Posts tagged advice
Caught in the Crosswinds - When Your Bicycle Tour Goes Sideways

Sometimes it’s not a matter of proper riding technique: it’s a matter of life & death.

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Protect Your Hands, Cyclists!

When you’re spending hours a day in the saddle, it means a certain non-negotiable amount of wear and tear on your body… But that numb, tingly feeling in your fingers, or the pain in your wrists? That’s not normal.

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“The Phantom Man” - Laura Killingbeck

After frightening experiences in both solo hitchhiking and cycling, Laura's no stranger to fear. But the ‘Phantom Man’ doesn’t keep her from exploring. “I don't think every woman has to bike across the world,” writes Laura. “But I do think that every woman who wants to, can.”

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Why Cycle Solo? - Emily Loberg

Riding your bicycle alone for thousands of miles isn’t for everyone… and literally anyone can tell you that. But in this interview, Emily Loberg offers a few compelling reasons why she’s glad she pedaled solo across the United States in 2016.

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Do it Your Way - Emily Loberg

Emily Loberg grew up bicycling and traveling, but she didn’t put the two together until college. As a freshman, she went on a guided Spring Break trip to Kentucky and discovered a lasting love for bike travel. After graduating, Emily worked for several years to save enough money to make her dream come true: a solo bicycle tour across the United States.

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PNWA Seattle Writer's Conference 2018

I was embarassed. After all, I’d gotten everything I wanted and more: a supportive circle of new writer friends, 9 agents and editors interested in my manuscript, and a new plot-charting technique that will help me write faster, forever. To top it off, my submission in the PNWA literary contest had won me a spot among 9 Finalists in the Memoir/Nonfiction Category. But as I sat in my favorite purple dress at the Awards Banquet, my heart thumping loudly against my sternum, they announced the first, second, and third place winners in my category. And none of them were me.

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Nan's Advice for Women Bike Touring Solo

With thousands of miles under her belt, Nan has some advice to share with anyone who's hesitant to embark on a self-supported bicycle tour. Especially women. “I don’t have many mechanical skills,” writes Nan, “But, YOUTUBE!”

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Fear & Love, Across America - Katie B.

“Working through fear is a personal journey, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a supportive riding partner to encourage you as well,” writes Katie B. In this interview, Katie and I discuss the challenges of her 2017 cross-country bike tour, what inspired her to try bicycle travel in the first place, and the rewards that kept her going. She also recounts her “How We Met” story with her boyfriend and touring partner, Jeff!)

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"Make 'em Comfortable" - Kathryn

After four years of solo international travel, Kathryn knows how to read people. She’s ridden her recumbent tricycle through more than a dozen countries, and has learned along the way that strangers are just friends she hasn’t made yet. “Everyone I see gets a smile and a wave,” she tells me. “You gotta make people comfortable, so they don’t see you as a threat. If they’re calm and happy, I’m calm and happy.”

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Interviewed on Tough Girl Challenges

British podcast host Sarah Williams and I discuss my cross-country tour by bicycle, the obstacles women face on solo travels, and how fear can shape our lives.

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Smile If You Love Me

"Where's that smile?!" yells the disappointed stranger. He's just trying to save face at this point, feeling embarrassed and frustrated that you're ignoring him. He's really confused right about now, because you definitely smiled at him earlier. Didn't you?

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What Bicycle Touring Taught Me - Katie

Katie and her boyfriend, Rob, just finished their first-ever cross country bicycle tour across the United States. Here's what she learned about herself, her partner, her family, and her values along the way. 

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Why Bicyclists Gotta Cross-Train

There’s this pesky lil’ thing called “cross-training,” and it’s important. Cross-training means practicing a sport or skill other than bicycling, in order to balance your body's musculature. For example, many of the women I've interviewed do yoga or lift weights as their cross-training.  It’s not always easy to do, especially on a bike tour when you’re already exhausted from a day’s ride and lack equipment. But cross-training is essential to preventing injuries.

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"Reasons Why" - Part 2 with Kerry Gross

Kerry Gross rode her bike over 5,000 miles across the United States. She was alone, and it was her first bike tour. However, Kerry understood that she’d need a really good reason to keep her pedaling through the difficult times. “I knew I needed something more than just biking to keep me going,” she said. Here, Kerry offers her advice to discover what’s holding you back from greatness.

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#BikeLife - Interview with Josie

Josie is tiny. At just 5 ‘ 2” with wide green eyes, you probably wouldn’t guess that this delicate young woman of Decorah, Iowa is a beast on a mountain bike. But she is. Discovering cycling in her late twenties gave her the strength and determination to end an unhappy marriage, and find true love. (Read time: 15 minutes)

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Adventure Cyclist - Interview with Anna

From leading group bike tours in the United States to exploring Southeast Asia on two wheels with her partner, Anna is all about adventures by bike. "Until we moved to Missoula, we did not have a car for over 4 years," writes Anna, "We've been living a minimalist lifestyle, thanks to the bicycle."

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Indie Filmmaker - Interview with Jennifer

Jennifer is a professor of film at Pacific University, where her passions for cycling, family, and filmmaking have combined in her documentary film The Wind In Our Hair, which features the stories of female bicyclists. 

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