the right bike for a female rider

Buying the right bike for a female rider

If you’re ready to step up to the next level in cycling and take up racing, participate in a major event or start a training program then you are going to need the right bike for a female rider. Up until about 10 years ago, female cyclists had to settle for men’s cycling gear, or unisex as it is often called, so that bikes were not quite the right size and the apparel definitely wasn’t. Thankfully during the last decade there has been a number of companies like Trek, Specialized, Cannondale and Giant who have spent plenty of time and

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Happy 5th birthday to Women Who Cycle

Happy 5th birthday to Women Who Cycle

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since I started this humble little blog. I came up with the idea while attending a workshop on social media for small business owners. Within a week I’d launched Women Who Cycle. At the time I didn’t know if I’d be able to sustain it beyond the first few months. Blogging is a very personal undertaking, you really put yourself out there for others to review and judge. I’ve been very fortunate to receive mostly praise for my efforts, which has had a large part in keeping it going. I’m not sure

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female cyclists need a bike computer

All female cyclists need a bike computer

When I bought my first road bike nearly eight years ago, I rode with a bike computer from day one, so I believe all female cyclists need a bike computer. My first computer was a just a simple one, that told me my basic statistics like speed, average speed, distance traveled, time, maximum speed and more, but it really helped me focus on making improvements. If you’re just riding down to the local shops and back, then a bike computer is probably a bit over the top, but if you’re riding your bike to get fit and want to improve

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great reasons for women to take up road cycling

Ten great reasons for women to take up road cycling

I took up road cycling nearly eight years ago, and it has changed my life in many ways. There’s so many amazing things about riding a road bike and here’s my top ten great reasons for women to take up road cycling. Fitness If you do enough kilometres (or miles) on your bike, no matter how fast or slow, you will improve your fitness. As a result of cycling I’m the fittest I’ve ever been in my life. Friendship I have met literally hundreds of great people through cycling and many of them have become great friends. Cycling creates a

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women’s cycling team for Rio

Meet Australia’s women’s cycling team for Rio

I’m super excited that the Rio Olympics Games are starting in a little over two weeks and thought I should help introduce you to Australia’s women’s cycling team for Rio. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, as they are formally known, will be held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And despite all the naysayers about economic issues and other problems in Brazil, I think it will be a great event because the Brazilians sure know how to host a party. The women’s cycling team for Rio includes four disciplines – road, track, mountain bike

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don'ts for female cyclists

Don’t cultivate a ‘bicycle face’ – advice for women in 1895

As a history buff I can’t go past this fantastic list of don’ts for female cyclists published in a newspaper called New York World in 1895. My personal favourite is ‘Don’t cultivate a bicycle face’. I’m not sure what a ‘bicycle face’ might have been, but a found a suggestion from another writer who suggested that “women who biked too much would develop a chronic look of exhaustion and strain. This could include tight lips, a flushed face, harsh wrinkles, and bulging eyes with dark circles underneath.” This great cartoon illustrates ‘bicycle face’ and comes from Bikeyface. Don’t be a

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A guide to buying women’s clip-in cycling shoes

I meet a lot of women who are reluctant to try women’s clip-in cycling shoes on their bike. They are nervous about falling off their bike if they forget to unclip, or in some cases believe that clip-in shoes are just for super serious cyclists. But I think they are for anyone who plans to do some significant kilometres on their bike. And there are some good reasons why you might want to become more attached to your pedals. Clipping in can stop your foot slipping off when applying power, help align your foot to ensure maximum efficiency, and potentially

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Giro Rosa 2016

Cheer on the women in the Giro Rosa 2016

Every year I write about the women’s professional race the Giro Rosa 2016, and I always 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 to any sports fans. 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 in promoting the race

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find friends to ride my bike with

Help… How do I find friends to ride my bike with?

One of the things I often get asked, and particularly from women, is “How do I find friends to ride my bike with?”. And you’ll be pleased to know that it’s not that hard to find like-minded riders, both women and men. When I first started riding a road bike about eight years ago, I did ride around on my own a fair bit, but over time I found like-minded riding companions who I now consider to be amongst my best friends. Over the years I’ve found lots of buddies, both women and men, some of whom have already come

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Indoor bike trainer

Indoor bike trainer – a great way to beat cold and wet weather

Right now in my home town of Sydney it’s starting to get a little cold in the early mornings, and we’ve also had a fair bit of rain, but all you need is an indoor bike trainer to keep in shape. I also heard an interview with a weather expert a few weeks ago, who said we are probably heading for a La Nina weather pattern which means we’ll be getting plenty of rain in the near future. But I’ll be ready for it, with my indoor trainer. My preference is to ride outdoors and I’m lucky enough to live

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