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Old 07-04-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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Default Looking for women's cycling group

Hello Austin Forum,

My family and I just moved to Austin. I am looking for a cycling club that welcomes/trains beginner women cyclists. I have experience with mountain biking, but would also like to ride on the roads. Comraderie amongst others with the same beginning to road bike interest would be great. If anyone knows of such a group, I would love to hear receive information via this site.

Thanks!

Epark2112
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Have you done any rides with the Austin Cycling Association? They are very inclusive and host 2 rides each saturday and sunday with multiple ride distances. www.austincycling.org ; They also have what is called hosted rides which are more ad hoc and graded on skill level so you can pick which one suits you best.

I would also check out your local YMCA they may have people that are looking for riding buddies. Where are you located? I've may be able to hook you up with a few folks. Also, most local bike shops hold regular rides. Just check before to see if it is a no drop ride or not.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I recommend you check out
ATX Babes on Bikes:
ATX Babes on Bikes | Facebook

and Ladies' Night at The Driveway:
Ladies' Night at The Driveway, plus a call for VOLUNTEERS!!! | Austin Texas Bike... Stuff
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You should call Bicycle Sport Shop Bicycle Sport Shop - Bike sales, service and rentals. Austin, Texas and ask the salesperson for suggested groups. They know about most of them.

For mountain biking, contact the Austin Ridge Riders -- Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Athens, GA, and Austin, TX
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ATX Babes on Bikes | Facebook

Lots of info here, too:
Austin on Two Wheels : The Online Magazine of Austin Cycling Culture
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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I think those groups may be too hardcore for the OP. I wanna ride with the ATX Babes on Bikes :-)
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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Smile Thanks for info

Thanks to everyone for the valuable info. Sadly, I will not be able to investigate road cycling until our family is rested and settled, since we just moved here. We are all having some sleeping issues (getting accustomed to the new house) and I certainly don't want to ride in a drowsy state. I had optimistically posted the question thinking the sleep issues would be settled by now. My husband is going to start checking out the MB trails in our neighborhood soon since he's getting better rest than me! However, I am still planning to make the road cycling part of my repertoire of outdoor activities. Hopefully, soon!

Woodenville guy, we are in the 360/2222 area in case you know of any women in the area who wouldn't mind riding with a newbie, but I'll be sure to check with the local shops/clubs as well.

Thanks and happy riding!
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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That is a super area for riding, if you like hills :-) I'll think about some people to ride with ya. good luck on the sleep.

I would seriously check out ACA, they are a really good group.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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The hills are great around here, however I question the safety with all the not so careful drivers. Often, folks just aren't looking or expecting to see cyclists but I acknowledge Austin has a different mindset from other urban areas and is definitely more bike friendly. (I personally think bikes are a great mode of transport, but that's a different conversation!) I could imagine doing 360 or 2222 at the crack of dawn on a sunday. Would like to find similar rides with less cars. I see people riding these roads all the time, but I personally would be concerned about doing it myself.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: southern california
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not sure of the bicycling group maybe check with local bike shop also i like sierra club as a source,
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