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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


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Spring has its Price: Rain

Some days you don’t see it coming. Some days it looms ominous but yields only grayness. And some days it reigns over your best-laid plans. Rain: drizzly, shower-y, intermittently, steady or downright heavy; in any form – we love it and we hate it.  As a cyclist, I do my best to avoid it.

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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5 Tips to Biking with Confidence

Corsa Cafe inside Western Bike Works

The best bike rides begin as coffee dates with a BFF.

Starting something new can be exciting, overwhelming or darn right terrifying. I find that many women would like to bike but face a myriad of hurdles including anxiety, fear of sharing the road with vehicles or simply not knowing where to begin. Fortunately, these very real challenges do not have to be show stoppers. With the right support, resources and strategies it is possible get off to a good (and safe) start. Here are a few tips that serve as cornerstones for Ride Like A Girl as we help women discover the joy of bicycling.

Invite a Girlfriend to Coffee. Finding a ride buddy is one of the greatest ways to overcome some of the hurdles to getting started because now you have a partner. You can support each other by planning, learning and discovering together. Biking with a friend can Continue reading


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This Girl Can!!!

Stop what you’re doing!  Click on this photo. Read, watch and go get your bike.

"Grace vs. Pace"

“Grace vs. Pace”

“The back is the new front!” according to RLAG girlfriend, Linda G.

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The Critical Question: So What?

Our biggest ride: The Harvest Century (46 miles)

Our biggest ride: The Harvest Century (46 miles)

Year-end is a time of reflection, goal setting and (if you work for Corporate America) preparing for your annual performance review. After thirty-one years at Intel I had become well versed in answering the “So what?” question. In other words, it didn’t really matter the number of hours I worked, how hard I worked or how much activity I generated. What mattered most was one thing: ResultsContinue reading


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Stay Warm in Winter!

Two years ago I stopped hibernating in winter. No more hanging up my bike for a cycling hiatus and no more losing ground in my fitness level from months of inactivity. Not only is riding year round a great way to stay in great bikey shape, but riding in the fall and winter is invigorating and oh-so-beautiful. Yes, even here in Portland, Oregon, where there are plenty of dry days for us bicycling enthusiasts to enjoy.

There was a time I would have thought that anyone who rode in temperatures less than 70 degrees was simply nuts. I hate being cold, but I have also come to discover there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Thirty-seven degrees outside? No problem. The sun is shining, it is not raining (saving that for another post), friends are waiting. Let’s ride!

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On Winged Wheels of Boundless Joy!

70 "Yearlings" joined RLAG in 2014.

70 “Yearlings” joined RLAG in 2014.

In wrapping up the 2014 riding season for Ride Like A Girl here in Portland, I asked the women who participated to share how they have personally grown, what they learned, which barriers they overcame, or the goal they accomplished. This post is a simple list of their responses, Continue reading