Women Who Cycle’s Christmas Gift Guide for female roadies

Like everyone else at this time of year I’ve got a few friends and family who are difficult to buy for, so I write an annual Christmas Gift Guide for female roadies to help others. I often include items I already own or would like to own. Here’s my picks for 2017: Socks Socks this year have become very colourful and interesting so there’s no excuse for finding a great pair of socks to match every woman’s favourite kit. I really like these ones from Defeet. Caps Cycling caps are great for wearing under your helmet in winter to keep

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World Bike Girl

The amazing life of the World Bike Girl

One of the very best things about being cycling blogger is connecting with extraordinary women and their bikes, and the World Bike Girl Ishbel has an amazing story to share. She is travelling around the world by bike rescuing homeless dogs. She actually contacted me a few months ago and we’ve been corresponding by email. Here’s a few Q&As, but I encourage you to visit her website to learn more. Q: I read that you grew up in Scotland, but now travel the world by bike. Is there a country you call home? Do you still see your family? Do

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take up road cycling

12 reasons why every woman should take up road cycling

I know that’s a bit of a bold headline, but I believe that every woman should take up road cycling, and to prove it I’ve come up with 12 reasons. I’ve borrowed these from an article I found in Bike Radar that listed 30 reasons. Here are my favourites in no particular order: Look younger Scientists at Stanford University have found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Dermatologist Dr Christopher Rowland Payne explains: “Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively,

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Cycling is bad for bone density

Cycling is bad for bone density, but there is hope

A few years ago, my mum who is in her seventies was diagnosed with osteoporosis and she warned me that I should take measures now to avoid the same fate, by keeping a close eye on my bone density, particularly because cycling is bad for bone density. Taking her advice I asked my doctor to send me off for a bone density scan which confirmed that I have already entered the osteopenia zone which is an indication that my bones are weaker than normal, but not weak enough to be called osteoporosis. Interestingly I was involved in an accident earlier

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get back to riding after an accident

How to get back to riding after an accident

I had an accident on my bike earlier this year and it really threw me off, in more ways than one, so I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts to get back to riding after an accident. My accident was not my fault and involved me rolling over the bonnet of a car where the driver had taken my right of way, because ‘she didn’t see me’. My physical injuries were gone within about a month or so, but my psychological scars remain nine months later.  But I won’t let anxiety stop me because I’m determined to

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mechanical horse

Ride your mechanical horse on Melbourne Cup Day

I often call my bike a mechanical horse because riding a bike reminds me of riding a horse, except I feel much more in control. I also think there are parallels between the devotion many cyclists pay to their favourite pastime, and the passion that others display for their equine companions. I do confess that I’m rather scared of riding a horse. I feel totally out of control and at the whim of a very powerful creature. I feel that it is fitting to write about the ‘mechanical horse’ on Melbourne Cup Day. For those who dwell overseas the Melbourne

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charity bike ride

Sign up for a charity bike ride – challenge yourself and helps others

A great way to improve your cycling is to sign up for a charity bike ride. It gives you a fitness goal, and it also benefits other people who rely on the charity you assist. I started riding a road bike nine years ago to complete a charity bike ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). And here I am nine years later – five JDRF rides, six years as a cycling blogger, five years working in a bike shop, and a totally obsessed road cyclist. When I talk about charity bike rides, I don’t mean the big mass

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Cycling Mums Australia

Cycling Mums Australia – encouraging mums to ride their bikes

I read an article a couple of weeks ago about a group of women who are mums and have founded a group called Cycling Mums Australia to encourage mums around the country to return to riding. So I looked them up via Facebook and talked via email with one of the group’s founders Natalia de Clercq. Over to Natalia….   Q: Why did you start the group Cycling Mums Australia (CMA)? Well, what happened when  I became a mum, my priorities changed, we have so many competing priorities that the bike got pushed down the list, ignored , forgotten about. I

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What to pack for a cycling tour

What to pack for a cycling tour in Europe

I’ve always been intrigued about bike touring, and can’t say I have any experience of what to pack for a cycling tour. So when I read a recent post from fellow blogger Laura Rigby on her great blog Follow My Wheel, I asked Laura if I could reproduce it here. Laura and her husband Phil undertook an ambitious four week cycling tour that started in Nice and ended in Milan. They cycled 1,377 kms and climbed 26,900 vertical metres over 21 ride days carrying all of their luggage in panniers on touring bikes. Laura was good enough to share, and explain

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benefits of yoga for cyclists

The benefits of yoga for cyclists are numerous

Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to include a weekly yoga class in my life and it’s reiterated to me, the benefits of yoga for cyclists. A couple of years ago I attended an interesting workshop with a guy called Angelo, who has developed his own variation of hatha yoga called Pedal Stroke Yoga. A few interesting points I learnt from Angelo in the workshop include: Yoga helps you create a body that is pain free Cycling keeps your body in a linear motion whereas yoga is about twisting In cycling you use your big muscles & sympathetic

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