Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bikes

Okay, so what's the point of the boy's bike having the bar in the middle? Why is it there? What's the purpose? And, if anything, it's the boy's bike that you would think would NOT have such a bar given the pain involved in certain circumstances! Yet growing up (and still today), I get this feeling that boys bikes are "real" bikes and that a true bike rider can ride those. That like you're cool if you can ride the boy bikes. (Needless to say I resent that feeling.).

But if a nutsac hits the bar and the boy falls, well then, nothing cool about that now is it?

6 comments:

river selkie said...

i never understood the bar for boys either. or why it was determined manly to ride horses as they did and for women to ride side saddle!

Felda, Jerry Seinfeld's Biggest Fan said...

I know!

Heat said...

the bar is lower on a girl's bike and women rode sidesaddle to accommodate long skirts.

i haven't figured out yet how women ride bikes with long skirts on without getting them caught in the chain or tires or something, but i've seen them do it...

Felda, Jerry Seinfeld's Biggest Fan said...

Heat-ah yes, that makes sense! And someone told me that perhaps bikes were designed that way to enforce discipline in riding. With the bar, one cannot just come ahead of the seat and step down but rather, it was "better" when stopped to stay on the seat and put the foot down on the side while still sitting on the bike. But of course with my short legs, that's not possible for me if I want to ride an adult bike. So I can't ride men's bikes, well, at least not comfortably anyway.

Archangel Gabrielle said...

Hmmmm interesting post.... creates this sense of, how should I put this? Deja vu! Yes, that's it!

Felda, Jerry Seinfeld's Biggest Fan said...

ha ha!