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Marin Bicycles for Women

I found another bicycle manufacturer that makes Women specific models – Marin Bikes.

Here’s their story:

Marin Bikes was established in 1986 in San Anselmo, California and celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. Its offices lie in the shadow of Mt. Tamalpais, commonly referred to as the birthplace of mountain biking and still at the heart of the sport.  On advice from his doctor, founder Robert Buckley rode a mountain bike to help heal a nagging knee injury and quickly became passionate about the sport.  He founded Marin Mountain Bikes upon this passion and remains dedicated to the pursuit of the ultimate cycling experience.  After 24 years Buckley remains at the helm of Marin, directing daily operations and is the creative drive behind the brand.  According to Buckley, ‘After more than 20 years of business, we haven’t lost sight of our core values.  I am committed to building a bicycle that is light-weight, durable and designed to give riders the highest quality ride for years to come.  I’m proud of what this company has become.’

Since its founding, Marin has built its strong reputation upon a number of technological advancements including:

  • Lightweight Hardtail Mountain Bikes, utilizing state of the art titanium, carbon, aluminum and steel materials combined with cutting edge frame technology
  • Quad-Link Full Suspension Mountain Bikes, a proprietary technology enabling the most effective and reactive suspension system available today
  • Performance Oriented Flat Bar Road Bikes meld the comfortable style of a mountain bike with the light weight aerodynamics of a road bike
  • City and Urban Bikes, clearly leading the industry and setting the standards for performance and design

Marin Mountain Bikes first established its reputation with high performance mountain bikes.  Today, the company offers a comprehensive line of nearly 90 bikes for all skill levels and preferences, in the Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, City, and Juvenile categories.

Marin’s employees continue to ride the same trails and experience the same emotions that gave birth to the sport of mountain biking when it first began. Marin’s products include bikes, bike accessories and clothing, and are distributed by independent bicycle dealerships throughout the United States and 46 other countries.

Marin Bikes offers a wide selection of bicycles that are designed to meet the needs of female cyclists including:  Mountain HT, Road, Street and Path.  You can check out all their women specific bicycles here:  http://www.marinbikes.com/2010/bike_cat_women.php

You can use their Dealer Locator to find one closest to your location here:  http://www.marinbikes.com/dealerlocator/map_usa_2010.php

Cindy 🙂

Group Bike Ride, Ocala, FL – Thursday Nights

If you want to go bike riding with a group that includes first-timers, beginners and intermediate riders then this is the ride for you.  This ride is also good if you are new to the area and would like a tour of the Santos trails just to get acquainted with them.

It’s a good mix of girls and guys just out to enjoy bike riding.  We meet at the Santos Bike Shop on Hwy 441 in Ocala every Thursday.  We leave out at 6 pm so it’s best to get there about 15 minutes early if you can.

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For Directions to the Santos Bike Shop, go to:  http://www.santosbikeshop.com/faq.asp

Cindy 🙂

New York Bicycle Dealers

I’ve added 8 New York Bicycle Dealers to this page: http://www.biking4women.com/nydealers.asp with links to their websites if they had one that I could find.

Do you know of any other bicycle dealers in New York that I can / need to add?

Send me an email:  info@biking4women.com

260-Mile Bicycle Trail in Florida

Five Florida counties are developing a 260-mile bicycle trail through northeastern and Central Florida.  This includes Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, Putnam and St. Johns counties.  It’s call the River-to-the-Sea Loop and it could be complete in 2013.  When done, it will be the longest bicycle loop in Florida.

More than 40 miles have been completed on ths project that started in February 2008.  They hope to finish the project by 2013, in time to help mark the quincentennial celebration of Florid’s discovery by Ponce De Leon.

Cyclists who ride the trail are expected to help Florida’s tourism economy by staying in hotels and eating in restaurants along the route.

Ride, live, have fun!

Cindy 🙂

Santos Trail, Spiders Are Back

I’ve had a cold that got into my lungs over the past 3 weeks that made it very difficult for me to ride and breath at the same time.  If you have Asthma, you know what I’m talking about.  But I’m back at biking as of today.   Here’s a couple pictures:

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My favorite part of the Canopy Trail – a big open field with a few trees – beautiful!!

Next, we have the spiders – they’re back!!  If you don’t like ’em, don’t look up when riding.  They are just above your head in most cases.  A few weeks ago I got one right in my face!!

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Banana Spiders mostly.  I don’t think they bite or anything but they do make some huge webs.

Ride, live, have fun!!

Cindy 🙂

Bicycle Dealers – I want to link to your website!!

Do you have a bicycle shop where you sell new and/or used bicycles?  I have bicycle dealers separated by state on the website – www.biking4women.com and I’ve started adding links to websites along with listing the women specific bicycle manufacturers they carry to help the visitors.  I need more dealer links and am hoping you will email me

I’ll put the bigger sporting goods stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods on there but I’m more interested in the local bicycle shops.  I want to help drive more people to your websites so you can sell more bicycles, which means more people will be on the trail and getting healthy.

You can do a bicycle dealer search on this page:  http://www.biking4women.com/bicycledealers.asp

If I don’t have you listed or you want me to add a link to your website, let me know by sending me an email.

Ride, live, have fun!!

Cindy 🙂

How to start a biking club for women

I think for most women we like to do things, doesn’t matter what, with our friends and family.  So joining a bicycle club if you have one in your area is a wonderful idea, but if you don’t have one around you, it’s a good idea to go ahead and start one.  When I first started riding my bicycle I felt like I was the only woman in the woods and on the trails.  Today, I see just as many women riding on the trails as men, sometimes more.

The unfortunate part, being in today’s world, us women have to be much more careful than men do when it comes to personal safety so riding with a partner is important, especially if your riding in the woods like I do.  My mother has recently started riding with me again so hooray for her – way to go mom!!

Starting a bicycle club for women helps get yourself and others cycling more often.  When you have other riders that look to you for support and depend on you to be there for a group ride you are less likely to back out.  Because your members have something in common, you’ll find you will share questions / answers about cycling, bicycles, where to ride, how to ride, what to wear, bug repellent, etc.

You will need organizing skills, knowledge of what your local women bicyclers need, how you can fullfil their needs, how to get your community involved (educational flyers and marketing) and some even turn into a sort of bicycling activist group.  There are specific reasons that will entice women to join your bicycle club:

  • ride more often
  • safety in numbers
  • comradery
  • bike in new places
  • learn how to ride better
  • share knowledge, ideas, experience

You can schedule a series of activities and post them at your local bicycle shops and bicycle trails to draw more women riders, such as:

  • trail rides
  • recreation rides
  • charity rides
  • training rides
  • races
  • workshops / clinics
    (get with your local bicycle shop and see if they have an expert that can demonstrate how to put the proper pressure in your tires, safety on the trail or road, how to use the clips vs the regular pedals…)

Your local bicycle shops may support your club by offering discounts to your members on equipment and/or provide a meeting place.  In return you can acknowledge the bicycle shop in your newsletter and other appropriate club products or marketing.  You can also network yourself with other larger bicycle clubs in your state.

To get started you can simple schedule group rides and post signs, make calls and/or send emails letting everyone know when and where the group ride will be and make it the same day and time each week so that it just becomes part of the club members routine.  As your club grows you can add additional days / times for rides.  Keep looking for new members, have a regular newsletter, establish your identity, produce a leaflet to be displayed at your local bicycle shops, develop club leadership roles, etc.

I’m not going to blow sunshine here… this will be a lot of work, but an energetic club with lots of volunteers can get a whole bunch done, not only for yourselves but for your community as well.

Remember my motto… if you’re not moving, how can you get ahead?

I have a few women’s bicycle clubs on my links page:  http://www.biking4women.com/bicyclelinks.asp but if you have a women’s bicycle club and would like me to link to your website, just send me an email.

Ride, live, have fun!!

Cindy 🙂