Patty Chang Anker is a change agent in this world.

Jamilia Pegram, Wellness Coordinator, Amscan, Inc.

About Patty

About Patty

Author, Speaker, Blogger, Mom

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The Book

The Book

The surprise of my life was that facing fears was a path to joy. Some Nerve (“Downright inspiring,” Oprah.com; finalist, Books for a Better Life Award) is the story of ordinary people becoming braver than they ever imagined.

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The Blog

The Blog

All about trying new things and making changes in midlife.

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Facing Forty Upside Down

Patty Chang Anker, author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, blogs about facing fears, making changes, and creating more happiness in midlife.

Help Name My Bicycle!

Help Name My Bicycle!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on May 24, 2016

Should I go with “Nellie?” Or “Stompatron”?

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Where the Girls Are: At the Bike Shop!

Where the Girls Are: At the Bike Shop!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on May 6, 2016

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own. Recently I attended a Women’s Basic Bike Maintenance class at Redbeard Bikes in Brooklyn, part of a series of events co-hosted by Liv, the only female-specific bike & apparel brand. Why do women need our own bike maintenance classes? Because we’re more comfortable talking bikes with each other! I honestly feel intimidated in many bike shops, and I know I’m not the only one (how many of you have gotten the patronizing sigh, the barely hidden eye roll at a question?) but Kasia Nikhamina, co-owner of Redbeard with her husband Ilya, and Liv Brand Ambassador Karla R.T. Miele put about a dozen women right at ease with wine and chips and friendly chatter. The group was as diverse as could be, in age, ethnicity, and geography – people traveled from Harlem, Queens, and Westchester to DUMBO to attend – but the common bond of liking to ride and wanting to learn more about bikes brought us together. When Ilya asked “How many of you maintain your bikes yourself?” a few tentative hands went up, and then one brave soul asked “What does that even mean? I mean, what is the maintenance my bike needs?” Many heads began bobbing up and down. Any of us might have felt dumb asking this of a husband, boyfriend or bike salesman but here it was the perfect launching pad for the class, which covered: Diagnosing problems – listening for rattling, clonking, becoming attuned to changes in “feel” Checking brake pads for proper alignment and wear Adjusting brakes Pumping tires – how often, how much Lubing the...

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How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap

How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on May 2, 2016

When the weather report for the 42-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2016 said “a total washout – rain all day and temperatures in the 40s” I was not happy. I have somehow, through training for 3 5-Boros and 3 triathlons since learning to bike 2 years ago with Bike New York Adult Beginner classes, managed to avoid cycling long distances in the rain. The thought of biking on wet and slippery roads while getting hypothermia made me want to fake a fever and call the whole thing off. But the 5 Boro is RAIN OR SHINE, my team is called Team #SomeNerve (WHY? WHY didn’t I call it Team #SOMEFAIRWEATHERNERVE?), and despite some cancellations a great number of BRAVE teammates checked in to say “I’M STILL IN!” So I went to work figuring out how best to weather the weather. I queried experts at Red Beard Bikes, Liv Cycling, Hastings Velo, and the fine athletes at the Women for Tri Facebook Group. Our hard earned advice: * Dress appropriately – Anti fog sunglasses and/or a visor under your helmet. WATERPROOF gloves, rain jacket, rain pants. In my case, “Water Resistant” Gloves = “Water Becomes Irresistible at about Mile 15” and Your Hands Will be Wet and Frozen. Wool (or if you’re allergic to wool, like me, tech fabric/fleece) base layers, not cotton. Two layers of socks, shoe covers. And what I learned the hard way: Make sure all your zippers are zipped, and every inch of your base layers are tucked INSIDE your waterproof outer shell, or else your clothes will soak up the rain like a sponge! *...

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