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Friday, August 14, 2009

I want to ride my bicycle

So, I have a little secret. Some might think it’s not a big deal, but I definitely count it as a skeleton in my closet. I’ll tell you what it is in a little bit--let me work up the courage.

I love being on my bicycle. I hit 5,000 miles on my current one just a couple of weeks ago. I can take my husband on three out of five climbing sprints. I’ll get on my bike before I drink a cup of coffee. Am I a serious cyclist? Not really, but sometimes I look like one.

Okay, time for the secret. I’ve ridden 5,000 miles and countless hours. BUT I HAVE NEVER CHANGED MY OWN TIRE! Why not? I’ve got five bike-riding boy friends who take care of everything I need. With my own team of mechanics, who needs women’s lib? But I live in secret fear of the day when I’m on a ride and hear the dreaded hiss that will tell me I’m stranded 20 miles from home. I finally decided to do something about it.

On Thursday, August 13, Alumnae & Women of Emory (AWE) sponsored a cycling clinic with Sorella, a women’s cycling club in Atlanta. We all gathered at Peachtree Bikes; it was a great group. Some women hadn’t been on a bicycle since they were 7, others were thinking about racing. The best part was . . . I wasn’t the only one with a secret. How to change a tire was hands-down the most frequently asked question.

Did I learn how to change a tire? Absolutely. I also learned about the geometry of women’s specific bikes. And how to choose the best bike shorts (more important than you think.) And that you should replace your helmet every three years.

Best of all, I met a couple of other women who might turn out to be great riding partners. In fact, AWE is talking about working with the Sorellas to do a group ride in the fall. Will I be there? You bet. And I’ll help you change your tire if you get a flat.

--Kate Lawlor 01C, director of alumni and student leadership, EAA

1 comment:

  1. Could not make it on the 13th, but I am all over the idea of an AWE group ride. SAY WHEN!!