Sexism in Cycling
I’m a guy. You need to know that first. And as a guy, I think it’s pretty sad that there is so much sexism in cycling. I’m not talking about the glaring lack of a women’s Tour de France. That’s a problem, but that’s not a problem for everyday people who choose to make cycling a part of their…
This is the sort of post which makes me realize how lucky I am to be in Italy. My bike shops have loads of bikes for women, and appropriate accessories and clothing as well. (Admittedly, the only thing they don’t really have is *plus-size* clothing for women, but I can work around that - I have to, if I want to ride comfortably.)
I was nervous the first time I stepped into the shop where I wound up buying my new bike, but when I saw that one of the clerks was a woman - and yes, she’s a cyclist herself - I relaxed considerably. I’m treated well and with respect and it’s a joy to go there when I need to make more purchases. I’m *happy* to spend my money there, and will continue to make a point of doing so in the future, as will my husband (who was profoundly impressed by the professionalism and attention provided by the staff of the shop).
I hate to think what that experience might have been like had I been shopping in the US. I wish I didn’t feel so nervous about it, but when I see things like the above post I realize a lot of shops in the US have a looooong way to go when it comes to getting women interested in cycling.