Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Road Cycling/Group ride etiquette

Check out this great article about Road Cycling/Group ride etiquette written by Rob Narejko, president of the Oakville Cycling Club. I recommend all Gears Girls read it before heading out on their first group ride!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

First Gears Girls Ride of the 2010 Season!

Hi Gears Girls and friends of Gears Girls!

This Saturday (May 1st) will be the first Gears Girls ride of the 2010 season. We'll be leaving at 10am from Gears Bike Shop. For the month of May, we'll be riding at 10am - starting in June, we'll move the rides to 9am.

Before the ride, we'll spend some time reviewing club etiquette, safety, rules of the road, etc. Following the talk, we'll head out for about 2 hours.

I'll be at Gears rain or shine. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 22, 2010


Great meeting all of you at the meet and greet on Wednesday. If you couldn't make it to Gears for the meet and greet, no worries; we have the whole summer ahead of us. Here's some important information to note:

Our first Saturday ride will take place on Saturday, May 1st at 10am. For the month of May, all Saturday rides will start at 10am. Beginning June 5th, Saturday rides will start at 9am. Club rides were originally advertised as starting at 8:30am, but many of our members live outside the GTA - starting at 9am will allow them a bit of extra travel time in the morning. Wednesday evening rides will start the first Wednesday of June at 6:30am.

For those of you nervous about our first ride of the season...don't be! I did a test ride of the route on Saturday - in the rain and sleet no less! The first ride will be approximately 40 to 45kms - no major hills or difficult terrain. We'll keep it simple for the first couple of rides until everyone feels comfortable and gets used to being back out on the road. Starting in June we can start introducing further distances, different pace groups, and destination rides that start away from Gears.

Free for all Gears Girls members, we'll be running a clinic/refresher session on Saturday, May 15th. Details and location to follow as the date gets closer!

If you have paid to ride with the OCC in addition to Gears Girls, I will forward your name and information on to their membership coordinator. You can start riding with them anytime! The OCC's Tuesday night and Sunday morning touring pace rides have started for the season - check out their website for additional information and for start locations.

We have jerseys, shorts, arm warmers, knee warmers and vests available for sale at Gears. We have run out of medium jerseys and will be re-ordering them this week. If you have already paid your membership fee but did not receive a jersey, we'll let you know when they arrive!

If you have any questions about Gears Girls let me know. Also be sure to check out our blog: for regular updates. If you have friends that would like to join Gears Girls, please let them know they can become a member anytime. Have them either send me an email at or drop in to Gears to fill out a membership form and pay the fee.

Can't wait to get out on the road with all of you!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Meet and Greet Reminder...and club clothing!

Just a quick reminder that the Gears Girls meet and greet is taking place this Wednesday (April 14th) at Gears Bike Shop. Drop by Gears anytime between 6pm and 8pm to meet new and returning members; renew or purchase your 2010 club membership; purchase club clothing; and of course, chat about the upcoming season.


In addition to Gears Girls kit items we will also have Gears Girls "casual items" for sale at the meet and greet. Check out the attached Gears Girls order form for pictures and prices of the newly designed, totally awesome Gears Girls technical tee (for all you Gears Girls runners!) and yoga jacket (the perfect pre and post-ride jacket!). I will have samples of both items at the meet and greet as well as sample sizes available to try on.


Gears Girls kit items can be purchased at Gears at any time (provided we have availability). If you would like to purchase one or both of the casual items (technical shirt or yoga jacket), order forms and payment should be brought to the meet and greet or can be left for me to pick up at Gears anytime between tomorrow and Monday, April 26th. Payment can be made by cash, cheque (made payable to Niko Apparel Systems), visa or mastercard. For casual items, please complete the attached order form, along with payment method, credit card number and expiry date (if applicable) - and place everything in an envelope labelled "Gears Girls/casual clothing". Clothing will be ready for pick up in 3 to 4 weeks once the order has been placed on Tuesday, April 27th. If you can't get to Gears and would rather email me ( your order, that's not a problem - you can either email me your credit card information or I will give you my cell number if you prefer to call me with the information.

As I mentioned in earlier emails, if you want to start riding with the group at the beginning of May, you must be a paid Gears Girls member. I have attached the membership forms for those of you who haven't yet paid - please drop them by Gears as soon as possible in order that we get your OCA coverage in order.

If you didn't receive the meet and greet evite, check it out for more details: Please feel free to forward this email or the evite on to any friends that may want to join Gears Girls or to anyone (men or women) you think might be interested in helping out with the rides.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday at the meet and greet!