A Woman's Bike Book is the second edition to the original shorter version, A Woman's Guide to Bikes and Biking, published in 1999. My goal for this new book, which includes all relevant text from the former book, is to open our cycling circle to women of all shapes, sizes, ages and personalities who are sitting on the sidelines, wanting to join us. I have illustrated the book with composite characters of women we may know and love. These women email each other, ride their bikes together and have picnics. The stories of their lives entertain as they demonstrate what it's like to live a biking lifestyle. We have the racer babies, the big boned ladies, the sporty girls and the busy moms, all squeezing in seconds, minutes, hours and days on their comfort bikes, mountain bikes, full suspension downhill bikes, hybrids and road machines. A Woman's Bike Book is a positive take on sometimes muddy, dirtbag cycling, with pig out stories, cycling mishap anecdotes, a little bit of yoga, and easy to understand explanations woven throughout to help women get the bike they deserve. The book is barely technical, including the repair section where you can read about what I did wrong along with how to fix your bike. I've even added a section on riding with the guys, and not riding with the guys you date. Ladies you know what I'm talking about here. This special chapter includes information about which internet dating sites are meant for dating, and which sites are just meant for adventuring. The fit section is quite specific, as fit is what I consider the MOST important aspect of enjoying a new bike. All that aside, this bike book for women is about ladies out having fun recreating on their bikes, and may remind you of stories found in one of my favorite publications, the Mountain Gazette. A Woman's Bike Book is also about supporting independent bicycle dealers in your local community because they are our link to that fabulous beast, the bicycle. Ladies, feel free to email me! I am looking forward to hearing your stories and will post them on my blog if you want to share them with other readers. Om Shanti, Jules
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Julie, known as Jules, is mother to a wonderful daughter Reesa, and is happily married to Jerome Tracy, who has three sons. She has a M.S. in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, writes proposals, and publishes regularly in the science, adventure, permaculture, and metaphysical fields. She has worked in bike shops on and off for the past 17 years, beginning in 1992. After living and working in Marin County, California, Jules published her first book, A Woman's Guide to Bikes and Biking, in 1999. Today, Jules is a member of the National Ski Patrol. She also builds trails and rides backcountry with a local DEC ranger, and belongs to two local search and rescue teams. During the spring, summer and fall, Jules gardens, bikes, kayaks, skateboards and climbs until the snow falls. She builds and rides longboards, tunes the family stable of snowboards and skis, and continues to build and repair the family bikes, as well as those of all her friends. Jules is involved in local Native American groups, and lives a life of service to others. She is a yogic, chilled out mom, wife and farmer over 50 who is committed to living green and living clean. She welcomes your questions should you too decide to pursue this way of life. To order individual copies and get bulk discount books for bike shops and independent bookstores, please feel free to contact Jules at: email@example.comReview:
So you want to buy a bike. With so many styles to choose from it can be confusing at first, especially when you are differentiating between a comfort mountain bike and a race-ready hybrid, a road bike and a city bike, 26 inch wheels and 700c wheels (with almost identical tires). Let s not even talk about price! What makes this $300 bike different than the $500 bike? Should you buy women's specific models? Or should you just buy what the salesperson, your neighbor, your husband, your son, your uncle, your cousin tells you to buy? You might ask yourself who will ride the bike the most, and take it from there. The good news is, the bicycle industry has rapidly changed in the past ten years, and the change is in your favor. Bike shops are now catering to the woman cyclist. More and women are buying bikes these days, and riding them wherever they please. You see them everywhere, riding down the streets, driving with bikes on their cars, hanging out with their girlfriends at the coffee shop, bikes parked nearby. You could be one of them. If you can sit on a bike, you can ride one. You can ride five miles or a hundred miles, it's really up to you. It doesn't matter if you aren't in perfect shape, because many women are carrying a few extra pounds. In fact, even if you are carrying more than a few extra pounds, your bike will help you get stronger, and might even decrease your appetite. This book provides chapters devoted to what foods go down well when you are riding, and how to do a little yoga to stretch out those tired muscles. You will feel confident as you walk into the bike shop, describe the type of bike you want to the saleswoman, and proceed to test ride and buy the bike of your dreams. Sorting out those many bike styles is a piece of cake once you read this book, because it's all about what kind of riding you want to do, where and with whom. You might want to just take a little cruise down the flat bike trail behind the mall where all those other people are riding. You might have a gnarly mountain bike racer girl buried deep within your heart even though you are a grandmother. You could be a new mom who wants to pull her kids in a trailer and needs a bike that can handle dirt roads and potholes. Guess what! You are not alone. There are literally hundreds of thousands of women out there just like you, and once you get yourself the right bike, you might even decide to ride with some of them on the trail and on the road. First, start with the basics of safety. I will help you narrow down your bike choice, then help you get more comfortable within the bike shop. You'll find a bike that truly fits your body using our proven techniques, learn about proper cadence, which is efficient peddling, and finally, I'll teach you how to perform simple repairs to your bike on the road. At the end of the book are many resources to assist you in locating bike clubs and organizations where you'll meet nice people who also love to ride. I have created a friendly group of composite characters to populate this book so that you can find your way into the lives of women cyclists like you and like me. Jules, even though she is a composite character too, is mostly me, as recognized by numerous goofy antics. The friendly women in this book are all sizes, shapes and colors, with varying degrees of physical fitness. To address the whole diet fitness thing, and to ensure that everyone starts on the same page, I have included two chapters that cover diet and yoga. Now, whether it's raining or snowing or sleeting or otherwise acting up outside, I invite you to sit back and enjoy this book, laugh with us, cry with us, join us as we enter the twilight zone of women and their bikes from a personal point of view. --A Woman's Bike Book
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Book Description Owl Publications, LLC, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0981877737