Tag Archives: cycling

Sam

Riding my bike to work this morning. I’d just reached the top of a hill so I was a bit puffed out and my face reflected that. Bloke in a van leans out of his window and shouts “smile!” at me. I’m sure he wouldn’t have said the same to another guy.

Hannah

About lunchtime, cycling on the bike path parallel to the road, I notice a man on a motorbike on the road a few meters ahead looking right at me – not expression, but kind of serious looking. I pass him and he continues too, and stops several meters ahead of me and again, stares right at me with the same expressionless face. This continues 5 times in total, where he stops to watch me cycle. He doesn’t try and talk, just staring, and then moving on further down the road to get another chance to stare at me anew.

Anon

I’m in the cycle shop and new to bike maintenance and ask them about changing a tyre. They’re very helpful but one guy started telling us a story about a girl he saw the other day changing a tyre at the side of a road as she looked like she was scared to get her hands dirty and questioned whether she managed to change the tyre in the end. And they also called me ‘baby’.. ‘yeah, baby, I can do that’. I’m tired of all of this.

Holly

I cycle and cycle quite a lot. To and from work, which is a school, and at weekends. I used to run but I became quickly self conscious. I used to keep tabs on the type of comments men would make, and how often. They are pretty much always directed at my appearance when I am exercising in public. I can’t be bothered any more. I am not thin, and I do not have an athletic body, I am reasonably fit and happy with that. I really enjoy cycling. However, I get shouted at, abused and heckled in the most cowardly way when I exercise in public. Men shout and make comments and then drive off. Some audible and some not. ALL THE TIME. They laugh, and they generally comment on my appearance. These are some of the comments I have had: move your fat arse you fat bitch, show us your thong, show us your bra, give it up, give me your number. They try and get me to stop, they laugh, they try and get my attention, they patronise, call me brave, and check my lights are working (!!), ask me to smile more, ask me why I am not smiling (classic I know), make comments about my legs, about my helmet, about the position I am riding in, they question all aspects of me as a female cyclist who does not look like an athletic person riding a bike. But I won’t stop cycling. I won’t stop.

Holly

I cycle and cycle quite a lot. To and from work, which is a school, and at weekends. I used to run but I became quickly self conscious. I used to keep tabs on the type of comments men would make, and how often. They are pretty much always directed at my appearance when I am exercising in public. I can’t be bothered any more. I am not thin, and I do not have an athletic body, I am reasonably fit and happy with that. I really enjoy cycling. However, I get shouted at, abused and heckled in the most cowardly way when I exercise in public. Men shout and make comments and then drive off. Some audible and some not. ALL THE TIME. They laugh, and they generally comment on my appearance. These are some of the comments I have had: move your fat arse you fat bitch, show us your thong, show us your bra, give it up, give me your number. They try and get me to stop, they laugh, they try and get my attention, they patronise, call me brave, and check my lights are working (!!), ask me to smile more, ask me why I am not smiling (classic I know), make comments about my legs, about my helmet, about the position I am riding in, they question all aspects of me as a female cyclist who does not look like an athletic person riding a bike. But I won’t stop cycling. I won’t stop.

Cycler

There is a cycling club that has a large membership in my area, they call themselves the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen. All genders are members, but when I’ve recently openly expressed my lack of desire to join the organization simply due to the sexist nature of the group name, I get “schooled” by other women in the club how I shouldn’t take offense – this club has been around for over 60 years! I kindly point out that longevity of a group does not, in fact, remove the blatant sexism from the club’s name, but I’m seeing this female willingness to backslide on matters of principle lately.

Caroline

I was chatting to a colleague at work about a recent cycle tour. “Cycling through Norway? By yourself? How many miles”? “4000” “Wow respect. That takes balls” “…Ovaries” “Nah, man. Balls”! “Ovaries” “Balls”.

Elisabeth

Male cyclist pulls up at red traffic light next to me on my bike. There are at least 4 other male cyclists. He asks me “Am I riding well?” whilst thrusting against his bike frame which he does for the duration of our exchange. “Do you mean are you cycling well? What makes you think you can say that to me? Why are you not asking any of these other cyclists? It’s disgusting, you’re disgusting.” He said nothing in response. I cycled by him again and calmly called out “you’re disgusting.”