get back to riding after an accident

How to get back to riding after an accident

I had an accident on my bike earlier this year and it really threw me off, in more ways than one, so I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts to get back to riding after an accident. My accident was not my fault and involved me rolling over the bonnet of a car where the driver had taken my right of way, because ‘she didn’t see me’. My physical injuries were gone within about a month or so, but my psychological scars remain nine months later.  But I won’t let anxiety stop me because I’m determined to

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mechanical horse

Ride your mechanical horse on Melbourne Cup Day

I often call my bike a mechanical horse because riding a bike reminds me of riding a horse, except I feel much more in control. I also think there are parallels between the devotion many cyclists pay to their favourite pastime, and the passion that others display for their equine companions. I do confess that I’m rather scared of riding a horse. I feel totally out of control and at the whim of a very powerful creature. I feel that it is fitting to write about the ‘mechanical horse’ on Melbourne Cup Day. For those who dwell overseas the Melbourne

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charity bike ride

Sign up for a charity bike ride – challenge yourself and helps others

A great way to improve your cycling is to sign up for a charity bike ride. It gives you a fitness goal, and it also benefits other people who rely on the charity you assist. I started riding a road bike nine years ago to complete a charity bike ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). And here I am nine years later – five JDRF rides, six years as a cycling blogger, five years working in a bike shop, and a totally obsessed road cyclist. When I talk about charity bike rides, I don’t mean the big mass

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Cycling Mums Australia

Cycling Mums Australia – encouraging mums to ride their bikes

I read an article a couple of weeks ago about a group of women who are mums and have founded a group called Cycling Mums Australia to encourage mums around the country to return to riding. So I looked them up via Facebook and talked via email with one of the group’s founders Natalia de Clercq. Over to Natalia….   Q: Why did you start the group Cycling Mums Australia (CMA)? Well, what happened when  I became a mum, my priorities changed, we have so many competing priorities that the bike got pushed down the list, ignored , forgotten about. I

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What to pack for a cycling tour

What to pack for a cycling tour in Europe

I’ve always been intrigued about bike touring, and can’t say I have any experience of what to pack for a cycling tour. So when I read a recent post from fellow blogger Laura Rigby on her great blog Follow My Wheel, I asked Laura if I could reproduce it here. Laura and her husband Phil undertook an ambitious four week cycling tour that started in Nice and ended in Milan. They cycled 1,377 kms and climbed 26,900 vertical metres over 21 ride days carrying all of their luggage in panniers on touring bikes. Laura was good enough to share, and explain

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benefits of yoga for cyclists

The benefits of yoga for cyclists are numerous

Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to include a weekly yoga class in my life and it’s reiterated to me, the benefits of yoga for cyclists. A couple of years ago I attended an interesting workshop with a guy called Angelo, who has developed his own variation of hatha yoga called Pedal Stroke Yoga. A few interesting points I learnt from Angelo in the workshop include: Yoga helps you create a body that is pain free Cycling keeps your body in a linear motion whereas yoga is about twisting In cycling you use your big muscles & sympathetic

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African Women’s Cycling

African Women’s Cycling on the rise

I’ve just returned from my first trip to the amazing continent of Africa, and one of the countries I visited was Rwanda. During my visit, which was focused on seeing the mountain gorillas made famous by American Dian Fossey, I also enjoyed hearing about the rebirth of a nation that had been so deeply affected by the genocide, which occurred during the 1990s. On my return home I was interested to read a story about female cyclists in Rwanda and other African countries so I sought permission from fellow blogger Kenyan Patrick Tindi to republish his interesting post, and here

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Wollongong Women's Cycling Club

Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club getting more women on bikes

I love hearing about female cyclists encouraging other women to join them, and Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club is a great example of just that. I first heard about them from some of my colleagues on the Cycling NSW Women’s Commission and made contact with them via fellow Commission member Kym who is the secretary of the club. Here’s the result of our email chat: Q: Why did you start Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club as a subgroup of an existing Club? Who are the women behind it? Jules Verheyen founded the club in late 2015 after running She Rides cycle coaching

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Keep safe while commuting by bike

Keep safe while commuting by bike: 5 useful tips for new bike commuters

It’s really important to keep safe while commuting by bike so when fellow rider/writer Amanda Wilks of Mountain Bike Reviewed contacted me and asked if she could contribute an article I was keen to publish it. Over to Amanda….. If you love to cycle and care about the environment, choosing to ride to work can help you both improve your fitness level and reduce harmful emissions. However, for the uninitiated, commuting to work can present some problems – maybe you aren’t sure how to make sure you’re seen by vehicles, or maybe you want to avoid showing up to work

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Come 'n' Try racing

Give Club Cycle racing a go with Women’s Come ‘n’ Try racing

If I think back to my pre-cycling me, I would have been amazed at my devotion to cycling, and I would have thought it was extraordinary that I’d given racing a go through the Come ‘n ‘ Try racing program. I’ve spent my whole life being the ‘non-sporty’ type. I remember being reasonably involved in little athletics and other sport when I was at primary school but once I reached high school I tried my hardest to get out of any sporting endeavour, particularly any competitive one!!! At my school the sporty girls were encouraged to be involved but if

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