You ARE a Cyclist. OWN IT!

March 5, 2018


You're a Cyclist - Own It!


Have you ever noticed how a guy can purchase a bicycle, go for one ride, hang it up in the garage, call it a day and himself a cyclist? Whereas, a woman may go out and ride her bike every single weekend (maybe everyday!) and still not consider herself a cyclist?

I was 2 weeks shy of my 17th birthday when I first started working in a bike shop. I wasn’t really sure how I had ended up there, aside from having applied and showing up to (and killing) my interview. If I am being totally honest, I secretly fancied myself a bit of a badass. There weren’t many girls working in bike shops, so the fact that I was doing just that felt like something special. On that same note of honesty, however, I felt a bit of a fraud.

I owned a Trek 7200 hybrid, and let me tell you, next to the baller bikes my coworkers were rocking, I felt like I wasn’t really a cyclist. I was just a girl who liked to ride my bike. While I rode all the bloody time, I wasn’t racing, I wasn’t training for anything special, I wasn’t in any club or group, and I certainly wasn’t making any headlines with anything cool or unique. I literally just rode my bike. For fun. Because I liked to.

Fast forward 14 years and I want to kick my younger self. Not really, I am not one to turn to violence in most cases, but for the sake of dramatic effect we’ll leave it at that. WHY was I so apprehensive to own that title: cyclist? Why did I think I was any less of a rider because I didn’t race, or attend events? Why couldn’t a girl on a hybrid be a badass cyclist? I loved my bike and I loved riding it. I WAS a cyclist!

So this is for all you ladies out there who say things like, “I’m not a cyclist. I just ride my bike.” “I just commute, I’m not a real cyclist.” “I don’t wear spandex shorts, I just like to cruise around.” “I just..” “I just….” “I just…”

Let me tell you, if you are on a bicycle- ANY BICYCLE- pony up and own the fact that YOU ARE A CYCLIST! You ride a bike! That is what a cyclist is! Be proud, be excited, and let me stress just one more time….. OWN IT! Because, my friend, you’re a badass.

I want to hear (or rather, see!) you own it! Comment below if you are a proud female cyclist!


Brittany Graham of She Rides Her Bike


Brittany Graham. Cyclist, advocate, all around bike junkie.




As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post below or shoot us a message!

  1. Gillian

    March 15th, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Yes! I’ve loved bikes my whole life and, over the last few years, have been working on my endurance. Now, I can knock out 50-80kms like it’s nothing but because I like to explore gravel side roads and stop to watch birds and pick berries, I hesitated to call myself a cyclist. Screw that! I am definitely a proud female cyclist!

  2. Brittany G.

    March 21st, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    That is awesome!!! Keep on rolling and OWN THAT TITLE!!!

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