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.
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.
3-4 years ago Trek launched a women’s aluminum road bike model line up called “Lexa“. Since, the Lexa has become a widely popular road bike in the US as Trek has offered many different model levels and a variety of colors to appeal to any woman. Additionally, the WSD fit of these bikes is a hit with women of many proportions. I’ve had the opportunity to test ride many Lexas and finally was able to snag an SLX model for a long term review to see how it really will last for women looking to invest in a new road bike.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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