Empowering women in cycling

Where’s Bike Shop Girl?

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The month of July ended in a bang, a wonderful, end of a symphony type of bang.   As I was sitting at the end of July, prepared to go part time at the Bike Shop and take more duties on here, online and another “project” website, my heart was racing excited for the next chapter in my life of social media and helping women across the world get on their bikes!

What I wasn’t prepared for was an amazing job offer, from an amazing top shelf marketing agency here in Charlotte, NC.   Last Monday I ended employment in the bike shop to only start a few days later, unexpectedly, as a key part of the interactive team of this marketing agency.

This past week I’ve learned a new bi-modal commute, started to dress in business attire and even blow dry my hair every morning. There have been a lot of changes on the Bike Shop Girl front, all very exciting that will allow me to ride and write more about my cycling passion!

Please be patient until I find my full groove in time and space.

Reflective Rims and Internally Geared Hubs

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Shimano Alfine and Velocity Halo Dyad

Shimano Alfine and Velocity Halo Dyad

A set of wheels are in for review and in the midst of getting installed on the famous Salsa Casseroll.   Utilizing a Shimano Alfine groupset I have been piecing together in the past 6 months, and the new Velocity Dyad Halo reflective rims.

The wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs (IGH) since trying the Civia Loring with SRAM i-Motion.  Combine the IGH and a Dynamo front hub for a motion powered front light.

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Bike Storage Options

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As everyone’s bike collection begins or grows the way you store your bikes also needs to begin or grow.  Throwing your new investment into your garage, leaned up against your car or lawn mower, isn’t the way to keep it safe or in good condition.

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Preview : 2011 Trek Bikes Lexa Road Line

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If you are here to view the 2012 Trek Lexa line up,  please click here.

July through September is an exciting time of the year for the bike industry.  July is one of the busiest months across the US for retailers, and right around the corner the next seasons product is budding to be released.

One of the first releases out on the wire are the new Trek Bikes line of women’s road bikes called Lexa.

Trek Lexa $689.99

Compared to the Trek 1.1 unisex bike, this bike is all aluminum (including the fork) with 8 speed drivetrain and compact cranks.

Trek Lexa S $899.99


Compared to the Trek 1.2, carbon fork and 9 speed drivetrain.

Trek Lexa SL $1099.99


Compared to the Trek 1.5 with 9 speed Tiagra and carbon fork.  Available in compact or triple.

Trek Lexa SLX $1319.99

10 speed shifting, hydro-formed frame and a higher end aluminum bike.

Castelli Clothing Spring & Summer Fashion Show

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Bike Rides and Bike Shopping

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As I work in a bike shop day in and day out I have the blessing, sometimes the curse, to play with all the latest and greatest bike parts.  This adds a ton of complication to bike shopping for myself.  I’m able to help anyone that walks in the door, calls or emails to find their perfect bike but as my goals of cycling or life change, my bike wants do as well.

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A Sombering Reminder

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A local cyclist, and customer, was hit on her bike not but 300 yards from where I daily commute.  It is a reminder to always have a blinky light on the back, bright colors and to pick your roads carefully.

A Davidson bicyclist was seriously injured on Sunday, July 4, when she was struck by an SUV while riding on Faith Road in Mount Mourne, just north of Davidson. She was in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday with a fractured spine and punctured lung, but was “hanging in there,” her husband says.Julie Zimmerman, an avid runner and cyclist who lives in the McConnell neighborhood, was on a solo ride around 1 p.m. Sunday when the incident occurred.

Trooper M. Childres of the N.C. Highway Patrol said she was eastbound on Faith Road, which runs between N.C. 115 and Shearers Road. A driver in a Toyota Land Cruiser that was also eastbound came up behind Ms. Zimmerman and struck her, the trooper said.

From DavidsonNews.net