angry birds swooping cyclists

Look out for angry birds swooping cyclists

It’s Spring in my home town, and while it’s an awesome time of the year to ride a bike, it also means that there’ll be lots of angry birds swooping cyclists in the next month or so. In my local area we have a couple of very vicious butcherbirds that re-emerge at this time of year to protect their babies. So the talk in the local cafes is all focused on whether he’s back in action, and sadly I’ve already had a few reports of being swooped. Native birds such as Australian Magpies are highly protective of their eggs, nest

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mass participation bike ride

Set yourself a cycling goal – sign up for a mass participation bike ride

One of my favourite mantras is that you only improve your cycling when you set a goal, and a mass participation bike ride is a great target to set for new cyclists, as well as seasoned ones. There are a number of them around Australia, most are in scenic locations. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ve done before. I’m sure there are plenty of others so please share your experiences. An added bonus of many of these rides is that they are involved with charity partners so participants have the opportunity to help fundraise at the same time. New South

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give bib shorts a go

Female cyclists – Why not give bib shorts a go?

Whether you wear bib shorts (also known as bib knicks) or non bib shorts is a personal decision but I urge all female riders to at least give bib shorts a go. However there are two things that I think are non-negotiable if you want to be part of the crowd. One is that you should wear shorts, rather than shorts or gym pants, and secondly you shouldn’t wear any underwear underneath them. They are designed to be worn without undies and as long as they are not see-through it should be fine to do so without causing offence to

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descending on a road bike

Every woman’s guide to descending on a road bike

When I first started riding a road bike, nearly eight 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 descending on a road bike. And there’s definitely still room for improvement. So when putting these descending tips together I’m paying lots of attention, because everyone can do with a refresher every now and then. Familiarise To start, familiarise yourself with the condition of the road surface by

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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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