Bike Touring Part 2: Equipment for bicycle touring

Here’s part 2 of the three part series on bike touring from Terra Ash….   Like most outdoor endeavors, bicycle touring can be a very expensive activity or a relatively inexpensive one. One rule that will help you save money in the long run is to invest in high quality equipment from the beginning to prevent unnecessary replacements. Touring is hard on equipment, so it’s best to pay a little more for a higher quality product. What to look for in a Touring Bike? Above all else, make sure your bike fits you. You might be able to ride a

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Bike Touring Part 1: Choosing your first bike tour

I must admit that I know almost nothing about touring by bike and have never tried to it out, so I was pleased when seasoned tourer Terra Ash contacted me from Iowa in the US and offered to write a guest blog post or two. That turned into a series of three blog posts about touring that will be published over the next few weeks. Enjoy……….   Bike touring can be one of the most enjoyable forms of cycling. The first time you transport yourself using nothing but your body to travel to your destination you will simultaneously realise how

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Calling all women – Here’s 10 reasons you should take up cycling

I like to think of myself as a bit of a cycling evangelist. That doesn’t mean I give regular sermons about cycling but through this blog, my job and other social occasions I love the opportunity to share my love for cycling with others, particularly women. So here’s 10 reasons why you should think about cycling. They are in no particular order (just the order they jumped into my head). The initial list took me about five minutes to write so you can see that I’m completely enthusiastic about this subject. 1. Fitness Please note that I haven’t called this

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Cycling in the sun and heat

When you live in a country like Australia it is pretty difficult to avoid heat and sun exposure while you’re riding your road bike. The summer sun can be pretty fierce so here’s my tips for handling it. Ride early and late I do most of my riding early in the morning. There are a number of reasons for riding early but one of them is definitely sun exposure and heat. You’ll also avoid traffic if you ride early in the day. But if you can’t ride early in the morning then try a twilight ride to avoid the sun.

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10 great cycle routes for women

Women Who Cycle was contacted by a guy called Aaron who offered to write a blog post about great bike routes around the world for women (and men of course too). I couldn’t turn him down. So here’s Aaron’s top 10 around the globe…….. Not all of us are like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome – as cyclists we don’t all aspire to conquer the biggest, greatest races the world has to offer, and we’re not all enamoured by the Tour De France. Although many of us do cycle for fitness, many of us also cycle for pleasure, and would

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Young women tour America’s West Coast by bike

A couple of weeks ago, keen cyclist and occasional writer Andrew Stephen contacted me and offered to write a guest blog post for Women Who Cycle. I jumped at the opportunity to bring you another perspective on women’s cycling. Here’s Andrew’s thought provoking interview of some adventurous young female cyclists………..   A few years back two women quit their jobs, left Minnesota and their families, and took off on the bike tour of a lifetime from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, CA (about 650 miles or 1,046 km). We spoke to them about struggling to shed the myths of female safety on

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Christmas gift ideas for female cyclists

Women who love cycling also love getting presents from Santa that reflect their favourite past-time. Here’s a few ideas for the female road cyclist in your life. S-Works women’s road shoes Specialized has recently launched new S-Works road shoes for both men and women. I have the predecessors and they’re great. The new ones are lighter and look even better. The retail price is $450 and they are available only at Specialized dealers like Ashfield Cycles.  

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Ausbike Expo 2012 – my highlights

Last Friday I headed to Melbourne to visit the Ausbike Expo which is the annual bike industry trade show which this year featured hundreds of new products and services for the Australian bike industry. I spent all day working my way from stand to stand asking the eager participants if they had any products specifically designed for female cyclists or products they believed would appeal to women. Quite a few people steered me towards anything pink but I quickly explained that while pink is popular with some women cyclists it doesn’t appeal to me and I know many of my

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Join me for a women’s cycle training camp

The venue for the weekend I’m really excited about attending a women’s training camp in October to be held over four days and three nights in one of my favourite country towns of Bathurst, NSW. I hold a little soft spot for Bathurst because it’s where I attended three years of Uni to study communication back in the 80s. Wonderful town and I’m really looking forward to returning there in October. Cycle coach Donna Meehan and a group of female coaches have got together to organise a four day training camp to be held from Friday, 26 to Monday, 29 October

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Following the Tour de France – a women’s perspective

My partner and I have just finished our second trip to the world’s most famous bike race, Le Tour de France and I thought I’d share a few insights with you. So rather than give you yet another commentary about the actual bike race I will describe what it’s like to follow it. You might wonder what interest a woman who writes a blog about women’s cycling would have in watching a men’s bike race and the answer is simple, I love all aspects of road biking which includes a keen interest in the men’s pro peleton all year round.

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