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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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The Power of Girlfriends

Nelson Mandela has said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Courage is just what this Ride Like A Girl team demonstrated Saturday, May 17th when they biked 55 miles from Amily to Pacific City, as participants in the 2014 Reach the Beach cycling event. While family and friends are calling them brave, strong, and confident – many of these gals would be quick to tell you 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


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Girlfriends Tell All!

The journey of three women’s entrance into cycling.

Meet Evy, Linda, and Sheri, three women who entered the world of cycling through Ride Like A Girl. Until last April, not one of them had mounted the saddle of a bike in 3-10 years. They were cycling newbies and self-proclaimed “Nervous Nellies.”  With their permission, I am sharing their stories in the form of a conversational interview we had over coffee at the Urban Grind in Northwest Portland. First, let me introduce them to you. Continue reading