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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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Cycling Builds Confidence, Restores Spirit

Today’s post is written by Trudy Hussman, a RLAG Cycling member, avid cyclist for 9 years, and a professional writer for much longer! She tells the story of Penny Clouser, who was recently awarded Ride Like A Girl’s “Most Inspirational Rider” (selected by the 2014 RLAG bicycling girlfriends).  It is a story of overcoming the odds, rebuilding confidence and restoring the spirit after a series of life’s toughest challenges. It is also a poignant example of RLAG’s theme for 2015, “Come as you are!”

 

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Penny (right) with Susie.

When Penny Clouser’s friend Susie told her about Ride Like a Girl in early 2014, Penny knew Continue reading


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Meet My New Girlfriend: Max

Today was one of those mornings. The alarm didn’t go off which meant I was running late for a bike ride with friends. My energy was low. My back hurt and I could feel a headache coming on. Girlfriends will empathetically recognize these symptoms. It was my “special” day. I would have much preferred an ordinary one. Continue reading


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Then and Now: Celebrating 2014!

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2014 “newbies” at the Banks-Vernonia Trailhead.

How often do you stop and look back?  It is a great exercise, especially for the purpose of celebrating progress. Last April, Ride Like A Girl launched its second season with a mostly-new group of forty women who wanted to try this biking thing. They dusted off their bikes buried deep inside their garages. They wheeled them into a neighborhood bike shop for inspection, adjustment and some minor repairs. They listened to 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