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  • I wanted a chance to introduce myself, as this was partially my idea and many of you who haven't met me might be wondering who this pushy chick is.

    I'm Nhatt, I'm a mechanic/co-op member at Brixton Cycles. 8 years ago I wasn't sure if I could remember how to ride a bike, and if you had put me on one and told me I would have to ride on a street instead of the pavement I wouldn't have believed I could do it.

    I was forced to learn how to ride a bike by my former head chef, who wanted me to go to the farmer's markets to pick up produce. I was hooked after only a week.

    I bought a bike, and a girlfriend made me take her mechanics course. This was amazing to me, despite being a chef I had always thought that I wasn't a very practical person and that there was no way I would ever be able to fix anything. After taking the course twice I started volunteering for a project that sent junked bikes to Africa.

    When I moved to London I started organizing bike stuff, always wanting to have a women's only night, but never finding enough women to make this dream into a possibility. Eventually I stopped organizing workshops and became a bike messenger.

    There aren't that many female messengers, in fact not nearly enough, and of the ones that work hardly any of them race. I wanted to have an alleycat that was women friendly, to bring more of the girls I liked working with out to play on a saturday. Not very many came, it was frustrating, but the ones that did come to the AlleyNhatt (my leaving party) were great fun and I would like to think it sowed some seeds for Chandra's Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! a year or so later, which brought out all types of women, not just messengers.

    So these days I work in a bike shop, and a do some long rides, and I commute. I spend a lot of my time convincing men that I know what I'm talking about and that they should probably listen to me. I find it frustrating, and I like the idea of hanging out with women that are into bikes, and encouraging women who want to get further into it to just dive on in.

    I hope that after learning a bit about me you'll understand why I thought this was such an important thing to happen, that this is all part of a grand scheme to dominate the world through more Awesome cycling ladies.

  • Ok, well I suppose I should pipe up as well..

    I spent most of my childhood on my red and yellow bmx - but didn't get properly back into cycling until about 6 years ago, when I bought a bike off ebay as a cheap way to get around when I was out of work, I got hooked. As soon as I got a job I sold my bike and bought a new one - gradually I started riding to and from work, then I bought my first fixed gear bike, and here I am.

    I've been on a fair few forum rides, and have organised a few ladies rides in the last year or so - and I'd like to organise some more. I'd also like this to be a one stop shop for women specific cycling information, collating all the great information that is already on here into one big resource.

    You'll usually find me at South Beers on Monday and I can also confirm, that Nhatt is not really that scary at all.

  • Methinks this is the perfect time to post the photo of Nhatt and Clefty standing on a car in the Americab desert...

  • Well done ladies... much love and all of my support. x

  • Good call ladies!

    I actually meant this about the formation of a ladies forum and nothing other than that. Now to get my better half to sign up!

  • I'm sure if it wasn't him, it would have been me. I like a well placed rude word or two.

    fuck yeah!

  • Great to have this sub-forum! Thank you Nhatt and Clefty for getting this alive.

    Although I am happy to see a rude word or two (I'm French so it is pretty natural to me), I would love to see this place as a positive, helpful and kind haven.

    Nhatt, do you (and your colleagues) tell people about cycle training, safety etc.. when you sell bikes? It would be good if bike shops could direct people that way. I try to tell as many people as I can (not on the roads but people I meet in general) and it is amazing how few people know about it. I spoke to a Sustrans guy marketing on Clapham Common and he had no idea.

  • FUCKYEAHLADIESFORUM! FIREWORKS

    I'm well up for helping out btw...rides/posters/blahblahblabbergossi­pdrink!

  • Nice one ladies! well done Nhatt for getting this sub-forum off the ground, I'm sure it will become an appreciated and well used area

    Peace :)

  • Why is this a sub-forum of the general section and not a sub forum as per polo, track etc? Seems a bit apologetic and hidden away to me. Sorry if this is intentional.

  • that is what i thought too

  • Why is this a sub-forum of the general section and not a sub forum as per polo, track etc? Seems a bit apologetic and hidden away to me. Sorry if this is intentional.

    There is a reason behind it, basically to quote Velocio

    "Because it covers a cross-section of all other forums (which no other top level forum does except for General at times).

    If we find it's the wrong place I'll move it."

  • Let's move it to another thread, I'll move the relevant posts there.

  • Indeed and this is not the most welcoming discussion on a welcome thread.

  • nice one.

    inspirational cyclist

  • After some troubled times on the forum recently, the ladies' sub-forum is, in my opinion, a really positive thing. Hope you all have fun here, makes lots of new friends and generally do cool stuff. Bye!

  • nice one.

    inspirational cyclist

    i want her bike!

  • it might be heavy!!!

  • I spend half my time riding a 25kg tandem wiht a 25kg child stuck on it - ain't nothing seems heavy after that!

    (And I wonder how I've done my back in!)

  • i want her bike!

    My dad has one of those frames that sat in the shed for years. As soon as I expressed an interest in it, he got it out, cleaned it up and started riding it to work.

    Which is a great outcome, but not really what I had in mind!

    I'm also really chuffed about this lady's forum getting off the ground. A very cool thing, about to be full of very cool people, I'm sure...

  • i want her bike!

    sod that, I want her legs!

  • Beryl Burton's a woman [/right on].

  • Hi everyone,
    I'm new on here. My boyf mentioned that there's this new and wonderful female specific forum on here now, so although I don't ride a fixie or ss (yet), hope it's ok for me to be here!
    I ride a custom Paul Hewitt frame and it took us ages to find it. I'm a teeny 5'1" and my inside leg is only 27", so trying to get a bike to fit is really difficult!

    I started cycling only pretty recently - bought the bike in March from ebay and it needed a bit of fettling, which the other half did - and now I can't get enough of it! Wanted to join in on the Brighton run last weekend but was away, so would love to get involved with another womens ride at some point (did someone mention cambridge???).

    Thanks for setting this forum up - it's great to be able to talk womens specific stuff!

  • Welcome LittleHeather!

  • Hi everyone,
    I'm new on here. My boyf mentioned that there's this new and wonderful female specific forum on here now, so although I don't ride a fixie or ss (yet), hope it's ok for me to be here!
    I ride a custom Paul Hewitt frame and it took us ages to find it. I'm a teeny 5'1" and my inside leg is only 27", so trying to get a bike to fit is really difficult!

    Hey, LittleHeather! You don't have to ride a fixed/ss bike to be on this forum, it was just set up for us riders b/c there are already a lot of geared forums out there. I ride fixed, ss, and geared at the moment, depending on what I plan to be doing on the bike! If you aren't happy with your bike at present, and want a little bike, try a Surly Steamroller, they come in 49 cm, which I think might be your size. I ride 52 cm and my inseam is 30". There are other brands that sell 48cm. Whoo, that's a tiny bike!

    Well, look forward to meeting you at an event someday, this is why Nhatt and Clefty started this! Very exciting to see results already. : )

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