How to stay safe riding on the road

Too often  I read about cyclists being killed or injured on our roads and each time I read with great sadness. But recently when I read about a female cyclist being killed on a Sydney road it seemed all too close. It reminded me how vulnerable we all are when we ride on the roads, so I thought it was timely to share a few tips I’ve picked up about riding safely on roads. Be clear and assertive Make sure you signal your intentions to other road users by signalling with your arms when you are turning left or right.

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Finding the right saddle for female cyclists

Finding the right saddle should be a high priority for all female cyclists. I’m a strong advocate of women-specific saddles, like I am of women specific bikes, because women have very different anatomy to men and therefore have very different needs. The good news is that if you buy a women- specific bike then it will already be fitted with a women’s saddle so you’re already part the way there. I was really lucky that my Specialized road bike came with a saddle (pictured) that suited me and I’m still using it, two and a half years later. One potential

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10 great cycle routes for women

Women Who Cycle was contacted by a guy called Aaron who offered to write a blog post about great bike routes around the world for women (and men of course too). I couldn’t turn him down. So here’s Aaron’s top 10 around the globe…….. Not all of us are like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome – as cyclists we don’t all aspire to conquer the biggest, greatest races the world has to offer, and we’re not all enamoured by the Tour De France. Although many of us do cycle for fitness, many of us also cycle for pleasure, and would

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Other great websites for women cyclists

This week I thought I’d share a few other women’s websites and blogs that I visit regularly for inspiration and information about women’s cycling. I’ve even been known to republish some of their material, with permission of course. This is a fairly short list and I’m sure there are loads of other great ones. Please let me know via the comments if there are other sites you’ve come across. Total Women’s Cycling This is a relatively new women’s online magazine that is UK-based and launched early in 2013. It’s really hit the ground running and regularly publishes great tips, product

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How to determine your optimal weight?

Ever since I started riding four and a half years ago my weight has been very stable but I also know that if I lost a few kilos I would be faster and go up hills better. So I read with interest an article from one of my favourite women’s online cycling magazines Women’s Cycling.ca and the editor Laurel-Lea kindly agreed that I could reproduce it here. So here it is by Diane Stibbard……. Q: How do I determine my optimal weight so I’m strong and fit on my bike? A: Everyone has a different body physiology as well as

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Chasing her dreams on the bike, meet Dr Kimberley Wells

The first time I remembering hearing the name Kimberley Wells was when I was watching the Bay Crits on television earlier this year. She won against many of her highly fancied rivals. The second time was when I saw her live, racing in the Women’s Cup at Unley in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under where she also won. So I wasn’t at all surprised when Kimberley made contact with me from her new base in the US. Here’s the story in her own words. Why did you start cycling? I am 27 years old now and fell into cycling

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The art of drafting: how to follow a wheel

One of the skills it took me quite a long time to master when I started road cycling was following closely behind the wheel in front of me. I was not confident about my own ability and bike skills and so I sat back and watched from afar. It was only with the encouragement of others that I practiced and slowly built my confidence. I think generally men are quicker to master these types of skills, but women have just as much ability once we know how and have the confidence. Drafting is an important skills that is well worth

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The amazing tale of Kacie & Dani

A month or so ago I was contacted by two inspiring American women who are training for an ‘ultra’ cycling event called Race Across America. It’s a 3,000 mile or 4,828 km ride that has to be completed in nine days. I always thought that undertaking a long ride like Melbourne’s Around the Bay which is 210 km was a pretty impressive feat. That was until I heard from Kacie & Dani. I asked them a few questions about their quest.

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Trailblazing female bike racers of the 1880s

As well as being a keen cyclist, I am also a lover of social history and when I get to combine two things of interest I’m pretty content. I have a great book called Wheels of Change by Sue Macy in my home library and thought I would share a story I enjoyed. If you think that female cyclists in the past 20 or so years have been real trailblazers then think again, because the true trailblazers where the women that were racer bicycles way back in the late 1800s. An early American racer Elsa von Blumen of Rochester New

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Be brave girls – ride with clip-in pedals

A lot of women tell me that they are nervous about riding with clip-in pedals because they fear falling off and injury themselves or worse still embarrassing themselves. I’m really lucky that my partner coerced me into riding my road bike with clip-ins from day one and I never looked back. My suggestion is that you view the step-up from a flat platform pedal to a clip-in system as an important one, an indication of growing confidence in your bike-handling ability. So to make it a bit easier here’s some background information about clip-in pedals and the different types and

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