magpie attack while riding your bike

How to avoid magpie attack while riding your bike

I was rudely reminded on Sunday morning that at this time of year you need to avoid magpie attack while riding your bike, when an angry bird swooped me, clipping the back of my helmet. While he did me no harm, I could have overreacted and crashed my bike!! You see it’s Spring in my home town of Sydney, and while it’s an awesome time of the year to ride a bike, it also means that there are a lot of angry birds swooping cyclists in the next couple of months. Magpies seem to get most of the mentions, but

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shoulder tension while riding a bike

Just relax – How to minimise shoulder tension while riding a bike

I’m really bad at taking my own advice, so these tips on how to minimise shoulder tension while riding a bike are for me, just as much as anybody else. I hold tension in my shoulders in other activities as well, like sitting at my desk at work and driving my car so it just builds up. In fact my shoulder muscles are hurting while I write this post, so I’ll skip to the last tip right after I finish. Let it go – Consciously let go of the tension in your arms and shoulders by focusing on that part of

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road bikes for short women

There are plenty of road bikes for short women

It seems there’s lots of short women who have trouble finding a road bike but they needn’t despair there are actually plenty of road bikes for short women. You might not find them in stock on the retail floor but they do exist and can be ordered. Not so long ago I worked in a bike shop and many short women would ask me whether they should buy a children’s bike! I would always reply that they should buy a bike for grownups, and in most bike types including road, mountain, hybrid and others you’ll find lots of choices. The

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Women's Health Week

It’s all about you – Focus on yourself for Women’s Health Week

This week is Women’s Health Week as decreed by the wonderful Jean Hailes group. It’s an entire week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. As Jean Hailes describes it, Women’s Health Week is the time to put ourselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime. Running from 3 to 7 September, more than 100,000 people across the country have registered to attend a Women’s Health Week event or subscribed to receive free daily videos, podcasts, stories, recipes and much more. Landmarks across Australia will be turning pink during the

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Amy Gillett Foundation

Amy Gillett Foundation making roads safer for cyclists

I’ve been admiring the great work of the Amy Gillett Foundation for many years, and felt it was about time I wrote about the terrific activities they undertake to make the roads safer for all cyclists. I was lucky enough to meet CEO Phoebe Dunn at a cycling event a couple of months ago and we recently corresponded. Q: I know the AGF was founded in memory of Australian cyclist Amy Gillett. How has it evolved since Amy’s tragic death 13 years ago? Our singular focus on cycling safety remains unchanged. Over the years we have worked hard to reach

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carrying your bike in or on your car

A women’s guide to carrying your bike in or on your car

There’s a myriad of options for carrying your bike in or on your car. I actually carry my own precious road bike inside my car because I drive a hatchback, and can fold the rear seats down, and slide it in, but if you’ve got more than one bike to carry, or don’t have a car with plenty of space, you’ll need to look at some other plan. Here’s Women Who Cycle’s tips on the various options in the marketplace: Inside your car If you own a van, station wagon, hatchback or SUV you’ll probably have the option to safely

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women’s cycling blog

Will there be a seven year itch for women’s cycling blog Women Who Cycle?

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever expect to write a women’s cycling blog for seven years, week on week. I started Women Who Cycle in August 2011 because I was so keen to share my love of road cycling with other women, and my enthusiasm for the subject has not waned. I’ve racked up a total of more than 360 posts over those seven years with weekly entries on loads of great topics. And contrary to the illustration, my head has not grown bigger. In fact I still feel incredibly grounded. Cycling has given me much greater confidence

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descend safely on a road bike

Improve your skills and learn to how to descend safely on a road bike

When I first started riding a road bike, nearly ten 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 to descend safely on a road bike. And there’s definitely still room for improvement – part of lifelong learning program! Here’s a few tips to hone your own skills: Familiarise The first step is to familiarise yourself with the condition of the road surface by riding up the

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female cyclists encouraging other riders to join them

Addventageous – female cyclists encouraging other riders to join them

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you’ll know I love to share a story about female cyclists encouraging other riders to join them. At an event last month I met up with Lisa Nicholls who works for a Parramatta-based social enterprise called Addventageous. I was intrigued by her work and thought I’d share a little about Addventageous with my readers. Addventageous is a social enterprise founded by Charlene Bordley. Her aim is to socially connect communities through the joy of cycling by providing affordable and accessible cycling programs and services for all members of the community. In case you’re wondering

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get out of your comfort zone

Get out of your comfort zone using your magic bicycle

I believe you should regularly get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. I’m not always great at practising what I preach, but I’m happy to report that I completed my first road cycling team time trial over the weekend. For a lot of riders that would have been well within their comfort zone but for me it was a stretch. Not a huge one, but still a stretch. Apparently there’s some science behind the concept. The ‘comfort zone’ is described as the behavioural space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimises stress and

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