girls and bikes
Growing up, I was not an athlete. There were innumerable participation ribbons in my trash. I ran track for the bus rides to other schools where maybe there existed boys who actually wanted to kiss me. I never broke a 7-minute mile even as a teenager. As an adult, I’m lucky to break 10 minutes. I pass up company kick-ball games out of sheer embarrassment of my own athletic abilities. And then, something changed in July of 2012, and it happened when I bought a bike.
@collynahart I agree with Kelton; I think your sentiment on beginners is exclusive and detrimental. Instead, we should show women of all levels that, as Kelton says, "they can ride, they can race, and they can win.” Everyone starts somewhere.
A little local bike riding before the show starts. #bigairpearbear #NAHBS2014 Thanks to Trek and Charlotte B-Cycle for letting us “use” your bikes.
You guys :)
My 5 tips (for any cyclist)
I was recently asked to put together my top 5 tips to help women become better cyclists, and here’s what I came up with. However, I don’t think these tips are specific to women, or to novice riders. This exercise was a good reminder for me, and I hope you find these tips useful regardless of gender or experience.
1 - Ride with people who are faster and more experienced
2 - Set a goal, rope in some friends and make a plan to get there. (fitness, skills, bike maintenance, anything)