Posts in the category Women’s

SOC14: Raleigh’s Cylocross Line Better than Ever w/ New RXC PRO, RX5 Singlespeed Belt Drive Complete, More

Raleigh 2015 RXC Pro RX5 single speed belt drive cross bike womens RXW RX2 RX1 (12)

Already known for their involvement in cyclocross with a number of competent race rigs, Raleigh is stepping it up for the 2014/15 cyclocross season with new mens’, womens’, and single speed offerings. Based partly on their sponsorship of the Raleigh Clement Cycling team and Raleigh’s own hodala style, the new bikes are better than ever and perfectly equipped for mud and cowbells. Now with 5 aluminum and 2 carbon models, the mens’ bikes are lighter, there is finally a complete single speed option, and women get another, better equipped model.

Ready for some racing? Get the details after the break…


Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Brings Upgrades to Affordable City Bikes

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We saw the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. range last year during the trade show rounds and were interested in their well put-together package at a great price level. Following up with them, it looks like things just keep getting better. Same price, but with some across-the-board improvements to spec since we last talked to them.

Join us across the break for more breakdown and pics if the bikes…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Review: Ground Effects’ MTB Apparel For Women

Ground Effects Gear With roots dating back nearly twenty years, Ground Effects is no new comer to technical riding gear. Started in 1994,  the company has dedicated itself to producing high quality clothing that is both affordable and understated.

Today, they’ve expanded that mission to include environmentally sustainable business practices. Not only is the gear designed by cyclists for cyclists, it’s made in New Zealand out of locally sourced fabrics. That’s all good and great, but how does the gear perform on the trail?


Kitsbow Launches Women’s Soft Shell Short with Two Tailored Cuts

Kitsbow Womens Soft shell shortsThe new Kitsbow Women’s line of shorts is the California companies first foray into clothing for the fairer sex. The new soft shells take the best of what they’ve learned developing what some media outlets have described the best pair of shorts on the market and tailored them for women.

What sets these particular pair of shorts apart is that they eschew elastic waistbands and velcro. Sizing is done in inch long increments to achieve that perfect fit. Taking that philosophy one step further, the women’s shorts are also available in a straight and curve cuts to better accommodate different body shapes. The shorts are constructed from Swiss Schoeller Soft Shell fabric and treated with a DWR to shed moisture.

At $269, the Vancouver, Ca made Kitsbow shorts aren’t cheap but neither is quality. Pick up a set up for yourself or that special lady in your life here.

Specialized Offers Women Two Sides of Tri with New Alias

specialized alias womens tri bike

When you want to get into triathlons, there is always the question – do you go with a tri bike, or a road bike? The tri bike is undoubtedly better for most tri course while the road bike is better for the training leading up to the tri. Tri shops have been fitting entry level triathletes on road bikes that are then modified by adding zero offset posts and aerobars for triathlon use for years, but with the Alias, Women have another option straight off the showroom floor. Called the Alias because of its dual nature, with clip on aerobars and a zero offset post, the Alias is a race oriented tri bike with aerodynamically shaped tubes and a steeper seat tube angle (where as the example above, the bikes have slacker seat tubes and need forward offset posts). Remove the clip ons and add the 35mm set back seat post, and the Alias geometry is tuned to handle like a road bike on the open road. The alias also offers additional top tube stowage with the Remora bolt on storage box.

If you can only have one bike for training or racing, the Alias is ready straight out of the box.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  Bunyan Velo, Issue No. 03: Travels on Two Wheels, is now available online for free.
  • The Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Vermont’s statewide advocacy group, is raising money with a raffle for a Santa Cruz Solo/5010 with an XX1 build kit (size Medium). You could win a $7400 bike for the price of a $10 raffle ticket on Oct 12 – you do not need to be present, or a resident of Vermont, to win.
  • Registration is open for the6th annual Carolina Century ride on October 19th, a charity ride for MS.
  • Registration for the Hincapie Gran Fondo has been extended until October 6th for the October 26th ride near Greenville, SC.
  • The Santa Barbara Tour de Cure Women’s Series, a women’s only ride, will be held October 27th with 8mile, 37 mile and 67 mile distances to choose from. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.
  • From Charity of Choice newsletter: On August 31, 2013, U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame member and former Olympian Dale Stetina suffered serious injuries during a training ride resulting from a car-bike collision in Boulder, CO. A campaign has been established to help Dale and his family though this challenging time.
  • The Philly Bike Expo is only 6 weeks away! Get your tickets now, or register to exhibit for the Nov. 9-10th event.
  • Ruckus Components has a Kickstarter campaign for their Carbon Access Tool – a device for your keys that folds them up swiss-army style in a neat carbon sheath.

IB13: Sugoi’s Ted King Lumberjack = Best Cycling Kit Ever. Plus Great New Women’s Apparel & More!

2014 Sugoi Ted King lumberjack road bike cycling kit

We’ve seen some impressive cycling kits over the years, with the Peewee Herman skinsuit and jean short overall bibs being two of the favorites. But the limited edition Sugoi Ted King Lumberjack kit may just log roll them all.

Why? It’s the details, like printed buttons that look so real it’s hard to even notice there’s a zipper there instead. And denim-like printed panels on the shorts. Add in the matching beanie cap and arm warmers with a maple tree print that say “Tap This” and you’re getting close to the best kit ever. But what really pushes it over the top is on the bottom…


OSMO Introduces Women’s Sports Hydration & Recovery Drinks – UPDATED


UPDATED: Video added after the break.

There are women’s specific bikes, clothes and components, but few endurance nutrition products aimed at the fairer sex.

So why would OSMO create pre-, during and post drink mixes for women? Because, as they put it, “women are not small men.” Thankfully true, but what do they need to fuel their bodies that men don’t? Here’s the breakdown, from OSMO’s co-creator Dr. Stacy Sims:

“Women have a physiology that’s different than men, and until recently most of the data collected were conducted largely on men. But women have a menstrual cycle that impedes generalizing what’s good for a man must be good for a woman. (Thus, research has lagged because) women have been deemed ‘too difficult’ to be included in research because of these hormone fluctuations.