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Old 08-24-08, 11:36 PM   #1
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Why aren't there as many female bikers?

Have you noticed that when you look outside, you don't see as many females as males who are on the road? Most of the females I know don't bike at all, or if they do it's just for the occasional recreation. I know some who do it because their boyfriend got them into it. Every female biker I know is taken.

So why aren't there as many female bikers out there?
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Old 08-24-08, 11:52 PM   #2
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I notice lots of things...

Why not more female boxers?
Why not more female CEOs?
Why not more female Presidents?
Why not more female plumbers?

Gave up asking, just the way it is.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:06 AM   #3
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I go around and flatten all their tires so they'll get discouraged because I like the odds the way they are... (I'm taken too. A roadie of my own... )
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By contrast, about 75% of the bikers I know are women. Actually, 75% of all the active/athletic people I know are women*... most of the guys I know are game geeks. Although there's a few fencers.

*This probably has something to do with my lifelong Girl Guides of Canada membership
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I know a few of us that are female bikers as well as cyclists.
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Maybe the women cyclists are pedaling so fast we can't even see them?
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I notice lots of things...

Why not more female boxers?
Why not more female CEOs?
Why not more female Presidents?
Why not more female plumbers?

Gave up asking, just the way it is.
This is it except for the last line.

Don't give up....it can, is and will change. Women's boxing is under consideration for the 2012 Olympics (just heard that on the radio this morning).

I'm sure that the percentage of women to male cyclists is due to the same reasons as women to male athletes in general.....stereotyping and lack of opportunities especially at younger ages.

My anecdote is that most of the women I know that do get into cycling can really kick some ***** both on the road and on a mountain bike.
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There are fewer female bikers because more guys than gals seem to like motorcycles. The same factor is true of bicycles, but to a much lesser degree, so I see proportionally more female cyclists than female bikers.
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Running may be different. It might be the hassle with bike gear. Women in the gyms for exercise, yoga, spin class, etc. a lot.
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Most women are body conscious and don't like the way guys drool over them when they wear spandex. There are exceptions to this and we probably all know a gal who struts her stuff and does it well. The result is that most women prefer the gym where they are in a controlled environment and the other folks are polite and don't stare or drool or make "cute" comments or try to pick them up all the time.

This is because, for the most part, GIRLS are taught to be afraid of men who stare at them or who are aggressive. They are taught to stay away from situations where they are alone and appear to be vulnerable. They are taught this starting at an early age and it carries over to adulthood.

It's the way the world is so finding a single unattached female in a crowd of men is going to be difficult. Not impossible, just difficult.

This is just my opinion. You may believe differently.
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Just as on this forum women face a unique set of social challenges and dangers. The ladies
have a "by permission" only section on this board as an example of those challenges.

Women have since time began faced the danger of **** , abduction, or death from men
that do not respect them or accept them as equals in some ventures. So it is with women
cyclist as opposed to women drivers. Cars do have one main advantage no bike can match...
a steel & glass encloseure to protect a woman in ways a bike simply can't.

That makes bike commuting a whole lot more dangerous that car commuting for women. Those
women that do bike commute are a gutsy lot IMO.
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Have you noticed that when you look outside, you don't see as many females as males who are on the road? Most of the females I know don't bike at all, or if they do it's just for the occasional recreation. I know some who do it because their boyfriend got them into it. Every female biker I know is taken.

So why aren't there as many female bikers out there?
Because they are all riding horses. I've been an equestrian for 35 years. We always refer to a male rider as "the token male" not many of them out there.
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Because they are all riding horses. I've been an equestrian for 35 years. We always refer to a male rider as "the token male" not many of them out there.
Interesting. I had a pretty active interest in horses when I was younger. My friend had a farm near my grandma's farm with horses on it. I have been looking at getting back in to it. I had not realized that guys were less involved though. I love a cowboy hat and boots!
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Women are an indicator of safety. They have a much lower tolerance for risk, and so in studies in portland they were found to be the last group to rise, and are heavily correlated with infrastructure and safety improvements. (Source.. one of the Dill webcast seminars presenting her latest data, iirc, but i've seen it elsewhere)
Once you get cycling to seem very safe though, the female cyclists seem to spike up rather quickly.
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For whatever it's worth, on my ride this morning I saw more women than men.
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Women have a difficult time lugging around all the guns and knives one needs to be a proper bike rider.
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There are just as many women as men on my commute. I think I know more men who get into it as a competitive/performance sport, but lots of women who do it for fitness and transportation.

Oh, and let's not pollute a serious subject with objectification, huh? If bike guys are all as insensitive as gascostalot, no wonder the bike girls are all claiming to be taken. There are fat girls riding bikes and reading this forum. Brian May says we make the world go 'round.
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So why aren't there as many female bikers out there?
They're all at the shopping mall during normal bicycling hours.

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Where we live there seem to be less older female riders commuting but it seems an equal mix for recreation riders. Maybe it's part safety considerations, tender feelings about verbal abuse/cat calls on the roads, being taught to value care giving as priority, etc. If one feels they must not risk injury because they have to stay active to care for children and elderly parents, that puts a crimp on things.

I agree that as more separated bike lanes/trails are available for commuters, the percentage of female riders goes up.

Where we live, there aren't that many obese people but I do feel for anyone who wants to bike and has to put up with teasing, cruel comments, etc., just because they want to get out and ride.
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I've been on photography boards where people pondered the same question about photography. In both cases, it seems men more tend to be gadgeteers, and when a lot of the activity revolves around the gadgetry, it tends to be male oriented.
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Ok, as a female commuter and the only one of my group of women who gets on a bike to commute, I'll share. My friends are plain old scared to bike on the road. That's it. They are scared of cars, trucks, finding a route, getting a flat, finding a bike, etc. The whole thing of it is scary. Yes, I do offer to ride with them, show them how to change a tire, etc. No go. One of them has even competed in a triathalon and she won't even do it. It's the physicality, the mentality of it. You do have to have nerves of steel sometimes. And most of my friends were raised in a suburban area taking dance classes for exercise. Me? I was riding horses since I could walk, bikes since I could crawl. My parents were very good in getting me out there (I shiver to think of some of the things I did!!!). So maybe it has to do with upbringing and how society somehow shapes people's thinking? Just maybe.
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There are a lot of women in the club I ride with. I get to see them as they pass me going up hills.
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Because they are all riding horses. I've been an equestrian for 35 years. We always refer to a male rider as "the token male" not many of them out there.
I should have taken up horse riding when I was single! Who knows, maybe I would have a different wife now.
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I should have taken up horse riding when I was single! Who knows, maybe I would have a different wife now.
Keep writing statements like that and maybe you will.
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Keep writing statements like that and maybe you will.
I am just joking. I had a chance to make a fool out of myself and I took it. I am happily married for 14 years.
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