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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!

So let’s kick off a conversation about how to stay warm Continue reading


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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


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Give it a Rest

I am tired and my butt hurts.

Is it time for a break yet?

How much longer?

Have these thoughts ever taken center stage in your mind during a bike ride?  Biking can be fun, adventuresome, and inspiring – but it can also be tiring. Sometimes you just need a break. Stop. Eat. Recharge. Yes, that is one way to rest up, and sometimes the best way. But when you are pressed for time, want to stick with friends who are rolling ahead, or simply want to squeeze in a few more miles, can you rest without stopping? Is it possible to rest while you are on your bike? Continue reading


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Do Hills Scare You?

Northern California was my playground last week. The Siskiyou Mountains, to be more specific. Pedaling up hills and whizzing down them was how I spent most days during “The California Bike Ride”, a seven-day bike tour hosted by Bicycle Rides Northwest. Together with 300 other cyclists, my husband and I biked over 400 miles and climbed over 24,000 feet (total elevation gain). And guess what? The group’s median age was Continue reading


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7 Practices to Reduce Risk of Injury

We all want to be safe. So it was no surprise that among the eighty women I have surveyed since 2013, the first and foremost concern about starting to bike is related to the fear of getting hurt. Well, I have good news. There are many ways a cyclist can minimize the risk of injury and enjoy a safe ride. Continue reading


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Keep Old Faithful or Buy a New Bike?

Whew, this was a time consuming project – my first podcast! Well…uh, perhaps I should say ‘my first online digital audio file.’ Podcast implies a series of recordings and this girlfriend is not about to commit to a series of anything, especially when it requires endless editing. Nonetheless, my recorded interview with Kate Nelson at Western Bikeworks is finally good enough to share. But let’s call it a podcast anyway, just for fun, okay?

I am thinking of the woman who is wondering if it is time to replace the old clunker (bicycle) collecting dust in her garage or if she can manage to get a few more miles out of it. Continue reading


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Encouragement from the Ranks

BoB'ers offer their encouragement

BoB’ers offer their encouragement

Encouragement can be a powerful force in one’s learning experience, increasing self-confidence and willingness to step out of the proverbial oh-so-comfortable zone. While adults bring a wealth of life skills and experience to a learning opportunity (evidence they are quite capable of learning something new), learning can still be a scary proposition. Self-doubt and anxieties of various sorts can wreak havoc in the mind of even the most determined learner. Will I look foolish? What if I make a mistake? Can I keep up with the others? … We think and re-think all that could go wrong and possibly lead to an embarrassing and unpleasant outcome. Continue reading