Over at Grit & Glimmer a question was posed to get feedback on why or how bike shops are failing in general, women.
What is the shop doing, or not doing and how can we, the women, hope to see change?
Everyday more and more women are climbing onto bicycles. It’s our time. We’re here and we’re ready to ride. Are bike shops ready for us? What’s your experience? Do you have ideas on how bike shops can be better?
Do you have a story to share?
Let it rip.
I’ve been contacted over the past few months by several large companies (a shop included) to help them figure out how to better serve us. I’m excited, energized and enthusiastic about it – and I have commitments from them that they will be willing to take risks, trust me, and do what it takes to truly make a shift-change.
What do they need to hear?
Today I’m asking specifically about bike shops but I promise later to also address the question of the larger industry. We’re making strides, to be sure, but we’ve got a long way to go.
There is a blog I follow, and have linked to several times : Girls and Bicycles. The blog is run by a lovely lady living up in Canada, who has the beautiful ability of bringing skirts and bicycles together.
Recently she started sharing writing on “Shareable” and I love getting even more of her writing into my blog feeder everyday.
Every time I leave the house by bicycle I get exercise (even pregnant, as I am in the above picture). I often meet new people and almost always have some chat with a neighbour while I’m coming and going. As a result I actually know the people in my neighborhood and the business owners in the surrounding areas. I save time by not having to go to the gym. I sleep well at night because my body is getting a lot of activity. I can eat whatever I want without feeling guilty.
Found at Shareable : Girl on a Bike
If you need inspired, or motivated to get on your bike and use it for various things, including outings with friends, go read Girls and Bicycles now!
It seems the more time I search the internet for various “outdoor female products” the more products I find that give me a jaw dropping reaction. I never knew it was such an issue for woman to pee on the go. Sure, I’ve been stuck in a weird situation where all my male friends were simply peeing when they needed. Normally it was a camping trip, or a very bundled up road ride where the amount of layers I had limited my ability to drop my pants and go.
The first one that I found and mentioned a few months ago was GoGirl. This little thing is smaller than most the others and instead of directing your pee, it gathers it. In my searching there have been a couple more to add to the list.
World’s first and #1 hydrophobic, anti-bacterial and eco-friendly female urine director.
I’m still researching the idea of a urine director. I’m sure it allows you to utilize your zipper or other outlet, but when I’m riding in bibs or have long johns when camping, I don’t have anything to direct it out.
For the past few years I have named the cut out or indention in the saddles for women “cooter holes.” No, it isn’t PC but neither are all the people making saddles for women with out even having a variety of women testing them prior to selling hundreds to unknowing souls.
fi’zi:k knows saddles. They are one of the top selling road saddles for guys that I’ve seen, among Selle Italia and such. They have one womens saddle that has been on the market for some years called the Vitesse. I tried riding this saddle for a while 2 years back, and suffered. My soft tissues needed a “cooter hole” or indention, or something that the Vitesse did not have. I quickly swapped saddles back and continued on with life.
Now there is a new saddle from fi’zi:k called Vesta. They are marketing this with a “pressure relief channel” or a cooter hole. That comfortable place to put your soft tissues out of pressure and harm. Other than this, the saddle is the same shape as the prior model I spoke about, the Vitesse. The base price is $129.99, within range of most all fi’zi:k saddles, and higher end Terry saddles as well.
I hope to land one of these in my hands during the long, boring and painful base miles to see how their “pressure relief channel” really holds up.
Women cyclists are far more likely to be killed by a lorry because, unlike men, they tend to obey red lights and wait at junctions in the driver’s blind spot, according to a study.
The report by Transport for London’s road safety unit was completed last July but has been kept secret. It suggests that some cyclists who break the law by jumping red lights may be safer and that cycle feeder lanes may make the problem worse.
The Times has obtained a copy of the study, which says that 86 per cent of the women cyclists killed in London between 1999 and 2004 collided with a lorry. By contrast, lorries were involved in 47 per cent of deaths of male cyclists.
In the South East of the US it is becoming time to pull out your base layer long underwear and find your wool socks. Personally, I enjoy wearing my wool socks year round but not many others around my bike shop feel the same way.