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

It did not occur 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…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best lightweight gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full swing here in Colorado. I’ve had two great pairs of lightweight gloves that I love, so I’m pitting them against each other to help you decide for yourself. It’s The North Face’s Women’s…

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 streets…

Why I bike to work

When I signed up for the free women’s bike maintenance class at REI, I was surprised to see it was only half full just a few days out from the event. Once I got to class, I quickly realized I was the only woman there that biked primarily for commuting, not recreation. And the more…

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, I…

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 so…