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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pedalling a road bike

You need to work on the art of pedalling a road bike

When I first took up road bike riding I thought that there wasn’t a great deal to learn about technique or skills, but I was wrong – there are plenty of skills to learn and central amongst them is the art of pedalling a road bike. I’m no authority on this subject so I’ve borrowed some expert words that appear below. The key principle behind the technique, and featured in just about every article I’ve read on the subject, is the need to pedal in nice smooth circles. Sounds easy, but there’s a little more to it. This article was originally

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angry birds swooping cyclists

Look out for angry birds swooping cyclists

It’s Spring in my home town, and while it’s an awesome time of the year to ride a bike, it also means that there’ll be lots of angry birds swooping cyclists in the next month or so. In my local area we have a couple of very vicious butcherbirds that re-emerge at this time of year to protect their babies. So the talk in the local cafes is all focused on whether he’s back in action, and sadly I’ve already had a few reports of being swooped. Native birds such as Australian Magpies are highly protective of their eggs, nest

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mass participation bike ride

Set yourself a cycling goal – sign up for a mass participation bike ride

One of my favourite mantras is that you only improve your cycling when you set a goal, and a mass participation bike ride is a great target to set for new cyclists, as well as seasoned ones. There are a number of them around Australia, most are in scenic locations. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ve done before. I’m sure there are plenty of others so please share your experiences. An added bonus of many of these rides is that they are involved with charity partners so participants have the opportunity to help fundraise at the same time. New South

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give bib shorts a go

Female cyclists – Why not give bib shorts a go?

Whether you wear bib shorts (also known as bib knicks) or non bib shorts is a personal decision but I urge all female riders to at least give bib shorts a go. However there are two things that I think are non-negotiable if you want to be part of the crowd. One is that you should wear shorts, rather than shorts or gym pants, and secondly you shouldn’t wear any underwear underneath them. They are designed to be worn without undies and as long as they are not see-through it should be fine to do so without causing offence to

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descending on a road bike

Every woman’s guide to descending on a road bike

When I first started riding a road bike, nearly eight years ago, I thought you just jumped on and away you went, but it didn’t take me long to realise that there was more skills involved than I had first thought, and for me one of the hardest to master has been descending on a road bike. And there’s definitely still room for improvement. So when putting these descending tips together I’m paying lots of attention, because everyone can do with a refresher every now and then. Familiarise To start, familiarise yourself with the condition of the road surface by

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Phoebe (right) with a friend at last year's Tour de France

What’s it like to work for a pro cycling team?

So what’s it like to work for a pro cycling team? As part of my series on women who work in the world of cycling, this week’s post is about Communications expert, Phoebe Haymes, who recently landed her dream job working with the pro cycling team BMC. I actually met Phoebe last year at the Tour de France. She was at the time working for a PR agency in France, and was working on a brief social media event focused on Aussie corner in Villers Brettoneux. We’ve kept in touch and I recently sent her a few questions…… Q: What

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