On her bike : Why women won't ride

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby wordnerd » Thu 11 Aug 2011, 11:08 am

i'm sure this article makes many of the same points but the more published, the more the issue gets raised and more likely it will become that women are going to realise the riding a bike is a great way to get around.

Bikes as transport: getting Australian women along for the ride

i have to say one thing i do like about these articles is the the lack of hysterical tone. just laying out the facts and asking in a positive way what can be done to address the issue.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby fixie » Thu 11 Aug 2011, 12:31 pm

Good reference. Nice article. Worth reading. Thank you. I shall pass it on.
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby GreenAlias » Thu 03 May 2012, 1:48 pm

Interesting article from Today's Age

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby kacjp » Thu 03 May 2012, 1:58 pm

Freaky, i was just reading that article.

I have just realised why i gave up riding my bike around as a teenager too - the pain. But being a teenager, you don't discuss those things. IMHO, the more we get this out in the open that it isn't normal and discuss it, the better.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby Canuck » Thu 03 May 2012, 2:00 pm

GreenAlias wrote:Interesting article from Today's Age

It's probably important that newer riders know there is a difference between:
- the initial 'bum pain' that comes from not having put pressure on such a small area before, and it subsides as the body adapts to riding
- the pain of chafing of surface tissue/skin
- the pain of what seems to be the focus of the male author of this article: that of pressure on soft tissue and underlying structures that shouldn't be 'weight bearing'

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby Heather » Thu 03 May 2012, 3:33 pm

GreenAlias wrote:Interesting article from Today's Age

The Age Comments wrote:“Try it with genital piercings ;-)
:shock: :shock:
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby damhooligan » Thu 03 May 2012, 7:08 pm

Heather wrote:
GreenAlias wrote:Interesting article from Today's Age

The Age Comments wrote:“Try it with genital piercings ;-)
:shock: :shock:



Unless the piercing is in the perineum area, it should not make any difference.. :wink:
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby GreenAlias » Sat 11 Aug 2012, 7:56 pm

112 women give their thoughts on why they DO ride.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby JAC » Mon 20 Aug 2012, 7:44 am

"Limitless Performance".

Nope, it's a "men only" range of cycling gear. Their recent ad showed body-paint clad women, wearing ill-fitted helmets and cycling poorly. The man clad in "Limitless Performance" gear blasted past.

"Nice Try Girls, but it's not for you". :evil:

Wade on Cycling Tips Blog has something to say: http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2012/08/l ... ss-sexism/

as does SheRidesCycling http://sheridescycling.wordpress.com/ta ... rformance/
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby victor » Mon 20 Aug 2012, 7:54 am

^^^ I sincerely hope that nobody supports that company.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby Marx » Mon 20 Aug 2012, 1:34 pm

Sexualisation of women in ‘media’ is so commonplace today, I can’t see why this needs special attention. Is it because you can discern nipples?
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby victor » Tue 21 Aug 2012, 11:24 am

I never claimed the above case needed any special attention. I just think it's wrong to treat women that way in any media, and it's not OK just because it's common. Call me old-fashioned and out of touch if you wish.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby Marx » Tue 21 Aug 2012, 12:40 pm

Could I hazard that the need to be assertive while cycling in Melbourne, would be a disincentive for women more so than men? Or am I being sexist?
Perhaps constructs like Copen lanes & off-the-road shared paths is a positive, as it presents the riders with an environment where larger more threatening users like cars & cement mixers aren’t to be contended with.
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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby barefoot » Tue 21 Aug 2012, 1:16 pm

Marx wrote:Sexualisation of women in ‘media’ is so commonplace today, I can’t see why this needs special attention. Is it because you can discern nipples?


I don't think anybody is particularly upset by the body paint or nipples.

The problem is the implication that women can't be "real" cyclists.

In that context of overt sexism, it's kind of tasteless for the women to be nude, but that's not the main problem.

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Re: On her bike : Why women won't ride

Postby cold_erin » Sun 26 Aug 2012, 6:50 pm

Marx wrote:Could I hazard that the need to be assertive while cycling in Melbourne, would be a disincentive for women more so than men? Or am I being sexist?
Perhaps constructs like Copen lanes & off-the-road shared paths is a positive, as it presents the riders with an environment where larger more threatening users like cars & cement mixers aren’t to be contended with.


Well, possibly. I mean, if you're in your Hoonwagon and an incident with a cyclist occurs, who are you more likely to punch - my six-foot gym machine boyfriend, or the short woman in heels?

That said, the perception of women as essentially non-aggressive is disheartening. I feel safer on my bicycle on the road than on foot along a dark footpath some nights.
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