Motivation

Motivational Monday with Halley
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Motivational Monday with Halley in Portland

What is your name and location?

Halley in Portland, OR

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Racing & Touring

What is your first cycling memory?

Besides playing as a kid chugging up a hill in Ogden, UT during a warm summer evening – trying to get to final destination even though I was out of shape and on a heavy mtn bike.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I’ve struggled every day just so that I can continue to ride. As an epileptic I have to maintain a brutal medication, nutrition and exercise regimen all in an effort just to continue to ride. For me, it’s freedom to have the ability to just get on my bike and go without having to be dependent on anyone else.

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

We had my birthday at the local bike shop/bar. Tons of people showed up. There was a jam session and we played music. Afterward, my friend led a midnight mystery ride from my party to secret new party destination. A twofer!

Tell us what you ride

I have a bike for every occasion! For summer time I have a couple fun freak bikes from my “virtual 20″ with the 27″ front wheel/ 12″ rear. My beautiful tall bike chopper that turns heads and gets waves and smiles. My race bike, a Santa Cruz Roadster. I tour and haul cargo on a heavily modified 1985 Panasonic DX 2000 with a discontinued 11-34t Shimano Megarange (that I got an an estate sale new and will never give up!), my single speed cyclocross bike which is nothing special, a Trek carbon fiber/aluminium road bike.

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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! 

Motivational Monday with Mac
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Motivational Monday with Mac in Chicago

What is your name and location?

Mac Grambauer, Chicago, IL

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Commuter and recreational riding.

What is your first cycling memory?

It’s not my first, but it’s one of my most vivid–I was 5 or 6, riding down my walkway, and there was a big bee on the ground. I served to avoid running it over, and I swerved so hard and fast I threw myself off my bike and scraped my knee. Being a little kid I started screaming and yelling until my mom came out and got me to take care of my knee. The whole time she was bactining me I was worried about my bike, lying undefended in front of the house next to a giant bee. And when she was finally done cleaning me up and had put a giant bandaid over my knee I remember thinking “whoa. this is the biggest band-aid ever. I can’t wait to tell everyone about my bike battle wound!” It was my first point of pride injury. (and both my bike and the bee were fine and lived happy, long lives). I spent the rest of the afternoon proudly riding my bike up and down the street and showing off my big bandaid.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I have no one person as an inspiration–I’ve been riding since I was five, so it’s just a way of life. However, being a Chicagoan, I am alwasy inspired by my fellow year-round bikers. Riding in Chicago in January is a character-building experience, and I have made some friends along my snowy, cold, daily commute to work.

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

Aside from the first really nice day of the spring, which of course made for one of the most pleasant rides, as a commuter biker I have to deal with a lot of car traffic and drivers, particularly around where my office is. One day, I was in the bike lane heading straight and there was a minivan slightly ahead of me; as we came to a cross street the drive suddenly turned into my bike lane to make a turn down the street (sans signal) and I had been suspicious that might happen, so I was able to stop short without any incident. There was a construction worker on the corner who saw the whole thing and he just said “Nice stop.” Which was a nice little moment of affirmation.

Tell us what you ride

I have one right now. It’s a Trek 3900 mountain bike, matte black. Her name is Bernedine, and I’ve been riding her for…eight years now. She was the first bike I ever bought entirely with my own money. She rides smooth, but she’s tough and can take the obstacle-course like Chicago streets. A lot of people don’t understand why I don’t want a road bike so I can move faster, but I love Bernie. I can move pretty fast despite her being a ‘tank’ as of my friends likes to say, and she can take me hauling all my groceries and stuff around. Plus she’s matte black, which makes me think of Batman, which makes her even more cool. We have been through a lot together–a week after I got her I got hit my a car (very minor) I had a banged up leg and she had to have her rear alignment fixed it was one of those battle experiences that bonds you together. :-) We also made a cross-country trip together, and explored a magical city in the desert for a week. Now, too, since I adopted a little dog, Bernie takes care of both of us Wicket (the dog) rides around with me on a milk crate in the back, which people seem to find really adorable–I have a lot more friendly chats with people at red lights. She’s a good bike–she always takes care of me, she’s up for a ride to a new place or a place we’ve been a billion times, and she doesn’t care how often I hum the Batman theme as we ride down Humboldt Blvd on summer (or any other season) nights. :-)

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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! 

Motivational Monday with Jackie
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Motivational Monday with Jackie in Alpharetta, GA

What is your name and location?

Jackie Tyson in Alpharetta, GA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

I like to ride my road bike and my mountain bike for recreation

What is your first cycling memory?

With my first bike, I was able to ride one mile to a community swimming pool. I felt very liberated as a 10 year old!

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

The pro cyclists in the Tour de France, Tour of Utah, etc inspire me to ride up hills and not complain…I’m outside and burning calories, no matter how long it takes me to finish the climb!

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

Climb l’Alpe d’Huez with only one short stop!

Tell us what you ride

I love my Litespeed road bike, and have a Cannondale mountain bike. I hope to get a new Devinci road bike.

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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! 

Motivational Monday with Emily Wright
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Motivational Monday with Emily in Wyndmoor, PA

What is your name and location?

Emily Wright in Wyndmoor PA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road and MTB

What is your first cycling memory?

Getting a yellow banana seat bike for my 5th birthday, the first banana seat in the whole neighborhood!!!!!

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My children, I want them to see a mother who leads a healthy lifestyle and that exercise and fitness is part of your daily routine, also to show them that you can cross any finish line with hard work

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

Helping my duaghter train and race her first triathlon

Tell us what you ride

2012 5.2 Trek Madone, known as the Batman bike because of its stealthy speed and rocking reynolds wheels
2012 Trek Lush, like riding a couch, so plush and wonderful!
2009 Giant Reign, this bike is to learn downhilling… so I can spend more time with my husband!

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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! 

Motivational Monday Shalin
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Motivational Monday with Shalin from Singapore

What is your name and location?

Shalin in Singapore

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road riding

What is your first cycling memory?

Trying on a tricycle with dad, I was 3 then.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

A close friend…to lose weight

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

Being able to ride with great friends and watch the sunrise at the same time

Tell us what you ride

Stock multi-road carbon, best investment yet!

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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! 

Motivational Monday Cat
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Motivational Monday with Cat from Chicago

What is your name and location?

Cat – Chicago Illinois

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Centuries & commuting

What is your first cycling memory?

As a kid of 8 or 9 years old, pink sparkly banana seat Schwinn with tassels on my handlebars, riding down my residential block in El Paso Texas, pretending I was flying.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I have learned that at my age it is important to inspire myself. I ride becuase of the endorphines and the way I feel when I ride.

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

This year is still starting no best just yet.

Tell us what you ride

Cannondale Fem 5 CAAD9. She is really a beauty and a joy to ride.

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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! 

Women Bike
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Women Bike Mini-Grant Awards

I realize this is very much a repost of a press release, but the idea is killer and each program is unique. Do you think you could use any of these ideas in your community?

To seed and support this growing momentum to encourage women from all backgrounds to become engaged in bicycling and the bike movement, the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike program has awarded $7,500 in small grants to innovative, model campaigns in four cities.

WE Bike NYC
Engaging Latina Women Through Bilingual Outreach and Resources
$2,000

Breaking down barriers for women cyclists, WE Bike NYCrealizes the importance of creating a space where new riders feel welcome and understood. ”Engaging Latina women is done by creating accessible resources where these women can literally and figuratively see themselves — or people who look like them,” says Liz Jose, a bilingual organizer and founder of the group. “Our goal with this grant is to create outreach and educational materials in print and online that encourage Latina women to join the bicycle movement. By compiling existing Spanish language resources as well as creating new, downloadable documents, the work created under this grant will create a model for language inclusiveness for groups across the country, as well as materials such as a Spanish-language ‘Fix-A-Flat’ book featuring Latina women and a Spanish-language ‘Club Pack’ that can be used to begin work in local communities.” Learn more about WE Bike NYC.

Women Bike PHL (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
Girl Scouts on Wheels
$1,500

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Women Bike PHL campaign is working to get more women and girls on bikes in Philadelphia. Their innovative “Girl Scouts on Wheels” project is developing and promoting a Biking Basics patch, as well as offering Bike Rodeos and Learn-to-Ride classes to Girl Scout troops. ”I was a Girl Scout for 10 years, and know from experience what a positive impact that organization has on youth,” says Katie Monroe, Women Bike PHL coordinator. “If we’re serious about getting more women riding, we need to start young — and Girl Scouts seems like the perfect platform for educating and inspiring girls to get pedaling. It’s also a powerful national network, so ideally this partnership between bike advocates and Girl Scouts could be replicated around the country.” Learn more about Women Bike PHL.

We Are All Mechanics
Scholarship Program
$1,500

A women-owned and operated initiative since 2003, We are All Mechanics has been teaching bicycle maintenance courses to women in the Madison-area community for 10 years. The grant from the League will enable us to offer scholarships to women who would otherwise not be able to participate in our Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course,” says Ali Dwyer, a co-founder of WAAM. “Participants in our Basic Course report that they are excited to share what they know with others, and they report riding more often, for more reasons, and with more confidence after taking our course.Our successful program, and our original materials will serve as a model for other programs and bicycle educators.” Learn more about We Are All Mechanics.

 

Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Women on Wheels in Spanish
$2,500 
(Special Smart Cycling grant)
Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Women on Wheels was developed in 2011 to provide classes for women to ride together and provide other shared information. “The classes are designed to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to ride a bicycle for errands, to get their children to school or for recreation,” says MCBC’s Wendi Kallins. “With this grant, we’ll be able to offer these classes in the low income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of the Canal area of San Rafael – and make the curriculum for Spanish-speaking women available to other communities around the country.” Learn more about Women On Wheels.

 

LUNA Pro Team
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LUNA Pro Team SuperShonny

As seen over on LUNA Pro Team’s page

It started out as a calm peaceful Friday. Shonny left before the sun rose, headed for Prescott, AZ, to race the Whiskey 50 mountain bike race with most of her Luna teammates. One hour into the 5 hour drive her truck transmission started slipping badly. So instead of being disappointed that she couldn’t make the race (and needs to start shopping for a new vehicle), she found a road tri near her home (not as fun as XTERRA but…) and made the best of it. Shonny turned into SuperShonny, borrowing the costume of SuperMan! for “a fun training race.”
PRE-RACE
SuperShonny underoos, check. Cape, check. ‘S’ on her chest, check!
RACE MORNING

The smell of pancakes swept through the air as a race morning breakfast of Gluten-kryptonite free strawberry pancakes and bacon was prepared, while super-Shonny wrestled with the cappuccino machine, using church approved cuss words as the machine’s steamer was clogged. Clearly the work of the dark side!
Warming up for the race, SuperShonny was greeted with high fives, and strange glares (clearly the response of the dark side and roadies.) When the gun went off, SuperShonny took off faster than a speeding bullet, a red cape trailing behind her. This was a run, bike, swim triathlon not the traditional swim, bike, run.
Transitions proved to be a little more challenging for the Super Hero, as removing a cape and underoos is generally not part of the routine. SuperShonny rode her mountain bike with slicks just to “keep it real.”
Super Shonny averaged 20mph on her mountain bike and still faired pretty well for the day placing 2nd overall in the road triathlon and most importantly received the Best Costume Award!
Motivational Monday with Kristin
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Motivational Monday with Kristin

What is your name and location?

Kristin Apotsos, Melbourne Beach, Florida

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Cyclocross, mountain biking, riding bikes to school with my 2 kids, I want to like road cycling

What is your first cycling memory?

I felt like a hot shot when I was given my neighbor’s robin egg blue Schwinn with a sparkly banana seat. Several years later, my Dad painted it metallic copper. I was proud of that bike. It’s a shame that my kids have not experienced the beauty and comfort of a banana seat.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

There is nothing more motivational than been getting spanked in cyclocross. Since moving up to CAT 3, I’ve been blown away by the power and endurance of my competition. I also have huge admiration for cyclists who compete in RAAM (Race Across America) and other extreme cycling events. Two years ago I followed the progress of an amazing local competitor & part-owner of our local bike shop (INFINITY Bike Shop!). He must have superior pain management skills.

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

Hands down, the best moment on a bike thus far in 2013 was taking an an orange popsicle hand up from a man wearing an orange full body suit during the Florida State Cyclocross Championships. It was my second race of the day. It was hot. It tasted awesome.

Tell us what you ride

I own four bikes and am seeking a fifth. My oldest bike is a green ’98 Specialized Stumpjumper. We have a long history together. We’ve done mountain bike races, 12-hour races, triathlons, and now cyclocross races together. I also own a full suspension Trek Fuel EX, a WSD Trek Madone 5.2, and a turquoise vintage Raleigh cruiser which is used for errands and towing surf & paddle boards. I am shopping for a carbon CX bike with a lot of character and a small price tag. As corny as this sounds, I trust destiny will bring us together. I’d love to add a single speed to the family as well.

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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! 

Bike League Women Bike
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Women Bike with the Bike League

Some killer information from the Bike League’s program Women Bike

May is National Bike Month, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and inspiration you need to get women riding in your community! In this special edition of the Women Bike E-news, we’re keeping it short — so you can get out and ride, of course!

To help showcase the power of women on bikes this May, we invite you to take three steps to make this the best Bike Month ever:

  1. Ride with CycloFemme
  2. Register for the National Bike Challenge
  3. Download Bike Month resources to get more women rolling in your community

Learn more about Women Bike

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