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Getting more women on Mt Bikes

post #1 of 17
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A special thanks to volklgirl for planning on a day of riding and exposure to some trails I haven't been on before.

The first trial was moderate and easy to get warmed up. Some gradual up hill and down hill portions but nothing that would overwhelm someone who wasn't aggressive.

Kris took a few minutes to give some tips on log crossing, and sugar sand. I have to say, I'm comfy with sand, though I don't like it, but logs are something I had not done with any confidence. Today I took a few small logs and did it with a smile.
This a pic of the gang coming in from the first leg of the ride:


Between the first leg of the ride and second, she did a "fixing a flat 101" course for those ladies who were unfamiliar with the task.
One of our friends had her 10 year old daughter along, who quickly took charge of the project and did it with ease. Way to go Sarah!!
If a 10 year old can do it, you can too!

(BTW, on the way home, we stopped at Walmart to get her very own kit to fix tires)

The second leg of the ride was more of an intermediate trail with some really cool up hills, down hills, a log crossing and a few mud sections. This part of the ride was definitely a ton of fun! I will be doing this trail again!
Sorry, I didn't get many pics, because I was having too much fun riding!
Hopefully VG will post some of the pics her husband took when we were taking off and coming in.

All in all this was a great day!
post #2 of 17
this is good stuff.

TC there are tons of girls that ride out here and a I bet a couple in your area. TGR would be a better place to find people. Seriousally.
post #3 of 17
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BWPA I may do some GTG fishing at some point but right now I'm not at a loss for biking buddies.........I'm lacking in time to spend on all my interests with all my friends.

Thanks
This day was great due in part to getting together, but also because some of these women didn't have any experience in changing a tire of fixing a flat. Its a good thing to know if you're going riding. You may be the only bike mechanic you have on the trail.
post #4 of 17
I try to get my GF to ride with me and I even bought her an ergo female seat, but she still complains that the "under carriage" gets beat up to hell. Suggestions?
post #5 of 17
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RR the sad fact is that the "undercarriage" will usually be tender after the first few rides, but if she rides regularly, she will soon "toughen up" and it will not be an issue. One of the best saddles I've seen on the market for women for this purpose is this one from Terry Cycles
This saddle will likely help a lot but some tenderness is to be expected for beginners no matter what saddle. Maybe take her on really short rides to help her get "broken in" slowly and maybe she won't experience much tenderness.
post #6 of 17
Thanks, the seat I got her looks very similar to that one, its by Serfa RX.
post #7 of 17
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Thanks, the seat I got her looks very similar to that one, its by Serfa RX.
One of the women I ride with frequently, has had problems with her "undercarriage". Recently she had her husband take the seat off and adjusted it so the nose of the seat is more level. It seems that it was pointing up too much and adding pressure. You may want to see if her seat needs to be adjusted slightly. A little bit of adjustment can mean a lot.
post #8 of 17
Thanks for the tip I will look into that for her.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I try to get my GF to ride with me and I even bought her an ergo female seat, but she still complains that the "under carriage" gets beat up to hell. Suggestions?
The obvious: cycling shorts.
The second obvious: saddle (you already done)

Less obvious: less pressure in the tires
Second less obvious: set the fork (if air) to match her weight
Third less obvious: less bumpy trails?

More expensive solution 1: suspension seatpost
Expensive solution 2: Full suspension!
post #10 of 17
Thanks again, the seat is a female anatomical and has gell inserts where the seat bones go, the bike is full suspension, I set it to the softest it can be, and the tires are underinflated. She did complain a little less this last time we went out (last time she got off the bike and walked it!) I put on a shorter stem to help her sit a bit more upright and adjusted the bars a bit. If she complains more I will get her some biking shorts as well. Thanks all.
post #11 of 17
Could be her weight distribution. If she is too upright, there is too much weight on the seat. Lower handlebars might be an option. Think "three point stance".
post #12 of 17
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If she complains more I will get her some biking shorts as well. Thanks all.
BIKE SHORTS!!! Get them before her next ride. While you're at it get her gloves. Maybe a coolmax top. And don't skimp. Better to spend $80 for well fitting and properly padded shorts than to spend $40 for a next to useless pretend shorts. Like anything else it you get what you pay for. (You do want her to like biking?) But of course, you already knew this.

I woulda gotten the bike shorts with the saddle. That my friend is the key! :
I find my own saddles to be uncomfortable in regular shorts. With bike shorts, I don't notice the saddle.


IMO I'd inflate the tires to where they should be to make the bike easier to pedal and handle like it should. And Phil has a point also about the too upright postion.

Oh, yea. A little tip. Make the ride relational. Conversation. Tell her you like riding with Her. Telling her that is more important than saying "good job" (which is also important, but secondary to the feamale mind.).
post #13 of 17
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BIKE SHORTS!!! Get them before her next ride. While you're at it get her gloves. Maybe a coolmax top. And don't skimp. Better to spend $80 for well fitting and properly padded shorts than to spend $40 for a next to useless pretend shorts. Like anything else it you get what you pay for. (You do want her to like biking?) But of course, you already knew this.

I woulda gotten the bike shorts with the saddle. That my friend is the key! :
I find my own saddles to be uncomfortable in regular shorts. With bike shorts, I don't notice the saddle.


IMO I'd inflate the tires to where they should be to make the bike easier to pedal and handle like it should. And Phil has a point also about the too upright postion.
All of this is true^^^^^^

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Oh, yea. A little tip. Make the ride relational. Conversation. Tell her you like riding with Her. Telling her that is more important than saying "good job" (which is also important, but secondary to the feamale mind.).
Shall I use these same tactics in the interest of getting my husband to ride with me?
I find that he will go if I tell him that DQ is on the way
post #14 of 17
Did you offer to kiss it to make it better?
post #15 of 17
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Did you offer to kiss it to make it better?

LOL
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
You guys do realize the title of this thread is
Getting more women on Mt Bikes
Not
Gettin more women, on Mt bikes

(punctuation means everything)
post #17 of 17
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You guys do realize the title of this thread is
Getting more women on Mt Bikes
Not
Gettin more women, on Mt bikes

(punctuation means everything)
The end result will follow.

If the women aren't on MT bikes, you can't get them while you're on MT bike.
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