We all are familiar with the perks of riding a bike. It burns down calories, tones legs, is gentler on the joints as compared to running and helps in strengthening the muscles. It is open for everyone with no age barriers.
It is remarkable how women riders have evolved with time. Where the number of men riders remained flat, women participation grew to 20% from 2003-2012. With a difference of around 60% women bike owners today from ages 17-28, the male-only Tour de France bike race is organizing a one day women’s race.
Elysa Walk, general manager of Giant Bicycle which is a leading female focused cycling brand, says that she predicts cycling to be as mainstream activity for women as yoga and running. With the remarkable outcome of women participation in so many activities and training sessions for international triathlons, we provide you with a cycling guide for women.
Whether you are travelling, running shops, going for a spin or working out, keep these following steps in mind.
- EYES AHEAD
Just stay focused. All you need to do is decide on where you go with a look 20 feet ahead of your travel. One really needs to stay careful downhill and ultimately trust the bike.
- DISTANCE MATTERS
According to Stevens, your legs and muscles last longer if you ride about 80-100 revolutions per minute. In order to calculate your rpm, count right knee rises in 15seconds and multiply it by 4. The reason multiplying it by four is because 20-25 equal a cadence between 80and 100. Since the muscles tire quickly if you push to a slow cadence of 65 to 70, shift to an easier gear on climbs for e.g., 90-95rpms.
- BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WEAR
A classic mistake nowadays is wearing bike shorts with underwear. The seams rub against the skin thereby harming it. Moreover, it is advised to take off the cycling shorts as soon as you’re over with cycling in order to avoid moisture build up and roughness.
Best Road Bikes for You
- TREK MADONE 4.3 W.S.D.
It’s an all carbon ride with an astonishing frame and addictive ride quality. The bike is a comfort without compromise.
- LIV/GIANT INVITE 2
The bike is an ideal for all kinds, an invite for a fun run, and comfortable ride on roads, gravel or dirt. It helps providing stability on different tracks for beginners.
- SCHWINN WOMEN’S VOLARE
If you prefer a road bike or just want to go out for some exercise, the Volare is one of the best for women bikes. It has a Schwinn aluminum road frame with road fork for agile riding. Moreover, the Alloy caliper brakes stop precisely.
It is amazing how people enjoy treating bike as a part of their body. Challenging themselves, and taking the bike over roots and rocks is a blissful feeling for adventure seekers. A few things one needs to keep in mind are:
- BALANCE IT OUT
When you reach over rocks and roots, get up off the saddle, stand up on the pedals and bend the elbows about 45 degrees and think of separating the body from the bike. Keep the body weight centered, arms relaxed and shoulders pointing in the heading direction. This makes the bike move freely beneath you without causing you much harm during jerks.
- SAVE THE TIRES
Improper tire pressure can cause flats. According to Georgia Gould( Olympic mountain bike bronze medalist and Luna Pro team member), “ fat tires” needn’t be filled all the way if they can take a max of 50 psi, riding at lower pressure such as starting from 25-27 psi helps in making proper grip, cornering and comfort while riding.
- BE OPTIMISTIC
Riding off- roads maybe daunting for beginners, but the positive mind makes a big difference. Riding with self confidence and trust on the bike boosts a person and motivates him to go for the heights while a doubting mind tenses things up, therefore leading to mistakes. This becomes a vicious cycle and you should raise your confidence by concentrating on the destination than the path.
Best Mountain Bikes for You
- LUST ADVANCED 2
The first women’s full suspension composite bike is a 27.5 inch bike. The bike provides everything a woman needs to get out on the trail. Starting from being designed keeping in mind the woman body measurements and geometry, adjusting the center of gravity to better fit the way a woman rides. Moreover, its low weight adds a ton of control and power to the riding and makes climbing fun.
- DIAMONDBACK LUX COMP 27.5
The bike provides quality features in a fashionable design. A T6 aluminum frame and butted tubing construction offers the best lightweight and durable bike. Moreover, the equation wheels roll over obstacles and deliver better grip.
- CANNONDALE TRAIL WOMEN’S 4
The bike is designed according to a woman’s proportions. The Trail SL frames have a new lightweight tube set modeled after their high-end F-series frames which makes the bike easier to control on uneven terrains.
Training for triathlons, international competitions, setting one’s own record etc., gives a blissful feeling of conquering something. Challenges are always good to accept and feel good about oneself when won over. Things to know before training oneself for racing a bike are a must go through:
- KNOW THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE
The rule is to move your legs in an oval shape and not just push when using clip less pedals. Just feel the movement and instead of just pushing down, push forward and pull back.
- BOOST YOUR STAMINA
Gwen Jorgensen, the 2010 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year advices people to test themselves from time to time. The rule is to challenge yourself every week to complete a 4-20 minute circuit and compare times, fatigue, cadence, etc.
- HOW TO PREPARE FOR CYCLOCROSS RACES
When in such races one has to get off and run with the bike, stand opposite to the sharp gears i.e. left side, pick the bike up with right arm sliding through the triangle and lift it on the right shoulder grabbing the bottom of the left handlebar.
BEST PICKS FOR RACER BIKES
- SPECIALIZED ALIAS SPORT TRI
The bike is designed for both triathlons as well as for normal road biking and is aimed for those getting into sport. It comes with a zero offset seat post and clip on aero bars. One can unclip the bars if they need to during road biking.
- SCOTT PLASMA 30
Plasma 30 is a full-carbon frame and fork based bike. This gives it an important weight advantage over most time trial bikes in the market. The steering is precise, with fast-reacting geometry highlighting the short and agile wheelbase.
- RALEIGH RX 1.0 WOMEN’S
The bike is designed especially for Cyclocross. The frame is Aluminum with a nice Easton EC70 Carbon fork. This alloy mount is one of the very few best picks for women.