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How to Teach Anxious Kids to Bike – Up at Liv-Cycling.com today! 0

How to Teach Anxious Kids to Bike – Up at Liv-Cycling.com today!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in anxiety, Bicycling, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, Some Nerve

Ah, the first bike ride! A joyful rite of passage, right? For parents, it just doesn’t get better than running alongside, steadying the small bike, giving a push and…Look at our kid go! Or…not.
If your child is anxious (heck, if you are anxious), learning how to ride a bike can be stressful. I share my 9 tips for getting reluctant riders to ride at Liv-cycling.com today in

How to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike.

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Pray, yes. But also ACT. 5 Things We Can Do in the Wake of #Orlando. 5

Pray, yes. But also ACT. 5 Things We Can Do in the Wake of #Orlando.

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Courage, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Death, fundraising

It is simultaneously beyond comprehension, and yet all-too familiar. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history just happened in Orlando and mixed in with the shock and heartache is the sentiment from many that it’s “more of the same” and that “nothing will change.”
I’d like to challenge that last one.

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Where the Girls Are: At the Bike Shop! 0

Where the Girls Are: At the Bike Shop!

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Bicycling, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Mother's Day

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...

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How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap 6

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

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Bicycling, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve, Trying new things

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...

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