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Holiday Wish List for Bicyclist: Stocking Stuffers

Ideas for what to put in that stocking of the cyclist you love, or me!

Lizard Skins Bar Tape or Ergon Grips

Fresh new bar tape from Lizard Skins or Ergon GP2 grips are the easiest way to freshen up a bike. I’m also a big fan of both of these for long training miles in the winter. Happy hands = Happy Arleigh

DeFeet Honey Badger Xmas Socks

Honey Badger + Socks made in North Carolina, how much more awesome could you get?

Gels, Bars and All Things Nutrition

My personal favorites for this category: Gu Chomps, Hammer Gel in large jugs, Kit Organic Bars (live on these things while traveling)

Kinetic Koffee

Ritz and his crew love bikes, support many causes and have the best hug to be found at tiring trade shows. Your local bike shop can order, or you can order direct. My personal favorite is Breakfast Buzz, Bike Shop Girl will probably have a private label of this after the holidays!

Lights and more Lights

It’s that time of the year that either it’s dreary on your road ride or you aren’t mountain biking after work because you can’t see. Help out your cyclist, keep them riding and safe!

On the road option 1: To be seen, this is for the front and back on the road when it’s getting dark. I’m a fan of the new Knog Blinder lights as they charge with a built in USB and add some personality to your bike.

On the road option 2: I’m biased, I LOVE the folks at Light & Motion. The  gift set will add some much needed visibility and you can see with the 200 lumen headlight, unless you’re rolling at 25mph. Both are charged by a USB cable, saving the planet one battery at a time.

 On the trail: Light & Motion is what I run almost exclusively. They are water proof, bomb proof, and the company (as mentioned) rocks. If your loved one doesn’t have anything to trail ride with I would recommend the Taz 800 or the Seca 800. The biggest advantage of the Seca is being able to run on your helmet (my preference) and a separate battery so you can charge others or have backups for long rides.

Strava and Garmin Geeks Rejoice

Does your loved one ride non-stop with a Garmin strapped to their bike? Class it up a bit with this K-Edge mount.

For the Single Speeder in your Life

Endless (another NC based company) is now anodizing their cogs to order!

Road ID

EVERY bicycle rider needs one of these. Or two. Or four. It won’t prevent an accident, but it could save their life and notify you faster!

Gift Card

If all else fails, a gift card to your local bike shop towards merchandise or service would make any bicyclist happy!

Liv/giant 27.5
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Liv/Giant Goes to Only 27.5″ for Mountain Bikes in 2014

While I’m only half way through the review of a Liv/Giant Anthem X 29er, Liv/Giant rocks us all back on our heels with the news they will only be doing 27.5″ wheels on their mountain bikes starting in 2014. Over the next week I’ll be featuring all the new models, spec and pricing. Make sure to follow the search term “Liv/giant 2014” over the next week.

Liv/giant 27.5

Liv/giant is dedicated to providing women with the best possible off-road cycling experience. The evolution of the 27.5-inch wheel size has led Liv/giant’s engineers and athletes to one conclusion: 27.5 is the optimal wheel size for all riding styles and levels of female riders. It perfectly combines the most desirable attributes of 26 and 29-inch wheels, giving you a ride that truly delivers the best of all worlds. This year Liv/giant’s entire off-road line-up, from sport-level to elite, features bikes with 27.5-inch wheels.

  1. Lighter Weight
  2. More Efficient
  3. Better Control

In comparison to 26 and 29-inch wheel size options, our research shows that 27.5 offers the ideal combination of light weight, efficiency, and control for female riders. Here are the factors that make this wheel size especially ideal for women.
These three factors combined create the best possible ride quality and bike fit for female riders. The inherent light weight and efficiency of 27.5 gives you the energy to elevate your riding. And 27.5 allows Liv/giant to design our 3F frame geometry to better balance female riders of all heights over the bottom bracket and front wheels for unparalleled control. It is this balance that truly defines the Liv/giant riding experience.

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Essential Cycling Holiday Gift Guide

The hours are ticking down and if you are anything like me you haven’t checked off everyone on your list. Below is a list of essentials that every cyclist, or budding cyclist, needs in their arsenal. Here’s to finishing up the shopping so we can all enjoy the holidays properly!

Disclaimer: About half the links below are affiliate links, which means if you click on them and buy something I may make commission. That’s not horrible right?

Essentials for the Bike

Tubes

Every cyclist needs these, just figure out what type of bike they have (road, mountain, hybrid, etc.) and then if they have a skinny valve like below, called presta, or a standard shrader like on your car.

 

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Lube

There are many great lubes out there, but T-9 is my go to recommendation for most cyclists out there.

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Flat Kit

All you need to do is add a tube to this bag and it is ready to be strapped to your bike. CO2 for easy inflation, tire levers and patch kits to keep you rolling.

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Rear Blinky Light

You need a rear light, so does your loved ones.

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Soft Good Essentials

 Defeet Wool Socks

It’s that time of year in Colorado that my Defeet Wool socks are being worn as often as they are clean, and sometimes even when they are dirty.

 

 

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TwinSix Tall Socks

Favorite summer socks, ever.

 TwinSix Socks
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Super Packable Jacket

While I would prefer you bought it in a different color other than black, this super packable jacket can go in your jersey pocket or backpack very easy.

 

 

Pearl Izumi PRO Jacket

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TwinSix T-Shirts

Do your cyclists a favor, give them a gift of fashion off the bike this year with these t-shirts (and every holiday moving forward.)

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Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack
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Review: Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

Bags seem to be an addiction for cyclist. You need something for your commute, your mountain riding, your city dwelling and grocery shopping. Finding a bag that can do a little bit of everything and not weigh 40 pounds at the end of the day is pretty important to me.

A few years ago I reviewed the Banjo Brothers Commuter bag. For everyday life the bag was just a bit too big for me. I loved the white color and functions but it was just too bulky for my back. A few weeks back Banjo Brothers sent a care package of review items, one of the bags inside was their newer Metro Backpack, in white of course. As the box was being unpacked my girlfriend quickly put her claim on the Metro Backpack for her daily commute to the hospital. As she is commuting 10 miles a day, 6 days a week, with an extra set of clothes, iPad, overnight “essentials”, lunch and books, I figured she’s a good candidate for testing out the Metro Backpack.

Metro Backpack Essential Details

  • MSRP: $74.99
  • Available in Black or White
  • 18 oz vinyl tarp material (for easier cleaning) with hanging liner for excellent water resistance
  • Full width wicking back pad
  • 12 interior and exterior pockets
  • Padded laptop pocket fits up to 10″ x 15″ notebooks
  • Cell phone holster included
  • Front and rear reflective tape and webbing tab for safety light
  • 16″H x 11″L x 6.5″W / 1100 cubic inches

Details that Mattered to Emily

Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

Not too big, not too small. The bag isn’t so big that you can overload and have too much gear on your back. You can stuff it, carry tons of stuff or whatever else you may but it’s right at 1100 cubic inches of space.

It’s white and has a large reflective strips. The added safety of a white bag with a large reflective strip across the back flap, a couple reflective strips on the shoulder straps and light holder is pretty thoughtful for when she is commuting at 5am.

Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

12 interior and exterior pockets. Each side of the bag has an outside pocket, perfect for a small u-lock, keys or waterbottles. The main flap has a pocket for items you need quickly but want under the protection of a zipper. Inside you have a large compartment with a padded laptop sleeve. Pen pockets, phone pockets and other smaller compartments to keep things organized.

Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

Phone pocket on shoulder strap that fits a Lifeproof iPhone.

Waterproof. The fabric is waterproof, the flap would keep out water in most rain storms and the most water we deal with normally in Denver are sprinklers. I wouldn’t submerge the thing but it will be more than enough for most commuters.

Removable waist belt. She didn’t ever use it, so we simply unclipped it!

Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

Compression straps on the sides. Keeps things snug, and when the bags not full you can make it a lot smaller.

Banjo Brothers Metro Backpack

What’s In Your Bag?

This is a blow out of what is normally in Emily’s bag for her daily commute.

What's In your Bag

Overall Feedback and Thoughts

The bag does not have the classic Banjo Brothers removable liner, which I am thankful for. This is a trimmer, and realistic bag for the everyday commuter (or smaller frame person.) It does still create a sweaty back on commutes over 15 minutes, but that’s really the only downfall of this bag.

There are a few things I would change if I had my way… The material they use is waterproof but that also makes it not stretch or flex very well. The interior and side pockets could be made out of a material that had a little give in it to allow things to get in and out easier. The material also has a lot of friction so sliding things like phones/pens/etc in and out the tight pockets can require two hands. (Note from Banjo Brothers: Truck tarp is stiffer than the ballistic nylon – white is truck tarp, and black and red are in standard ballistic nylon, which is a little more forgiving.)

For $75 I would be surprised if you found a bag comparable for everyday use and easy to use features with out too many thrills to over complicate the bag.

20% Discount with Banjo Brothers Through July

That’s right, Banjo Brothers wants to know if folks that read my reviews actually purchase stuff. They are offering a 20% off discount off anything if use BIKESHOPGIRL at time of checkout (case sensitive.) http://bit.ly/12SPsAu

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review. 

YMX Core Long Sleeve Top
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YMX Core Long Sleeve Top

YMX makes clothing for the athletic woman. While many women look at the clothing line and think yoga the fit and style really fit in well across cycling. The fit is sexy, the material is soft and light. As YMX rolls out more fall and winter clothing I’ll be picking out my favorite’s to share with you.

YMX Core Long Sleeve Top

MSRP: $98

Details: This pink Tribal print long sleeve top is feminine and energetic. Perfect for workout, running, cycling, or with your favorite pair of jeans, this YMX top is sure to be a favorite. YMX tops are sized to fit close to the body, and are light, soft, and have a generous shape-holding stretch. If you prefer a relaxed fit, stepping up from your usual size is recommended.

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Introducing Giant’s WheelSystems

No lie, wheels matter. Wheels are some of the most important pieces of a well riding, quickly responding, bicycle. Giant and other bike manufactures are focusing more efforts on their own components. I’m interested to see how these ride and compare to wheel specific manufactures.

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New for 2012, Giant WheelSystems are the result of a holistic approach to creating the best-performing wheels for every type of rider in any condition. The design philosophy behind Giant WheelSystems is called System Engineered Performance. In creating them, product developers and engineers analyzed the ways the individual parts of a particular wheel affect each other. Every rim, spoke and hub is designed to optimally serve the system.

System Engineered Performance considers four key performance factors—stiffness, aerodynamics, weight and comfort—and seeks to perfectly tailor these factors to the appropriate user, bike and WheelSystem.

Currently there are four road models available: P-SLR1 Aero, P-SLR1, P-SL0 and P-SL1. These WheelSystems can be found on 2012 Giant road bikes and are also available to purchase as aftermarket components.

P-SLR1 Aero
A lightweight, deep-dish aerodynamic WheelSystem designed for high-performance riding and racing. Maximum stiffness and aerodynamics at the lowest possible weight.
• 50mm deep, 21mm wide scandium-composite tubeless-compatible rims
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• Individual wheel bags included
• 1575g

P-SLR1
Superlight high-performance race wheels engineered for a stiff, comfortable ride. Hand-built with the highest-quality components and materials.
• Tubeless Ready Scandium 21mm wide rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• Aerolite bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1390g

P-SL0
A versatile performance WheelSystem for road riding and racing. Light enough to race yet tough enough for everyday training and riding.
• Tubeless Compatible rims with CNC-machined alloy braking surface
• Asymmetric rear rim design for more uniform spoke tension and additional wheel stiffness
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Aero Competition bladed stainless steel spokes (16 front radial; 20 rear radial/2-cross)
• 1595g

P-SL1
Designed for performance road riding, aimed at enthusiasts or beginner racers seeking a stiff, durable WheelSystem.
• Light, durable 21mm deep 6061 alloy rims, sleeved joint
• Durable precision Swiss hub internals
• DT Champion stainless steel spokes (18 front radial; 24 rear 2-cross)
• 1775g

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6 Hours of Warrior Creek Race Prep

I haven’t been on the bike enough during the pre-season to consider myself “in training.”  Riding and working out were a priority, but so was getting used to eating differently, lacrosse games and life!   The past couple months I am proud the direction my cycling riding and can say that I am starting to feel that cycling is back as part of my life like it was prior to my bike accident in October.

Training and prep work done for Warrior Creek wasn’t as swell as I had hoped.  The weekends I hoped to pre-ride the course, or simply ride in the mountains it was either snowing or pouring down rain.   There is no pre-ride of the course until the first lap this Saturday, there is no checking tire selection, pressure or single speed gear.   Everything I would recommend an individual to do before a race, won’t be happening this time around.  With all these negative thoughts I can tell you I am excited and glad to be part of a duo team!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Since Saturday it has been raining in the region, today (Tuesday) will be the only sunny and dry day that we see.   The radar states that weather will be foul the rest of the week.  The day before the race will be light rain, my hopes is it is light rain in the morning with a ton of sunshine!  Race day it says to be sunny with a high of 54º but in the hills of the Appalachians this could change within 20º at any given day.

Pit Support

With a duo team the key will be cleaning off the bikes between laps and keeping our spirits high.  That is where our fabulous pit crew comes in!

Kimberlee WelsandShelley Childers

Kimberlee (the girl in green on the left photo) and Shelley (right photo) will be in charge of entertainment, freeing the bike from mud, feeding and other random needs or wants that come down the trail.

Other Needs

Come Friday I’ll be changing my front tire to a Maxxis Ignitor for mud clearance, adding a down tube fender, and finding 4-5 pairs of my long finger gloves for when they get muddy.  Nutrition will be next on the things to go over…

Review: Cutter Tech Knickerbocker

MSRP : $149.99
Details : A very stretchy, comfortable knicker that was designed for those that pedal more than stand.

Roughly 11 months ago we were gifted with a pair of Cutter Tech Knickerbockers, which were originally reviewed for commuting purposes at Commute By Bike.  Since I’ve been rocking them lately for mountain biking and they will be going in to my “How to dress for winter mtbing” video, I pulled the review over here for all you ladies (or gents) to benefit from.

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Review: FITS Co Sock

There are select socks that I refer to in my life. I’m not a complete sock snob, but I am pretty darn close to it. I love Smart Wool socks in the winter or for cold rainy training rides, I love Twin Six socks (especially their new brand) for the look and sexy factor. The rest of my sock drawer is mostly filled with Sock Guy and DeFeet cycling socks, keeping only one or two “girl stockings” on hand for when I have to wear a suit.

FITS Co Sock Review

FITS Co sent me a couple pairs of socks to try out, nothing behind it but a beautiful handwritten note and a funky business card from their brand manager Wood Talkington. I won’t lie, their story is unique and worth a visit by itself.

Knitting socks in Niota, TN since 1902, Crescent Sock Co. endured the ups and downs that shaped the character of America’s people and her textiles industry. Today the company produces socks under its own FITS™ name in the oldest operating hosiery mill in the U.S. -FITSSock.com

Review of FITS Performance Trail Sock

Pulling on the Performance Trail sock I felt like I was pulling on a Smart Wool sock but with more arch support. As if the sock was giving my sock a nice hug at the end of a long day. The cuff seems to be of a different knit than the body of the sock, I’m assuming this is for circulation and support, without cutting your circulation off in the leg. The socks are heavier in weight and warmth. I wouldn’t wear these around in 90 degree weather with out reason but on a hard hike and mountain biking these socks provide the shock absorbing to my feet for all day comfort.

FITS Co Performance Trail Review
The cost is high for FITS socks, $17.99 for the Performance Trail. One could argue it is American made and high end wool, I would argue to buy a pair to keep for those long rides or cold night rides in the winter. I don’t plan on wearing them too often for everyday around the house as I want them to last!

Review of the FITS Light Runner Sock

These socks were reviewed by my girlfriend so I’ll turn over the keyboard to her.

I don’t know what to say about reviewing the socks, but this is what I think of them so far. For wool, these socks are very soft, the compression is exactly where I want it and when I was riding in 100 degree weather I didn’t notice these socks at all on my feet other than comfortable!

FITS Co Light Runner Review
The MSRP is $15.99 for the Light Runner socks. With the cuff showing above the shoes, and a heavy cuff at that it seems that it is going to wear well without Kim wearing a hole in her socks quickly. If Kim can’t kill these socks, no normal user will be able to!

Overall Review of the FITS Co Socks

The socks feel amazing, both pairs feel amazing. If I had a larger income, I would wear some variety of this and Smart Wool of some variety. The costs on the flip side is what brings me hesitant from giving this a 100% positive review. $15-20 for socks is steep, and I hope these socks feel as amazing as they did the first day for the next 8 months.

These socks were provided at no cost. I was not paid or bribed, and hopefully if you read this far you know I’m honest and won’t put my name next to something.

 

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