“Yes, sure?”: Committing to Experiences in a New Land

A knock on the door of the Moroccan riad woke us late at night. Along with the four other women I was with, I was sure it was the final member of our all-women’s team, finally arriving on our second night in the country. As the other guests slept, we ran across the courtyard to let her in. But we couldn’t figure out how [...]

Defining Adventure: Thoughts From Biking in Wales

words and photos (below) by Joey Homes :: I wasn't having much fun. The sheep didn't talk back to me, and my body was hurting — a lot. Pushing my loaded bike up what felt like the world's steepest hill seemed way harder than cycling up. Yet my pedaling legs had nothing left for that hill. I questioned what I hoped to gain [...]

Touring Alaska: Finding Clarity Through Cycling

words by Natalie Coyne; photos as attributed. Photo: Natalie Coyne It was spring of 2013, and life was complicated. I was uninspired with my job. I went through a tough break-up with a man I truly loved. To top it off, my father spent weeks in the hospital, which was a trying and emotional time for our whole family. I needed a change. [...]

Risk Analysis: Navigating Mental Hurdles After Injury

words by Alexandra Pierce ::   “You had worse crashes when you were more hurt and you ended up okay,” I say to myself. Standing in the shower, I wrap my hands around the back of my neck. Water pours over my forehead. I repeat my mantra, turning off the water. I stand shivering in my bathroom, expecting to feel the familiar tug [...]

5 First-Time Bike Buying Tips for Women

words by Kayla Montanye:: When shopping for my first road bike, I found myself lost in a sea of lingo, gadgets, and equipment. I was unprepared for all of the questions the nearly all-male staff at the bike shop had for me. “Are you looking for aluminum or carbon?” “What size do you think you need?” “Do you want to be clipped [...]

OWA Review: CamelBak Solstice 10LR

What: CamelBak Solstice 10LR MTB Pack Where to Buy: backcountry.com Perfect For: Fast, aggressive mountain biking *Disclaimer: This tester received a pack from CamelBak to test and review. Before testing begins, companies must agree to OWA terms which state that OWA will not publish positive reviews or accept financial compensation in exchange for gear or reviews.  OWA aims to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, is found [...]

OWA Review: Giro Terradura Mountain Bike Shoes

  What: Giro Terradura mountain bike shoes Where to Buy: backcountry.com, competitivecyclist.com, evo.com, rei.com Perfect For: Mountain biking and hike-a-bike sections of trail *Disclaimer: I received these shoes from Giro to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after [...]

OWA Reviews: VIDA MTB Series for Women’s Mountain Bike Skills

*Disclaimer: I attended the VIDA weekend under a comped invitation in order to test and review the organization and their teaching style. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, we aim to publish reviews that, after testing, we feel would be beneficial to women outdoors. After spending a weekend with [...]

OWA Review: 9 Mountain Bikes for Tall Women

I’m a 5’10” female mountain biker with a long inseam and reach. When it comes to mountain bikes, my height puts me in the sweet spot for fitting most bikes. I’m not limited to women’s-specific rides or smaller frame sizes. In this roundup of reviews, most of the bikes I tested could be referred to as "gender-neutral," though there is one women’s-specific review [...]

Solo Bike Touring: Discovering Myself in Haida Gwaii

photos and words by Molly Mew :: Cycling brings people together. It’s why I began biking and how I’ve met some of my closest friends. It’s what I encourage others to do every day at the shop where I work. Despite this conviction, going on long rides alone always seemed daunting. It was like taking some of the fun — the social [...]