Follow Friday Links (A Day Late)
A list of racer-esque women on bikes, if you are ever lacking motivation check out these ladies!
Preventative Maintenance : Lube Your Chain
Proper technique in lubing your chain will help prolong the life of your drive train also a clean bike is a happy bike!!
1. Pick a lube. There are dozens and dozens of decent lubes out there depending where you ride. I could write a whole post about the different lubes and when/where to use them. For now consult a good riding buddy or a local mechanic. Here in Charlotte I like to use ProLink for everyday riding, in the winter rainy months or when I head up to Asheville in the winter I swap over to a more wax based lube.
Let’s Talk Saddles : Intro
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.
Support Your Local Shop
Last week I tweeted asking women for local bike shop stories.
Do you have a shop you enjoy? If so what is it so we can let other women know which shops will treat them well.
If a shop didn’t treat you well let us know why. What could the store of done better?
Carey’s Cycling Chronicles
Thanks to racing, being neutral support or being roped into mechanical support for 12 and 24 hour mountain bike racers I have had the ability to meet some awesome people in my travels. Two of those people, Zeke and Carey, are riding their bikes across the Rockies.
Introducing : Specialized Amira
As the trend is showing, for 2010, bike companies have taken note and are adding more women’s bikes to their line up. Specialized has added two high end road bikes to their line and wow they are beauties!
Wednesday Round Up
Cyclelicious reports on 3 different recalls for the day from Felt Bikes, Burley Trailers and Nirve Bikes.
Velo Orange has photos of their prototype mixte’s that will be available early 2010.
The Safe Routes to School Conference started today in Portland. Follow BikePortland on twitter for more updates.
Chic Cyclist gives her impression of the bike share program in Paris called Velib.
What’s in Your Bag?
A common question seems to be : What’s in your bicycle bag?
The bag they are referring to could be my seat bag found under most of my saddles, one of my messenger type bags slung over my back on the way to work or the store, or maybe my Camelbak on the way to the local mountain bike trail.
Basics : Your First MTB Ride
Photo from GetMountainBiking.co.uk/
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!