Ride like a girl
When I was younger, there weren’t that many females my age to train with, so whatever group I was with usually consisted of mostly boys with a token girl or two. Whenever we would race to the top of a hill, I would keep up with the boys and finish right with them, however, whenever the next girl would arrive they would all announce that the “1st girl” finished. I would raise my hand and ask why I didn’t count. They responded, “You’re too fast, you ride like a boy.” I took this as a compliment at the time, but now that I am on one of the world’s fastest mountain bike teams, and it consists entirely of women, I am quite sure that riding like a girl is actually the fastest way to ride.
Wear a helmet
This is such a simple concept, but I beg of you to think about it everytime you ride your bike. Your cycling helmet is not a fashion statement, it is a life saving device. It protects us not only from ourselves, but from others as well. A car hit me from behind in May of 2017 and my helmet saved my life. I can’t even begin to explain the importance of the helmet, and I hope you never have to experience it.
Find your coffee grind
Last, but certainly not least, know a good coffee ride. Any good ride is a day well spent and having a plan before you head out the door is bound to make for a smoother day behind the bars. If you are looking to spin around town with friends, however, then a coffee shop ride is your cup of tea.