Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists

Great Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists

Every year I put together a list of great Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists, and when I first started my list there weren’t many others around. Now it seems everyone is getting on the band wagon. Check out other gift lists at Total Women’s Cycling, Bike Radar and Bicycling. Here’s my 2016 ideas: Bianchi cup & saucer set This lovely limited edition, espresso cup and saucer is made by German porcelain manufacturer Villeroy & Boch. It even comes in a gorgeous celeste-coloured presentation box.     Wheel Women bicycle scarf My great friend Tina McCarthy of Wheel Women

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buying a bike for a woman

Tips for buying a bike for a woman

Thinking about buying a bike for a woman as a Christmas present? Buying a bike for another person is always a bit tricky, so if you’re buying a bike for your partner, sister, mum, auntie, niece or friend here’s a few tips to keep you on the right track. Riding desires Only consider buying a bike for a woman if you know that she has some interest in riding. Just because you would like her to ride alongside you, doesn’t mean she’ll be keen if you buy her a bike as a surprise gift. Even if you think you know

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Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry

Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry

Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry and Laura Wilson, Business Development Manager with US bike company Specialized is proof of that. I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with Laura in her various roles at Specialized in Australia, over a number of years. She’s always impressed me with her professionalism, her warmth, and her willingness to help. I caught up with her via email recently. Q: How do you come to be working in such a male dominated industry like cycling?  What industries did you previously work in? My career path has followed quite an interesting

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eliminate shoulder tension on the bike

Let it go – how to eliminate shoulder tension on the bike

One of my worst habits on the bike is to hold tension in my shoulders so here’s a few tips on how to eliminate shoulder tension on the bike. Let it go – Consciously let go of the tension in your arms and shoulders by focusing on that part of your body while you are riding. I regularly check in with myself and literally tell myself to relax my shoulders. Shrugging every 15 minutes or so and relaxing your arms really helps relieve this stress. Bend your elbows – Always ride with your elbows slightly bent and yours arms and shoulders relaxed.

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running as a complementary exercise to cycling

Female cyclists should consider running as a complementary exercise to cycling

A lot of cyclists are a bit sceptical about running as a complementary exercise to cycling, but I think they work well together. I actually took up running about ten years ago as a time efficient form of exercise, and when I took up cycling eight years ago, I continued to run. When I say run my ‘jogging’ is fairly slow but it is aerobically intense enough for me. Here’s why it works for me: Time Efficient Running is an incredibly time efficient way of squeezing a cardiovascular workout into a busy weekday and it doesn’t require too much kit

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drafting on a road bike

The art of drafting on a road bike: a great advantage

If you think that drafting on a road bike is just for the pros then think again. When I first started riding I had no idea that you could gain so much advantage by riding closely behind another rider. Drafting is an important skills that is well worth learning if you want to maximise your enjoyment of riding out on the road. It’s actually quite exhilarating to be whisked along in a group and to feel like you are part of a ‘team’. The benefit Being able to draft or closely follow another rider is one of the key differences

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Get your cycling mojo back

Seven steps to get your cycling mojo back

One of my good friends recently confided that she’d lost her cycling mojo, so I thought I’d write about the subject to help her and others, get your cycling mojo back. The word mojo always makes me think of Austin Powers, a character who makes me laugh. Although his use of the term is as you would expect – comical, it really is a serious issue when you lose it. So here’s my tips for regaining your love for the beautiful bicycle and the freedom it brings: Just do it I sometimes wake up in the early morning and want

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right bike saddle for women

How to find the right bike saddle for women who cycle

In my role as a female cycling advocate I’m often asked about how to find the right bike saddle for women. The saddle is the key contact area of the bike. It takes most of your weight and therefore it is crucially important to having a comfortable seat. If you buy a women’s specific bike then chances are it will already be fitted with a women’s specific saddle, but it’s not necessarily the right one for you. My recommendation when you buy a new bike is to try the supplied saddle first, but be prepared to change it, if it proves to

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combine work with cycling passion

Meet graphic designer Sarina who manages to combine work with cycling passion

It’s always great to hear a story where a woman has been able to combine work with cycling passion – meet Sarina Tomchin who runs a cycling apparel business called Cycology with her husband Michael. Q: When and how did you get involved in cycling? Do you complete? I started riding very young, riding to school and in a “bikie gang”….all of us riding hand me down BMX bikes or found on the street. I came up through SLSC; running, swimming and paddling. When I arrived in Sydney to go to Sydney College of the Arts I bought my first ‘expensive’ bike

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cycling coach

All female riders can benefit from a cycling coach

If you think that a cycling coach is just for elite riders, then think again. Any rider can benefit from working with a cycling coach – you just need to set yourself a goal. And the good news is that female cyclists can benefit even more than men, from working with the right coach. Sydney-based coach Matt Lucas says that he enjoys coaching women because they are more dedicated to ‘hitting the numbers’. He finds that women are good at juggling lots of things, and therefore can also find time for training once they make a commitment. “Women in general are

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