Here’s a few of my favourite things. It’s a bit Sydney-centric but I’m happy to include other stuff if you let me know about it.
I ride a Specialized Amira Expert women’s specific road bike and I love it so naturally I’m going to recommend you check out the Australian Specialized website. If you want to buy one I recommend John Michell and his team at Ashfield Cycles.
There are very few Sydney bike shops that carry a significant range of women’s products or clothing. A couple of exceptions are Clarence Street Cyclery in the city that has its own special shop for women and Fraser’s Cycles at Taren Point that has a large range of women’s cycle clothing.
Another great place to find women’s cycling gear is online. To support a local online retailer try Bella Velo run by a woman I know through my club.
In early 2011 I attended a weekend workshop for keen women cyclists run by a woman called Donna Meehan. Donna runs all sorts of educational sessions for women of all levels of cycling. Her workshop certainly helped boost my confidence and had me riding on the velodrome for the very first time in a nurturing women only environment.
Bicycle Victoria has some great resources for women cyclists on its website.
My club is LACC http://lacc.org.au
In recent years I’ve put a much higher emphasis on my own fitness. Part of my success is due to the fabulous Deb & Vic from Let’s Get Fit in North Strathfield. I go there once a week for a group personal training session.
My friend Phil at CompuTrainer offers electronic indoor cycling training systems. This cycling computer combines analytical coaching software with 3D interactive graphics and real course videos to create an effective indoor cycling experience.
Women’s professional cycling is so under-represented in the Australian media. In fact you never hear about it. Here’s a couple of links.