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The Fine Line of Not Getting Dropped, and the Guys Being Chicked

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Thanks to Facebook I stumbled across a great summary of a girls chicking the guys. As a female cyclist I often feel the double edged sword of riding with guys.

Recently I’ve been fortunate to find a couple groups of good guys to ride with.

One based out of our home community is a team based out of Cycleton. I’m the first girl invited to the team and I feel like I have a lot to prove. Not only for myself, but to create an opening for more women to join. If I’m needy, whining or slow I’m killing the chances or possibly setting the impression of women.

The second group are my coworkers. I’ve had the chance to do a handful of lunch rides since starting at Pearl Izumi. Some are chill, and some I’m popped off the back but always dragged back by a couple willing teammates.

In the end, the only time I want to be the girl that chicks guys could be racing or maybe when those group rides get a bit too “testy” and they need to be reminded we are all human.

How about you? Do you enjoy beating up on the guys just because you are a girl, or do you prefer to be part of the group instead of making a point that you are a girl that chicks guys?

Motivational Monday with Abbie Durkee

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Motivational Monday My Alibi

What’s your name?

Abbie Durkee

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

MTB, transportation, road, social riding

What is your first cycling memory?

losing the training wheels

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Women. I believe that clothing is the biggest limiter for most women to experience the joy of riding a bike. I put my heart and soul into designing My Alibi Clothing to fit and flatter all types of women so they can feel confident and beautiful on a bike. Get out, pedal and smile, it’s contagious!

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding my 4 year old home from school and counting 82 smiles we inspired

Tell us all about your bikes

I love my pink (Hunter) single-speed. It makes me feel in my element and still feminine.

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Top 5 Online Resources for Women

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When I created Bike Shop Girl a few months back it was mainly out of frustration for the lack of information that is readily available for women.   The basics are out there, but you have to be a Google Jedi Master to find the right answers, and often you are left with half-assed ones that only confuse you more.  My goal for this site has always been to be a resource, and maybe a place I have a rant or two but that isn’t the point.

Though limited, here are some of my favorite online resources.  Some of these resources are targeted towards women, others are targeted towards cyclist in general but have great knowledge within their .com walls.

Forums

  • Team Estrogen – A full range of forums for women.  The forums aren’t very strict so often guys will be able to search/post if they need.  Keep private information just that, private.
  • Bike Forums - The moderators will keep tabs on you, and after a few months of them knowing you are “female” they will allow you in their private “women only” section of the site.  This is my used forum online for resources, I used to post often but now use it mainly for its search function.
  • RideMonkey - A mountain bike oriented forum and online community.  This is another forum that you’ll have to request to become part of their “women only” section.

How To Advice

  • Blue Collar MTB – One of the original sites I wrote for online.  It is no longer active, but a great resource for how to do things on the cheap.  Long term if there is interest in this type of maintenance I maybe persuaded to start writing for it again.
  • Park Tool - The leader in bike specific tools, this company also has invested in teaching others.  Check out their how to’s broken down by bike part.

Your Turn

What sites do you frequent or recommend?  Turn us on to other blogs or sites that have helped you become a stronger cyclist.  Better yet, how can Bike Shop Girl become a better resource for you