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L Lindley Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday with Lauren Lindley

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What’s your name and location?

Lauren Lindley / South Lake Tahoe / www.laurenlindley.com

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road, Mountain, Commute

What is your first cycling memory?

As a child, my parents gave me the trust, freedom, and liberty to explore my neighborhood, mostly because my mother didn’t want me stepping in her dirt while she was cleaning. I spent Saturdays riding bikes to the local library and pouring over books. I spent my summer days riding my bike to the pool we were members of. I spent Christmas Break scouting my neighborhood for Christmas Trees put out on the curb for the trash, which I would then drag miles home to build a Christmas Tree fort out of: another genius invention by my parents to keep us outside and not in the house.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

When I moved to Tahoe and bought a road bike, my friend Matt was my inspiration. He finds zen and motivation in the world of cycling and I respect him for something that comes hard to me. For me, everything is a little bit uncontrollably competitive and the rest of my inspiration to ride better comes from the internal obsession that the faster I ride up that hill or around the lake, the faster I’m done and then, the faster I can drink that post-ride beer. I am also very fortunate to work for a cycling and running apparel manufacturer so my customers are a daily inspiration to me. I am surrounded by people who love bikes in both my personal life and my work life. How can you not be inspired!

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Because I’ve been training for a marathon, I haven’t had that many moments on a bike this season. The best of the few, however, was when I realized on a trip to Downieville while bombing down Mills Peak Trail that I was starting to become a proficient mountain biker. The telling sign: I could hang on my boyfriend’s tail for more than a quarter mile.

Tell us all about your bikes

My road bike is a Giant OCR A1 aka “The Speed Racer.” My mountain bike is a hand me down from my friend Allison. I have her first ever mountain bike, a Trek hard tail that’s so old I’m not even sure what it is. My dream mountain bike is an Ibis Mojo. I demoed one at Mountain Bike Oregon this year and I think it might have ruined me. I also have an old steel framed Tiger that I commute on as well as a Schwinn Speedster, an old 7 speed Electra Cruiser that I received as part of their Bike Town USA Program. I also have two other old vintage steel road bikes sitting in my garage that need to be overhauled.

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

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