Women Who Cycle

Happy 6th birthday to Women Who Cycle

I do confess that I love birthdays, so I’m very happy to be celebrating the sixth birthday of my blog Women Who Cycle. When I started this adventure, I had no notion that it would run for six years and beyond. And who knows how many years it will continue. It has been a six year labour of love, and a fantastic journey for me. I’ve met heaps of great people, some face-to-face but many via the phone or email. So many people have been so generous with their time and expertise. I’ve even formed friendships with people I’ve met

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cycling improves your physical health

Cycling improves your physical health, get out there

I was thrilled to hear from my in-laws earlier this year, that they have taken up regular cycling and it’s had some great physical benefits, because we all know that cycling improves your physical health. The benefits for them have included a significant reduction in their blood pressure as well as improving their overall health. These two are not spring chickens, but through a relatively short daily ride they’ve really made a difference to their quality of life. So I thought I’d have a look at why a small amount of riding is so beneficial to them. My research has

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Road bike disc brakes

Road bike disc brakes are here, and all women are going to want them

Cycling Australia made an interesting announcement last week, allowing the use of road bike disc brakes for most road bike racing within Australia, effective immediately. It was interesting because the international body, the UCI is still dragging the chain on the same issue, despite some of the big name riders like Marcel Kittel in the recent Tour de France winning several stages on a disc brake-equipped bike. Apparently disc brakes have been allowed in the US club scene since 2015. So I suspect that from January 2018 the UCI will allow them too, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Secret Women’s Business for female cyclists

Secret Women’s Business for female cyclists

I first wrote about this topic back in 2012 and since then secret women’s business for female cyclists has been one of my most visited posts. So I figure it’s something that troubles a lot of female riders. I do admit that when I first started riding a road bike nearly nine years ago that I did have problems getting comfortable on my saddle. Most of my non-riding friends assumed that it would be my backside that hurt after a long ride, but I actually found that my more delicate female anatomical parts were the problem. In her book Every Woman’s

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Aussie pro cyclist Rachel Neylan

Amazing persistence and focus pays off for Aussie Pro Cyclist Rachel Neylan

Two months ago, I attended a women’s cycling event at a local bike shop and was thrilled to meet Aussie pro cyclist Rachel Neylan. I was really impressed when I heard Rachel recount her story of determination to reach the top echelons of Australian women’s cycling. I was also impressed to find out that she was the driving force behind the event I was attending, and she was leaving Australia the very next day to begin her European season. On the night Rachel agreed to an interview and here’s the result….. Q: How did you get into cycling? I was

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The frame is the most important part of the bicycle

The frame is the most important part of the bicycle

Before I worked in the bike industry, I was of the view that if you wanted to buy a road bike then your focus should be on the gearing of the bike, but I now know that the frame is the most important part of the bicycle. The frame provides strength and rigidity and largely determines the handling. The gearing which definitely matters, plays a secondary role. Just like many road bike buyers, when I bought my current carbon-framed bike I used the level of gearing on the bike as the key determinate. I first decided whether I wanted an

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Changing a flat bicycle tyre

Changing a flat bicycle tyre is easy for anyone

The most important bike maintenance lesson you need is changing a flat bicycle tyre. If you ride a bike often enough you’re going to find yourself in a predicament where you need to fit a new inner tube, and it’s likely to be beside a road or similar inconvenient location. Even if you aren’t really confident of your own ability, you should definitely carry a spare tube, tyre levers and a pump or CO2. I guarantee that if you’re in an area where other cyclists ride past, you’ll be offered help by others. There are however a few things you

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Giro Rosa 2017

Get behind the Aussie riders in the Giro Rosa 2017

Each year I promote the women’s pro cycling race, Italy’s Giro Rosa 2017, and each time I also lament the fact that it’s held at the same time as the very high profile Tour de France. As a consequence it passes by almost unnoticed by most sports fans. Up until a few years ago it was considered the biggest stage race on the women’s calendar, but I’d argue that the much newer stage races – the Women’s Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour of California – have now got a higher profile. Nonetheless I’d like to play my part

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cycling in the wind

A women’s guide to cycling in the wind

A few weeks ago I talked about riding in the rain, so I felt it would be good to cover off the other inclement weather condition, and deal with the issue of cycling in the wind. I avoid riding in really high wind, but there are occasions when you won’t have a choice so it’s good to know how to handle it. Here’s a few tips: Get low Being aerodynamic makes you go faster in good conditions, and the same theory applies when you ride in windy weather. So get down on the drops on your road bike and tuck

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riding around Dubbo Zoo

Great fun riding around Dubbo Zoo

My partner and some of my family members are just back from a great long weekend away where we found ourselves riding around Dubbo Zoo. It was a great way to see the zoo because you could ride right up to all the enclosures. But it got me thinking that tourist attractions like the zoo in western NSW is doing a great job of normalising bike riding. This is because most of the people riding bikes around the zoo are not regular riders so it’s promoting riding to them. I expect that some of them return home and start riding

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