Why Are Boys’ And Girls’ Bicycles Different?
I was having lunch today at Villager's Cafe' in Maurice; delicious po-boys and interesting memorabilia on the walls.
One of the items on the wall is this bicycle.
I had a bike like that when I was a kid, only it was the boy's model.
Looking at this bicycle, a girl's model, the bar that runs from the 'steering' area to the seat post goes lower than the boy's model. I am guessing they are made that way to allow for girls to wear dresses while riding. This is a boy's model:
Notice the impact area, clearly marked by a circle and arrows? Why would they raise that bar to be in a place that could, um, hurt? When stopped waiting for traffic, or waiting for your friends to catch up (I was pretty fast on my bike as a kid), straddling the bicycle took some finesse, if you know what I mean.
Why don't the bike manufacturers make all the bikes like the girl's model, so that we don't have to worry using our bikes as one of these??
Not being a girl, I asked the ladies at lunch if riding a boy's bicycle was "risky" for a girl. The answer? A resounding "YES!!".
So, if it hurts boys AND girls, why make one with that bar within the margin for blinding pain?? I am sure that there is a reason, I just don't know what it is.
I've been waiting 30 years to rant about this. Thank you, internet, for allowing me to vent.