Women and Bikes
There are few things I like more than seeing women getting into cycling, and totally kicking a$$.
I have been involved in cycling on a regular basis in one capacity or another since 1992 and I was usually the only girl in a team of guys. I was always hanging onto the wheels of much bigger, older and stronger guys than myself and I kinda liked being the only girl who could keep up with the boys. Of course, it wasn't just because I was a strong cyclist, it was also due to the fact that there were not many other girls out there riding bikes!
Over the last 10 years, I have definitely noticed a trend of more and more women getting into cycling/triathlon, and this evening (since it is almost the end of 2016) I decided to not only tally up my yearly bike fits, but also count how many were with male cyclists/triathletes and how many were with women.
The results?! I have done 381 bike fits so far this year, broken into 245 men and 136 women. That's ~35% women... I would love to see the numbers get closer to 50-50 in 2017!
Throughout the year, I started asking the women coming in to see me for a bike fit a bit more about what they feel they need in order to get more involved in everything two wheels. And now, I ask you too - I would love to get some feedback from women who are either involved in cycling already, or those who would like to get involved:
- What are your burning questions about cycling?
- What would you find useful to get started, or to get more serious?
- How do you feel about women specific cycling equipment?
- Do you feel comfortable walking into a bike shop when looking for a new bike? How about asking for advice?
- Any relevant experiences you would like to share?
Go ahead, share your experiences and thoughts in the comments, I would love to hear from you!