So, who are we?
We are FWOD, shortened from Fix Without Dix later transpired to For Women Only, Duh!. FWOD was birthed by Sam Bell in Oakland, California who had a passion for riding bikes, but most importantly empowering more women to get on their two wheels and ride together. In most cycling communities, males tend to lead in numbers. FWOD is here to lead in quality. We use our positive energy to educate and empower all females (as well as female-identified individuals) with how to feel comfortable riding a bicycle.
After its birth almost 10 years ago, we continue to thrive within the northern California cycling community. As well as touching lives else in the US and the world.
Want to join us? Please do! Every Wednesday since 2006 has been dedicated to an all-women/female-identified bike ride. Every 6:30pm at Lake Merrit BART station in Oakland, you will find others ready to join on a leisure ride within the East Bay, sometimes neighboring cities such as San Francisco.
Not a professional cyclist? Hey, that’s okay! We encourage all levels of experience and bikes to join us. Mountain bikes, beach cruisers, fixed geared, BMX bikes, or any two-wheeled contraption that you call your bicycle. Please come along! Every roll out is a 7pm and we don’t depart until everyone is comfortable with the route and ride level. No rider left behind, is our motto. We are a unit! Every Wednesday night we are a group whose number one priority is your safety, and of course, fun! It’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
Not a lady or lady-gender? That’s okay too! We love to include our male counterparts along on our bike rides. That’s why we host many co-ed bike rides, races, and benefits (on non-Wednesday nights) to bring our cycling community together. Our most popular co-ed bike ride is our bi-annual Sadie Hawkins ride. You are able to follow along with our event updates on Facebook.
Have any questions? We are here to answer them. We are a no-judgement zone. Please feel free to ask away. You can reach us here on Tumblr, Facebook, or come down to Lake Merrit BART on Wednesday at 7pm.
Thank you for your support. Ride safe!
ps. So, you don’t live in California? That’s alright, do you happen to live on the East Coast? Stay tuned for upcoming FWOD events happening this Spring 2014 in NYC. For the first time, we will be expanding to Brooklyn with a weekly ride, as well as other co-ed community events, races, benefits. The day of the week and meet up location is TBD. We will keep you posted.