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Enter: Ride Like A Girl

April 5th, 2013, Ride Like A Girl came on the scene in Portland, Oregon. Forty women showed up for our first “Just Coffee” session confirming our hunch that women want to bike. With a passion for helping women get started, we launched with a mission to help women discover the joy of biking; offering coaching, training and social biking opportunities. With the support and help from our friends at Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup, our sponsor Western Bikeworks, and others, here we are five years later with 170 women, ever-expanding our cycling skills, discovering new horizons and continuing to reach out to newcomers. One way we are celebrating our birthday is with throwback photos to that first year. We hope you’ll follow along and celebrate with us.
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Bike Camp, Day Two: Descending, Baby!

Hoods versus Drops:

Coaches JoAnn, Cody and Bart demonstrate correct hand position for descending; the drops (lowest position on the handle bars). This gives you the most control, stability, best leverage for braking and all around safety.

It was a morning of descending, climbing, repeat …, and then one final Continue reading


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Bike Camp, Day One: Countless New Skills!

Today’s post is a compilation of the skills we learned on the first day of RLAG Road Biking Camp. We thought sharing them with you would be a great way to remember them ourselves. Note that we have included both photos and video (click to play those).

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Elite Athletes Share Struggles and Secrets (Podcast)

With the 2016 Olympic games about to commence, we anticipate the drama and sheer excitement of watching our nation’s athletes compete on the world stage. We will hear of new and returning competitors and how they found their beginnings via predictable and assorted paths. We will be granted fast-forward storylines of how rigorous training and wholehearted dedication yield world-class Olympic performers. Some of us will be inspired, and perhaps motivated,  by their single-mindedness, beautiful forms and their ambition to attain audacious goals. And some of us may simply relish in the pleasure of spectating from the sofa, informed by our unquestionable paradigms that athletic excellence is limited to only the gifted as we ask the friend beside us, “Please pass the guacamole.” [Skip to podcast]

As one who is journeying through mid-life and discovered only five years ago the joy of road biking, I wonder …  Continue reading


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Ditch the Toe Clips

My toe clips and straps are headed for the garbage can. I’ve used them on my mountain bike for years but yesterday I could not get out of them quickly enough and sustained a foot sprain on what should have been a painless fall.

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Toe clips with straps are an older style pedal system

I didn’t have enough momentum riding uphill through a rocky trail. When I stopped my wheel suddenly turned left and I began to fall right. I tried to slide my foot out of the straps but my foot was trapped. Down I went. Continue reading


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Idaho Day 1: Flats, Gravel, “Try to Keep Up!”

We are at it again. Bike tour number two – stateside this time. It’s my first vacation in the northwestern state of Idaho. We started in the rural southeastern town of Blackfoot, self proclaimed potato growing capital of the world. A wee bit of irony given I just returned from Ireland last month.

Our first mission: bike 60 miles north and then east to Ririe, an even smaller town (population sub 650). I thought I’d share the three challenges I faced Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!

No boring stats today. You will find our new friends, Chris and John, along with their “High Nellies” and advice for bicyclists much more interesting. With their permission I am sharing photos and video from our visit at the Meiteal Cafe in Dunlavin, a village in County Wicklow with a library at its center.

Michael and I were in search of Continue reading