Inspiration: Juliet Elliot

Juliet Elliot is someone we’ve had our eye on for the past few years. She flew into the cycling scene by being one of the few sponsored women doing fixed gear free style riding. Juliet has had support throughout the years from Charge bikes, the UK based company. Juliet herself is based in the UK and has continued to expand her riding disciplines.

Women like Juliet are truly an inspiration and would encourage all ladies who ride to expand their cycling horizons!

Guest Blog:On the Road from Newbie to Roadie

Our good friend Andrea decided to share her experience of what was like to transition from commuter to roadie. Before she became such a road pro, she actually had to work on becoming a commuter first. You can read that story HERE. Thanks for sharing your story with us Andrea!

I used to find road bikes intimidating. How could I possibly balance on those skinny tires? Would I have to wear spandex? Won’t that tiny saddle hurt my butt? What are “the drops” anyway?

After a few months of commuting on my heavy, old mountain bike I started to feel more confident on the road. I stopped holding on my breaks while going downhill and started to have a greater awareness and comfort for riding with traffic. I decided I was ready for the skinny tires.

The commuting machine.
The commuting machine.

On my first outing on my road bike, I noticed the difference in balancing on the tires, but it was easier than I thought. There’s a short, steep hill on my way to work and when I lifted out of the saddle to climb, I noticed that I had to lean more forward than on my mountain bike.

At first, I rode with Yoga pants, but I quickly realized what all the hype about wearing a Chamois was for. Overall,  firm saddle and all, I was surprised at how comfortable the road bike felt. The first couple of outings, my wrists were a bit sore, but they grew stronger over time.

Of course, the biggest difference between my road bike and my mountain bike is the speed. When I started riding to work on my road bike, I trimmed my commute time from 45 to 40 minutes. I feel like it’s easier to get power while climbing hills. Now when I ride with friends and family, I can keep up with the pack. I’ve added a bit of spandex to my wardrobe, but don’t wear it exclusively.

New road ride!
New road ride!

For me, becoming a cyclist has been a series of small steps. First, I wanted to be able to commute to work and back and not die. Then, I wanted to tackle a 25-mile ride, then a 50-mile ride. Next year I hope to train for a full century…and learn how to ride with clip-less pedals, which look pretty intimidating at the moment.