Home: Kittery Point
What bike (s) are you riding: My favorite bike of all time! My Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro Custom. It’s fast (faster than I am….), it’s light, it’s beautiful, and it folds into a suitcase for traveling. So far we’ve been to the Canary Islands, Portugal, and Ireland. We head to Italy in September. This bike is a dream. (Don’t let the small wheels fool you.)
I also have a vintage 1987 Wicked Fat Chance mountain bike. I thought about getting a new mountain bike, but I like this bike so much that I ended up getting a fat bike instead, which I also love.
Plus, I have a Bike Friday New World Tourist touring bike. Touring is a particular passion of mine, but I haven’t been doing much of it lately. I’m looking for people to tour with me!
And I rescued a 1986 hot pink Cannondale racing bike from a yard sale. It’s in mint condition with original components, BUT it’s a 58cm and I ride a 52cm bike. So if you know of any really tall women or men who might be interested, let me know. I’d love to take this on a Vintage Bike Ride, but it’s just too big for me. (Editor's comment: I wish!!)
Favorite bike route: The back roads from Kittery Point to Mt. A and to Ogunquit.
Most prized bike accessory: My mirror! I’ve used one for over 30 years and can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t have one. It lets me see what’s going on behind me in a fraction of a second. Especially if I’m riding with someone else who’s slower. I can adjust my pace to keep from getting too far ahead. Plus, I have some arthritis in my neck, so the mirror keeps me from having to turn my head all the time.
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: While it’s great to get advice from experienced cyclists, don’t feel as though you have to conform to what everyone else is doing. I don’t look like other cyclists. I do and wear what works best for me. I’ve seen people do centuries in blue jeans, ride with coffee or coke in their water bottles, and wear combat boots instead of bike shoes. March to the beat of your own drummer.
Why you bicycle: It feeds my soul. It combines my love of the outdoors, travel, food, and being social into one pretty great sport. AND it keeps me healthy!