So because I’ve been asked so many times, I am finally relenting and sharing some more about me, who I am and why I started BikeGal….
As many of you know, I started BikeGal.com because I only started riding as an adult and I saw a need for women like me who wanted good advice to start cycling or get back on a bike.
But here is a bit more about me and what inspired me to do this…I get asked these questions often…
What is your real name? Rachael but you can call me BikeGal, I don’t mind! The photo below is me during the Sydney to Gong two years ago.
How old are you? 38
What do you do for a living? I am a corporate communications professional, so yes, I like to write. Could you guess?
Do you make any money from the site? No, it’s a labour of love at the moment.
Where do you live? I’m very blessed to live right across the road from Centennial Park in the Sydney suburb of Queens Park.
What inspires you? I’m often inspired by doing the things that scare me most. So starting to cycle and then commuting to work by bike, really scared me! So of course I had to do it. Starting this website was a bit the same – I was terrified, but I figured nothing ventured nothing gained.
How was City of Sydney involved? As most people know, it costs money to build websites. So I applied to the City of Sydney for a matching grant and I got it. The next thing you know the website began.
Who else was involved? I am lucky to have many female friends who ride and gave me great advice along the way. Plus a sister who is a fantastic writer and a few other writing friends, who helped me pull together the content. Everyone who helped write content for this website is a cyclist.
How long did it take to build the website? Much longer than we thought. It was a bit of a labour of love. Plus we spent a lot of time getting the look of it right and the logo right. When we started with the brand we were talking about the girl on her bike – was she too thin? Should her ponytail be longer? Should the ponytail be pink? And then of course a million options to find the right name for the site.
How was it working with City of Sydney? Bloody fantastic! They pretty much granted the money and let us run with it. They checked in along the way, but gave lots of scope and help whenever it was needed.
What’s been your favourite thing about the site? Definitely receiving emails from women who have started cycling or returned to cycling as a result of finding the site. That’s really great feedback. I also love being out on my bike and running into women with a BikeGal water bottle on their bike. That’s pretty cool. Winning an award is also pretty exciting from Bicycle NSW.
Do you accept written submissions for sharing on the blog? Absolutely. If you are female and have something to say about cycling, we want to hear it! Ideally a few hundred words plus a photo of you and your bike. Email it to info@bikeGal.com – if you are a budding writer who also cycles, we would love to publish your work.
What’s next for BikeGal.com? Good question! We probably need to find a sponsor or two to keep it running now that the grant has ended. Probably a little bit of advertising but nothing major. Also many people have asked about BikeGal merchandise – so stay tuned.