BikePGH’s WMNBikePGH program aims to support women and nonbinary people in Pittsburgh who ride bikes or are interested in riding. Women and nonbinary involvement in the bike industry is important to creating a welcoming and inclusive bicycle community in what has been a male-dominated space.
Meet Greta Daniels!
We chatted with Greta, who works at West Liberty Cycles alongside her husband. She told us about her favorite places to ride her bike in and outside of Pennsylvania, her current favorite bike to ride, and tips on how to keep your bike clean!
What made you decide to work in a bike shop?
After marrying into the business, my work with West Liberty Cycles has been in business development focusing on the female community. I’m also an ambassador of Liv Cycling USA, which is geared towards women! I work towards bringing more women into cycling with free events, group rides, clinics, etc.
What sets your shop apart from others? What qualities do you bring to your bike shop?
I like to describe West Liberty Cycles as a neighborhood shop. We work with people who aren’t already cycling enthusiasts–people who want to become more active–and create a non-intimidating atmosphere. We treat everyone like their bike is the most important bike in the shop. Everyone gets an equal amount of care, and an equal amount of respect.
What kind of bikes and accessories does West Liberty Cycles focus on selling?
From road bikes to beach cruisers, to requisite accessories, everything that’s on two wheels, we pretty much have it.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
It depends on what bike I’m getting on in the morning. If it’s my Liv Cycling Hail Advanced 0 mountain bike, which happens to be my favorite, it’s biking at Frick Park. Out of Pittsburgh? The Mulberry Gap in Georgia. If I’m hopping on my road bike, I enjoy Sunday outings with the Mt. Lebanon Cycling and Caffeine Club.
What is one bit of advice you can offer beginner cyclists?
Finding a really great group of people I think is the way that people stick with riding. Find a local cycling club, social cycling club, or a group ride that fits your style!
What is one “pro-tip” that you can share about bike maintenance?
Clean your bike! When bikes come into the shop, there are a lot of repairs that need to be done that could have been avoided with regular bike cleaning. After riding in the rain, wiping it down and getting into the grooves with a rag to clean debris out of the crevices is essential. Basic cleaning, start there. We even do clinics at the shop!
Are you a member of or involved in any biking organizations?
Liv Cycling, some grass roots Pittsburgh groups, FORC–Friends of Off Road Cycling, BikePGH, Trail Pittsburgh, Month of Mud, and racing with Allegheny Cycling Association.
Interested in visiting West Liberty Cycles?
Learn more about WMNBikePGH
BikePGH’s Women & Biking program is inclusive towards womxn, femme, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people. We welcome you to join us on a ride, meet up for coffee, or attend an educational event!
Visit bikepgh.org/wmnbikepgh to learn more.