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 🙂

BudBrake ABS Modulator

Bicycle Product Reviews:  BudBrake ABS Modulator

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This product says it improves tire traction while brakes, gives you a smoother modulation (feathers braking), less wear on your brake pad, smoother safer speed control, easy installation and affordable.

On their website the features and advantages are:

  • automatically balances the braking force between the front and rear wheels
  • helps prevent front wheel lock-up
  • provides better traction
  • automatically engages the rear wheel brake before engaging the front brake, with more friction than on the front brake but without loss of total full force braking action
  • keeps the rims cooler in long down hill runs
  • longer life for the brake pads and fewer skids  
  • less stress on the frame and entire brake system
  • balanced braking performance

Are or have you used this braking system?

Post your comments for others to review here.

You can check out their website:   www.budbrake.com

Ride, live, have fun!

Cindy 🙂

2009 Trail to Trail Race – Lakeland, FL

This event is a one-of-a-kind race that brings Mountain Bikers and Road Racers together for some great fun and competition.  There will be team (up to 3 people per team) and solo categories.  The race starts with a 35-45 minute off-road Mountain Bike race, with racers competing on a single-track.  After completion of the off-road course they will then do a 30-35 mile road course that will bring them back to the park where they must complete another lap on the mountain bike course.

Event Info:
August 30, 2009
Loyce Harpe Park
500 West Carter Road
Lakeland, FL
View Map!!

Registration:  7 am to 9 am

Riders Meeting at 8:45 am and National Anthem by Jeff Meeks.

Kids Race at 9:00 am (two age / skill categories, two separate courses based on age / skill level)
Race Time:  9:30 am – MASS START

Solo Classes:  Solo Men, Solo Women, All Mountain Bike Solo, Clydesdale (200 lbs+)
Team Classes:  Fun Men’s, Serious Men’s, All Women’s and Co-Ed (minimum of 3 teams required)

Race Fees:
 – Solo = $30
 – Team = $65
 – Kids Race = $10

Fun and prizes to ALL participants!!

Many of the roads along the race route have been repaved and the construction is finished to ensure a great road course.

If you are looking for a team mate, email redtrailracing@hughes.net – they can help.

Copy / View this information on the PDF document.

Cindy 🙂

Get the right bicycle frame fit

One of the most important details when buying a bicycle is finding the right size frame for your body.  When you have the right size frame you will be in the proper position, which improves cycling efficiency, power and comfort.  You’ll be a better rider.

Frame Size:
The size of a frame is determined from the length of the seat tube.  This is the tube that connects the bottom bracket to the seat.  The frame size you need relates closely to the length of your leg.  Bicycle manufacturers measure the frame size various ways but there are two generally accepted ways.

Most road bicycles are sized by the distance along the seat tube from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the top tube.  This is call center-to-center.  Some bicycles are sized from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the top tube.  This is called center-to-top.  All measurements are in centimeters.

Top Tube Length:
The top tube runs horizontally from the seat to the headset.  Frame size is the most important factor when choosing a frame that’s right for you but different manufacturers have different length top tubes for the same size frame.  Women generally have shorter upper bodies than men and will need a bicycle with a shorter top tube.  If your legs are very long or short in relation to the rest of your body you may need to either pay special attention to the top tube lengths from the various manufacturers or think about buying a custom-built bicycle.

Seat Tube Angle:
This is the angle formed by the seat tube and an imaginary horizontal line.  For all-around road racing bikes, the suitable seat tube angle is about 73.5 degrees.  Mountain bikers may want a little steeper angle – 74 or 74.5 degrees.  Biking athletes prefer a steeper angle – 80 degrees, which gives the rider a more forward position.  As your needs and riding style change you should pay more attention to the geometry of your specific machine.

Choosing Your Frame Size:
The frame size you choose is directly related to the length of your inseam.  Here’s how to get the correct fit:

  1. Determine your inseam – stand with your back to a wall with a 1-inch thick book held between your legs, snug against your crotch and measure from the floor to the top edge of the book.
  2. If you used inches, convert it to metric by multiplying by 2.54.  (For center-to-center, the frame size should be 0.65 of inseam.  For center-to-top, add 1.5 centimeters.)
  3. In general, when you stand over a road bicycle there should be 1-inch of clearance between your crotch and the top tube with socks on and about 1 to 2-inches with shoes on.

Once you have the right sized frame for your body, the next step is the find the correct position on the bicycle (NEXT BLOG POST).

Live, Ride, 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 🙂

Ladies: Get Biking4Women.com Gear Online

I’ve added a page to the website where you can buy shirts (tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts), caps, mugs, stickers, etc., all with the Biking4Women.com logo on them. 

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Ladies, show your bicycling pride and order your Biking4Women.com gear online today!!

Ride, live, have fun!!

Cindy 🙂

Did I tell you Biking4Women.com is on Twitter?

I added a link to the Biking4Women.com Twitter page to the website.  If you are on Twitter, go to my page and click the Follow button.  Every time I add new Bicycle Dealers, Trails, make changes to the website, etc., I will post it on Twitter.

I’m still working on the website as you can tell and I need bicycle trails to add as well as Bicycle Dealer.  If you know of any, let me know.

Ride, live, have fun.

Cindy 🙂

Terry Bicycles has a new CEO

Georgena started Terry Bicycles (www.terrybicycles.com) but as of April 30, 2009 she turned turned over the “handlebars” to Liz Robert – most recently CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear.

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Georgena is still President of the company and a shareholder and said she is not going anywhere.

You can review the 2009 Terry Bicycle models on their website:  http://www.terrybicycles.com/cycling_savvy

Ride, live, have fun!!

Cindy 🙂