It’s Not the Size, It’s How He Uses It: A Bike Fit Journey

What do you get when an Italian and an Irish lass walk into a room? A bike fit. When asked, “What does a bike fit mean to you?” most people – like me – respond with, “To be able to pedal efficiently and powerfully without pain.” There I was, in this small room, with Pat, an Italian (“as it gets”), convincing myself that my answer was philosophically sound. That no one else could have come up with a response like that. Pat wasn’t impressed. “That’s good, but a bike fit is getting you balanced on the bike.” Was I not …

Feeling the Burn with P2P Training Race

I tried to ignore the burn running through my thighs as I pushed and pulled each pedal up a false flat during the women’s training race put on by Jon Heidemann at Peak to Peak. This was only a training race, but I could feel the competition like the lactic acid in my legs. Jon and a man I recognized from the Karen Hornbostel Time Trials Series stood in front of us briefing us of the race setup. We were to race eight (or was it nine) laps, with lap three and six as sprints. The man said he’ll ring …

What A Women’s-Only Bike Ride Taught Me

Venus de Miles (the organized women’s bike ride through Longmont, Colorado) is named after the Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite de Milo. It’s a play on words. FACT: Venus (and Aphrodite) is the goddess of love and beauty. The sculpture was found on the island of Milos located in the Agean sea. She was found in a pile of rubble and word on the street is that they were never able to find the arms, leading researchers to believe that maybe she was never meant to have any. This idea of a war-torn statue shows us that you …

Joining a Team or Club

After Primal’s Women’s-Only Bike Clinic, questions lingered like a wheel-sucker. One of which was joining a team or club. Where do you start? What do you have to do? Are there requirements? An application fee? How do you find a team in your city? Why would you even want to join a club or team? Benefits of Joining a Team/Club 1. Camaraderie Joining a team or club gives you camaraderie. Why do you think #teamworkmakesthedreamwork is so popular? It’s a great way for women to start getting into the cycling scene. You’ll grow your network of friends, cycling-enthusiasts, and professionals. …

Women’s-Only Bike Clinic

When one woman has an idea, it can be powerful. When she recruits more women and they make it happen, it can be a revolution. Our revolutions are by the minute on two wheels. Becky Furuta with Team Novo Nordisk came to Pat and me with a remarkable idea – one that had us immediately jumping on board: A Women’s-Only Bike Clinic It started simple: “I want to get all these chicks together, probably at my office for beers and do a chicks-only, newish rider happy hour with basic bike mechanics involved, and answer all the questions that have come …

Prepare your body now for those summer rides coming up

Prepare your body now for those summer rides coming up by Sue Lloyd, Head Coach at Inspired Training Center, Denver, Colorado A bicycle coach once said that June races are won in January. While not all of us are planning to race, many of us are beginning to make plans for single and multi-day tours, long rides with friends and family, and the occasional friendly competition with teammates. Anyone who’s participated in any of these cycling activities knows how enjoyable they can be with a fit, prepared body, and likewise, how miserable they are with an unprepared body. So, what …

5 CARE TIPS FOR CYCLING APPAREL

1. Don’t leave your wet clothing in a pile Liv Race Day Long Sleeve Jersey When you return from your ride you might find your clothes soaked!  If you don’t plan on tossing them in the washer immediately, hang them to dry.  This will help prevent odor-causing bacteria to grow and dissipate the odor put into your clothing during your ride.   2. Don’t re-wear your dirty cycling clothes Liv Race Day Bib Shorts It might sound convenient or even eco-friendly to re-wear lightly used jerseys and cycling shorts, but it is best to start with a fresh kit every ride.  Odor …