The Liv/Giant demo truck is coming to Birmingham, and it’s filled with the 2014 line of women’s specific road and mountain bikes! We’re welcoming them with a special Wine, Wenches & Wrenches event at Bob’s Bikes in Homewood on Friday (Nov 8) and a MTB mini-clinic and instructor-coached ride on Saturday (Nov 9). The Liv/Giant truck will let you take them out for a spin—road bikes on Friday and mountain bikes on Saturday. (More details below.)
If you’ve never been to a Wine, Wenches & Wrenches event, it is our signature mashup of happy hour + seminar. Our goal is to lower the barriers that prevent women from riding bikes, and show you all the different ways to plug into the local cycling community. You’ll learn mechanical skills or meet a guest-speaker a local organization that has something to do with cycling. As with all MC3 events, it’s hosted by women, for women. (Though we welcome well-behaved dudes on occasions, including this one.). In short, it’s a great way to learn something new, sip and schmooze with your friends, and meet other women who ride. Best of all, it’s free! Compliments of our sponsors (This month: Bob’s!)
For this month’s WWW, Teresa Boyle from Liv/Giant will give a little clinic on the brand’s 3F philosophy: Fit, Form, and Function. You will learn how to pick the best bike for your riding style and ability and how to minimize aches and pains with minor adjustments that can be made to any bike. She’ll talk about women-specific bike design (today it means way more than “shrink it and pink it”) and share highlights from the new 2014 line. One we’re excited about? The new Lust, the first women-specific full-suspension bike with 27.5-inch (aka 650b aka “tweener”) wheels. The deets:
Women’s Road Bike Demo
What: Test-ride a road bike from the 2014 line, no charge
When: Friday, November 8, 12-6 p.m.
Where: Bob’s Bikes, 205-879-2258, 1944 28th Ave. S. Homewood, Ala.
What to bring: Helmet (required!), bike shoes (if you have ‘em), credit card and driver’s license (collateral while you have the bike)
Why: Because the more bikes you try, the better off you’ll be when it’s time to choose one. And: It’s fun. And: There’s swag.
Wine, Wenches & Wrenches with Liv/Giant
What: Sip, socialize, and learn what women-specific fit really means
When: Friday, November 8, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Bob’s Bikes (see above)
What to bring: A beverage or snack to share (Optional! Bob’s is providing libations and hors d’oeuvres)
Why: Do you really need an excuse for wine and bikes?
Women’s Mountain Bike Demo Day
What: Test-ride a mountain bike on Oak Mountain’s award-winning singletrack trails
When: Saturday, Nov 9, 8:30-3 p.m.
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, South Trailhead (by the BUMP shed)
What to bring: Helmet (required), bike shoes (if you have ‘em) or other close-toed shoes, credit card and driver’s license
Why: Because you can’t really size up a fat-tire ride that well by jumping curbs in a parking lot. You need to get those tires in the dirt!
Women’s Mountain Bike Mini-Clinic
What: IMBA-certified instructor Kim Cross and Liv/Giant instructor Teresa Boyle will lead a short clinic and group ride designed to hone your bike-handing skills and build confidence on the trail. First we’ll practice fundamental skills drills in a soft, grassy field, then take you on the trails to let you apply those skills. These include cornering, bike/body separation, riding over logs/roots/rocks, and more. All levels welcome. No chick left behind!
When: Saturday, Nov 9, 3 p.m. (BYO bike. If you wish to use a Liv/Giant demo bike for the clinic, reserve one by contacting Kim Cross! Otherwise, it’s first-come, first-served.)
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, South Trailhead
What to bring: Helmet (required), water, sense of humor, eagerness to learn
Why: Because even experienced riders can refine their ride. A little coaching goes a long way in building comfort and confidence on the bike.
NOTE: The clinic is BYO bike. If you wish to borrow a Liv/Giant bike for the clinic, YOU MUST RESERVE ONE to guarantee there will be a bike the right size for you. There are a limited number of bikes available. Email kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com to reserve one in advance. Otherwise, on Saturday, it’s first-come, first-served!