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About Vanessa Ruck, The Girl On A Bike

The Girl On A Bike, About Vanessa Ruck

Born and raised in England. I’m a go-getter, a chase-your-dreams kind of girl.  I grew up in the great outdoors, getting muddy and messing around keeping fit with horses and quad-bikes and always up to mischief.

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Female motorcycle rider UK Vanessa Ruck also known as The Girl On A Bike 
Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike

At 18 I flew the nest to find my place in the world, university, masters degree, first job. Life took a turn in 2014 when I was hit by a red light jumping car, and since that day I’ve made it my goal to make the most out of life, and to also help others do the same.

My escapism has always been through sports, whether that’s kite surfing, snowboarding or mountain biking, it’s always been about getting physical, but the accident changed that and motorbikes came into my world. They’ve swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

I started @TheGirlOnABike when bed bound after my 3rd surgery following the accident, the first on my hip, and decided that I needed something positive to channel my energy into. Since this day I have continued to share my journey with you, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I’ve also tried hard to be real, showing the down days, the days you have to find all your inner strength to even just get out of bed.

Ultimately, life is short, so it’s so important we don’t waste time or let life just slip through our fingers. Even with injuries and full-time jobs, we have so much to be grateful for and can do so much with our precious existence.

Girl motorcycles?

With a 6.5 year recovery seeing 7 surgeries and two reconstructed body parts, it’s been a roller coaster for me, but through this I’ve discovered motorcycles. Starting with cruising but rapidly ramping up to trials, adv and now even full hard enduro as her my heals. Bikes have swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

Over the years I’ve become known for sharing my journey with the world, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I feel social media can be so toxic with all too perfect ‘unreal’ lives projected. I work hard to be real and honest, showing the rough and the tough days too.

My love for two wheels has seen me riding all over the world in recent years, including Bolivia, Ukraine, Sardinia, Iceland and many more. I want to prove that anyone get get up and enjoy life on two wheels, proving girls on bikes is normal, possible. We need more girl motorcycle conversations!

What’s my mission? To make the most of each day and help others do the same. 

Join the ride!

Much love, Vanessa Ruck

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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MoniMoto discount code – motorcycle security – 10% off

MoniMoto discount code – motorcycle security – 10% off

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POWERED BY ITS OWN BATTERIES

Monimoto Device is powered by 2 single-use, long-life batteries, so it doesn’t rely on your motorcycle’s battery power source like wired trackers do. It requires two CR123A batteries that can be purchased on Amazon or many major convenience stores.

Monimoto calls your phone

CALLS YOUR PHONE

Monimoto calls your phone in less than 1 minute if movement is detected and there is no paired key nearby. Phone call is more effective in attracting owner’s attention than just a push notification or text message.

Monimoto is easy to set up

QUICK AND EASY TO SET UP

A very quick and easy initial set up procedure via our iOS or Android mobile app wizard, which only takes about 10 minutes. All you need to do is remove plastic straps from the Key fob and the Monimoto device itself and set all things up on Monimoto App. Batteries and SIM card are already included.

Monimoto sends GPS location coordinates

SENDS GPS LOCATION COORDINATES

Monimoto sends its GPS location coordinates to your phone, should the motorcycle be moving and your paired Key is not around. Location details are sent to the App so you will also be able to see all the previous locations in the event log. GPS location is updated every 5 minutes when Monimoto is moving or every 1 minute if Live tracking mode is selected.

Monimoto does not required any wires

DOES NOT REQUIRE WIRING

Monimoto is a compact, stand-alone Device, so there are no installation costs involved and it will not affect your motorcycle’s warranty. This also means that you can easily move your Monimoto Device from one motorcycle to another.

Monimoto automatically arms and disarms itself

AUTO ARMS AND DISARMS

Monimoto Device auto-arms itself when you leave your motorcycle, and disarms as soon as it detects your paired Key fob. No need to set any geofences on the App or click any buttons on the Key fob whatsoever. This means you will never forget to activate or deactivate the Device.

Monimoto works globally

WORKS GLOBALLY

Monimoto comes with the SIM that covers North America and Europe. It works with at least two different GSM service providers in most of the countries and with the help of Monimoto algorithm always chooses the strongest signal in the area.

Manage your Monimoto with mobile app

WORKS WITH A MOBILE APP

Everything can be done from our mobile App for iPhone and Android phones: Adjust device sensitivity, pay for the GSM service, see battery level, contact Monimoto support and other Device management actions.

Monimoto uses CellLocate technology

USES ADVANCED POSITIONING

Monimoto has a special technology for those cases when it’s taken indoors and when GPS is not available in the area. We use CellLocate developed by U-blox. This technology determines the approximate location of Monimoto Device based on the distance from the surrounding GSM towers.

Monimoto is easy to install

IS EASY TO INSTALL

Monimoto comes with releasable plastic zip ties so it can be easily attached to a motorcycle frame or other stable part. No need for complex installation manuals – you can do everything by yourself even if you don’t have any technical knowledge.

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Adventure Bike Rider Festival ABR discount tickets 5% off

Adventure Bike Rider Festival ABR discount tickets 5% off

If you’re into bikes, into adventure and enjoy meeting like minded people…then ADV Festival is a must for your calendar – you can get ABR discount tickets. Having attended in 2019 I can hands down say it’s the best biking event I’ve ever been to. Big brands and bike demos, off road training, a mega adventure track to play on, fiery little enduro loop, camping, camp fires, live music, shopping and great food. Did I mention the epic estate it’s held on too? I’m not sure what else you could wish for in a weekend. I think the bit that nailed the event the most was the vibes. Blinking good vibes! Genuine bike lovers surrounded by bikes and just there for a good time. I’m definitely going to be back!

Use “THEGIRLONABIKE” for 5% off Adventure Bike Rider Festival discount tickets

Adventure Bike Rider Festival discount tickets
Adventure Bike Rider Festival discount tickets

What’s on Adventure Bike Rider Festival discount tickets

  • Test ride the latest adventure and touring motorcycles from major the world’s leading manufacturers.
  • Ride the 20km-long on-site, purpose-built off-road adventure trail.
  • Join the TRF for guided green lane rideouts.
  • Guided road-based rideouts of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounding areas.
  • Discover the best roads in the heart of England.
  • Get advanced training from Bike Safe and IAM Roadsmart.
  • Hear from and meet the most inspiring authors, speakers, and celebrities in the world of adventure motorcycling.
  • Improve your skills with world-class off-road tuition.
  • Get expert advice and find the right gear at the Adventure Village.
  • Competitions and challenges to win incredible prizes.
  • Chill out or rock out with live music, a full bar, entertainment, and delicious street food.
  • Experience all of this and more in the magnificent grounds of Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens.
  • Plenty of fully serviced and clean posh toilets and hot showers
  • On-site camping and plenty of local, quality accommodation available

Get your ABR discount tickets here and use “THEGIRLONABIKE” for 5% off: www.adventurebikerider.com/adventure-bike-rider-festival/

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Zanderm discount code Vitiligo Make-up 10% off

Zanderm discount code Vitiligo Make-up 10% off

Use Zanderm discount code VR10 for 10% off

I choose to camouflage my face, and that’s okay. Finding a process that works took time. It’s a combination of reducing the vitiligo contrast by having no tan, and then a colour base to bring my natural skin tone back. I like a no make-up feel for this colour so use Zanderm wide applicator. It means I can put it on and not be wearing anything, no stains on sheets, fake tans or waking up conscious of no make-up. I then add normal foundation or stay natural, depending on the look I’m after. Here’s a full how to on my vitiligo face camouflage process.

Zanderm discount code will give you 10% off all purchases from zanderm.com – the ideal vitiligo camouflage make up. I use it daily and swear by it.

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About Zanderm:

Vitiligo Makeup – Long Lasting Camouflage

The Zanderm Vitiligo Concealer helps you instantly cover vitiligo spots with just a few easy strokes. It’s mess-free and smudge resistant. It dries quickly, resulting in long-lasting coverage you can rely on. This natural, dermatologist-tested makeup for vitiligo is hypoallergenic and gentle, making it a great way to manage vitiligo symptoms.

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Teng Tools Magazine cover with The Girl On A Bike

Getting Organised in the workshop

Here’s my dream garage as seen in the Teng Tools Magazine.

In 2017 we broke ground on a mission to build our dream garage. Living in a 2-bedroom end of terrace utilising all the available space was key to enabling us to fit a double garage…no more motorbikes in the dining room and conservatory! Six months later and we had the making of our new haven, soon to become the most used space in the house but it just wasn’t quite there… Then, 2020 saw us jump in and our dreams materialised. A full Teng Tools set up with eye catching red units and a comprehensive set-up of tools all housed in the EV foam. We got organised and lock-down gave us the perfect gift of time to get it all sorted.

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As home hobby mechanics and motorcycle racers we’re always in the garage tinkering. Over the years we had built a sporadic collection of odd tools but it was always a hunt when we needed one. That darn 10 mm spanner…

Some call if OCD but I call it organised and the best way to get a job done.

When we’re doing a job, whether that’s a full two stroke rebuild or simple brake service, knowing exactly where the tools are makes things so much easier. We have everything organised with ergonomics in mind. The most used tools ready at arm’s reach, the mobile toolbox all set to deploy into the trailer for races and a set up of our dreams.

We knew our garage kit would be one for life, tools we would spend hours and hours of our lives using so we wanted the best. The thought in design, the precision in machining and quality of the finish. Going Teng Tools, it was a no-brainer.

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The Girl On A Bike – The Dream Workshop – Teng Tools

Lock-down fun has included:

  • Getting those finishing touches organising the garage done, such as mounting the pit tool case on its own shelf, organising our enduro kits, creating a mobile island for working, getting the tools settled in the best draw configurations
  • Expanding the family with a new garage hoover, Charlie, to keep things tidy
  • Upgrading all security to keep us sleeping sound
  • Changing tyres with my Rabaconda
  • Mowing the lawn, watching the lawn grow and waiting to mow it again…
  • Loo roll challenge… as simple as kicking a loo roll into a toolbox…yeah I’ll stick to motorbikes!
  • Setting up a slack-line in the garden
  • Standing admiring our Teng Tools

You can read the full Teng Tools Magazine here.

You can see a full tour on my YouTube, or see mini garage tour or the full extended garage tour

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Proto-col discount code 10% off

Proto-col discount code 10% off – VR10

If you’re super high quality beautiful products and health supplements then I highly recommend Proto-col and here is a Proto-col discount code for 10% off all purchases – VR10

Proto-col are a British brand delivering results-driven skincare and wellness innovation. Science guides their research and development and in turn, informs their use of collagen and its proven ability to support the natural ageing process. This inside-out approach delivers results you can see, feel and trust.

I take the Colostrum Powder for immune systems support – specifically to see how it helps my vitiligo. Vitiligo is a autoimmune disorder so I thought it was worth at try.

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Proto-col discount code for 10% off all purchases – VR10

Founded in 2003 by elite athlete James Greenwell
The Proto-col range was born out of personal experience. Competing in international modern pentathlon, James tore an Achilles tendon late in his career. Collagen was instrumental to his recovery. After retiring from elite sport, he launched the Proto-col brand with a collagen supplement and a wealth of ideas.

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Compex discount code 30%

Compex discount code – including SP 8.0

Compex discount code VRCOMPEX 30% off

COMPEX SP 8.0 MUSCLE STIMULATOR TO EMPOWER YOUR TRAINING

Optimizes your strength and endurance, helps you recover faster, while helping to avoid injury and treating pain.

Compex is something I have used a lot in my physio recover from hip surgery and highly recommend, hence offering a Compex discount code.
Designed for athletes, SP 8.0 is the TOP of the range in terms of wireless muscle stim. Connectable and modular, SP 8.0 includes the brand new mi-Autorange feature that continually brings you better results. You can upgrade to the SP 8.0 WOD Edition, which comes with tonnes of additional extras.

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When to use it

Most commonly used to warm up muscles before exercise, the Compex SP Wireless 8.0 can also be used to warm down after exercise and to treat pain when recovering from injury. So regardless of whether you are training to run around the world or are still suffering from a recurring shoulder complaint, the Compex SP Wireless 8.0 is an ideal tool in your fitness arsenal that will aid recovery and enhance performance.

Use it for

  • Massage and oxygenation
  • Body building and increase strength
  • Treat muscle strain and provide pain relief
  • Targeted muscle stimulation
  • Resistance
  • Toning, firming and shaping

Compex discount code VRCOMPEX 30% off

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Cardo Packtalk Black discount – 20% off all other Cardo

The Cardo Systems Packtalk Black discount code is yet to be available on discount – the Packtalk is my must have helmet accessory of choice

For Cardo Systems Packtalk Black is unfortunately not yet available with a discount code but use this link HERE for 20% off all other Cardo buys http://cardosystems.refr.cc/thegirlonabike

Launched August 28th 2020 the Packtalk Black edition is a slick new version of the known and trusted Packtalk from Cardo Systems – the leader in intercoms. As a Cardo user for several years I’m a huge fan and certainly recommend, but what’s this new Black edition? Read on to find out here or watch the video below.

If you’re wondering about if intercoms are for you then the below video will help answer that question. In my review I talk through why I choose to use intercoms from the safety, social and practical reasons, and then also discuss why the Cardo Systems Packtalk Bold is my helmet accessory of choice.

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Cardo Systems discount code – 20% off

The Cardo Systems discount code Packtalk Bold is my must have helmet accessory of choice

If you’re wondering about if intercoms are for you then this video will help answer that question – then use my Cardo Systems Discount code link. In my review I talk through why I choose to use intercoms from the safety, social and practical reasons, and then also discuss why the Cardo Systems Packtalk Bold is my helmet accessory of choice.

For Cardo Systems discount code use link HERE for 20% off Cardo http://cardosystems.refr.cc/thegirlonabike

Full Cardo Systems discount code on Packtalk Bold review for road, adv, off road, trials and hard enduro riding! You can also see the new Packtalk Black edition model here.

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Physiolab discount code – £25 off

Physiolab discount code – £25 off “VR25”

Physiolab discount code VR25 giving £25 off any order at Physiolab.com

The Physiolab is a class 2a medical device for managing pain, swelling and inflammation. This means it is ideal for post-surgery rehabilitation and also recovery from sports. Though an intensive form of icing it aids and accelerates the body’s healing process. Something called cryotherapy, which all sounds a little technical – but it is effectively a technique that involves applying an extremely cold temperate to a localised area of the body for several minutes. The Physiolab gives this application of cooling and compression, which is very widely known and commonly used for the treatment of pain, swelling and inflammation.

To simplify that, the Physiolab straps around you with a special pack for different body parts and using a combination of air and water compresses on to you. This applies a very even pressure to your body and then the ice-cold water is pumped, providing localised cooling.

The Physiolab offers:

  1. Accelerated healing
  2. Easy home application for frequent effortless healing
  3. No running costs, just recovery

For a full understanding on PhysioLab please see my review here. My Physiolab review comes from genuine experience through three hip surgery recoveries using it.

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Kecks discount code 10% off

Kecks discount code 10% off all underwear orders

As an athlete get the most comfortable underwear is vital to your performance. Having something chaffing, rising up, moving or rubbing can really niggle at you as you’re doing your best to compete. I’ve been wearing Kecks for hard enduro and I highly rate them so here is a Kecks discount code so you can rock them too. It might sound strange for a girl to wear mens underwear but it’s been designed for comfort and that’s what it gives us ladies too.

With a seamless design and some of the most out there designs I’ve seen in the underwear world they’re a must have for your bum.

For me I like the length as it gives full skin coverage below be Leatt impact shorts and meet with my Leatt knee socks to ensure I’m comfortable,

Get 10% off your Kecks order with “GIRLONABIKE” at KecksUnderwear.com

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