Lisa Anderson considers herself a Transformer and has even named her bike Megatron with that theme in mind. She has undergone an incredible metamorphosis, one that required effort, willpower, and commitment, in just a few years as she transitioned into her fifties. Megatron and Bike Like a Girl have played significant roles in her rebirth.
"We find so much joy in having others discover and enjoy the pleasures of riding a bike. Nothing makes us happier!"
This blurb from the Roseville Cyclery website perfectly conveys its mission. Co-owners Yi and Oliver Bell and Tim Guter are the heart of this soon-to-be four-year-old business, a full-service shop located in historic downtown Roseville. With a crackerjack staff mostly comprised of area natives, Roseville Cyclery has its roots firmly planted in the community.
Eva Zeiher’s recent experience on a Bike Like a Girl Second Sunday ride is a classic example of a key Bike Like a Girl philosophy – provide a safe, fun, NO-DROP ride to encourage women and girls to ride – and the value of dedicated leaders and sweeps. Eva and ride leader Tanya shared a remarkable moment on that July 9 outing, and as I, too, was on the ride, I was able to witness it.
Here I went again, off on another adventure with my bike to meet up with dozens of women cyclists in the greater Sacramento area. As a recreational road rider, I log about 3,000 miles per year, but lately, I’ve wanted those to be social miles, too, with some pre- and post-ride camaraderie. Here was Bike Like a Girl (BLAG) putting on a ride for women that lured me like a beacon.