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Motivational monday with Betsy

Motivational Monday with Betsy in Rhode Island

…a few years. Before this, I used to ride by myself for years and day dream about riding with a group. It’s such a great way to spend time outdoors. I want to continue riding this winter to maintain my fitness. Next, year I may ride in the time-trials and continue working on my hill climbing. What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year? Riding with women who are thirty years younger than me and keeping up. What a rush, litera…

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Crashed Knee

A Delayed Reaction

…217;s appointment booked, and later an MRI. The end result of this minor crash was a miss-tracking patella and a small tear on the cartilage behind my patella. It could have been much worse and 3 weeks later I am feeling back to 80%. Shift in Priorities Often in life, it is when your heart breaks, or you crash you bike that we really take a count of priorities and needs in life. The mission of this site is to empower women in cycling.  I don&#821…

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Review: Road Holland The Delft Long Sleeve Jersey

…. The poly mesh was warm enough with a wind vest on a 50′ day. Personally, I would classify this as a long sleeve light weight “spring” jersey. It also wears well with a pair of jeans. I’m wearing a size large in the pictures which fits great in torso and arm length. The body is a bit baggy but I find that to be the problem with any womens shirt when I need the torso/arm length for a long sleeve shirt since I am so…

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Surly Pugsley Yellow

Bike Build: Surly Pugsley Banana Cracker Commuter

…ictured, but awesome) Bigger Additions and Reasoning: Purple Thermalite BMX pedals- These are pretty thin with a solid base for pedaling in snow boots if needed. They have replaceable pins to keep a grasp of the bottom of her sneakers/clogs or whatever she wears Abus Bordo XL Lock – this lock is extra long to get around that fat front wheel and frame for locking. White of course. Womens seat- in white (going to find a purple Fizik wh…

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Pedal MN

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. In addition to serving as an information resource, the project will feature 8 “ambassadors.” The ambassador moms will document their experience biking with kids on social media…

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Cold Weather RIding

How to Dress for a Cold Bike Ride to a Concert

…pected to be in the range of 20-30 degrees, and the roads & paths were covered with a bit of snow/ice slop.  So this brought up the obvious question – what on earth do I wear to stay warm & dry on my bike, but still look concert-worthy?  I set to work a-wardrobing. It is Crucial to Layer  Layer 1 – The concert layer Key #1: Toasty legs- I accomplished this by layering Patagonia midweight Capeline pants under my Outlier Women’…

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weekly

Week-End Round Up

Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. These are stories and links that caught my interest this past week! Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below. velocio The founder of Specialized-lululemon, Kristy Scrymgeour, has stepped up to to tackle the womens cycling apparel gap. Meet velocio, style + performance, cycling apparel. I drool every time I visit the page so have a napkin ready. For a q…

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Bicycle Recovery

Steps to Recovery After My Bicycle Accident

…even go to the bathroom on my own was the most difficult part for those few days after. To date, the bruises are starting to fade and granted three weeks after I still have an amazing lump on my left leg from the top tube of my bike. My lower back and hip gets sore after a long day at work or driving. But, those are my only physical complaints. Mentally I have Been a Wreck It would be easy to say, great I got hit by a car.. now get back on the…

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Customer Service : Bike Shop Failure

Last week I attempted to purchase a lock at the shop down the street from work. Prior to riding down to the shop and wasting a lunch hour I first tried to message them on twitter, following it up with an email to the owner asking what type of locks they had. Quickly, the owner responded but I can honestly say his email didn’t lead me to wanting to purchase a lock from them. “We have a mixed bag of random locks (eleven81, Surelock…

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