Archive for July, 2013

July 12, 2013 2

July is flying past and we are heading into August. You know you will click your fingers and it will be Christmas (argh! Christmas shopping – stop it, it’s only July!) So today, we are reviewing the BikeGal.com blogs that were the most viewed and shared so far this year. What you liked and what […]

July is flying past and we are heading into August. You know you will click your fingers and it will be Christmas (argh! Christmas shopping – stop it, it’s only July!) So today, we are reviewing the BikeGal.com blogs that were the most viewed and shared so far this year.

What you liked and what caused a flurry of conservation on facebook – just in case you missed some of the good stuff!

February

We started off the year taking a look at the top six things you need to commute by bicycle in Sydney.

And one of the most read and shared posts ever, “Your saddle changed my life – or how to find the right seat for you and your bike” – starring Jo, my lovely demonstrator of how to get your bottom measured! If you get a sore bottom from your saddle, read this one.

Also in February we started the couch to cycling in six weeks program – lots of shares there too. Do you need help to get started? If so, read this blog.

March

In March, BikeGal convinced her Mum to get out on a bike, go Mum! Have you cycled with your Mum?

We also had a great guest blog from Sarah – an Aussie chick cycling in Kathmandu, Nepal.

And BikeGal gets a kindness award from Wake Up Sydney!

April

April saw BikeGal out and about, exploring cycling in a developing country (Cambodia) and discovering the link between paddle boarding and cycling.

May

Another guest blogger, showed us that you are never too old to become a cyclist – as she tackles some serious kms and terrain in NZ.

We also learnt about cranky cyclists who can’t share and Leichhardt Council ditching their cycling budget.

In May, there was also a post on bike rules, part 1 – which caused lots of comments and discussion on facebook (and a bit of rage – yes, really).

June

And just last month we shared the results of the survey to find the best bike store for the women of Sydney. Some hilarious comments in there from many peeps. I’m still laughing about the person who went to a bike store and was told, “you don’t need to test ride it, it will be fine”.

We also met the team from Omafiets who won best store.

July

And this month as Tour de France has hit our screens, we took a look at how fast these blokes really go –  Could you keep up with Cadel?

And lastly, another popular post….how to stop your … ummmm…. bits… you know… down there from ummm hurting

Thanks for all your support so far this year.

Happy cycling!

BikeGal.com

July 2, 2013 3

 There comes a time in every new female cyclist’s life where you can’t help the feeling that after a lovely ride on your new trusty bike, the nether regions are feeling a little delicate! The worst part about this issue is you may not have anyone to ask about it. Well never fear, BikeGal.com is […]

 There comes a time in every new female cyclist’s life where you can’t help the feeling that after a lovely ride on your new trusty bike, the nether regions are feeling a little delicate!

The worst part about this issue is you may not have anyone to ask about it. Well never fear, BikeGal.com is here to help you. (Be grateful, BikeGal had to ask her older brother which was quite embarrassing.)

There are a few things to consider if you are a bit sore downstairs….

Do you have the right saddle (bike seat)? This is crucially important, so that you are riding on your sit bones and not the soft tissue between the sit bones. Read more here  about how to get the right saddle for you.

At Jet Cycles they can measure your sit bones and make sure you have the right sized saddle for you

Is your bike set up correctly for you? If you are getting pain, take a trip to the bike store and get some adjustments. Some stores also offer comprehensive bike fits that take several hours and can cost several hundred dollars. Sometime to consider if you are doing a lot of riding.

Get the gear – buy yourself a good quality pair of padded bike pants (or knicks as they are sometimes referred to). These provide a bit more padding for your sensitive lady bits! Note you don’t wear undies underneath these. I have some perl izumi ones which I just love. I’ve tried cheaper brands but found they weren’t all that comfy and they died in the washing machine. If you buy some good quality ones they should last.

Get yourself some good quality knicks.

Harden up princess! In some cases, it’s just a matter of getting a bit tougher with yourself. As you ride more frequently and a bit longer everything should settle down. But if it doesn’t you really need to consider adjusting your bike or saddle as in points 1 and 2 above

Have you had sore ….um ….bits? What’s your secret to fixing this issue?

Happy cycling!

BikeGal.com

 

July 1, 2013 00

Okay now it’s time to be truthful. When the Tour de France started on Saturday night, was there any small part of you that thought “I could do that, can’t be that hard,” and while you drank a beer or a glass of wine and slobbed out on the couch in cold, wet Sydney you […]

Okay now it’s time to be truthful. When the Tour de France started on Saturday night, was there any small part of you that thought “I could do that, can’t be that hard,” and while you drank a beer or a glass of wine and slobbed out on the couch in cold, wet Sydney you started dreaming of the possibilities.

Cadel Evans doing what he does best – smashing it!

Take a look at what these cyclists really do each year while on the Tour. It really is amazing, and more amazing when you compare it to us everyday cyclists.

This data comes from Tour Team HTC-High Road.

Your speed on average on the  flat 27 to 28 km/hour.

Tour de France riders average speed on the flat 40 to 45 km/hour.

(Note I can’t do one lap of Centennial Park’s 4 km loop at this speed!).

Your speed on average on hilly terrain 14 to 16 km/hour.

Tour de France riders average on hilly terrain is 33 to 40 km/hour! On huge mountains! Wow. I don’t even ride that fast on the flat!

You can read some more statistics here and compare yourself to a Tour de France rider including hours of sleep, hours of training each week and even the hours of training they do on a rest day (yes a rest day).

I need to get back to that glass of wine and the couch now, so I can keep on dreaming 🙂

Hope you are enjoying watching the Tour de France 2013.

Happy cycling!

BikeGal.com