The Team at Bike Station Aptos announces an all-gals event! Check it out and comment on how it goes. — Karen Kefauver

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Tuesday, June 12 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Visit Bike Station Aptos for drinks, bike riding, shopping and schmoozing to celebrate the arrival of the Liv/giant women’s specific line to Aptos. Vendors will be on hand from Endura, the North Face, and others, and the Liv/Giant truck will carry the women’s demo fleet. Bring your friends, cyclists or non-cyclists, and get them out of the house for some hors d’oeuvres and girl time!

How is a Women’s Bike Different?

Many modifications (in addition to the geometry of the bike frame) can be made to a bicycle to make it more user-friendly for a woman:

• Handlebars can be smaller (narrower, shallower drop, and shorter reach) and the stem can be shorter and/or more upright, to further reduce the reach to the bars.
• Brakes and shifters can be sized for smaller hands
• Saddle can be wider in the rear to accommodate a woman’s wider sit bones (“ischial tuberosities, if you want to be fancy!”) and perhaps have a cutout to prevent soft tissue damage.
• The weight and stiffness of the materials used can be altered to better suit a lighter-weight rider
• The bike can be painted in a different color scheme!
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“I think the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

– Susan B. Anthony, 1896

Bike Station Aptos | 36 Rancho Del Mar | Aptos | CA | 95003