Road rules for cyclists and drivers

A couple of weeks ago I was enjoying my usual Saturday morning ride with a bunch of friends and a car came up behind me and beeped aggressively to indicate that she thought I should get out of the way and let her pass. Legally I was in the right, but I decided to move across so that she could get past and leave me alone. Many cyclists, and particularly women are not keen about riding on roads because they are quite legitimately worried they’ll be hit by a car. So as a consequence I thought I’d share my thoughts

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Camp de Femme – Bathurst 2012

  Our surprise visitor I’ve just returned from an awesome long weekend in country NSW where I learned so much about bike riding in a short space of time. The four day event, organised by Donna Meehan under the auspices of Cycling NSW was held in the central western NSW town of Bathurst and was attended by about 30 women who all have one thing in common – a love for cycling. It was informative, fun, exhilarating and exhausting and ran from Friday morning to Monday mid-morning. As you would expect with 30 women we all came from different backgrounds

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How to improve your pedal stroke

I was riding recently with coach Donna riding behind and she gave me a tip about my pedal stroke. She suggested that I concentrate on one leg at a time and focus on pedalling in circles to make my pedal stroke smoother. So since then I’ve been practicing and have also done a bit of research on pedal stroke. I came across an article on one of my favourite women’s cycling websites – womenscycling.ca and asked permission to share it with you. The original article was written by Clair Cafaro…….. Focusing on a smooth, round stroke will actually help to produce more

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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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Bike fit – Do you need it?

Specialized-lululemon’s Evelyn Stevens undergoing the BG fit I need to say up front that I’ve never undergone a comprehensive bike fit, other than the “not so comprehensive” fit most of us receive before we wheel our shiny new road bike out of the local bike shop. Tom Petty who runs his own bike fitting business called BT Cycle Solutions contacted me a few months ago to ask if I’d be interested in hearing about what he offers and  we met up a couple of weeks ago over coffee. Young Tom (I’m allowed to call him that because he’s half my

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Bicycle NSW – the cyclists’ voice

A couple of weeks ago I met with Barry Kenyon from Bicycle NSW who has the very fancy title of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Director (not dissimilar to what I do for a living). His organisation of which I’m a paid up member represents cycling in all its forms. I’ve always been a little confused about what Bicycle NSW (and its equivalent interstate counterparts) does as opposed to Cycling NSW (and its national body Cycling Australia and equivalent state counterparts) so I started our chat by asking Barry that question. In short Bicycle NSW represents cycling in all its forms –

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World Bicycle Relief – changing lives in Africa

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably read about how taking up cycling four years ago has changed my life in a number of ways. But my story seemed insignificant when I recently read about a charity called World Bicycle Relief which is changing the lives of African people by providing bicycles for them to earn their livelihood, travel to school and assist aid workers. World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2004 by SRAM President F K Day and his wife Leah Missbach Day in response to the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami. For those

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Insuring your bike and yourself while riding

I know that insurance is not exactly everyone’s favourite topic and it certainly isn’t mine and it’s also a ‘grudge’ purchase but if you’re going to spend a lot of money buying a beautiful bike, and spend lots of time riding it, then you need to think about insurance for both the bike and yourself. Thank you to Kate Bates for suggesting I write about this important subject. I’m certainly not an expert on insurance so what you’re about to read is my opinion and not a recommendation, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt to benefit both female

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Texas women fostering cycling

Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling I was lucky enough to spend the month of July in beautiful France and part of that trip was following the Tour de France from Stage 6 until the end. One of the great things about the Tour de France is the camaraderie that exists amongst all the cycling fans waiting by the side of the road each day. That’s how I found out about the Austin Flyers which is a women’s only cycling club based in Austin, Texas in the USA. Jessica who is a member of the club came up to me and asked if

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Women specific road bikes – a popular topic

  As a keen blogger one thing I do on a regular basis, usually daily, is check my web stats and look at things like how many people are visiting my site, where they are located, and what search terms they use to find me. One of the most popular search strings that appears at least once on most days is – ‘do I need a women specific road bike?’. The searchers find me because I wrote a blog post on this topic about a year ago so I thought it would be good to revisit it. I’m sorry to

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