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Old 05-18-08, 12:50 AM   #1
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Girls, I need your help - Women's Bicycling Resources

I tried a search on BF, as well as the net in general, but wasn't happy with the results, so I'm asking here: Those of you women bike riders (road, MTB, fixed, BMX), do you know of a good resource that is specific to women's bicycling issues? Could be anything -- a book, a website, a blog, forum... Why I'm asking is because my 15 y.o. niece is a long distance runner on her HS track team, and I, along with her mother, my sister, are trying to encourage her interest in biking. She's doing OK at running, but is beginning to show signs of disinterest, mainly because she's been unhappy with her results of late. Some of the girls she used to beat are beginning to beat her, mainly because they're maturing a little faster.

Her mom and I think she needs another option for conditioning and strength training, with biking being a prime option. Sis was a collegiate gymnast, and is at best a recreational bike rider, so she's at a loss for what to recommend or advise in terms of inspiration and information. I'm at a loss as well since I'm not a young woman, nor do I live in their geographical area (NE Ohio). My information and inspiration resources would be different than what she needs. Her youth is an issue, as is her gender. For one thing, I can't advise her to just ride freely like I did when I was her age. At 15, I was pedaling my Schwinn 10 speed all over town, often alone, and I could go on long distance biking trips with friends because we could take care of ourselves whatever the situation. All that youthful riding and adventure is where I got my love of bikes and biking. Without a group to ride with, long legged blond cutie that she is, she certainly won't be riding the rural roads alone at her age.

Inspiring, safe and smart is what I'm hoping to find as a resource. One idea I have is for her to contact some of the pro-racers and ask them. Liz Hatch has a blog and is known to reply to email inquiries. Aaron's Cycling team also has some very scholastically accomplished women on the team who would no doubt be able to provide sound advice. So too the women of Bike Forums! I'll take any advice and forward it to my sister and niece. I thank you in advance.

p.s. Is there a better location on BF where I could re-post this inquiry? I like the positive attitude and insights from many of the Foo women riders, which is why I posted here.

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I tried a search on BF, as well as the net in general, but wasn't happy with the results, so I'm asking here: Those of you women bike riders (road, MTB, fixed, BMX), do you know of a good resource that is specific to women's bicycling issues? Could be anything -- a book, a website, a blog, forum... Why I'm asking is because my 15 y.o. niece is a long distance runner on her HS track team, and I, along with her mother, my sister, are trying to encourage her interest in biking. She's doing OK at running, but is beginning to show signs of disinterest, mainly because she's been unhappy with her results of late. Some of the girls she used to beat are beginning to beat her, mainly because they're maturing a little faster.

Her mom and I think she needs another option for conditioning and strength training, with biking being a prime option. Sis was a collegiate gymnast, and is at best a recreational bike rider, so she's at a loss for what to recommend or advise in terms of inspiration and information. I'm at a loss as well since I'm not a young woman, nor do I live in their geographical area (NE Ohio). My information and inspiration resources would be different than what she needs. Her youth is an issue, as is her gender. For one thing, I can't advise her to just ride freely like I did when I was her age. At 15, I was pedaling my Schwinn 10 speed all over town, often alone, and I could go on long distance biking trips with friends because we could take care of ourselves whatever the situation. All that youthful riding and adventure is where I got my love of bikes and biking. Without a group to ride with, long legged blond cutie that she is, she certainly won't be riding the rural roads alone at her age.

Inspiring, safe and smart is what I'm hoping to find as a resource. One idea I have is for her to contact some of the pro-racers and ask them. Liz Hatch has a blog and is known to reply to email inquiries. Aaron's Cycling team also has some very scholastically accomplished women on the team who would no doubt be able to provide sound advice. So too the women of Bike Forums! I'll take any advice and forward it to my sister and niece. I thank you in advance.


p.s. Is there a better location on BF where I could re-post this inquiry? I like the positive attitude and insights from many of the Foo women riders, which is why I posted here.
if you're a chick, then the i believe all you need is the secret password to get into the woman's forum.

if you're a dude, then check here.
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http://www.teamestrogen.com is a women-specific cycling site and I believe they have a forum.
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my 15 y.o. niece is a long distance runner on her HS track team, and I, along with her mother, my sister, are trying to encourage her interest in biking. She's doing OK at running, but is beginning to show signs of disinterest, mainly because she's been unhappy with her results of late. Some of the girls she used to beat are beginning to beat her, mainly because they're maturing a little faster.
I just hope the two of you aren't putting a lot of pressure on her to do stuff she's not interested in. It's a huge commitment to be a competitive athlete and if it's you guys and not her that are the ones doing all the pushing, her unhappiness might be stemming from that, not her results.
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http://www.teamestrogen.com is a women-specific cycling site and I believe they have a forum.
Aprilm is right: there is a very wonderful forum, and not just for cycling. The women there are terrific!
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I just hope the two of you aren't putting a lot of pressure on her to do stuff she's not interested in. It's a huge commitment to be a competitive athlete and if it's you guys and not her that are the ones doing all the pushing, her unhappiness might be stemming from that, not her results.
Legitimate issue indeed, but she's the competitive one. Her mother, who also runs, is in great shape at 47and is a huge inspiration to the girl. We're just looking into a change, an alternate source of inspiration and conditioning for her. It's a delicate age where there's a lot of distractions and we want her to continue with the more healthy interests she already embraces. She saw what happened to her older sister who went through a very rough phase (boys, partying), and she wants to do better. This is more a feeding of the desire that is already there in her.
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Excellent! Gracias.
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Good stuff here. Her workplace is in the town I grew up in (about 30 minutes from me) and have met her. She attends several events I'm usually at that involves bicycling - well, either she or one of her several freakin TALL lithe representatives who race for Terrys. She had a childhood disease - I want to say polio - so her legs were not like you or I - and as an Engineer in a major company she started making her own bikes, which led to other people requesting her bikes - which has led to her success. Her clothing is great as well
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