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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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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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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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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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Safer than the Stairs

It is not often that I slow down. In spite of my so-called retired status, I am rolling through life at a fairly good clip most of the time. But yesterday I paused to pick up  Women on Wheels, a cyclist’s handbook by Portland author, April Streeter. The quick-read chapters appeal to my pause-just-a-moment lifestyle. I cracked open the tiny treasure and landed on a chapter titled, “Safer than the Stairs”, a fact-filled answer to the valid question we have all received from friends and family (and perhaps even ourselves), “Aren’t you afraid of the dangers of cycling?” Continue reading