier Pants

Commuting : How Not to Wear Spandex

…ger bag. While I’m looking into a better solution of carrying the business attire, laptop and paperwork I still haven’t found it. Shopping for Bike Friendly Dress Codes While my better half cringes when we go shopping, I’ve been shopping for styling clothes that are “bikeable.” If I was a guy, this would be easy but it seems like the idea of technical fabrics and womens dress codes are very rare. Thankfully the mor…

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The Lost Art of Customer Service

A new main series we will be focusing on here at Bike Shop Girl will be on customer service, the lost art. My hope is to target the companies that are doing it well, and explain what others could be doing better. What Are Your Experiences This website is an open dialog between all of those within the bike industry, as owners, employees, advertisers, media and most importantly, customers. The bottom line in any industry is the customer, regardle…

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Nalgene On the Fly OTF

Nalgene On the Fly Bottle Review

Nalgene On the Fly MRSP: $12.99 Size: 24 ounces Companies Pitch: Nalgene’s newest leak-proof loop-top swings open wide to reveal a contoured, high-flow drinking spout that’s easy to fill at the fountain or sink. One-handed push button for easy open/close; locking bail for ultimate insurance against leaks From Nalgene on their OTF Bottle Nalgene’s newest leak-proof loop-top swings open wide to reveal a contoured, high-flow drinking spout that’s

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Talk of Triathlons

If you live in United States and bicycle, there is a high chance you know about triathlons.  Maybe you’ve participated in one, have a friend who has or have been asked to do the bike portion of the triathlon. This week we will talk about the basics to know of triathlons, motivation to continue your training and finally what to be prepared for in your first triathlon. Before we start our series, let us know what you would like to know and w…

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Raleigh Hi Life Cyclocross Single Speed Frame

Post Race Bicycle Clean Up

…as to clean up your bike.  Now, this could be the worst thing you are doing for your bike.  If you let your bike sit after a hard ride for days, it doesn’t matter if its dry or very wet, your chain, bearings and others are aching for attention. Steps to Post Ride Bike Check Over Today, I’ll be walking you through what I did after my cyclocross race on Saturday.  Some of these steps may differ depending on what type of riding or condit…

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Bicycle Recovery

Steps to Recovery After My Bicycle Accident

…even go to the bathroom on my own was the most difficult part for those few days after. To date, the bruises are starting to fade and granted three weeks after I still have an amazing lump on my left leg from the top tube of my bike. My lower back and hip gets sore after a long day at work or driving. But, those are my only physical complaints. Mentally I have Been a Wreck It would be easy to say, great I got hit by a car.. now get back on the…

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New Years Resolution

2011 Cycling Resolutions

My resolutions were simple, and parallel much of my 2011 season list we touched on last week.  I want to make a keynote that I want to know your resolutions and how we can make each other accountable for them! Drum Roll Please Start riding on the road Start actively riding 3+ times a week Fill in the other days with working out and yoga Start racing as much as financially possible Give up coffee and coke, none/zero/nada! Breaking It Down At th…

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Different Types of Pedals

…ys.  The three top types of pedals are the following : Platform Pedals These are the pedals you have been using since the big wheel.  The are flat, sometimes with small grip pegs sticking out.  These do not require any special shoes, are the easiest to use and are also the least effecient of the pedals listed. Toe Clips and Straps Take the above platform pedal, and and a cage with strap.  These can be tightened down on your shoe to give you som…

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Making the Bike Yours

Recently, I witnessed a customer taking a standard 2010 Cervelo P3, and making it hers.  With a little help from a co-worker this lady turned a standard (very beautiful) P3, uniquely hers.  White handlebars, white stem and red bar take really turned this dream bike into her dream bike. What have you done to your own bike to do this?  None of my bikes are stock, nor have they b…

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