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I have been to a ladies night Garage Party on a Thursday evening with cookies and coffee. The shop was closed so that was nice. We had it to ourselves. However, I traveled two hours so it would have been nice to have dinner or something substantial for the six hours I was away from home.

I heard of another event two hours in a different direction on a Saturday afternoon that was a luncheon. Real nice event and not on a work day. I like it when a shop has female salespeople who know parts too.

My biggest complaint is riding apparel sizing. I am tall and so mens is the only option for sleeve and inseam length, especially rain gear. Womens plus doesn't take height into consideration, just width. It would be nice to see a line of clothing that includes leather and rain gear that are separates for women that includes longer length in combination with a plus sizing. Women aren't all the same size and shape and don't want to buy mens. Give us a bone women will be a faithful customer!

Lori
Smith River, CA
Friday, May 2, 2014
Clothing and gear selection is lacking at most shops but especially for women. I don't want to just order something blindly because it may not fit and sizes range wildly. Companies like Scorpion and River Road should do traveling demo days just like the bike companies so folks have a chance to see and try on stuff in person.

Sharon
Denver, CO
Friday, May 2, 2014
I have been a presenter at women-only events at a multi-line dealership in the past, talking about women-specific riding gear, and the events were very well attended. They were held in the winter to drive business into the shop during a down time, and food and wine were offered. Several women became loyal customers, some for bikes, some for parts and apparel. More dealerships should cater to this growing rider population!

Lynne Goebeler
Dawsonville, GA
Thursday, May 1, 2014
If you want to reach women riders realize they are women. They are not stupid, inexperienced, or shy, but they don't always think like men, because THEY ARE WOMEN. I have more incidences of being "invisible" to the salesmen than good stories, but I do have good stories and those dealerships/people I'm fiercely loyal to and bring other riders of both genders to use them.

Tips? Women mostly don't respond to someone being used as a toy, such as, bikini bike washes, etc. However, they do respond to sound service, respect, and advice. If we catch you lying to us, our relationship is done. DONE! If you can handle all that I will love you for many, many miles.

Cindy
Dallas, TX
Thursday, May 1, 2014
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