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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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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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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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Partnership with People for Bikes

…eforBikes.org is a movement created by the Bikes Belong Foundation – the national nonprofit focused on bicycling safety and children’s bike programs. The goal of PeopleforBikes.org is to unite one million voices to improve bicycling in the United States by asking people to sign a pledge in support of biking. PeopleforBikes.org aims to make our country a better place to ride by sending a unified message to our elected leaders, the media, and the p…

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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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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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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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Podcast Episode #5 : Q&A with Cervelo Test Team’s Patricia Schwager

Back in March during the Cervelo dealer show, I had the opportunity to sit in on a question/answer session with Patricia Schwager of the Cervelo Test Team. The audio is a bit low due to the large room and a good amount of people.  Once you get into the interview session, turn up your volume and it will sound much better. Listen Now :  [podcast]http://bikeshopgirl.com/podcast/BSG-Episode5.mp3[/podcast] Listen on iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/…

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Video : Unboxing the Raleigh Clubman

…go through the basics of unboxing a bicycle. A full review will be available on http://www.CommuteByBike.com soon. A walk through building a bicycle up from the boxed form.  This is how most bikes show up to a bike shop, except for those boutique, build from scratch variety.   We skim through some sections in order to get you through the whole unboxing, which normally takes 45 minutes to an hour. Unboxing Tools The basic tools are used were…

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The Perfect Bike Fit

…benefit of my job is being able to work with many different people and customers on various types of bikes.  The shop I manage is a big player in bike fitting and making sure if you purchase a bike, or your body changes, you will be happy, safe and comfortable on that bike. This leads me to my thought for the day.  Regardless of what type of bike you ride, there is a perfect fit for that bike and yourself.  This fit can also change with time and…

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