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Sorry, I just need to express some angst for a moment. I think people are being sexist and it's very irritating. Two years ago some dude drove a car into me while it happened to be February. Last weekend I took a spill on some ice and managed to shatter my arm. (Still not sure how---I've fallen lots of times without injury, except to my pride maybe.) Everyone is acting like I've just proven how crazy-dangerous it is to ride a bike in winter, or even at all. I suspect that if I were a dude, I'd only be getting this from my mom (and wife/girlfriend, if applicable). Is it just cabin fever making me cranky and imagine things, or does this really happen?

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Got the same thing last March when i nearly crippled myself in an otherwise similar and simple fall. My boss especially (i was on my way to work,) some co-workers, some family members, blah blah blah...

It's probably not just you. We winter riders often get some extra grief by people who don't understand.


Hope you heal up soon.

I agree with Mike and Jeff. I get enough grief from family and friends that I no longer even mention close calls.

Same here.

I hear it all the time, it's not a gender thing.  I just ignore it.

Likewise. I'm of the male species and hear these concerns all the time too.  Winter biking terrifies many.

I'm male... I went "carless" years ago and I bike year-round. My family thinks I'm a loser and should get a car and most of my friends "grew up" ditched their bikes and got cars and got married. I never hear the end of it from friends, co-workers, and family. Not to mention when I got into an accident a couple years ago.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one being told these things constantly.  Getting really sick of it!!

Sorry to hear about the fracture. I hope that you heal well and as quickly as possible. No, you're hardly the only one to get comments like that. As others have already commented, you have plenty of company.

just wallop em with your cast


Michael A said:

just wallop em with your cast

My coworker was in an accident and received whiplash. No one suggested he stop driving. I was merged into two summers ago and dislocated my middle finger (the splint was super awesome!). Everyone felt it was time to lecture me on cycling safety, tell me I was crazy for riding, when the whole mess wasn't even my fault. I was guilty of breaking a societal norm. In there mind I was punished for it.

I don't think sexist but a fear based reaction from people who probably care about you as a person. At worst this is some asshat 's opportunity to get in a good "told you so ".

I suspect that if I were a dude, I'd only be getting this from my mom (and wife/girlfriend, if applicable).

So you making assumptions, then accusing people of potentially being sexist? I don't think that's very fair.


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