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‘Cycling 101 For Women’ workshop planned for March 7

PRINCETON — The public is invited to join the Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the lower level of the Downtown Pub for “Cycling 101 For Women,” an evening of bicycling information and instruction to improve cycling pleasure and performance.

Representatives from Mead’s Bicycle Shop of Sterling will present on topics that have been tailored to address specific issues that women have in bicycling.

There will be a cash bar and free appetizers available during the event. Time will be allowed after the presentation to network and ask further questions. While there is no charge to attend, people are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, March 6, to Rachel Skaggs at rskaggs@princeton-il.com.

The topics will include:

Have a fit: Bicycle fit for women — Proper fit on your bicycle is very important for comfort and performance. Women have more fit issues than men since the industry has traditionally designed for men. There are more bicycle designs and equipment that are women specific, but more needs to be done, particularly when it comes to the equipment someone already has. Learn what proper fit is and how it can improve your cycling experience.

Clothing and saddles for comfort, fashion and performance — Women’s specific design is important in bicycles and it is just as important in clothing. From head to toe we will explain the value of bicycling specific clothing and how it can address problems. Understand how it works and how to benefit from properly designed clothing.

The ABCs of cycling: Air, brakes, chain — Since flats are most riders’ biggest worry, and the most common mechanical problem, they will show how easy it is to overcome this common hurdle. This is a hands-on experience where participants will actually change a tube. Additionally, they will learn how to check tire pressure and properly lubricate a bike chain.

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