So It Seems That Women Ride Bikes

I like women. I like bikes. I like women riding bikes. So I’m naturally a fan of the just-announced “Women’s Cycling Magazine.” The publication will cover “road, track, cross, mountain, college, high school, masters, lifestyle, commuting, sustainability, training, tech, product, repair, rides, community,” and “community spotlight.” In other words, cycling. Just for people with more ovaries than testicles.

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All kidding aside, I think that vastly more women would ride bikes if the whole sport weren’t so darned intimidating. I see guys in shops all the time who seem to really get on with the whole shop culture, while many women are so put off men-centric vibe in many bike shops, where questions about bike fit and function seem to take a back seat to unit sales and turnover. (That’s why I’ve long wanted to open a women-specific bike store, but until some investors come along, I’ll have to wait.)

The magazine will cost $15 for 3 issues (I think that’s all that’ll be coming off the presses in 2009) but the magazine’s blog is already up and running. My copy’s already on order.


Nice. The women’s racing scene in the northwest deserves props for growing from just racing with the Masters men to their own large fields. Remarkable growth and the women aren’t just riding around, they are racing hard and fast.

Also see this photo from Flickr today, [two girls on a bike](

This is so awesome! We’ve had subscriptions to VeloNews, Road, Cycle Sport, Bicycling, and Road Bike Action Mags for some time now. I am a 41 year old women that has been cycling for 3 years now and this will be my first year racing, and racing on a team with 40 to 50-year old women. I look forward to reading this magazine as it pertains to my goals. Thanks!

You got it. On the shop issue, it’s a larger one than even women and we’ll get into that in aother post. In Seattle the [Rodriguez Stellar]( made a business on personal fit and custom bikes for women.


In Taiwan both Merida and Giant have opened specials women’s stores. The Giant shop in Taipei is called Liv. Merida’s shop is in Tainan.

In Seattle, at least, Mobius Cycle is not only the most-hidden bike shop in the city, but woman-owned and operated.  Niki is awesome, and her shop definitely pushes against the man-vibe in most shops.

So here’s my general question, is there a problem or is it a bad idea for guys to own a women’s only bike store? If there were good female employees there, and the shots attitude was clearly women specific, is that enough?

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