Thank you, Jules over at the Surly Blog, for posting a set of "Pedal Pumpers" that represent some of the varations of what a "real" cyclist looks like!
Here are a few pics of my co-workers, friends, and random cyclists who happen to work close by. Some are thin, some are thick, some are short, some are tall, some are hairy, some are smooth, some tattooed, some with freckles, some scarred, some are oddly unblemished, but one thing I know for sure – all ride bike
The topic of "Pedal Pumpers" is a photo of a woman with the tagline, "You don’t get legs like this pushing a gas pedal!" While I undertand the initial outrage around, "Why would you use a fashion model when you could have used a cyclist?" I don't agree with the comments that proceeded to participate in body shaming as they took down the model for not being a "real" cyclist based on how her body appears in the photo.
The ad and subsequent comments remind me of those well-meaning, but ultimately insipid, "This is what a real woman looks like," memes where the "real women" are all classically beautiful white women on display as an answer to the starving models we see photoshopped on magazine covers. (But the real women shown are certainly not fat.)
There is no such thing as a "real" woman*!
Similarly, there is no such thing as a "real biking body." If you bike, and you have a body, ding ding, you have a biking body!
I found this (NSFW- language) photo on Facebook, and posted it to the Grease Rag group, adding, "Want a hot bike-body? Put your body on a f*cking bike! However you do it.... You're doing it right." Read More