I grew up in Washington D.C., went to college in Vermont, and now live in Brooklyn, all places where bicycles are ridden by the very proud. Sorry, but I’ll never be impressed that you can balance on two objects—that’s what feet are for.
If you spend a lot of your day combing through stock photos, you start to see trends. One trend I've recently noticed: None of the women represented in stock images knows how to ride a bike.
Bike helmets are, for bike-wielding kids with only a rudimentary understanding of their own motor skills, a necessary form of public humiliation Even really sleek, Tron-looking bike helmets are humiliating (and uncomfortable) to strap on, and, for a kid with a bike, the first true act of childhood rebellion is…
Yay! Bitches can ride motorcycles in Saudi Arabia now, because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on women driving motorcycles and bikes. The new religious laws allow for women to ride these two-wheelers in parks and "recreational areas," but still requires them to wear a full, head-to-toe abaya while…
Are you in the market for a super hipstery bike that you can probably barter for? Of course you are! This ad features the bike of your dreams but I'd hurry — I can't imagine that a gem like this has a very long craigslist shelf-life.
The tough leather jacket in this ad for Huffy Bikes reads, "Eat My Dust Bunnies." It's one in a series of "Moms On Bikes" ads; the other reads, "Rebel Without A Minivan." Cleaning and carpooling: What women are all about!
[Monaco, January 25: Members of the Chinese troupe Dalian perform during the awards ceremony of the 35th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. Image via AP.]
Insert some joke about how mom always said to wear clean underwear in case of an accident... These seat covers were a promotion by an Amsterdam lingerie store; they should stay clean for at least one commando ride.
George Bliss, who owns Hudson Urban Bikes in a posh part of New York City says of women: "They are my best customers."
[London, July 30: A woman enjoys the new bike-rental system. It is hoped that the flagship cycling scheme will help build on the growth in cycle journeys taken on London's major roads. Image via Getty.]
Because that's where cycles go… er… come from. [Vintage Ads]
• According to a survey commissioned by Cycling England, 58% of English women don't ride their bike to work because they don't want to arrive sweaty and 27% avoid riding because they don't want "helmet hair." • On Thursday, Tennessee State University gave degrees to 10 black students (3 of them posthumously) that the…