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Do you know how many women out there have a bike and just don’t get out on it? A BUNCH! Why?
1 – I don’t want to ride alone
2 – What do I do if I have a flat
3 – The “club” goes to fast
4 – I don’t want to get lost when I get dropped
The list goes on. At one time we all were beginners or like me, I just don’t want to go fast and chase the local bike club all over the county.
I have talked about starting a Women’s cycling group for some time. More like 4 years. Late spring I finally started putting it together. We have fired up a web site www.chesapeakespokeswomen.com.
Check it out and let me know what you think…..
When I bought my first bike I had no how important it is when it comes to how you fit the bike. Of course there is the “round the block” rider, then the person who rides a beach cruiser once a year on the board walk. I learned the hard way that any riding other than what I mentioned above requires a proper fit on the bike. The “science” of the bike fit totally fascinates me and other than wanting to start a women’s ride group, I’ve wanted to become certified in bike fitter.
Since we own a total of 7 Waterford and/or Gunnar bikes and I know first hand how well the Fitmaster system works, I will be attending the Fitmaster Professional Bicycle fit Seminar http://fitmaster.net/site/ in Seattle, Washington next month. I can’t wait!
My week at Pac Tour Wisconsin was fantastic. The week started with a ride to Sharon, WI in the rain! Cookout lunch at Susan & Lon’s home in Sharon. Gorgeous scenery. I chose not to ride on Monday, it was pouring rain as the ride left out of Beloit. It did clear up for the group to have a great ride. Tuesday we rode to Waterford, WI the home of Waterford Bicycles. Had a picnic lunch and a tour of the factory by none other than Richard Schwinn himself. If you ever have a chance to tour a bike factory, do it! Wednesday, 109 miles to New Glarus Woods. I thought Wisconsin was flat. Not! It turned out to be a beautiful day. Friday I did my second full Century of the week! I finished the week with a total of 425 miles for the week. Thank you to Lon, Susan, Roger, Fred & Jim and all the fellow cyclist I was able to meet from all around the world. Your influence will stay with me always.
Fred Matheny gave a 1 hour presentation this evening. “10 myths regarding cycling” Did you know that size really DOES NOT matter? I mean the size of the crank arm! Really, I’m not the expert… Go to www.roadbikerider.com and ask Coach Fred. Tons of useful info on the web. I have so much information in just 21/2 short day’s I just can’t get in from my brain to my fingertips!
PAC Tour Day 1 – Saturday. Today was check in day. Those who wanted to rode to Sharon for an Ice Cream run! Most riders chose to stay close to the motel because of the rain. Saturday evening we had dinner at a Chinese Buffett. Everyone introduced themselves. Most were from the mid west area. One from Austrilia, two from Europe and three from Canada. A great group of individuals. We were introduced to Jim Langley and Coach Fred Matheny, author of Road Biker Magazine . Jim and Fred are never without a smile on their faces!
Day two- Sunday. We rode a total of 90 miles. It rained from almost the minute we left the motel until about 11am. Not much traffic and we were on a paved trail for about 15 miles so it wasn’t so bad. Had an Ice Cream stop in Poplar Grove, IL and then on to lunch in Sharon at Lon & Susan’s home. Good food and good company. 17 miles back to Beloit, of course, I had to miss a turn and added about 5 miles to my ride. Shower first, bike wash, throw gear in washing machine, dinner at Applebee’s then to hear guest speaker. Bob Olsen of Bike Werks in Crystal Lake, WI. Bob used to sag Lon on the RAAM.
Day 3 – Monday. Today’s ride went north with a total of 90 miles. It started storming around 1:30 this morning and stopped just as the ride pulled out. decidednot to ride in the rain today and had Bob Olsen adjust my cleats andwent for a quick hour ride around Beloit. We now are under a tornado watch! Tonight we’ll watch the movie “ Bicycle Dream” about the 2004 RAAM.
Well, I finally met Baltimore’s cycling legend, Bobby Phillips! Other refer to him as the “Bobby the Bullet”. Bobby has a long history in the Baltimore area and has hosted the Turkey Day Bike Race which has a lot of history. This year, Bobby is hosting the 25th race on September 13. Well, you know me! I will be helping Bobby out this year. I will keep you posted. This is something you should check out.