Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Certificates Available

Trying to find the perfect gift? Look no further! Available in any amount, our gift certificates are good for any tour. If she doesn't like it, you can get your money back. No risk. Call or email us to finish up your holiday shopping now!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Drawing Winner Revealed


We gave away $1000 to one lucky cyclist who could tell us the correct number of countries we toured in during 2015. We videotaped the random drawing. Be sure to watch our short video to the end.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Article about us in Adventure Cyclist

There is a wonderful article about WomanTours in Adventure Cyclist magazine this month. Thank you Ellee Thalheimer for some great reporting! Great photo of Jean too! (Click on the photo to see the whole thing.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2015 Guide Schedule Set

Here is our 2015 guide schedule. Follow your favorite tour leader or get to know someone new. We hope to see you in 2015!

Patty Jackson (on right on our NW Loop tour)
Southern Tier - March
Atlantic Coast - April
Cascades to Glacier - June
Glacier National Park - Aug.
Idaho Greenways - August
Yellowstone National Park - Sept.
Moab Arches and Canyonlands - Oct.
California Wine Country - Oct.
Death Valley National Park - Nov.
New Zealand - March 2016

Denise Purdue (on left on our NW Loop tour)
Arizona Spring Training - Feb.
Atlantic Coast - April
France: Castles and Wine - May
France: Loire Valley - May
France: Burgundy - May
Yellowstone National Park - Sept.
New Mexico: Land of Enchantment - Sept.
St George Red Rock Canyons - Oct.
Death Valley National Park - Feb. and Nov.

Laurie Collins (left at WT hdq)
Natchez Trace Parkway - April
Cape May - May
Washington, DC - May
Maryland Eastern Shore - May
Yellowstone National Park - June
Teton Valley - July
Sun Valley - July
Acadia National Park - Aug.
St George Red Rock Canyons - Oct.
Moab Arches and Canyonlands - Oct.
Outer Banks of NC - Oct.
Florida Gulf Coast -Nov.

Jack the dog - has to stay home

Jackie Marchand (next to Laurie)
California Wine Country -May
Finger Lakes Wine Country - Aug.
Prince Edward Island - Sept.

Michelle Slusher (far right at WT hdq)
Florida Gulf Coast - Feb. and Nov.
Atlantic Coast - May
California Wine Country - May and Oct.
Ireland: Connemara - July
Niagara Falls Pathways  - July
Glacier National Park - Aug.
Idaho Greenways - Aug.

Cy Pugh (in back on our Maine tour)
Hawaii (beginner) - Jan.
Hawaii (advanced) - Feb.
Island Hopper: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - June
Niagara Falls Pathways - June
Finger Lakes - June
Around Lake Erie - July
Prince Edward Island - Sept.
Pennsylvania Dutch - Oct.
Kentucky Bluegrass - Oct.
Bermuda Blues - Nov.



Jen Thompson (in front on our Maine tour)
Bermuda Blues - March


Kelly Attridge (in white on our Island Hopper tour)
Florida Gulf Coast - Feb.
Bermuda Blues - March
Niagara Falls Pathways - July
Finger Lakes - Aug.
Acadia National Park - Aug.
Cape May - Sept.
Island Hopper: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - Sept.
Maryland Eastern Shore - Sept.



Sid Moffat (left in Death Valley)
Hawaii (beginner) - Jan.
Hawaii (advanced) - Feb.
Natchez Trace Parkway - April
Washington DC Bikeways - May
Cape May - May and Sept.
Maryland Eastern Shore - May and Sept.
Teton Valley - July
Sun Valley - July 
Idaho Greenways - July
Island Hopper: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - Sept.
Pennsylvania Dutch - Oct.
Kentucky Bluegrass - Oct.
Outer Banks of NC - Oct.

  
Kimberly Masters (right in Death Valley)
Death Valley National Park - Feb.
Arizona Spring Training - Feb.
Island Hopper - June
Niagara Falls Pathways - June
Finger Lakes  - June
Italy Bike and Barge - July and Aug.
Bermuda Blues - Nov.



Linda Gryczan (left with Michelle)
Prince Edward Island - Sept.
New Mexico: Land of Enchantment - Sept.



Sue Lincoln (left in Belize)
Yellowstone National Park - June

TBA
Around Lake Erie (with Cy)
Southern Tier (with Patty)
Atlantic Coast (with Patty and Michelle)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Win a $1000 Credit for a Bicycle Tour

Our 2015 tour catalog is in the mail. If you're not on our mailing list, send us your address and we'd be happy to mail you one.

Enter our drawing to win a $1000 credit toward our bicycle tours. Just tell us the number of countries we visit next year. Email us at info at womantours.com with the correct number and your name by October 15, 2014.

One entry per person please. The reward has no cash value and must be used for one of our 2014 or 2015 tours. We'll announce the randomly drawn lucky winner the following week.

To view our new 2015 tour catalog online, click here.

Good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Women Only Fun Rides

Join Jackie and Michelle on a bike ride this summer!
We're hosting bicycle fun rides for women only from our WomanTours headquarters in Rochester, NY.

Join us Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:45pm for a beginner ride of about 10 miles. We'll be on the Erie Canal Trail. If you'd like to go longer, you can. Afterwards, we invite you to stay for a drink or a bite to eat at a nearby pub. One of us will ride last, so no one will get dropped or lost. If you need to borrow a bike for the ride, let us know as we may have one available.

Then join us Friday, September 12, 2014 at 5:45pm for a 12-mile ride along our bike paths. Again, stay to join us for drinks or food afterwards if you can.

All ages and abilities are welcome. Both rides will have a sweep cyclist riding last who will help fix any flat tires. The ride will start at our office at 3495 Winton Place, Building E, Rochester, NY 14618.


Let us know if you can join us by emailing or calling. We'll hope to see you!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Seven Simple Tips to Make your Bike More Comfortable

The key to becoming a better bicyclist is to be comfortable on the bicycle. If your bike causes you pain or discomfort, there are many minor adjustments you can make or ask your bike shop to make for you. Always try one small adjustment at a time and remember that half an inch can make a big difference. Ride your bike after each adjustment to see if it helps before trying the next change.

TIP 1: If your knees hurt, adjust your seat higher, lower, forward or back. If you’ve recently bought new cycling shoes or installed new cleats on your old shoes, then the placement of the cleats may be the cause of your knee pain. Adjust their angle.

TIP 2: If your neck or shoulders hurt, raise your handlebars or shorten the reach of your stem. Putting yourself in a more upright position will often help alleviate neck and shoulder pain. If you use straight handlebars, consider getting narrower bars or cutting down the ones you have. Narrower bars are also more aerodynamic.

TIP 3: If your hands hurt or fall asleep, turn the angle of your handlebars so your hands are in a more relaxed position when you ride. On straight handlebars, consider using bar ends to give you the opportunity to change hand positions.

TIP 4: If your wrists or hands hurt when you shift, install compact shift levers on drop handlebars so you don’t have to reach as far with your fingers. If that doesn’t help, you may need to ask your bike shop to change your STI levers to the older style bar-end type. On straight handlebars, try adjusting the angle of the shifters on the handlebars. If that doesn’t work, ask your bike shop to install different shift levers altogether. There are several different brands, models and types available. A different lever may make all the difference.

TIP 5: If your butt hurts, it may be because you haven’t cycled much. Try a gel seat cover for the first couple bike rides. If your butt still hurts after riding 2-3 times a week for 2-3 weeks, tip the seat down ever so slightly. If that doesn’t help, try a different seat. Seats are very personal, so it may just be a matter of finding the right one for you.

TIP 6: If your crotch hurts, tip the seat up ever so slightly and don't use a gel cover. If that doesn’t help, raise your handlebars so you’re not leaning over as far. Then try a saddle with a cut-out.

TIP 7: If your feet get numb or develop hot spots and you ride with cycling cleats, move the position of your cleats on the bottom of your shoes. They may be compressing a nerve. If you ride in sneakers, your soles may be too soft. Buy a pair of cycling shoes with firmer soles.

The more comfortable you are on your bicycle, the more you’ll ride your bike. And the more you ride, the more comfortable you’ll become. So get out there and feel like a kid again!