packing your bike for air travel

Tips for packing your bike for air travel

I’m off to Japan later this week and need to get my bike ready, so I thought I should share some tips on packing your bike for air travel. If you’re not really confident about packing your own bike then make a quick call to your local bike shop and ask them to assist. They’ll probably charge you a modest fee so check that when you make the call to them, and make sure you allow plenty of time before your trip. If you want to give it a go yourself then keep reading. My partner and I have been

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Come with me on the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour

I am super excited about heading off next week for the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour which will see me riding in southern Japan. Our fabulous tour leader Tina McCarthy describes the tour as a full immersion in another world, with the boundaries of the old and the new criss-crossing at every turn. “From sublime temples to the dazzling orchestra of neon signs in the cities, our Wheel Women Japan Tour takes you on a journey across the sea, over bridges and among friends,” Tina says. Wheel Women’s Tina McCarthy, who has been travelling to Japan since 1986 when her

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cycling holiday in the south of France

Been looking for the ideal cycling holiday in the south of France?

Women’s cycling enthusiast Diane Best contacted me recently to tell me about her cycling tour company DBest Cycling that specialises in a cycling holiday in the south of France. I wondered how a Scottish native ends up running her own cycling tour company in France, especially when she got there via the long way – a stint in the TV industry in New York. So I asked Diane to share her story with us. Q: How did you get into cycling? I had been an avid squash player but about 10 years ago, after a series of injuries, I got

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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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