The Name: 

“Bicycle Bettie” (or just “Bettie”) is a tongue-in-cheek term for female riders, usually used to imply that while they may look cute on the bike, they don’t really know how to ride.  It’s a term that, IMHO, can be pretty demeaning.  

But I really like the idea that although a girl may not really know much about cycling, she got on the saddle and tried… that was all of us, at least for our first few rides. And I really like the idea of repurposing a term that is meant to be an insult: pitting femininity (Bettie) against athleticism (Bicycle), as if the two cannot be paired.  Femininity and athleticism are not mutually exclusive.  When paired together, femininity plus athleticism equal Mia Hamm, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Martina Navratilova, and Marianne Vos.  Us Bicycle Betties have nothing to be embarrassed about - we are beginner cyclists looking to improve individually and grow the cycling community so it’s a friendly environment to new Betties. 

 

Ride on, Girls!