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Skirt-wearing bike riders: Tiring of your dress flapping in your wind and exposing you to the world? Last year, Scottish cycling activist Johanna Holtan came up with a solution to hide your hoo-ha using just a coin and a rubber band. (Unless you’re into that, which is cool, too.)   This year, she’s created the real deal: Penny in Yo’ Pants. The coin-and-rubber-band trick works in a pinch, but has been said to be “aggressive on the fabric” and “not always graceful to put in. Read More
When winners of the Flanders Diamond Tour—the final race of the women's Lotto Cycling Cup—arrived at the podium this past Sunday, they were greeted with... women wearing bikinis!? Cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries tweeted a picture of the podium, calling it an “utter disgrace." And it is a disgrace: The podium was meant to honor the women who had won this race. Celebrating their achievements with women in bikinis makes no sense at all. Read More
A Belgian advertisement for the upcoming 2015 E3 Harelbeke cycling competition released an image of a male biker reaching up to grab a woman’s exposed behind. The tagline: “Who squeezes them in Harelbeke?” Not only is this ad disgusting, but it says zero about the actual sport and alienates any female cyclists who might want to participate as equals. Sigh. The design was inspired by previous winner Solvak Peter Sagan, who pinched a woman’s behind at the Tour de Flanders in 2013; an off-putting and clear display of sexism and sexual assault. Read More
Biking to work is the norm for millions of people all over the world. Urban biking is growing in popularity every year, and now fashion is catching up to the demographic of people who want to be able to bike to work in style (and safety).  When I lived in Amsterdam for a semester, I had no choice but to bike to class every day, so I became a quick learner of the written and unwritten rules of biking in a city. I found out it was a great way to learn the ins and outs of the town, and a great way to travel when the trams and buses were out of commission for the night. Read More
  One of the biggest controversies recently surrounding the Tour de France has to do with Lance Armstrong and drug abuse by participants. But one major controversy surrounding the race is barely talked about: the lack of female participants. Actually, women aren’t even allowed to race in the Tour de France, so it’s less of an issue of participation and more of an issue of straight-up discrimination. Some women, such as Kathryn Bertine, SKN National Champion Cyclist and filmmaker, as well as many other professional female cyclists, are fed up with the lack of inclusion. Read More