Motivation

Women And Bicycles
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WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program

WABA (Washington Area Bicycle Association) is putting together an education and outreach program to get more women on bikes! While the program is still in the infancy it seems they have obtainable goals and mission to begin with. I’m excited to follow along with what WABA is doing and how these efforts can be duplicated elsewhere.

From WABA….

Why is getting more women on bikes a critical cause?

  • In 2012, women represented just 22.7 percent of cyclists on the road in D.C. According to DDOT, that’s a slight drop since 2011.
  • In Women on Wheels, April Streeter writes, “New bike commuters are overwhelmingly male. Data reviewed by researchers John Pucher and Ralph Buehler show that almost all of the recent growth in cycling in the united states recently can be attributed to men between 25 and 64 years old. Pucher and Buehler found that cycling rates are just holding steady for women, and have fallen sharply for children.”
  • Our women’s bicycling forum identified three top barriers for getting women on bikes: safety (fear, safety concerns, inexperience/confidence, harassment), logistics (facilities, time commitment, weather, gear, money), and perception (misconceptions, double standards, and professionalism).
  • We aren’t the only group at work! Through Women Bike, the League of American Bicyclists is working at a National level to encourage women to facilitate solutions on the local level.

How is WABA going to fix these problems through the Women & Bicycles program?

  • Ten “Roll Models” will be selected to mentor women in their friend, family, church, and work groups
  • Roll Models and mentees will be invited to a series of bike meetups, group rides, and workshops that will mix practical advice and conversation about how to incorporate cycling into one’s lifestyle with socializing and low-key hanging out.
  • Non-participants will be kept abreast of the program, so they’ll learn more about the issues facing women on bikes and be inclined to encourage their friends and family to bike, regardless of gender.

We don’t want to sit around and talk about what’s discouraging women from biking, so we’ve created a program centered on peer-to-peer encouragement, information, and experience through events.

Want to learn more? Visit WABA.org

Motivational Monday with JJ
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Motivational Monday with JJ

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

JJ, south MPLS

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

I enjoy commuting, touring, alley cats, and I would like to try mountain biking!

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

I grew up on a farm. I was the oldest child, and we had a Schwinn Stingray out in one of the machine sheds. I got it out and asked if we had training wheels. “Nope,” was the answer. I was 5 years old. I decide by the end of the day, I would have learned to ride that bike, and that’s just what I did. We only had gravel and dirt roads to ride on, and I spent most waking hours on that beautiful bike. I tried to fly like Evel Knievel out of a livestock loading chute, rode it off the roofs of small buildings, through pastures and along creeks. I had a few skinned knees, but I was hooked! I have loved that feeling ever since.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I’m not sure who… I don’t know if I have any one person I look up to for biking inspiration. The WHY is much easier–I love the freedom of getting almost anywhere I need to on my own power. I love the way I am fully awake as I pedal along the Greenway silently in the morning, and how I’ve had time to think ahead about my day. I ride because lots of 50-year-old women DON’T ride, and I think I’m pretty cool to do that. I ride because it feels amazing. I ride because it’s the right thing to do.

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

I think pulling into Peacock Groove at the end of the Babes in Bikeland all women/trans alleycat race, with my team, the Old Souls, was probably the best! We were exhilarated to have found all of our stops and made it back before the official end of the race. The beers tasted so good, and everyone was jubilant! I was really happy to have ridden with such awesome WTFs and we finished! YAY!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

I started my re-engagement in biking by fulfilling my dream of rebuilding an old bike, from the frame up. I rebuilt a ’79 Fuji steel framed bike at Grease Rag. So, I have that beautiful old girl, a KHS hybrid that I ride in the winter, and two Salsas; a Vaya and a Casseroll. I confess I look at Craigslist CONSTANTLY and I’m always drooling over the next possible bike!

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 May
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Motivational Monday with May

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

May Lauzon, Myrtle Beach, SC

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Triathlon/Shop & club group rides

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

You will be horrified to know that I did not ride a bike without training wheels until I was I believe EIGHT years old. I have some foggy recollections of my dad trying to teach me at a park, but it was a childhood friend that literally gave me the push I needed in the third grade.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I’ve come a very long way since the days of third grade, and now I regularly help lead rides out of our local bike shop… Two groups of people highly motivate me. The first is the Cat 2/3/4 roadie guys that drive the pace really hard every Saturday morning, one being the owner of our bike shop whom I work for. The group of local triathletes that am lucky enough to call my “Iron-brothers” whom helped me prepare for my first 140.6 also keep the dream alive, they got me started on this journey.

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

I think one of the most exciting moments on the bike this past year was back in April at the USAT Collegiate National Championships. The atmosphere at that race is incredible, with over 1,200 college students bringing the spirit of over 100 schools all together for one race… Coming into the turn-around point for the second lap of the bike during the women’s race, the hundreds of men that were waiting for their start lined up three-deep to cheer on the girls. I was so proud to be wearing Coastal Carolina’s black and teal out on that course.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

I lovingly call my bikes my “babies,” and I have been known to kiss my race bike goodnight. I own a Trek Speed Concept tri bike named “Dr. Pink” that I love to bring in great splits on, then there’s my Trek Madone road bike named “Spangle” that I do fun group rides on, and last but not least I have a classic steel Trek cruiser called “Rosie” which I use during the summer months, especially back when I used to ride to work as a lifeguard at the beach.

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 Lori
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Motivational Monday with Lori

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Lori, North Carolina

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Road riding and mountain biking

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

Of course, learning to ride when I was 5 or 6.

What really gave me the bug for riding the road…a friend and I went to ride Railroad Grade Road. It’s a 10-mile stretch of flat road all along the New River. Our main objective was to run over all the wooly worms we could find. And I found a sense of freedom that day that I could go anywhere on my bike and didn’t need a car all the time.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

My 17-month old son. I’m 41. I have to stay in shape to keep up with him.

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

24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte, NC. I did my first century since giving birth. I could have ridden more but I didn’t want to kill myself in the 100 degree heat. I did 80+ miles between 10pm-2pm.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

2008 Bianchi Valentina, full carbon, even the carbon tubulars.
2006 Bianchi 928. Used to be my main road bike until Valentina showed up. Now it’s set up as a flat-bar road bike I used to pull my son in his Chariot on the Greenway.
2005 Bianchi Axis – cross bike we love to ride the dirt road with.
2008 Santa Cruz Blur XC. I love this bike. So much fun although I ride it less than any of the others.
2007 Redline R77 – my nasty weather road bike…bought the frame for $75. Built it up full Sram Rival…it’s 16lbs…lighter than a friend’s bike who paid almost $4k for hers. hahaha
AND, 2000 Santana Arriva tandem. Ofcourse, I have to shard this one with my husband…we LOVE this bike. Nobody wants to ride with us because we HAUL ASS!!

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 Nicole
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Motivational Monday with Nicole

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Nicole in Memphis, TN

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

City cycling (commuting by bike), group rides with friends or my husband, light mountain biking

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

How about my most powerful cycling memory? I met my husband on my 1st metric century ride and he proposed on that same ride 2 years later. He put signs up near the end of the ride with a poem he had written. I didn’t get it at first (silly me) but when I saw the last sign, I knew. We stopped our bikes and he asked me to marry him. I said yes and like any good bikers, we finished the ride, ate a hearty breakfast and then came back for pictures!

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I inspire me. Cycling in Memphis can be…challenging. It is getting better but you have to be committed to biking to take on a 15 mile, each-way commute to work on a 100 degree, 98% humidity day. But, the challenge is part of why I make it a point to do it. It is part of staying healthy, supporting a greener planet and being less car dependent.

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

Our city has been converting old train tracks into multi-use paths and recently I was out on my own, tooling down the path. It was a perfect 75 degree day, the sun was out, and no one was vying for space in front or behind me. As I reached the end of the path and prepared to head out onto a traffic-filled street, I realized to my amazement that the next section of path had been finished since my last trek. It made my week, to continue along for another five miles in quiet solitude enjoying the beautiful weather and zipping along on two wheels.

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!

Pinterest Retail Board
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For the Love of Retail Experiences

When you pair my love of design and retail you have a very, very, strong passion for the “retail experience.” What is a retail experience? A mix of great customer experience, accessorized displays and a well laid out “flow” of a store.

As I travel across the country, visit more bicycle shops and share stories of retail experiences with shops I am slowly watching a transformation. No more than 5 years ago most bike shops looked much like an auto parts dealers, aisles of bikes, slat wall, grid wall, and really anything that you could hang a bike or product on. While there still are many of these slat walled shops around you can watch the smarter shops transform into boutiques or speciality shop, REI’s and Ikeas. Less slat wall, more story telling and a beautiful EXPERIENCE.

Amazon and the online retailers of the world are changing what a bike shop has to do to be relevant. A good local bike shop will be three things: 1. A resource 2. Pillar in the local cycling community 3. Deliver a retail experience.

To encourage this retail experience I have started a Pinterest board to share others photos, my own from travels and hopefully encourage more shops to step up and create better experiences for their consumers.

Motivational Monday with Alicia Vin Zant
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Motivational Monday with Alicia

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Alicia Vin Zant, St. Paul Minnesota

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Cyclocross, and just getting out to ride. I’m thinking about trying out track this next year…

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

For Easter my mom would make clues from the easter bunny. It lead me to my very first two-wheel bike! It was pink with pompom like strands coming out of the handle bars.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Hope this doesn’t sound selfish…but I inspire myself. Getting out riding gives me time to think, and is a little break. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve found something that I absolutely love to do, and challenges me every step of the way. I can’t do it w/out the support of my husband and kids (we have 6 kids..ages 12-2). My new cycling friends inspire me, and the commuters I see riding to work every day. Especially the one this morning carrying his bike cross style over a snow bank!

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

Just one? I actually started riding for the first time this year in June. (It had been since I was probably about 12, and I’m 33 now..) My friend talked me into doing a triathlon with her. I hate running, and swimming wasn’t a big deal, so I spent most of my training on a bike. I stumbled into a bike shop, and ended up YouTubing cyclocross…and in July bought my cyclocross bike. I’d have to say…this being my first season racing bike/cross IN MY LIFE that finally being able to ride through the blasted sand felt absolutely freaking amazing!!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

I am the proud owner of a KHS CX-200. It’s a beautiful bright green and my new addiction. I had butterflies in my stomach for days after buying her. I go through withdrawals if I don’t get to ride at least twice a week!

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!

Michelle beer handups
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Ladies Night, a Guest Post

I belong to a newborn bike team that was formed by a popular LBS as a way to bring more cyclists into the sport. I’m one of three women on the co-ed team and, through sheer terror that I will lose any fitness and no longer be able to keep up, I’m the most consistent woman on the group rides in town.

It’s certainly not because I’m the fastest. Not even by a long shot. I’m a forty-two year old mother of teenagers that only started riding anything more than a commuter bike in 2010. I believe in cycling for transportation and for health. I think cyclocross is the greatest sport ever invented and, someday, I hope not to crash my mountain bike every time I get on it. In other words, I’m just an average chick that likes to ride a bike. Yet I can’t seem to convince many other average chicks to join me out there.

I think it has to do with the fact that it’s intimidating to be a woman in a group of very fit guys. And when I say very fit guys, I’m talking about the fastest cyclists in our community. Nice guys, but very fast. Most of the group rides we do have a “catch-up” segment that allows the group to re-form before moving on down the road. I’m usually the last one in, or next to last if I’m having a good week, and often a few of the guys will swing around to accompany me to the end. This is what keeps me going. I love these guys and, though I hold things up, they always encourage me. Still, I will do just about anything to not have to be the one to ask them to dial it back a bit.

And they are guys. Though we may all keep a Lady Schick in the shower, cycling is a very testosterone oriented sport. With the one-up-manship, crude language and large amount of spitting, it’s hard to convince a girl friend that pedaling a bike for two straight hours in a harrowing pace line is sane, let alone fun.

I think women have a place here though. All of these guys have wives or girlfriends that only want a bit of encouragement to get them regularly riding. There are plenty of women in the LBS glancing at the zippy new road bikes, but talking themselves out of it because they have no one to ride with. Well, dammit, I’m going to do something about this. I’ve learned from the best how to be encouraging and supportive and it’s time I pay it forward.

March 2013 will see the start of a new Weekly Women’s Ride in our community that is fun, inclusive, and all female. No intimidation to keep up with the guys, no worries about how those funny shorts look, and no spitting. We will ride for the sheer joy of the wind in our faces and for the happy-hour margaritas we will consume when we’re done.

But I’m not done with the guys. As the year progresses, maybe I can convince one or two of the women to tackle the Thursday night group ride with me. Then, a few weeks later, maybe someone will try Tuesday Night Worlds. If I’m really successful, there will be a group of women enjoying cyclocross with me in September. The crowning achievement, however, would happen when another woman and I get on the front of the November gravel ride and we hear a masculine gasp from the back say “Can you gals slow it down a bit?”

Michelle Windmoeller Michelle Windmoeller first learned to ride in 1977 on a used gold chopper-style bike with a wicked banana seat. Since then she has toted schoolbooks, kids, household furniture, and, literally, a commercial kitchen sink on her bike. Based in Columbia, MO, Michelle owns Blue Cypress Solutions and writes about health and wellness issues. She officially invites you all to join her for a long, leisurely ride in Missouri sometime. She’ll bring the PBR. Photo Credit: Kate Woodard

Motivational Monday with Renee
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Motivational Monday with Renee

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Renee Jordan, Plano, TX

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Recreationally with a club or alone; commuting to work; occassional dirt ride

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

Riding my first bike, purple with a banana seat & ape hanger type bars, in semi-rural North Carolina up and down the hilly asphalted road in front of my house…these early times on my bike were my first real independent adventures (no parents, no little sister in tow.)

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I’m not really inspired by anyone in particular, but rather by the fun of riding & the experiences you have while riding…it keeps me going back for more

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

Some of my best moments were late this summer, returning to the bike after some time off for an injury, riding around the nature preserve alone, at sunset.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

A Cannondale road bike for pavement
A franken-bike single speed w grocery panniers for commuting
A Gary Fisher mountain bike for dirt

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 Amar
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Motivational Monday with Amar

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Amar, Los Angeles, CA

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Commuting, Touring, Recreational

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was a senior in college, so my first memory is of being entirely certain that I was going to lose my balance and swerve into the path of an oncoming Metro Bus. Hasn’t happened yet, although I did lose my balance many times and became quite familiar with the pavement in the parking lot of the Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

My husband. He loves riding for the sheer joy of it and I always want to join in on that happiness. It was a lot more fraught for me for a very long time, until I started commuting regularly and didn’t have to focus so hard on the mechanics of riding. Now I can capture some of that freedom and joy when I ride too. Also, I hate idling in traffic and worrying about parking. To me, it’s easier to just bike everywhere and with our traffic it takes about the same amount of time as driving.

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

For our wedding anniversary my husband and I biked from Seattle to Portland with a friend of ours. It was so beautiful and fun. I think about that trip whenever I need to relax!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

Surly Long Haul Trucker in a pretty blue color. Setup is pretty upright since I have a bad back and am finicky about positioning. I catch wind like a kite but I’m not exactly built for speed anyways ;)

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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