Motivational Monday with Amanda Mai Yang

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WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Amanda Mai Yang Chicago, Illinois

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

commuting, road cycling, triathlon, and sometimes mountain biking

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

My first real commitment to cycling was for my 8th birthday. I had a cycling birthday party in a small mining town called Globe, Arizona. My best friend fell from her bike, because she was going too fast and fell onto a cactus and got mad road rash. I also remember my first set of wheels: a purple tricycle with really cute pompoms on the side.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Everyone inspires me to ride. It’s amazingly invigorating, and I love every moment of it. I love the feeling of seeing new places on a bike, because you can cover more ground, see more people and try more food. Powering your own transportation is a cool idea, because it means you are relying on yourself to take you places. It’s an interesting life lesson that we can really learn a lot if we let ourselves pedal forward. Of course, no (wo)man is an island, and my inspiration to ride is my dad! He taught me how to ride my bike and continues to share my passion of cycling outdoors and being in nature.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

Doing a solo ride 50 mile ride from Barcelona to San Cugat was amazing this year. The terrain, the language and the men were so beautiful that getting lost at the end of the ride was a treat.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

Old Blue (a Scott Contessa) just was taken from me! It was almost as bad as losing a dog. My picture is with my good old girl, who got me through so many ups and downs. I also have a single speed all black road bike. She’s got a horn on her with a smiley face and a Hello Kitty Water Bottle. To replace my Old Blue, I’m getting the Specialized Amira in a bit. So excited!

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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