What we're about

Ride Like A Girl (RLAG) exists to help women discover the joy of bicycling. All levels are welcome. No special bike is required. Whether you bike for leisure, fitness or to chase a stretch goal, we are the friendly, skill-building, community to support you. Enjoy a 60-day free trial, and then for $25 annually, you can take full advantage of our member benefits. Click here (http://www.Meetup.com/RLAGcycling/events/calendar) to view our calendar and RSVP to your first activity.

Membership benefits:

We offer both free and pay-for services, bike rides, training camps and clinics as well as occasional social events. Members benefits include:

1. 20% discount at Western Bikeworks (http://www.westernbikeworks.com/) (in-store and online)

2. $40 discount off professional bike fit at Western Bikeworks (http://www.westernbikeworks.com)

3. FREE designed-for-us, training clinics at Western Bikeworks ("Learning on Last Wednesdays")

4. FREE social bike rides for women, by women (led by trained RLAG ride leaders)

5. Access to low-priced, on-bike coaching and training clinics, industry-expert hosted events and other designed-for-you skill building opportunities (some free, some for-pay)

6. A 'one-stop-shop' calendar of our favorite local bike events, many of which include member registration discounts.

7. Access to our private, members-only Facebook group, "RLAG Meetup Members Clubhouse"

8. Special, members-only promotional offerings for custom RLAG apparel and accessories (jerseys $65, arm warmers $21, water bottles $7, etc.)

9. Member discounts (https://www.meetup.com/RLAGcycling/sponsors/) to services and offerings by business partners who sponsor us.

About pay-for services: We occasionally ask a fee to help us compensate cycling coaches, instructors and other industry experts who offer specialized learning opportunities. Payment instructions are included in each calendar event, so there are no surprises.

Members, YOUR part is this ...

• Maintain your bike. Worse than having mechanical issue on a ride is realizing you could have prevented it. Have your bike inspected and tuned-up regularly by a bike mechanic.(Western Bikeworks in NW Portland is our sponsor - members get 20% discount off parts. Roll into a store or make an appointment today, 503-342-9985.)

• Assume responsibility for your own safety: Wear a helmet (NHTSA fit instructions (https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/8019_fitting-a-helmet.pdf)). Carry a phone, flat repair kit, water and snacks - every ride. Obey the laws governing bicyclists (Oregon Bicyclist Manual (https://www.oregon.gov/odot/programs/tdd%20documents/oregon-bicyclist-manual.pdf)). Leave your earbuds at home. Maintain your bike.

• RSVP to calendar events you plan to attend and read leader updates in the "Comments" section.

• Un-RSVP when your plans change. Super important - please respect your leader's time by un-RSVP'ing. Download the Meetup app (https://www.meetup.com/apps/) to make it easy.

More About Us:

We invite women of various bicycling abilities to come into a community of girlfriends where we strive to:

• Create a women-friendly, supportive cycling community for beginners and experienced riders to practice their skills and enjoy biking with girlfriends. We encourage you to ride just for fun or to further develop and strengthen your skills. And we love helping you reach your stretch goals!

• Offer true-beginners a training path to riding skillfully, safely and confidently. First-timers and "Nervous Nellies" are especially welcome. Check our the "Getting Started on Bike Paths" and "Road Biking 101 clinics"!

• Help experienced and beginner cyclists improve their skills to promote good bike handling, safe riding and self-sufficiency through demonstrations, on-ride lessons and training clinics.

• Give more experienced cyclists a place to give back by sharing what they have learned, leading bike rides or simply coming alongside junior bicyclists to encourage and support them.

Follow us by clicking on these links: Facebook (public) page (http://www.Facebook.com/RideLikeAGirlCycling), Facebook (private) group (http://www.Facebook.com/groups/507884155989024), RLAG Blog (http://www.RideLikeAGirl-Cycling.com), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ridelikeagirlcycling/).

We are delighted you found us and look forward to meeting you.

Carolyn Jen
Founder & Girlfriend in Charge
ridelikeapdxgirl@gmail.com
503-913-3534

Upcoming events (5+)

Let's Go Ride ALONGSIDE the Willamette River-24 miles

West Linn Park & Ride

This ride will be at a moderate/brisk pace (14-16mph), we'll keep it moving on quite roads, busy roads & bike paths; expect some hill climbing. This ride is for intermediate/experienced road bikers due to pace & route. We'll start in West Linn ALONG the Willamette River, to the Sellwood Bridge OVER the Willamette River, into Milwaukie BESIDES the Willamette River then ride into Gladstone on the Old 82nd Bridge ABOVE the Willamette River....and ride across the Oregon City Bridge UPWARD of the Willamette Falls. (Yes the theme is the Willamette River-187 miles long). It is pronounced "Will-AM-it" (New part of route: We'll take the Terwilliger trail & cross to Iron Mt. Blvd and go into Dunthorpe to L&C College, down RiverView Cemetery) PLEASE review the route & make a copy/download to carry on the ride. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29210208 Restrooms: Along the way RIDE LEADER: Emily A. (message me thru meetup) DIFFICULTY – RIDERS, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and if you are unsure, contact the leader for assistance: • Pace: You should be able to maintain this pace on the FLATS: Moderate/brisk: 14-16 MPH. Slower on the climbs, faster on the descents. • Roadways: We will be biking on roads in town (bike lanes, no bike lanes, traffic), bike paths • Hills & Terrain: Flat & rollers. Climbing on Terwilliger & hills returning into WL • Sweeper vs. Regroup: NO sweeper but regroup at turns, as needed. • What to bring • Food (eat before and bring snacks) • Water • Flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2 system). And know how to fix a flat tire OR have a pickup plan (AAA, bus ticket, friend, etc.). We may be able to help you, but not always. Please be prepared. • Cell phone • Important to know • Assess your ability to meet the demands of the ride. If in doubt, contact ride leader • Ride at the listed pace • Ensure your bike is in safe working order (tires inflated, brakes work, etc.) • Wear a helmet (no older than 5 yrs, recommended) • Sign a waiver before the ride • Carry identification, an emergency contact, and medical info. WEATHER: • If it's raining (or worse), we'll cancel the ride. • Always check Meetup for updates on ride day.

EVENT: Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party

Portland Art Museum

CYCLE OREGON KICKOFF PARTY! January 30, 2019 // Portland Art Museum Doors 6 p.m. // Route Announcements 7 p.m. First 500 Guests Get Early Registration for the Classic OFFICIAL REGISTRATION OPENS: January 31, 2018 // Noon Pacific // cycleoregon.com 2019 CYCLE OREGON EVENT DATES: TBA at the Kickoff party C.O. Website: http://www.cycleoregon.com

One ride, three options! 20, 32, 45 miles!

3445 N Williams Ave

TWO BRIDGE RIDE, I-5 & BURNT Again? Yes!! Even in the winter it's beautiful and we enjoy this route. There's so much variety and beauty. Urban ugly I-5 bridge, short Columbia Slough trail and 8 miles of Burnt-Bridge-Greenway-pleasure in the middle of it all and much more! We want to include more of you so we have options . . . read on. Take serious note of times, places, and paces! Options: 20 miles: JoAnn will lead this portion at social pace. Starts at 10:30 (or when other groups arrive) at Esther Short park, cheap metered parking-unlike Portland! (3 hours will be plenty). Other distance groups will meet here and ride from here AS A GROUP. 32 miles: 14-16 pace. Suzie will lead...Start at the New Seasons on N. Williams, leaves when Sellwood group arrives, arrive early so you can be ready to roll at 9:50! Suggest free parking on Ivy or side streets. NS lot gets congested and we probably shouldn't park there for hours. 45 miles: 16+ pace. Suzie leading. Leaves Sellwood Riverfront Park at 9:15. No map for this leg, you'll have to stick with me! We'll keep it moving toward New Seasons (NS) on N. Williams to meet the others.. This portion is flat, we'll have easy warm-up then up-the-anty along the way. Once we get to the meetup sites for the other group we will adjust our speed accordingly. This is a group ride! Faster riders feel free to ride ahead if you know the route, or wait at designated spots; we won't/can't chase you down! Slower riders, you'll want to join us at the 20-mile spot for a social group ride!! **Arrive early! Each group needs to roll on time and at posted speeds so the timing works!** RIDE DIFFICULTY: Depends which route you choose, all are on roads with traffic but mostly bike friendly. There are a couple tougher climbs, but all are short, the elevation adds up! ROUTES: 10:30 20 miles, 760' gain- https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29210410 9:50 am 32 miles-- 1000' gain https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29129676 9:15 am 45 miles--1700' gain • Paces: 20 mile Burnt Bridge loop 12mph 32 & 45 milers: Moderate+ (14-16+) • Terrain: several short climbs, no significant ones SWEEPER: No sweeper regroup at turns and top of hills RESTROOMS AT THE START: Inside New Seasons or at Sellwood Park, along the way as well RIDE LEADER: Jak (aka Suzie) and JoAnn REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. REMINDER: Bring water, snacks, ID, cell phone. WEATHER: Check back for updates on the day of the ride. Changes will be posted no later than 2 hours before the start.

CLINIC: How and When to Buy a Bike? (Guys Welcome)

Western Bikeworks

Is it time to upgrade that old bike? Or just want to try something new? Whatever your motivation, a bike purchase decision can be overwhelming. This clinic was designed just for you. Designed to help you become an educated and savvy buyer when it comes to making a new bike purchase decision. What will be covered? • What does a savvy buyer need to know when selecting a bike? • How to select the type of bike? • What size to buy? • Do you buy for current skills vs. a bike to grow into? • How much does price matter? • What is a "performance bike"? • Can I request a test ride and how does that work? • What kind of services does one get with a bike purchase? A purchase does not need to be made today. The clinic is intended to educate, not pressure you. Bring a friend, and yes, guys are welcome to this clinic.

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