What would stop you from riding your bike?

What would stop you from riding your bike? I’ve asked that question of a female friend of mine and she rattled off a complete and ready list.

Hair
Sweat
Makeup
Hygiene

She called a friend of hers who she said would be honest and tell it how she sees it. So, she posed the question to her. “Why don’t you ride a bike?”

Her friend said, “because it looks stupid with people all bent over”. “The pain on your butt from riding, even on the bike at the gym makes me not want to ride”, she added.. at this point, I am LMAO! I mentioned recumbents as an alternative to being “all hunched over”. She said, “recumbents were even dumber looking than the regular bikes!”

Here I was riding my bike in the rain and having a great time doing it. It was 66* and the heat generated from cycling kept me warm.

Here I was riding my bike in the rain and having a great time doing it. It was 66* and the heat generated from cycling kept me warm. I ride for enjoyment/recreation, transportation and right now, excercise. Excercise that I could really use after working midnights and having a desk job. People have to excercise, or at least, they should. So, if you’re going to do something why not add cycling? Do something that you have to do and change habits to get that done.

Of course, I say this in between crunches of Doritos while typing this out from the comfort of my desk. Just kidding, that was yesterday. But it is a habit I am desperately trying to break. One step forward, a half step back?

To say the least, I can see from my own dilemna and from the response I recieved from two women, Suepinda and I have a big job ahead of us when it comes to getting women on bikes.

So, I’ll ask again. What would stop you from riding your bike?

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One thought on “What would stop you from riding your bike?”

  1. Start with neighborhood transportation. Our culture is so work and career oriented we tend to automatically start thinking about commuting, and miss the fact that a large percentage of car trips are little jaunts around the neighborhood. Many of the problems: makeup, hygiene, etc, simply vanish if you’re just running errands. If they ever get into doing this regularly, they might start thinking about how to do the commute.

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