Friday, December 10, 2010

Bad Bodies = Bad Bikes

Take care of your body! As a "flexion-addicted" computer worker, I couldn't function on the bike without the help of my massage therapist.

Erik Dalton - Bad Bodies = Bad Bikes

It's amazing how much money and time many elite and amateur cyclists spend buying and retrofitting racing bikes to conform to their bodies rather than first restoring function to the most critical piece of racing equipment…the rider's body! When muscle imbalances, faulty movement patterns and joint fixations distort the body's framework, the cyclist is led on a never-ending journey in search of that perfect bike fit.

Read the full article for more info on how bike fitting can be ineffective if the body is misaligned!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Riding Clinic this Tuesday, December 7

Temps < 0, protect all skin. Ski goggles rock. 
Don't wait for that New Year's Resolution. Get on your bike now! Even in these chill temps, riding your bike is a great way to get to work and maintain your fitness.

This Tuesday, come to Joyride Bicycles for a FREE instructional class of the do's and don'ts of winter bike riding, sponsored by Sheclismo Women's Cycling Club. 

Meet women from the club (perhaps even join), try some of our favorite foods and consider bringing some of yours. Learn some basic bike care as well as tactics for riding in inclement weather.

Several of us will be sporting our favorite winter riding gear and ready to answer questions about winter riding.  Consider bringing your bike for the hands on bike care skills session.

Your bike
A spare tube a tire levers (if you have them)
Chain and cable lubricant (if you have them)

Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Joyride Bicycles on 14th and Old Cheney, just North of Culver's.
Contact: Stacy McQueary (402) 570-9011
Joyride Bicycles
Sheclismo Women's Cycling Team

Winter Bike Commuting Class
This class will include a follow-along instructional on how to change a flat , lube your chain and cables, and perform other maintenance procedures. Be pre-pared to learn to be self-sufficient!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GBN: Pepe's! Thursday!

Let's do this FALL HARVEST style! Dress warm and bring your own drinks. (Pepe will lets us bring out own drinks; however he has no alcohol to serve so were on our own).
He is going to stay open for us so we will ride at 6:30 sharpish at Yia Yias.
See you then! Ryana

Monday, November 8, 2010

Joules CX

Joules CX, Lawrence, KS
Kat Shiffler, 2nd, W4
Sara Nispel, 5th, W4
Sydney Brown, 1st, W1/2/3
Photos and results images from Roger Harrison, Lanterne Rouge

Trying to leave the spiral with speed. Pic: Roger Harrison
Sara Nispel comes to the end of the spiral. Pic: Roger Harrison
The Spiral. Thx to Roger Harrison for photo. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

On to the next thing.....

With over 50 racers, we're chalking the Haunted Hustle up as a huge success. Thank you to everyone who made time in the schedules to come out and help us. This was our first go at something this large and we appreciate the patience.  Huge props to Kat Shiffler, Kimberly Brown, Elisabeth Reinkordt, Maggie Dayton, our partners and everyone who helped make it a success.
Photo stolen from Shane Harders's FB album. (Thx Shane for all the pix you take)

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Pic from 
Join us for Sheclismo's Kick-Off Event 
& Fund Raiser
Friday, October 29!

Participants meet up at 7:30 at ROBBER'S CAVE.  
(That's the first clue, so don't expect an address from me.)
$5 gets you in the mix and 1 raffle ticket. You will need to sign a waiver. Helmets and lights are emphatically recommended. 

Hustle will terminate at Buzzard Billy's downtown in the Haymarket. You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like for $1 each until 10:15 PM. So, if you're racing, have a buddy downtown scooping up tickets.  You should also invite your friends and significant others to await your triumphant arrival at the bar.
We'll also have our t-shirts ($15) & coozies ($3).  Minors are welcome till shortly after 11 pm. 


Bangin' Prizes from ....
Thanks to Specialized & Globe Bicycles
we have a gorgeous dark green with white walled 
Globe Daily 1 for our raffle. You must be present to win.

Don't worry, we'll help you get it home.

and more!


What's a Hustle?
A bike ride to various checkpoints. Some race it, some don't. There are prizes for the fastest man and fastest woman. But, speed aint all that counts. You might have to clever, too.

Will there be support?
Are you kidding? You are on your own while you're out there. Bring helmet, lights & be ready to fix a flat if need be. Dress warm and costumes are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Almost Time to Hustle

The Haunted Hustle

Friday, October 29th

Meet up at Robbers Cave at 7:30

Race at 8pm

Join us for Sheclismo’s kick-off event -- taking you to the scariest places in Lincoln on a bike ride you’ll never forget!

With help from partner organizations: Girl Bike Night, the No Coast Derby Girls, and the YWCA.

With bangin’ prizes from:

Joyride Bicycles

Pepe’s Vegetarian Bistro

Porridge Papers and Artist Kimberly Brown

Yoga Body and Balance

And more!

And raffle prizes including a brand-new Specialized Globe Daily 1 commuter bike!


That's right. October 29, 2010
The Haunted Hustle

Can you find all the checkpoints without freaking out in fear?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help the YWCA raise some funds on WEDS 10/20

Noodles & Company Benefit Night

Noodles & Company Benefit Night 
for YWCA Lincoln’s Take a Break Program
The dine-in night will be on Wednesday, October 20th from 5-10pm.  Noodles & Company restaurant is located at 210 N 14th Street, next to the Children’s Museum, and they have generously decided to donate to TAB with dine-in nights.  Noodles will donate 25% of the proceeds to the YWCA Lincoln for anyone who mentions the YWCA Lincoln upon checkout.  Please help us spread the word about this benefit for TAB! For more information call 434-3494 or email

Friday, October 15, 2010

Great interviews with LVG & Merideth Miller

Laura Van Gilder (LVG) is a U.S. legend on the road and there have been many instances where she gave me advice instead of screaming at me as some are wont to do during races. I've always appreciated that and am enjoying seeing her success on the CX courses. Merideth Miller, a national elite road race champ is new to the CX scene, but is tearing it up something fierce.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CX Happenings this weekend

You never know what you'll find in KS
There's some nifty events happening this weekend. See the calendar details for links to the Kansas event information.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do. If a few of us want to do the Des Moines thing, may switch to that. Otherwise, I might head south to Kansas.  Let me know if you're interested in carpooling to any of these events.

  • Friday, Des Moines, IA - Oakley "Night Cap" Cross
  • Saturday, Topeka, KS - Quinton Qross
  • Sunday, Kansas City, KS - Boulevard Cup

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CX Nationals 2007 Film & Local/Regional Riders

zerø traction: kansas city cross film from Gizmo Pictures on Vimeo.

If you're doing CX, give this a watch. Lots of local faces. Yours truly was 2nd in the womens 35-39 after Sue Butler, who is currently ranked 2nd for the National Cross Calendar. If you make the Kansas race this weekend you may get to see some of the champs like Tilford and Walberg in action.

There are several shots of local rider, Troy Krause.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Get to know Katie Compton

SRAM sponsor page: Katie Compton
We're all CX crazy right now, so you ought to get know a few names. First and foremost, meet Katie Compton. She's been the U.S. National champ every year since 2004.  

The Gazette article below gives some good background, so even if it's from 2008, give it a read. Also, check out the most recent news for an excellent recount of a recent race. 

Her wikipedia page:
SRAM Sponsor page:
“I call that move ‘wrasselin’ with the bear,’” Compton said as she pedaled. “When you see that, you know that girl’s pretty much done.”

Read more:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Load up your bike for an enchanting ride!

A few of us involved in Sheclismo are highly interested and/or experienced in bicycle touring.

I took my first tour in 2006 as a way to "research" for my paintings (featured). My friends Andrew and Elliot invited me to tag along on their tour from Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco, California (basically, I wouldn't stop nagging them and asking how their tour plans were going so they really had no choice but to include me). It sounded like a blast, but most of my experience was through commuting, so I wasn't sure if I was capable of riding my bike 45-70 miles a day for 5 weeks. Luckily, I have always had this huge fear of waking up one day, only to feel like I'm not doing enough with my life (Carpe Diem!), so at 23 years old I decided I better get started.

It was a magical experience that changed my life in a really amazing way and lead me to fall head over heels (sometimes literally) in love with cycling and everything that comes with it, including the fun and liberating parts as well as the painful and exhausting.

It also lead me to two other awesome guys (Damon and Jonn) that I toured with from Lincoln to Denver to Santa Fe in 2008. As an artist, both tours and cycling in general have provided me with endless fodder for my work. As a person, they gave me experiences that taught me a lot about myself and what my body and my brain could handle after anywhere from 5 to 10 hours in the saddle a day. They made me realize that I'm a lot stronger and patient than I ever thought I was, especially when trying to power through mind-numbing headwinds and never ending climbs.

Bicycle touring is really close to my heart and for me it's really difficult to articulate how ridiculously blissful and bewitching it can be. I would encourage anyone interested in long rides and camping to try a tour whether it's a short 4 day jaunt or 4 week journey. I started by rigging my bike up with racks, a cheap but durable set of panniers I found online and some shnazzy clipless pedals (which in the beginning, I used mostly for falling down at stop lights). Toss in a sleeping bag and you're ready to go.

I've been feeling really antsy lately and hope that I can get another tour in really soon. Maybe this time with a couple bitchin' Sheclismo girls.

Paintings by Kimberly Brown
Top: "Eat Our Dust" oil paint on canvas, 2006
Bottom: "Keep Up" oil paint on canvas, 2009

Friday, October 8, 2010

Good luck, Maggie!

Maggie-Lincoln 1/2 Marathon

Maggie and her team will be competing in the wildly popular "Market to Market" relay tomorrow and we want to wish her and her crew strong legs and fast feet. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Friday night ride and festivities

Ride, Potluck & Bonfire
Friday 6:30-10p
Bring the kids, the dog & your bike w/ lights. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Perspicacious Trail Ride, Indeed.

What could be more enjoyable than a long early evening bike ride in autumn? The angle of light as the sun slowly sets, the yellows and reds of the changing foliage, the cool crisp air – and the sound of actors reciting GRE words.

It was with great alacrity that I set out on Mopac Trail Monday. Overcoming my antipathy for standardized tests, I’d elected to amalgamate my studies with physical activity – a singular task; the confluence of concomitant obligations.

So to the tune of the Princeton Review’s Wordsmart tapes circa 1990, the largesse of a current graduate student, I rolled to and from Eagle with an occasional verbal outburst of “avuncular!” or “laconic!” to keep myself from protracted mental wandering.

I’ll avoid a circumlocutory conclusion to this entry. Instead, with brevity I’ll state that outdoor activity has turned a perfunctory act into an activity I hope to make an inveterate tradition.

-- Kat

Girl Bike Night


Meet at Yia Yias @ 6 pm  and riding to Oh Yummy (5571 S 48th Street) Get your sushi on! I love it and I know you do too!

Dress like a hot geisha... put some chop sticks in your hair and then use them to dine with all of your favorite girl bike night gals!

love ya;

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Belleview Grand Prix - Omaha, day 2

Elisabeth rockin' the cat 4.  Photo: Michael Dixon
Elisabeth rolled it out for a second day of suffering even though she didn't feel that great. We had 5 women on the line, which might not sound like much, but Megan and Rebecca were new faces! We were happy to see them. Elisabeth took second first in the cat 4's. (Posted results were not corrected.)

Me and my Crux.  Photo: Michael Dixon
 I didn't know how I'd feel after yesterday's adventure race, but legs held up enough to come back from two, yes, two crashes during the women's race, for the win. Janna Vavra made me work for it though. Later, I managed to catch two of the 1/2/3 men for 11th place. My third crash was during that and I have to say, since I land smack on my hands with shoulders taking the full brunt of the fall, that I hereby announce myself fit for cx duty.  Loving Specialized's new Crux. It sure is twitchy though. It'll turn tight and is kind of the opposite end of the scale from the steel single-speed touring bike I've been riding for CX the last few weeks.

Sheclismo represented this Saturday

Big congrats to Kat Shiffler on her win Saturday at the Omaha CX race. Better watch out for this former runner. If she can go this fast with a who-knows-how-heavy-it-is-but-I-could-barely-lift-it-bike, imagine how fast she's gonna get.

Elisabeth Reinkordt was second.

Sydney Brown spent Saturday at an adventure race, running, cycling, and canoeing as part of the "Silly Roadies," who got 3rd in the mixed teams competition 7 hours and 50 minutes after the start.

Monday, September 27, 2010

do the hustle « HUSTLE UP

do the hustle up « HUSTLE UP

Thursday the 30th. Showen has a full-on crew planning this alleycat. Meet in the West Lot at Van Dorn Park at 7:30 PM with $3.

Nancy Brown in today's Journal Star

A woman to inspire -- Alfonsina Strada

From Italian Cycling Journal
Big thanks to Marc Walter. for giving me the heads up on this one ....

Nice article about her on the Italian Cycling Journal, some of which also appears on Wikipedia.

<< In the early 1900's there were a few European women who were bicyclists, but their skill was seen as more like a circus act, and people believed that they were possessed by the devil, or considered to be amoral and certainly were not normal wholesome women. >>  
From Italian Cycling Journal article

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Eugène Christophe on Cyclocross

"How not to cross a ditch"
Eugène Christophe on Cyclocross

Happy muddy Saturday!

from the article....
"The first advantage of cyclocross is to teach the adherents of this sport to handle their bike, to not have trouble with it, in any case. I know remarkable cycling racers who have become famous either on the track or on the road, for whom the bike becomes a discomfort and a burden, as soon as they must dismount to cross a level crossing or a railroad freight car which blocks their passage. They are not familiarised with their machine; they do not know how to carry it, to put it down, to use it as a lever; they look clumsy and always seem to fear damaging their mount or fouling up. If they had ridden cyclocross, the bike would be a practical object for them."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rebuilding bicycle culture

Give it a view. Very good. 
Thanks to Ian R. for passing me this link a couple of weeks ago. Finally got around  to watching it and wanted to share it with you.

Pedal power. Mikael Colville-Andersen

Mikael Colville-Andersen is a filmmaker, photographer and urban mobility expert who is also known as Denmark's Bicycle Ambassador. He gives talks around the world on how cities can and should re-establish the bicycle as a respected and accepted transport form. 
In his presentation 'Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling', Colville-Andersen explains how Copenhagen and other European cities have embraced the bicycle as a feasible, acceptable (and stylish) form of transport.
State of Design 2010 Festival, Melbourne, July 2010
State of Design
Duration: 43m 22s

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comments from the CX Vegas women's podium

Photo: Lyne Lamoureux, Podium Insight
This article from PodiumInsight is worth a read. Has some good comments from the top three women racers.
Continuing on what was last year’s story, Nash’s win was evident once she took a solo flyer with three laps to go. From the start of the race, the women of Luna Pro Team were in total control of the race. Nash, Georgia Gould and Amy Dombroski went immediately to the front along with former US National cross country champion, Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven Cycles) and Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru). With one lap into the race, the five were off. McConneloug put in a few attacks and that was enough for Nash and she just went. Butler was dropped as the pace went up, leaving McConneloug to battle for second place against teammates Gould and Dombroski.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's happening the rest of the week...

Come and race or CHEER during the cyclocross (CX) practice race held in VanDorn Park (9th & Van Dorn). Open racers start at 5:30, beginners at 6:30.  I know some of you are sitting out this week in anticipation of other weekend racing, but if you're doing CX, coming and watching the open class riders in difficult sections would be good use of your cycling time. Last night at TECHNIQUE TUESDAY we talked about keeping one's head up and eyes glued to the entry point of the next turn. Watch the fast open class riders to see it in action.  

THU 9/23
Girl Bike Nite (GBN) is having its Get RED HOT night
(leaves Yia Yia's at 6:15)

WWASH (While We're All Still Here)
at Yia Yia's 6 pm.

You can do both!!!! Both events meet up at Yia Yia's. Meet n greet, ride to the Oven for dinner, come back and close Yia Yia's down with WWASH. 

SAT 9/25
Sheclismo Group Ride Meet at THE MILL downtown (8th & P) at 9 AM for our NO DROP group ride. We'll be riding gravel, but feel free to roll your road bike. It's not that bad. We won't be going fast and I'll tell you how it's done. Great skill building.  :)

The Psycowpath State championship mtb race at swanson park in Bellevue. Only 5 bucks if it's your first mountain bike race, and swanson is a fun course to try out!
D Street Hotel hits the gravel at 8 AM from ~15th & D ST. 
Big huge group of guys, but they're really nice. Some of them will really go fast, but there are wait up points. Definitely a more challenging ride.
2nd house NE corner of 15th & D ST.

Watch Facebook or the Sheclismo Blog for more info. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Women's Team for Elite Worlds

from Podium Insight:

Team USA – Elite Women
  • Shelley Olds (Los Gatos, Calif./Peanut Butter & CO TWENTY 12) – road race
  • Evelyn Stevens (New York, N.Y./Columbia-HTC) – road race and time trial
  • Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./unattached) – road race and time trial
  • Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO) – road race
  • Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) – road race
  • Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) – road race
  • Katheryn Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./Webcor) – road race

Monday, September 20, 2010

Women's Try-athlon 2010!!

First ever Triathlon for women only at Holmes Lake Park!! This was a fabulous learning experience for the first time multi-sport woman!! I had a ton of fun and it was not a timed event so it was condusive to transition learning skills! Highly reccomend for next year to put on your to do list! Below is the link to the interview that 10-11 News did on me!!
"It was very awesome to have all women, I hope they make this something they do every year because it really does give you a chance, if you want to do future triathlons, to learn how to transition, to go from the swim, to the bike, to the run, learn how it feels so you can do something bigger or longer," Krupicka said.

Get RED HOT on Thursday with GBN

RED HOT at the Oven!
THIS Thursday, Sept 23, 6:15 Yia Yias to The Oven East
Lets heat things up a bit and head out to the Oven east for dinner and drinks. To get things spiced up, wear your best red outfit.  Its that simple, wear red, yia yias for a beer, ride, and oven in your mouth.  See you there!
Supah G

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling on Vimeo

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling on Vimeo

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

This is a great, great video. So powerful. While finding veteran female cyclists would have been easy, finding those new to it makes encouraging others who haven't taken the plunge far more likely!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

D Street Saturdays

Meeting up at D Street. Photo by Cornbread
The boys at the D Street Mansion have started rolling it out Saturday mornings at 8 am for a goodly amount of gravel mileage.

Some of the guys drill it on the edge of town, but have no fear, just keep pedaling. There are several stop points for regrouping.

Today, I peeled off early shy of Valprasio with Shawn and Aaron. Was glad I did, too, because once we had the tailwind it was quite a job to keep up on the single-speed.  Twas a great workout though. Legs are getting stronger.

I had my Garmin 705 and you'll find the route below. The route to the north is the gravel we road today. The loop to the south was what I did yesterday afternoon on the road bike. The south route is a perfectly suitable weekday loop and will take a little over an hour or so, the north, best allow at least 2.5 hrs. If I was going alone, I'd allot three.

Perhaps the women of Sheclismo should join the D Street crew for our group ride next week?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Learn about Cyclocross

Pic courtesy of Elisabeth R.
Sara found this great video that gives a quick 4 minute overview of Cyclocross.  Here in Lincoln, we had our CX practice numbers blossom from just a couple of women to eight last Wednesday!

Want to join us? Show up at Van Dorn Park on Wednesdays for Bike Pedaler's weekly training races. We're also doing Technique Tuesdays at 6 pm. Contact us if you want more info about that.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Our first group ride

Grindcore did a nice little write-up of our first official group ride:
"There is an exciting little development in my cycling life. It involves the beginnings of an all-women's cycling team. We're called Sheclismo. It's an Italian bike pun. Yeah, I had a hand in that."