Bike Ladies Unite!

This is a blog about cycling while feminist, celebrating the joy and empowerment of women riding bikes. It seeks to represent women of all ages, colors, sizes, abilities and identities, from first-time riders to world champions, fixed gear freestylers to singletrack slayers.

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Women who blog

I’m constantly disappointed when I log onto cyclingnnews.comand see little to no coverage of the latest women’s races. While there are websites like Podium Cafe and cyclingtips that try to report on most of the big women’s races  a lot of the best stories come from the riders themselves.

Below I’ve compiled a list of ‘riders who blog’ (thanks to twitter!) so you can go straight to the primary source and get the inside story on  how Ellen van Dijk attacked the peloton to win solo or how Rabobank shattered the peloton in the crosswinds.

This is a fantastic resource for keeping up with women pro cyclists. After today’s abysmally low coverage of La Course, it’s clear we’re just gonna have to find this stuff out ourselves. 

robinamer:

Wow. Amazing. 

I used to feel quite mixed about my giant cycling legs. I asked my coach at one point to design weight lifting workouts that would help me get stronger without making my legs bigger. 

I’ve come to really love my cycling legs, and see them as a symbol of my hard work and physical fitness. But there are a lot of cultural factors, some of which are hinted at in this cartoon, that make that difficult. I’ve had this conversation with at least two of my close friends, one of whom is F to M trans* and the other of whom is a cis lady who does Olympic-style power lifting. 

Society feels really mixed about muscular women. They’re seen as inherently masculine, somehow. And big still somehow equals fat, even if that’s patently not the case. Oh yeah and shopping for pants is a pain in the ass if you have big legs. That definitely doesn’t help. It’s fun to joke about Kierin-cut jeans, but I’m still annoyed that J. Crew doesn’t carry those ochre yellow matchstick jeans in a size above a 31. Every year I try them on and every year I’m pissed about it. Mostly the fashion industry doesn’t know what to do with us either. 

I don’t want to end with some kind of platitude about how you can be beautiful at every size, because as Chelsea Fagan pointed out recently, “the fact that children (especially young girls) are told almost relentlessly that a huge part of their value and personhood lies in their appearance” and prioritizes beauty in women above all other qualities. But I do think it’s good to work towards a level of comfort and acceptance with the body you have as best as you can. If only to be able to live more at peace in your own skin. 

And, dudes, it’s generally a good idea to keep your opinions about a woman’s body to yourself. They don’t fucking care if you like it.

^ accurate

(Source: cheese3d)

afgurri:

tiffanyb:



"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

afgurri:

tiffanyb:

"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

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Ride like a girl

I’ve noticed that the reactions to dead cyclists and rape survivors are awfully similar: discussions of what the victim should have been doing instead of whatever they did or didn’t do, nitpicking over what they were or weren’t wearing, and an emphasis that the perpetrator just made a mistake and shouldn’t be held responsible. We treat these events as regrettable but inevitable incidents. While they are very, very different, they both expose our willingness to blame the victim, rather than address the monsters in our midst. 

In this short essay, Nikki Lee extends this similarity to apply more generally to the daily experiences of cyclists and women. It’s quite a powerful comparison. Share far and wide - particularly with men on bikes who just don’t get it. 

notestoepiphany:

And it’ll be my first bike ride since my accident. July 8, 2014. #fwod #fwodbrooklyn

Are you a woman who lives in Brooklyn? Get your butt to this ride, tonight at 8:30!

notestoepiphany:

And it’ll be my first bike ride since my accident. July 8, 2014. #fwod #fwodbrooklyn

Are you a woman who lives in Brooklyn? Get your butt to this ride, tonight at 8:30!