We joined a women’s ride in Scotland to check out what the ladies were riding, if they’d been attracted to ‘women’s specific’ options and what changes they’d made to their bikes.
A women’s ride is a mysterious thing, why do we feel we need to exclude the boys (imagine if they said we couldn’t go on their rides – that is straightforward sexism!)?, are the trails easier? The pace slacker? Not really, they’re just well, more…. No I really can’t find the word. It’s just nice riding with people who have the same concerns as you do, the same struggles and often the same goals. Sometimes that enjoyment comes from riding faster and better and sometimes it comes from not feeling the pressure to keep up with lads that often more competitive.
We took a very localised snapshot of women who ride, in this case, women who ride some pretty tough trails, to see what they’d chosen and whether they’d listened to the input of bike marketers who tell us that we need women specific geometry.
The ladies of the Tweed valley in Scotland don’t seem to have listened to the women’s specific bike campaigns (although the organiser of the ride, Aneela McKenna, was on a beautiful Juliana Joplin but was too busy chatting to have her photo taken). This is a decidedly biased representation with all of these women being pretty confident shredders. No matter your height or whether your centre of gravity is influenced by your sky-high legs or your gigantic boobs, there is a bike out there for you. It might be a woman specific build and it might not, just love it (and maybe change the saddle).