15 Signs That You Might Be a (Female) Cyclist

Think you might have caught the cycling bug? Here are 15 tell-tale signs that you’ve fallen prey to a biking addiction. There’s no cure, but that’s okay–you don’t want one.

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Your Arms Are Tan But Your Hands Are White

There’s a clearly defined line where on your wrists where your gloves begin. You do your best to hide it with your FitBit or your bicycle charm bracelet when out in public.

You Wear a Heart Rate Monitor and Check it Obsessively….Even When You’re Not On The Bike

You check your heart rate in the morning while still lying in bed to check for signs of overtraining. You check your heart rate while whipping up your post-ride protein shake. And yes, you might even check your heart rate while making love.

You Have a Low-Maintenance Hair Cut

You’ve left your hair long so you can wear it in a ponytail, or cut it super short. There’s no way you have time to blow-dry your hair after your lunch-time ride.

helmet hair, don't care

You Have More Bike Socks Than Regular Socks

There’s a whole drawer in your dresser dedicated to cycling socks. Ankle socks, mid-socks, high socks. Socks from that century ride you did last year, and socks that you got for Christmas. Socks in every color to match each of your kits.

You Spend Tons of Money on Clothes….But They Are Mostly Bike Clothes

You’d consider yourself a fashion maven…on the bike. You think nothing of dropping $100 on a pair of bike shorts, but stick to the clearance rack at Target for your casual clothes.

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You Won’t Date or Marry Anybody Who Doesn’t Understand Your Love of Bikes

If there’s no mention of bikes on his Tinder profile, you swipe left. Nobody has time for that.

You Have More Water Bottles Than Drinking Glasses

Your kitchen cabinets are overflowing with water bottles, and they just keep appearing. You have to purge bottles every so often just to make room for some grown-up drinking glasses.

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Your Bicycle Has a Nickname

Your bicycle–or should we say bicycles–have a nickname. Your bike is your best friend, alter-ego, and trusty steed all rolled into one.

You Have a Bicycle Tattoo….Or At Least A Grease “Tattoo”

You love biking so much, you’ve decided to declare your passion in ink. And if you haven’t made it that far yet, you definitely sport the chainring tattoo from time to time.

bike tattoo on neck

Your Living Room Decor Includes a Bike

And you think it looks quite nice, thank you very much.

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Your Husband And Kids Encourage You To Go For a Ride Because They Know How Grumpy You Are If You Don’t Get One

You don’t even have to ask to go for a ride on Saturday morning, because the family has already arranged their schedules to make it happen. Nobody wants a mom-zilla roaming the house.

Your Most Expensive Pair of Shoes are Cycling Shoes

Manolo Blahnik’s? No thanks. But you do have three pairs of Sidi’s in the closet.

When You Found Out You Were Pregnant, You Immediately Bought a Bike Trailer

Forget a crib, the baby can sleep in the trailer. And if a trailer wasn’t your first purchase, some maternity bike shorts probably were.

You Do Yoga Daily….Not Because You’re a Yogi But Because It Makes You Faster on The Bike

The time you spend doing yoga, is almost as important as the time you spend on the bike. And if you don’t do your daily yoga, your body starts to seize up.

Your Bike Costs More Than Your Car

Your bicycle is all-carbon with custom components and a built-in power meter. You car? It’s a 1998 Toyota Camry.

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About The Author

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @kristenlbonkoski

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