Beginner’s Gear Guide: Two easy, cheap upgrades to make riding your bike better

If you’re considering biking to work, start here. If you need to know what basics to get started with and how to avoid helmet hair, start here. If you want to affordably pimp your ride, keep scrolling! Finding a new seat Getting a new seat since arguably has the biggest impact on how comfortable itContinue reading “Beginner’s Gear Guide: Two easy, cheap upgrades to make riding your bike better”

How to clean your bike without spending a ton of money or time doing it

It never occurred to me that cleaning my bike was something I needed to do until one of my coworkers mentioned he spent a Saturday doing just that. Considering I’d been riding around the grimy streets of Denver for over a year without cleaning my bike a single time, I set out to rectify theContinue reading “How to clean your bike without spending a ton of money or time doing it”

How to start biking to work

I already got up on my soapbox about why you should bike to work, so now let’s talk about what you actually need to start biking to work (besides a bike, of course). Honestly, the first thing may be kind of limiting: a safe route. Google is not always the most reliable when it comes to streetsContinue reading “How to start biking to work”

Why you should go to REI’s Women’s Bike Maintenance class

This spring, REI launched the #ForceOfNature campaign to close the gender gap in the outdoors. Part of that movement is a huge selection of free intro classes specifically for women. As a lady who rides her bike to work, but has not ever cleaned said bike and should probably know how to do that, IContinue reading “Why you should go to REI’s Women’s Bike Maintenance class”

Outdoor Beginner tries mountain biking for the first time

Before a recent work trip to Fruita [FYI this is my day job], the grantees we were meeting enthusiastically offered to take my boss and me mountain biking. We were going there to learn about a trails project we helped fund, and let’s be real, maps and schematics around a conference table only go soContinue reading “Outdoor Beginner tries mountain biking for the first time”