Empowering women in cycling

2011 Airborne Goblin 29er: On Review

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MSRP: $1,199.95 A well built bike for  5 cents under $1,200.   For the person looking to upgrade their entry level bike, getting into 29ers or simply a deal finder that will upgrade the parts as they need. (I fit in the latter.) Weight: 18 inch is 28 lbs Key Parts: Aluminum hydroformed (shaped) frame, SRAM X7 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir R brakes, RockShox Reba RL fork, WTB Trail 29 wheels.

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Motivational Monday with Marla Streb

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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!

What’s your name and location?

Marla Streb, Baltimore, MD

Where in Baltimore are you living?

We are currently in Fells Point- loving it!

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Mountain biking of every type, but I can be talked into a road ride now and then

What is your first cycling memory?

at 4 years old, I learned to ride 2 wheels on a little blue Schwinn. Of course one of the most liberating moments of my life!

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

Mountain bike legend and Hall of Famer Jacquie Phelancontinues to inspire me because she is one of a kind. She’s articulate, intelligent, zany, hilarious, outspoken, inventive, and still very fast on a bike!

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

Teaching my four year old how to ride a bicycle for her first time. It was an after-dinner, spontaneous moment, and the two of us ending up riding together past dark. She was happy, I was ecstatic

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward 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 a 6,000 sq/ft commercial property (with liquor license- woo hoo!) to create Baltimore’s first “Bike Cafe”. We hope to close the deal within a month… The “HandleBar” will be a full cafe with fresh roasted coffee, light fare, beer/wine/liquor, and unlimited, free indoor bike parking. Also, we will retail new and used bikes and accessories.

#30daysofBiking Day 2: The First Commute

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Osprey Talon 22 backpack

I mentioned over this weekend my goal of getting back in to commuting.  To try commuting for the first time since my accident in October.  That is a super long time to be off the commuting habit!  This past Monday was Day 2 of the 30 days of biking, a great day to try bike commuting. What better day then today?

A 6 mile ride to Davidson, NC, then an hour long bus ride, and then the mile to work from the bus station.  The mile through Charlotte was my worry, stupid ass drivers cutting me off and putting the fear of death in me.  One commute in, work and then it was time to ride home.   The ride home was going to be the kicker, this is the time I was hit.  I had to ride THROUGH the intersection, I had to pass my skid mark.    I made it through, freaking out the whole way.

There is so much for me to write to get the feelings and thoughts out but now isn’t the time and I’m not there yet.  I commuted again today (Day 3 of 30days) and will be writing up the experience in the morning.   There is still a good amount of mental milage to make up and I hope I’m strong enough to do it.

Answer Products PINK ProTaper XC Flat Handlebar: On Review

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I’m a color freak. Ask anyone that I’ve built a bike for, I love things to compliment, match and fit pieces together well.  Colored housing, grips, zip ties and spacers – they all matter for the end product.   For women especially, wanting to ride a bike is almost as important as how well the bike rides.  While walking the grounds of the 2011 Sea Otter Classic I spied color, ProTaper XC colored handlebars from Answer to be exact.  There aren’t enough bike components made in green, and we all know my love of pink.

Answer ProTaper XC MTB Handlebar

Answer Products ProTaper Handlebar

I was caught taking photos by one of the Answer guys, I inquired if they were making a flat bar in pink.  29ers ride very well with flat bars… The nice guy said “Yes, yes I do! How about you check out the matching gloves?”

How could I turn this nice guy down?  White gloves, pink accents, and a clean subtle feel to the palm.   The graphics on the handlebar and gloves are matching, the main graphics will be hidden under a grip other than the very prominent brand and model logo’s displayed in the middle of the stem.

Answer Pink Handlebar and Gloves

The gloves have been used daily for riding and a couple times for wrenching, they work perfectly so far.  Longer term I’ll document the fit and a full 360º of the glove as well.  The handlebar will be installed this week and tested for fit, weight and awesome color flare!

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

#30DaysofBiking Day 1: A Simple Road Ride

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30 Days of Biking

During April there was a little event called 30 Days of Biking.  The goal was to get your butt on a bike during the 30 days of April.  A wrench was thrown into my gears during April quickly and I didn’t get nearly all the 30 days (or half of it.)  I’m making my own version of 30 Days of Biking in May, everyday a bike ride, everyday a new adventure.

Starting the 30 days of biking off with an easy spin.  19.93 miles, a normal loop from my house that I’ve enjoyed over the past few years.  Given the fact I hadn’t been on the road bike in a couple weeks, I felt great and was excited to feel that good!!!  I mentally was trying to get back in the feel of things as the next day, Monday, my goal was to try commuting by bike again.

Here’s to riding for the next 30 days!

Motivational Monday: Barb Chamberlain

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Barb Chamberlain Motivational Monday

What’s your name and location?

Barb Chamberlain, Spokane, WA (a Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Community striving for Silver!)

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Commuting, recreational, tooling around with friends for coffee, long rides

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding my banana bike with the streamers on the handles on the patio of our house in the country outside Lewiston, Idaho. We had a gravel driveway full of puncture weeds so it was better to ride on the pavement!

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

These aren’t people who necessarily consider themselves “in the industry”: Women bike bloggers. I’ve been compiling a list for several months now and have over 450 blogs to date. These women do everything from freestyle mountain bike competition to “slow cycling” to riding with kids to road racing and cyclocross. They write about fashion, frustration, and the joys of riding. They are the future of bike riding in the US and in the world.

I’ve set up accounts to let me share feeds from these blogs and am featuring a blog each day for as long as I can go. Every day brings me a new blog discovery and I already know I can keep this going for well over a year.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WomenBikeBlogs
Twitter: @WomenBikeBlogs

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

Probably the moment I powered up the hill toward my house after riding with my husband from our home in Spokane to Coeur d’Alene and back, a round trip of 84 miles. We chose a beautiful day that wasn’t too hot, went at a pace I could manage, broke for lunch in Coeur d’Alene, and came back late in the afternoon. Having enough steam left to actually push it up the hill felt fantastic.

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

In the winter of 2009-2010 I started training with the idea of racing, but then succumbed to a really terrible case of bronchitis and missed a couple of weeks of work. That completely set me back and I haven’t been able to find that kind of time in my life for training this year, so my goals don’t have to do with that aspect of riding.

Instead I’m focused on getting great leadership lined up to take over what I have done the past three years as the founding chair for Bike to Work Spokane. We need to build robust and sustainable organizations to support all kinds of riding, and Bike to Work has been very successful. We are renaming and rebranding as SpokaneBikes because we are about all kinds of riding, not just going to and from work.

I’m also launching a new blog, BikeStyleSpokane.com, with the goal of inspiring and supporting more women who want to ride but who are put off by the idea that you have to sweat in Spandex.

I’m on a quest for the intersection of style and comfort and want to help others on the same journey. The more we can do to make riding a bike a normal and accepted part of life for people ages 8 to 88, the safer and more enjoyable it will be for all of us. Women represent the growth opportunity for the bike industry but the products have been slow to catch up to the potential demand, so we have to share what we find.

The Loss of Commuting and a Loss of my Heart

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Another heart felt post this week.  I feel like all these things need to continue to be pulled from me so that I can continue to find myself in this world.

Bike Shop Charlotte

7 months ago I didn’t own a car (well I didn’t drive one daily.)  We were a family of 4 with one car.  I rode my bike every day to the bus stop that would take me the 18 miles to center city Charlotte, where I would then ride the 1 mile to my office.  I showered (if it was nasty out) across the street from my work at the local YMCA.  My days were long with this commute, but it was very gratifying to not have the car payment or be trapped in my car in traffic.   I would write, sleep or talk on the bus.  I didn’t think for the whole commute, I enjoyed the events around me and the people I sat next to daily I became friends with.

On October 1st, 2010 I was left hooked by a car in the middle of an intersection 2 blocks away from my bus stop.  The ambulance ride, the adrenaline, the lose of freedom and my soul shut down temporarily.  To date my soul hasn’t been fully aligned or found.  As much as I say I want to ride, I don’t, with the round of bike/car accidents lately I have been even more fearful.

May 1st, 2011 I am ending the broken cycle and rebuilding my hub and wheel.  For bike month I will try to commute by bike for at least the first week of the month.  To and from for 5 days.  I can do that right?  I will do that.

Here’s to my next 8 days.  I hope it is filled with bikes and I safely make it to the other side!

Wheat Ridge Cyclery Women’s Night Out: Next Week!

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Now in it’s seventh year, WRC’s Women’s Night Out is almost here!

WRC's Women's Night Out

WHEN: Wednesday May 4, 6:30p – 9:00p
WHERE: WRC Showroom, Wheat Ridge, CO
WHAT: A women’s-specific cycling tradeshow — over 35 vendors with all the latest in bikes, clothes, gear, events and more!
WHO: You and all your cycling friends!

Refreshments, wine, light hors d’ouevres, and the famed Venus De Miles cupcakes. Expecting 350 / 400 Women . . . and booked 38 Vendors and Women’s Events for our Expo area.  Plus Trek, Specialized, Orbea and Cervelo.Catered treats, two wine bars, a beer tasting by Avery Brewing, a dessert table and a chocolate bar.   Plus raffles every thirty minutes for Vendor prizes!

PLEASE RSVP here.

If the link does not launch your email program, please send direct to patm@ridewrc.comwith WNO RSVP in the subject line.

Ride with the Charlotte Mayor: 2011 Bike! Charlotte

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2011 Bike! Charlotte 2011 BIKE! Charlotte is seventeen days of bicycle related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends, and colleagues to break out the bike and use it as a means of transportation and recreation. Events will take place from April 29 through May 15, 2011.

WHAT: A short bike ride to Uptown Charlotte to show your support of cycling to the Mayor and other politicians during the 2011 Mayor’s ride.

WHEN: Friday, April 29th @ 7:30am

WHERE: Start Location: Dowd YMCA (400 E. Morehead St.) in the parking lot behind the YMCA

Seize the opportunity to show support for cycling in Charlotte!  Ride and mingle with the Mayor, City Council Members, County Commissioners and other local politicians. It’s a short ride but one of the most important you could ever participate in, if you support cycling in the Queen City! Free breakfast provided by Ruth’s Chris will follow at the The Plaza on Tryon St.