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Women's Specific Bicycle Frame Sizing Debate. Photo credit: Specialized.

The debate surrounding women’s specific bicycle frames has been ongoing for several years. Women’s specific bikes have been around since the early 2000s, but some of the major brands have started phasing out the practice of designing bikes specifically for men or women.

Specialized in particular is aiming to gender-neutralize their bikes. New for 2019 / 2020, we are seeing several women’s models being dropped and replaced by the more neutral frame design. Specifically, the Specialized Ruze (a 27.5 plus tire hardtail mountain bike) and the Specialized Ruby (an endurance road bike) will no longer be manufactured. This follows the gender-neutralization of the Specialized Diverge, Stumpjumper, Tarmac, and Sirrus in the past couple years. So why, after fighting so hard for women’s bikes, are these manufacturers deciding to do away with women’s specific frames?

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Emily

You are so strong. Look down at your legs and flex your quads and think about how hard you’ve worked up to this point. With 3-4 months of training behind us, we are now only days away from the Vermont City Marathon.

I was feeling waves of nerves and excitement up to this point, especially as I began to taper. With only 2 weeks to go, all I wanted to do was ease my mind by running harder, faster, and stronger. But that was the opposite. It was quite luxurious I’ll admit to drop my mileage and be able to fit in all my runs during the day or spontaneously in the morning before work. However, the first week of tapering was mentally and physically challenging for me. My body wasn’t used to feeling satisfied by shorter runs, but then again that’s what it needed. The importance of tapering is that your legs can relax and feel lighter before a race by allowing them to store carbohydrates and glycogen, your race day fuel.

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Riders slog through muddy roads during the Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race in Vermont. Photo Credit: Nolan Myers.

Not only did you need to be “Broke, Rad, Athletic and Determined,” but you also needed a snorkel because man, Rasputista was WET! When Rasputista said on their website “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit,” they weren’t kidding!

Looking back on it, April 27th would have been a great day for a meteorologist because no matter what weather they predicted, the odds were ever in their favor. There was a little bit of rain, some sleet, a glimpse of sunshine and oh some SNOW! Yes, that’s right there was some white stuff coming down from the sky and yes, I was very confused. But, hey, it's Vermont and weird stuff happens all the time.

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Have you been out for a ride recently? As you may notice, roads are not always clear. So what do you do when you come across gravel and debris in the road while biking? We're here to help with these tips!

For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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Sharing the road with buses while you are biking can be intimidating - what do you do when they stop in front of you or you are in front of them? Here's our recommendation on how to interact with buses while on a bike!

For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race: Making a Joke Into a Reality. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

What is Rasputista?

Broke, Rad, Athletic, and Determined. Sure, the first letters of all those words spell out my first name, but that’s all you need to be a part of one of Vermont’s gnarliest gravel road races. As a college kid for only 25 dollars I somehow made a joke into a reality and will find myself on the starting line of the 2019 Rasputista Spring Classic! The race is set for Saturday, April 27 in Burke, Vermont.

So…what exactly is Rasputista? Rasputista is a 45-mile road race and for all the mathematically inclined people out there that’s 211,200 feet of pure dirt roads. All of which can be found in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. On their website they advertise it as, “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit.” 

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Riding with traffic can be intimidating, especially when you need to get through an intersection. Here's our recommendation on how to navigate Vermont's intersections on a bike! For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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You could theoretically only turn right to get where you need to go, but turning left across a lane with oncoming traffic on a bike is less scary than one might think! Here's how we suggest you turn left on a bike.

For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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Join us for a quick cruise around Burlington to see how electric bikes (e-bikes) can make your travels simple, fast, affordable, and way more fun than driving a car!

To demo an e-bike, as part of our free e-lending program and to see if it fits into your lifestyle, contact Skirack or Local Motion to learn more.

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Dress to Impress (Yourself)

Apr 4, 2019 12:38:12 PM

Emily

The sun’s beaming, the snow’s softening, and it's finally time to shed those layers! I love the winter, but this time of year is so special. Everyone is ridiculously happy and we get to see blue sky’s multiple days in a row. It almost makes you want to scream, “We made it!”

With the change of seasons comes a change in how we dress while you are training for the Vermont City Marathon (or any adventure) in April . A great pro-tip would be to make sure that you keep a synthetic layer or wool and synthetic blend as your next-to-skin layer. This will help to wick moisture from your body, keep you dry, cool, happy, and out there for longer.

That being said, here are some of my new favorite pieces broken down by different scenarios.

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