Cat 5 tattoo
  • sensible shoes, because you probably cycled to the party!

  • Andrew Reimann

    Urg, your leading photo is borderline bait and switch and the author/editor knows exactly why

  • Kathleen LeBar

    Has the white feet when wearing sandals or flop flops ?

  • lauren o’keefe

    My first mother’s day present was one of Rapha’s spotty musettes so you can have an expensive bag and have it be bike-related :P

  • meredithob

    Agree with Andrew… I’m a female cyclist and I’d never have a chain ring mark on my leg. Just because I’m a female cyclist does not mean I’m inexperienced. Advise you change the lead photo.

    • jules

      experienced cyclists get worm tattoos too. is crashing also an indictment on capability? also not all men buy Black Label magazine. or maybe not only men?

      • Andrew Reimann

        So to your point, it would be okay to have an article titled, “Defining Chris Froome’s Cycling Career” and have the lead photo be him crashing out on the cobbles three years ago at the TdF? Where you position photos, especially ones that show up on the home page, add more context to the article than most of the worded content. Usually Ella Cycling Tips is FAR more on point in this game for me to be teaching Journalism 101 here

        • jules

          as we continue this line of discussion I imagine myself as a white college student-activist at a Black Lives Matter rally who grabs the mic off a black speaker and starts preaching to everyone :)

        • jules

          as we continue this line of discussion I imagine myself as a white college student-activist at a Black Lives Matter rally who grabs the mic off a black speaker and starts preaching to everyone :)

        • Dave

          These articles really only work when they are assigned to authors who are funny.

          Take it down and let Chloe Hosking have a second bite at the cherry.

          • Andrew Reimann

            Whether that’s true or not, we should remember that there is a human being on the other end of this article

    • I think you might be attaching a meaning to it that’s not implied. I’ve been riding for my whole life and still get chain marks on my leg. It doesn’t stop my mates from making fun of me or having a laugh at myself.

      • Andrew Reimann

        of course it is implied, it’s the click-thru photo. You and your mates have a laugh at yourself, but that doesn’t mean it’s a defining trait of female cyclists

      • Ant

        Wow. I think a few people completely misinterpreted the intention of the article. Bet you didn’t anticipate that Wade! Maybe it needs to be retitled “12 ways to tell if a woman is a cyclist”?

        • Anne-Marije Rook

          that was indeed the intended angle. A celebration of women who bike. And for the record, that is my leg with a chain grease tattoo because it was meant to be cute and even after avidly bike racing for 5 years, I still get them!

          • Ant

            I’ve not as much riding experience as you, Anne-Marije, but I’ve been a road cyclist for a few years. In summer I occasionally look down at my legs half way through a work day and notice I’m wearing a grease tattoo. You’d have to be seriously fastidious to avoid ever getting them, surely?

            • winkybiker

              After 40 years of riding, I hardly ever get them, but my 15 year-old son who’s just getting into cycling can get one before we even see a bike. It’s unreal. It’s like he gets one just pulling on his shorts.

          • Ant

            I’ve not as much riding experience as you, Anne-Marije, but I’ve been a road cyclist for a few years. In summer I occasionally look down at my legs half way through a work day and notice I’m wearing a grease tattoo. You’d have to be seriously fastidious to avoid ever getting them, surely?

        • Anne-Marije Rook

          that was indeed the intended angle. A celebration of women who bike. And for the record, that is my leg with a chain grease tattoo because it was meant to be cute and even after avidly bike racing for 5 years, I still get them!

      • Ant

        Wow. I think a few people completely misinterpreted the intention of the article. Bet you didn’t anticipate that Wade! Maybe it needs to be retitled “12 ways to tell if a woman is a cyclist”?

      • Dave

        PRO TIP: even if they aren’t long enough to cover the whole area of the chain ring, wearing black socks will ensure your mates don’t make fun of your chain ring marks.

        * drops mic and runs *

    • Rodrigo Diaz

      It looks like a tattoo to me (a legitimate ink one). I thought that was what it portrayed. It’s a hell of a pie plate if not.

    • McEwen

      That is not a chainring mark, it is a tattoo.

  • Pam Hollibone

    Leaving the party early is a
    big one and sadly, hard for non-cyclist friends to accept – great article Simone !

  • 2baker90

    Poorly written. Sexist conclusions. Being female doesn’t mean chain marks. Men have them equally. I would never say check out my thighs. I’m not that arrogant. I have very muscular arms that are larger than most non-cyclist women. The bathing suit photo is ridiculous and in poor taste. Put some cloths on.
    The way to spot a female cyclist is because she is female.

    • Andrew Reimann

      Disagree with all but your third point. Glad cyclists are proudly wearing suits showing off the razor sharp tan lines. No need to shame them for putting on clothes. Chain marks with “12 ways to spot a female cyclist” on home page, however, was either a pretty foolish gaffe or an intentional bait and switch photo that meant to ensnare people with “this is how female cyclists are different to men [chain grease]” when the article is really about “here is how female cyclists are different from the general female population.”

    • Ant

      It’s assumed you can tell if a person is a man or a woman. The meaning of the title is “12 ways to tell if a woman is a cyclist” i.e. how to pick the cyclist in a crowded room of people when she is not wearing Lycra. If you reread the article with that intention in mind you will see it’s far from a sexist indictment of female cyclists!

    • Ant

      It’s assumed you can tell if a person is a man or a woman. The meaning of the title is “12 ways to tell if a woman is a cyclist” i.e. how to pick the cyclist in a crowded room of people when she is not wearing Lycra. If you reread the article with that intention in mind you will see it’s far from a sexist indictment of female cyclists!

    • McEwen

      Poor taste? How many cloths should she use?

  • winkybiker

    Apart from the nail polish one (perhaps), these are gender-neutral observations about cyclists. By framing it as a “female cyclist” thing it becomes another puff piece that does nothing useful, and isn’t even that funny. It just made me mad. CT can do better.

  • Chas

    What started as a lighthearted article. I enjoyed the read. Some inacurracies but what the hey.

  • boalio

    Wow. Not many people with a sense of humour around here! I thought it was a light-hearted fun article. Not everything in Ella has to be a sombre, peer reviewed essay on bicycle physics and gender studies.

  • Bones

    I enjoyed the article, thought it was funny and clever.

  • warnschild

    I envy those female cyclists without other interests: I love high quality and good design in a lot of stuff – which makes me an expenive patient, I’m afraid.

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