Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

Some bike-themed Exponent posts, a poll and a video.

(Click on the titles of some of these wonderful, classic posts to enjoy some bike-related reading. When you’re done, get off the computer and go for a bike ride.)

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

National Bike Month

“But a year later after we moved from rural Indiana to the suburban sprawl of Chicago, bicycling became my morning meditation.”

tricycle bike

Photo by Jana Remy


Biking In A Skirt

Modesty was a problem for me during my missionary days. Skirts flap around Marilyn Monroe-style on a bike.”

Don’t Come Cryin’ To Me!

I have to admit part of me was SAD that the bikes were patiently waiting for them after the movie.”


I hesitated, realizing that the child seat rack had been on my bike since 1998, before my oldest could walk. Totally unbidden came a wave of emotions and memories.”

Put In My Place

In fact, just a few days before he had yelled over his fence that we weren’t allowed to play in the parking lot while my son learned to ride his bike.”

On Hope And ‘Acting Like It’

Huge trees standing next to stately red brick buildings filtered the light over that stretch of the bike path. It had a downhill grade so I could coast and give myself over to my thoughts. On that path I had two life changing internal conversations with myself, both on the subject of hope.”

My Independence

About two years ago I bought a bike, and not just any bike–it’s a tricked-out bright red tricycle.”

Preparing For Summer (Mis-) Adventure

“Time was that my hair would wave and flutter in time with the streamers on my bike handles. Time was that mothers would cuddle their babies in cars. Times have changed.”


April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series and host of the Religious Feminism Podcast. Learn more about April at

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4 Responses

  1. Violadiva says:

    You’ve got to read this analogy of cycling to being a woman. Excellent!

    and also this hilarious affliction, “Bicycle face”

    Cool! They were going in Virtual Oases, but this is a much better place for it!

  2. Naismith says:

    I ride my bike to church and to my workplace most days, and I hope that they will allow us to ride bikes as senior missionaries:) But I do not find it optimal to ride a bike while wearing pants. Even with a great disc guard, I seem to get a lot of grease on the pants. The dress pants that I own, anyway, are of material that is too slinky to stay rolled up, but will show wrinkles if they are caught in an elastic.

    So I wear culottes. During winter, tights under a skirt work well. But I have to sew my own skirts, since culottes are not always in style they aren’t always available.

    Having a non-diamond bicycle like the Fuji Crosstown or Biria Easy-Boarding line also makes a huge difference for those riding in a skirt. I can even ride with a long skirt on my bike, no problems.

    The diamond shape is considered the macho ultimate in strength, but in reality with today’s stronger metals, it isn’t necessary. And U-shaped models are much more female-friendly, especially for petite women because our pelvis isn’t being constantly pulled apart by having to go around a center bar.

    They have using bikes like that in Europe for decades, and it is a great thing that the aging baby boom is creating a demand in the US, too.

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