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Announcements
I'm pleased to announce a new and exciting venture that I'll be taking on with my friend, Carla King.

Miss Adventurer and GearChic are going to be getting into trouble soon, so check back on our websites, facebook and twitter feeds to find out!

Podcasts

SideStandUp is going to be changing its format a bit, so I'll only be making bimonthly appearances on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

My next segment will be on Tuesday, February 9th.


Gear Tip
Lorica is a man-made leather alternative, for those of you seeking a fully vegan riding boot, or vegan gloves. 

Sidi Vertigo Lei boots for women are 100% Vegan, made completely from Lorica. And, they're highly protective, high performance boots. The sizing is Euro 37:US 7. 




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Recent Blog Posts

Jan. 26, 2010
DC, NYC and Now Cleveland

Jan 13, 2010
T.A.D. Gear

Jan 9, 2010
Busy, Busy, Busy

And More....



Events
Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows:
IMS Cleveland, Jan 29-31, 2010
IMS Minneapolis, Feb 5-7, 2010
IMS Chicago, Feb 19-21, 2010
IMS Daytona, Mar 3-6, 2010

Get your $3 off coupons by emailing me with your name, address and how many you need, and I can email you a code for each.

International Women Riders Congress & Festival.
August 11-15, 2010


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Issue V8
February 2, 2010

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blog/ gearchic.com/blog
fbook/ gearchic
IM/ (the)gearchic
skype/ jtdonn
 
What's New.
 
Happy Belated New Year.  For those of you who've been following my blog, you'll know that I've been on the road every weekend since December 30th with the International Motorcycle Shows! Somehow I managed to convince the people that run the shows that they needed to hire me to work the Women's Center, a brand new resource of the IMS for the 2009-2010 shows. So far, I've been to Novi-MI, Greenville-SC, Washington-DC, and New York City, and just finished in Cleveland, OH. Next stop: Minneapolis, MN!  It's been quite an experience, flying every weekend and being away from my family and friends.

I am fortunte to join forces with Sue Slate and Gin Shear, the founders of the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation.  Together, we've teamed up to provide as much information to the riding community.  Of course, it is called the Women's Center, so naturally, we're trying to reach out to as many women as possible.  However, we are also providing information to anyone/everyone who wants it! Men included.   We're providing this in the form of Seminars and Gear Shopping assistance.

Our Seminars cover topics for ALL riders such as:
  • Riding Twisties: Taking the Fear Out and putting the FUN back In
  • Dual Sport Riding 101
  • Right Bike for Right Now
  • Right Gear for your Ride
Aside from the Gear seminar, I've also been giving the "Right Bike for Right Now" for those of you who are looking for your 1st, 3rd or 30th bike.  It's about making the right decisions for yourself when choosing a bike.  For many of us (especially the ladies), the bike selection process hasn't been very thorough or well researched.  I don't mean spending 40 hours online looking at different makes/models, however, that's not a totally bad idea.  What I do mean is asking ourselves a very simple question.   "What do I WANT and NEED?"

So many women will come into the center and explain how their loving husband/boyfriend/friend bought or gave them a bike, and now they are having trouble riding or don't even want to!  The last thing you want is a bike you'll never ride.  I lost 2 years of my riding career before I bought my current bike (left), because I didn't take the time to make the right choice for myself.  It killed my motivation to ride and definitely put a dent in my riding skills. I now ride better, harder and faster than ever before. I used to avoid going on long rides, now I go on as many as I have time for. I've doubled my mileage in one year compared to my previous bike and hope to triple it this year! All because I finally have a bike that fits me, my riding style and more importantly, my wants and needs.  It also pushed me further, in terms of where and how I ride.  I've gained more confidence in my riding abilities and increased my entry speed in corners.   In those 2 years, going for long rides, especially the twisties, was something I didn't look forward to. I didn't trust the bike, or myself.  All I can say is, make sure YOU are the one making the final decision about what you want to ride.

And of course, we have Gear!  It's a great opportunity to not only provide information to every woman who walks onto our carpet, but not having to SELL anything motivates me that much more. 
We are here to educate and inform, NOT make money.  Next year, I hope to have 10 times the volume of gear that we currently have on display, so more companies are represented, to further enlighten women that there IS gear for them, they just need to ask for it.

We're providing a one-on-one shopping experience, so to speak.  It's exactly what I've been doing at Scuderia West for the past 3 years.  I am so fortunate to work in a place where customer service always come first.   At the Center, our goal is to help women find gear that fits them, or at least figure out HOW it should fit so that when they do go shopping, they know exactly what to look for. 

The first thing that people ask when they come into the Center is "How much is this?". Isn't it awful that the first thing people want to know is price, not features or fit, when it comes to gear?  Price should be the furthest thing from your mind when you walk in that door, at least initially.  If you keep an open mind, you'll be surprised as to how much you are willing to spend. More importantly, you might end up finding that perfect jacket, pants, gloves, helmet and/or boots. 

If you wished your dealership had knowledgable, helpful sales staff that weren't actually trying to sell you anything, then I urge you to visit the Women's Center.  Sue, Gin and I are here to help, as are the wonderful army of volunteers they've coordinated in each city.

If you've already been to the Center, I thank you for stopping by! And if you're going to be in Minneapolis, Chicago or Daytona, I hope to see you there.



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