Name: Paula Bedard
Home: Goffstown, New Hampshire
Occupation: Learning Content Developer at Autodesk
What bike (s) are you riding: Currently a pink Guipago gravel bike mostly, for commuting & gravel rides, occasional fat bike (Felt DD40) rides in the woods, & tandem (Co-motion Speedster with couplers) rides with hubby. In warmer weather, a road bike (Serotta Concors). Riding for the first time in snow last year on my fat bike was transformative. After being a true road-y for several decades, I can’t believe how much I love fat biking, and even just purchased studded tires, something I never thought I would do, so I can ride all winter!
Favorite bike route: My route in to work is a dream. I live close to the gravel Goffstown Rail Trail which connects to the paved Manchester Rail Trail system & can ride this protected, separated, scenic rail trail all the way to work in downtown Manchester. Well, OK, half a mile is actually on the road. 8 miles each way and pancake flat! I can also ride nearly the same route but on the roads 100%, sharing my commute with motor vehicle drivers, if I choose, which I frequently do.
Most prized bike accessory: Currently my pepper-spray dispenser which makes me feel better around dogs. Got bit this spring while riding. ;-( Note to self: More sprinting drills!
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: Just one? ;-) Take a safe cycling class and educate yourself about safe cycling techniques & behaviors. Email me if you want more info! About 6 years ago I became certified to teach LAB (League of American Bicyclists) safe cycling classes and it opened my eyes to the many things most cyclists simply have no knowledge of when it comes to sharing the road safely with motorists. Consider bike commuting to work, even just once or twice a month. Explore routes till you find one you are comfortable with. I also recommend that you keep trying new & different groups or people to ride with till you find your comfort zone, and listen to your inner voice.
Why you bicycle: 1.) For health (fitness, exercise, weight control). Incorporating exercise into my work commute is most efficient for me. It’s the best way to build exercise into my schedule. 2.) Because it is FUN, and 3.) to save the world. Always looking for ways to decrease my carbon footprint & car-dependency. Why drive when you ride?