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:

  1. What are your burning questions about cycling? 
  2. What would you find useful to get started, or to get more serious? 
  3. How do you feel about women specific cycling equipment?
  4. Do you feel comfortable walking into a bike shop when looking for a new bike? How about asking for advice? 
  5. 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! 

Noa

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