- Bicycle Culture by Design: Women's Bike Design

Girl on fixedgear/track bike. Photo: Joel Lingat 

I ran today, its one of my goals for 2012 to run much more. Ultimately I would like running to be as natural a choice of mode of transportation as cycling is today. Also I am on a bike, a spinning bike or real bike about twenty hours a week, some variation in my exercise regime is probably advisable.

And running is very much like cycling, you use your calves and hamstrings more when running, and the thigh somewhat less, you head is in a constant position, you only want to use power to move yourself forward, not up and down, not from side to side, just forward and away, it really has much of the same beauty of motion. I believe running and cycling to be very complementary to exercising your legs. Which is actually all besides the point.

Photo: Gary Harrison

Fixed gear bike play -
Photo: Laila Ghambari

I do enjoy to run on the treadmill during the winter,. At one of the gyms I attend, the treadmills  I use, face the parking lot and street. Everybody who visits the gym, passes by. two girls came on men’s road-bikes, which is not uncommon for girls between maybe 17 and 30 years old, and for good reason. Why, why, why, would a girl choose the inferior design of the woman bike, with the missing top-tube, which brings so much stability to the frame. No matter what material and no matter how thick the frame is, the women’s design never brings that feel good stiffness of a great men’s steel frame (…and yes I only ride steel).

You may argue, that the womens design is much more feminine, simply as it is the women’s frame.  Which I may tend to agree with

Still you got to respect the girls who makes the conscious preference and choice of a man´s frame. Even more so, when choosing a track hub, over a soft granny-bike, in lousy quality.

Maybe its not as much if the women’s design is better or worse, more or less feminine as the clear message of the active conscious deliberations and final choice I like ;-)

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