Our first guest post from another Bike Shop Girl, Sarah Matchett. Sarah is a USA Cycling coach based out of my shop, Cool Breeze Cyclery in North Carolina. Sarah recently competed in the UCI World Duathlon Championships, placing 10th overall in women (non-elite.)I’m often asked how I keep doing what I do. 5 a.m. mornings, endless miles on the trainer, in the pool. Worn out running shoes… worn out dog. Folks think I have some secret knowledge, or extra gear that keeps me uninjured, motivated, strong and healthy. The truth is, there is no secret gear. No magic pill, no religious practice, no expensive bike part that will bring you the results you want. There is simply, moving your body, more than zero, every day.
Men have it easy, across the board it seems, with cycling. Clothing fits them easier, they don't need specially designed bikes normally and most men don't care what rain gear looks like or how it fits on them....
One of the most popular types of bicycles right now is that recreational style. Either one to ride with the family around your community, take for errands or maybe do a Rail To Trails with your local church group. Below I have outlined a good amount of the various lifestyle bikes out there, depending on which brand you try the options may vary but I can do my best to help you along the way.
There are three comfort zones or places your body touches a bicycle. As long as you can bear the weight of your body okay between those three places without numbness, pain or pinching then you can ride all day long.
Today we will be touching upon the saddle. This is also the hardest thing to explain or go super indepth about in only one article. Think of this as the first of many thoughts on saddles or reviews. Please read through and email about specific questions you have about saddles to continue the discussion.
My first sprint triathlon is this coming Sunday. If un-prepared is part of the training regimen I am right on course for an awesome first tri! Sure I had goals and plans of doing the whole 8 weeks to your first sprint tri but life, work and excuses got in the way. The one small advantage I have is the fact I work with 3 elite-level triathlon who have a bounty of knowledge.
Across the US budgets on summer vacations were tightened down around the waist in fear of what our economy might end up doing. One thing I saw this summer was many people purchased their family various bikes to do things close to home.
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Involving your kids with cycling can be a very rewarding thing, if handled with safety and including confidence inspiring drills. I hope to touch base on your basics, safety and how to continue to grow with your children and bike riding.
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When you mention mountain biking to a lady that hasn't tried it before.. you will most likely get a look of horror and confusion. The sport, growing but not quick enough, is quickly growing for the ladies in the sport. Across the US there are ladies only mountain bike clubs popping up, allowing you to learn and experience the trails with skill clinics, and other women who will allow you to go as slow as you would like. Mountain biking can sound daunting, trees flying by you, dirt and mud. Add the technical features and rocks, it would scare any self preserving woman!