Name/location/discipline
Stephanie Ortega/Los Angeles/CX, MTB, fixi

What does riding mean to you?
Riding for me is what I see as freedom. As a courier constantly working in the city and time and time dealing with rabid drivers. It is really nice to unplug and go straight to the mountains near home. I grew up skateboarding and the distance you cover is nothing quite as close to cycling. You can travel longer distances through bike touring stopping when you need to and just set up camp. Cycling is a beautiful sport and never ceases to amaze me on how much we can actually push as human beings.

What is your favourite set up?
My favorite setup is probably my MTB, it’s a Niner Sir9 Hardtail. It’s the bike I feel most comfortable on plus the advantages of bike touring. Camping in the mountains and not being concerned that it’s too rocky or too steep, at that point its simply fun.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your thoughts about it?
I do think the environment is male dominated. Especially as a bike courier or as a mountain biker. I believe there is this fear that is bottled up in everyone that prevents us from doing things, from riding in the city and constantly battling the cars to going to the mountains and riding technical trails. I think to grow some of these areas of cycling we need to go against our fear and practice on getting better. All things take time for us to get comfortable. Other reasons in my opinion are that there is not enough of us that can get together to teach each other and to motivate each other. I think internally we have to be supportive of each other in every aspect and levels, more WTF clinics, more supportive groups but I also think men have to change their mindsets and encourage women rather than laugh at fears or being impatient.

Any riding plans for the future?
I am doing the landrun100, thankful to WTF Bike Explorers. I don’t think I would be able to fully afford a trip to Oklahoma Stillwater if it weren’t for them. If I had the opportunity, I would love to go to Grinduro and definitely more bike tours.

Ride like a girl is a series of interviews with WTF (women *trans femme) riders from around the world. If you would like to be contributed drop us an email.


I asked my friends from Coffeeteatrip to share some hints on how to pack for camping time out in the nature as they are experts on it. This is what they came with. 

We like coffee, tea and trips – guess you can read that in our blog’s name. Recently we really got into camping – nature, coffee and we are one the go. But before we set off there is always this same issue – what shall we take? Something to sleep in, prepare meals, change. Below you can find one of the sets we take for a night or two. Everything is packed in a waterproof bag fixed to the steering bar by Packman bag from Triglav, saddle bag from Wciąż w drodze and a frame bag unfortunately made by us. Unfortunately because we are not good in sewing and we have to fix it every trip – but well it works.

So this is what we pack – from the top left to the right:

  • first aid kit (mostly adhesive strips, painkillers, antidiarrheals plus a tooth brush and tooth paste)
  • tarp pegs
  • Stanley pot
  • Cafflano Classik – grinder, drip and thermo cup in one, plus a metal mug,
  • coffee
  • gas cylinder (usually a smaller one but this is an XXL version from last swift camp where it had to serve a lot of people)
  • frying pan, handle, spoon-fork and MSR cooker,
  • hammock Lesovik Ultralight
  • tarp Groza Ultralight
  • self inflating camping mattress from Decathlon (when it’s colder we put it in the hammock to save our asses from being cold, when there are no trees we put it under the tarp)
  • a rain coat and a head lamp
  • some cloths, swimming gear and a towel
  • down coat from Lidl (not a very small one and hope we won’t need it in the evenings now)
  • oldschool Pajak sleeping bag – old but gold
  • inflatable cusion
  • tool bag

Since this is all the cooking equipment all the food is carried by another person. But if you have to go by your own there is still some space for the food. Usually tortillas, eggs and bacon for scrambled eggs.

Additionally we take a hip bag with a phone, wallet, lights, a lighter, power bank, cables and small packable bag for beer bought in the last open shop.

Hope it helps to embrace your summer camping vibes! And remember – riding is about having fun, not achievements.


Due to many questions about restock we decided to bring back the Back on Track metal mug!

The Back on Track graphic has been made by Polish female graphic designer Justyna Fontkiewicz

The metal mug is made in Poland and holds up to 225 ml.

The restock is very limited – get the mug before it’s gone! Mugs will be sent after 21st of March.


Just RIDE HARD!

Designed, sawn and printed in Poland.

Slim fit.

100% cotton 180 g

Colour: black

Print: white

Sizes:

S (length 69 cm, width 51 cm)

M (length 71 cm, width 53 cm)

L (lenght 73 cm, width 55 cm)

Buy here.


Comfy socks designed by the best Karolina Skrzyniarz – a female tattooer from Warsaw.

Combed cotton.

Available in 4 sizes:

  • 36-38 EU (23-24,5 cm)
  • 39-41 EU (25-26,5 cm)
  • 42-44 EU (27-28,5 cm)
  • 45-46 EU (29-30 cm)

Photos by Partyk Wisniewski.

Buy here.


 

It does not matter if you just popped out for a weekend, head for a life journey, like riding a track bike or you are getting #backontrack after a difficult time in life. Just enjoy it.

Design: Justyna Frąckiewicz

Buy here.


Finally we made it – the first ever Cheesy cycling kit!

Strength. Power. Endurance. Speed. These are the four pillars of cycling that constitute both the amateur and professional cycling. However, we care primarily about the fifth element: the intangible one, which is composed of the sound of humming wheels, yet-to-be-discovered roads, astounding views and new experiences. This is why we created the Cheesy Cycling Kit. It does not matter whether you race or get lost off-road; whether you care about Watts or views, because Cheesy Cycling Kit will always satisfy your needs. We know that, because we have tested it everywhere: in “combat” conditions, during easy rides and even in cyclocross. Cheesy Cycling Kit materializes what we value the most.

The 5th Element kit consists of jersey, bibs and socks and can be ordered here.

Design by Saiko Ikko.

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The renowned Mechanik bike workshop has opened in a new location in Katowice (Silesia, Poland). The bikeshop co-oparates together with Powolna Niedziela Tour (known as PNT) magazine and now offers also some of Cheesy stuff (the 5 panels and Ride or Die collection). The crew invites you to stop by for a little chit-chat, coffee, bike service and shopping. Definitely worth visiting if you’re around!


Our frinds from Hi Riders Drugs had launched a brand new workshop! They specialize in building fixies and single-speed bikes for custom orders. Check out their new premises at WWW.

 


Recently we teamed up with a creative bikeshop from Warsaw – Antymateria. Check out some pics we did together in a Warsaw’s bike-orienteded cafe Dwa Osiem. You can find more photos on our fanpage. All pics are by http://www.wojciechartyniew.com