Fight Like a Girl, Race Like a Girl
A guest post from Melinda Casey. A mountain biker taking on the Beti Bike Bash TOMORROW with a great cause on the top of her mind as she pushes through every pedal stroke.
Motivational Monday with Amy Thomas of Yeti Betis
Amy is a dear friend of mine here in Colorado. She is doing amazing things for women’s cycling with the women’s mountain bike team, Yeti Beti, and the all women’s mountain bike event, Beti Bike Bash.
Pedal MN ‘Bike Mom’ Project
Photo credit: Pedal MN
There is something special about empowering moms on bikes. It takes the awesomeness of women on bikes and amplifies it about 10x! Pedal Minnesota, is embracing that awesomeness and rolling out a ‘Bike Mom’ Project over the next 8 weeks.
It Is My Mom’s Day!
There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am, or have had the opportunities that I have had, if it wasn’t for my mom.
Spring is Here, Are You Ready?
It is hard to believe that we are in the last week of April and May is knocking on our door. I don’t know about you, but other than #30daysofbiking I haven’t done much in off-season pedaling to be ready for the long miles this season. In order to stir up some internal motivation, here are some tips to jump start your spring cycling.
Colorado Women’s Cycling Events
Photo Credit: Yeti Beti
Colorado is home to fabulous cycling events like the US Pro Challenge and the Triple By Pass. Our lovely state is also home to several amazing women’s only bike events and races.
Here’s a list of ladies-only cycling events in Colorado!
The Slackers Guide to 30 Days of Biking
Today marks the 6th day of biking for the 30 Days of Biking. I hope everyone is sticking to their pledge as best as possible!
Unfortunately, I haven’t done any epic rides during these first 6 days but my butt has sat on the saddle and my feet have pedaled some distance each day thus far. For everyone that is struggling to find the time to hit their bike rides I give you my guide to slacking your way through the next 24 days!
Start with small distances
Are you riding around the block? Down a hallway at work? Great, you’re getting on the bike and that is ALL that matters for 30 Days of Biking.
Earlier is better
Pedal your bike around the block as early as possible and then forget about your pledge until tomorrow
Make it achievable
Determine a daily task or distance that you normally walk that can be achieved by bike (mine is checking the mailbox). Make this task your fail-safe if you had absolutely no opportunity to ride your bike that day. Simply jump on the bike and check the mail, or ride down to the stop sign and back before you head to bed.
Hang a carrot out in front of those handlebars, I personally enjoy riding for ice cream!
Don’t over commit
This isn’t meant to be an epic undertaking of riding 1,000 miles a month. In fact, I think I have ridden <20 miles in the first 6 days of this pledge.You don’t have to bite off more than you can chew. Do what you can with what you can. As long as you are getting on your bike, in any fashion, you are doing better than most!
This is meant to be fun, to kick the dust off the tires. Enjoy it and don’t stress!
Day 1: 30 Days of Biking
Day 1 for 30 Days of Biking is in the books, kicking it off in style by replacing the car commute with a bike ride to bus ride. How was your first day?
30 Days of Biking: Basic Pre-Game Tips
This is part of a month long series that follows along my journey of completing a pledge of riding 30 days straight in April with 30DaysofBiking.com
Tomorrow kicks off 30 Days of Biking and I want to make sure we are all 100% ready. Hopefully, you realize that this doesn’t need to be epic adventures everyday and I’m taking the first week in stride, planning basic trips, to get back in the swing of daily riding!
It’s the night before your the first day in the challenge so let’s run through everything I did to make sure that I’m ready to tackle this!
My Bike is Ready
- Tires pumped
- Chain lubed
- Lights charged
- Lock & Key
For My Commute
- Bag is packed
- Lunch is made
- Bus pass in jacket pocket
- Helmet and gloves on bike
For the Month
- Easy rides listed for everyday
- Friends enrolled in encouragement and ice cream socials
Pedal Into Spring Motivated with 30 Days of Biking in April
As I look outside my window, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, it is snowing. So much for the promises of 60 degree weather today, Mr. Weatherman! If this isn’t the motivation I needed to kick winter in its pants and out the door, the pledge I made to 30 Days of Biking is.
What is 30 Days of Biking?
Very simply, 30DOB is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! It is also a community where you share your adventures online with #30daysofbiking.
For me, 30 Days of Biking is a stand to be part of a community bigger than myself. I strive to find and create inspiration for myself and those around me to get more butts on bikes in the month of April.
2014 is the fifth year of this pledge, and thousands of people from all over the world have taken part. Join the community of joyful cyclists and sign the pledge!
Who benefits from 30 Days of Biking?
There are two groups of people that benefit from 30 Days of Biking.
The first, and most motivating, is that for every 30 pledges 30 Days of Biking will donate 1 bicycle to Free Bikes 4 Kidz.
The second group, is you and everyone around you. This pledge will help you kick the dust, or snow, off the bike tires and create habits of choosing the bike this spring. Your enthusiasm and persistence will be contagious, this is a proven fact.
Join the community and the cause
I believe in the community that makes up Bike Shop Girl and believe that we can easily sign 120+ pledges to 30 Days of Biking. Could we be the reason 4 kids receive free bikes? I think so.
Join me and sign the pledge! It does not matter how far you go everyday as long as you pedal your bike.
Find your local chapter, join me daily on Facebook/Twitter to tell everyone about your ride and spread the word to your friends.
Who’s in to sharing 30 days of biking stories, photos and memories with me in April?