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I Spy : 2010 Raleigh Preview

A small birdy sent me previews of very hip looking ladies bikes from Raleigh Bicycles for 2010.  It looks like all parts of their ladies bike line up will be expanding. Classic Roadster $520 (Internally Geared 3 Speed) AlleyWay $1,425 Belt Drive! Eva 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 & 8.0 $300, $330, $450 & 650 Calispell I8 $550 Alysa FT2 $725…

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Velo Orange Bar Tape

Velo Orange Leather Bar Tape Review

…me of a well loved baseball glove, or settling into an expensive car with the glamorous baseball glove leather seats.   Grabbing on to the bars, and the soft feel that the bar wrap gives back is like a nice hug back from your bike.   The padding is another story.  I have to wear gloves when riding this bike, and padded gloves are not something I normally wear. Other Notes If you look closely at the pictures there are two where the bar wrap was s…

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Introducing Rapha’s Womens Line

…orts on the next day with barely a washing.  This clothing is the type you dream about, that smart people save for and you can bet that it is on my “lust list.” Let me introduce you to the Rapha “lust list” for women.  Starting with their basic classic jersey, to a good quality short and finally their Stowaway Jacket. Add these to your wish list, and be ready to click “buy now” when the time is available….

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Marla Streb Interview

Motivational Monday with Marla Streb

…in 2011? I’ve only raced once this year, but I’d like to beat my old downhill record at Downieville Classicin CA, and possibly race the La Ruta in Costa Rica again. Wanna Know About my Bikes? At the moment, all Orbeas! What are the struggles of opening a shop, and the daily worries a shop owner has? Funny, I haven’t even opened my shop yet and it’s been a major struggle! For the last 4 months, I’ve been trying to buy…

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Interview with Jill Homer

Win a Bike Light – Motivational Monday with Jill Homer

…n one phrase, I would say I love “bicycle touring.” I love seeing small parts of the world from the seat of a bicycle, from the winding singletrack in my backyard mountains to the vast frozen tundra of the Iditarod Trail. Sometimes I travel for a couple hours and sometimes for days, but always, in my mind, the emphasis is more on fun and discovery than pure training. Because of this desire to really get out there, I enjoy all types of…

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Brooks Leather Bar Tape

Brooks Leather Bar Tape in Eye Popping Colors

There is something about the classic look of a a Brooks saddle and matching Brooks leather tape. Earlier this season Brooks put a twist to it with a lot of new colors, click to view them all. What is so special about leather tape? It last forever, it gets tacky when wet and it has a unique feel to it that can’t be matched by a man made version. MSRP: $75…

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Zimbale Rack Top Bag

Front Rack Top Bag Roundup

…donneur. Racktime Trunkit I believe this requires a specific Ractime front rack, but very nifty clip on/off design. It comes in several colors! Detours Black Transit Box Classic This is designed to be a rear rack but believe it could fit some larger of the front racks. Berthoud Frontbag Luxe Berthoud makes this elegant frontbag of fine heavy cotton and top grade leathers. The outside pockets have leather strap-and-buckle closure. The catch? $327…

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Foundry Cycles Broadaxe Single Speed

Foundry Cycles Broadaxe: Singleatored

For the 2013 season I’m really focusing on a handful of endurance mountain bike races and then a slew of cross country mountain bike series (SERC, Southern Classic and the Georgia State MTB.) Then in the fall of course will be cyclocross domination (it will be domination and not just participation!) Looking at my schedule and thinking of bikes for work/demo and brand representation I had a lot to chose from. My rock steady go to bike for t…

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