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A cyclist’s guide to happy lady parts

Women’s saddles, saddle sores, chamois tips…we cannot seem to talk about these topics often enough. It’s the most sensitive of our bike-body contact points, and nothing ruins a ride like discomfort “down there.” While the industry spends a good amount of research on saddles and chamois, the quest to a pain-free ride is a personal one and …

How bad is alcohol for cyclists, really?

It seems that cyclists love their craft beers and wine as much as they love their coffee. After all, few things taste as good as a cold, crisp beer after a long day in the saddle while reminiscing about the ride with your girlfriends. But what are the potential consequences of those post ride catch-ups …

Is my gear selection right? Ask Ella

In the bike shop I would at times have ladies coming in and looking at the drop bars with trepidation. Quite often after explaining how they worked to shift the gear, the next question that followed was “so how do those work again?” Gears on the road bike might look simple, but right from the …

Opinion: Keep the golf out of cycling

Originally from Germany Monika Sattler stumbled, via the US and Switzerland, to Australia, indulging her penchant for tackling epic rides along the way. So often heading into unfamiliar territory, as a self-proclaimed navigationally challenged individual, has meant regularly exploring new bunch rides. It’s usually been a sure way for the former World Gravel Race champion …

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Breakfast for cyclists: what to eat when

  Breakfast. Whether it’s a smoothie, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, cereal, sweet potatoes or pancakes there are so many options and they’re all delicious. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Eat too much and you’ll feel bloated, under-fuel and you won’t have the energy for hard efforts, too much fibre and you’ll get the equivalent …

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From coffee dregs to cycling threads: OORR’s eco-friendly, coffee-infused apparel reviewed

With so many new microbrands popping up left and right in the cycling industry, it can be hard to keep track of what’s all on the market and what is worth trying and buying. As you can imagine, we get tons of requests from brands wanting to get their products in front of our audience. …

Tips to dating a female competitive cyclist from his and her perspective

As always, my blogs tend be quite honest, and written from my own personal experiences. This blog, however, is collective, from all the other female cyclists I hang out with and talk to. This may not apply to every woman, I’m sure there are some women who do froth over Strava KOMs and being half …

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A beginner’s guide to prepping for a criterium

It is spring in the Southern Hemisphere and even if the weather in the southern states of Australia may at times seem to have forgotten this, the race calendars haven’t. Spring heralds the beginning of our criterium (or ‘crit’) season and at this early stage many riders will be entering their first crit ever and perhaps even pinning a number on for …

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How to mentally recover after a bike crash

During the women’s road race at the Rio Olympic Games in August, we all watch in horror as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed hard, laying in the gutter motionless and unconscious until aid came. Yet remarkably, Van Vleuten returned to the pro peloton just weeks later, winning the Lotto Belgium Tour in convincing manner. …

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Thoughts every rider has during her first cyclocross event

We are well into the cyclocross season here in the US, and after missing most of last season (because I was frolicking in the sunshine in the Southern Hemisphere) I am falling in love with ‘cross all over again. All those friendly familiar faces, the hand-ups and shenanigans, the different terrain, the sloppy mudfests that make …

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