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As a female who has worked for several bike brands (and yes, full disclosure,
two of them the women specific brands you mentioned in this article)…this
article makes me want to puke.
Do women need women specific bikes? I personally don't mind bikes that fit me,
whatever the brand or gender specificity behind the design, but more to the
point…how about women needing companies and brands that support them? I
understand this article is meant to be funny…maybe it was a "had to be there"
moment to really get it. What is ridiculous about this article is that it
blatantly mocks the brands and programs that women (and men) in this industry
have poured a lot of resources, time, money, and heart into getting more women
out riding. So you don't agree with it? Great. Don't ride their bikes. Prana
makes women's-specific clothing. Nike, women's shoes. They both (gasp) market
to women. Where is the "funny" article on that atrocity?
Also, the next time you decide to act like a dunce and put together some
ridiculous article with a bunch of opinions from obviously uneducated
people…maybe do some research? Maybe talk to teams at these companies and find
out that yeah…they are trying to sell bikes…but they actually give a lot of
fucks about the women who ride them. And, in some cases, they pour an insane
amount of resources into actually making the bikes different, primarily based
on rider feedback (I know because I've been one of those riders). Or maybe
talk to the thousands of women who do ride "women specific" bikes and ask why
they choose to support the brands that support them instead of getting the
opinions of three women who feel superior to us weaklings that ride women's
Lastly, to the women who support this article. For shame. Why cut down the few
brands in the industry actually trying to support you as a rider?
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