Fast Girls

There are what some folks call “fast girls:”

Fast Girls

And then there are fast girls:

Fast Girls

Apparently I’m the latter. And I feel bad sometimes because I really don’t mean any harm.

Fast Girls

But when the weather is good and I’m in a groove I get carried away. And then I go very fast.

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33 Responses to “Fast Girls”

  • Kevin

    You are too damn funny!

  • Allison

    I do this too… it’s just so fun to go fast!

    My boyfriend is not amused when he catches up. I’ve been (slowly) learning to look back and stop if necessary. I also try to let him lead, but that only works if he knows how to get to our destination.

  • David

    I have a Burley tandem for superior dating experiences and for the possible wild and crazy happening there is the Santana triplet…….(-;

  • In his defense, spotting a cloud that looks like a robot is a valid reason to slow down ;-)

  • Randy

    I second the tandem thing, although remember the golden rule of tandems….. wherever your relationship is heading, a tandem will get it there faster!

  • Zev

    Okay. I laughed at the last Tandem comment pretty hard. But I’ve been in the latter situation, as a dude. I wanna ride faster, but I keep it slow cause it’s a date.

    Then again, I’ve definitely been outpaced by a girl I was hanging out with before. But never on a date. I’m obviously choosing the wrong girls. :(

    • Would it be out of order if I suggested the obvious – that maybe you and Bikeyface should get together, leaving your respective dates to pedal slowly off into the sunset together?

  • Brian

    Tee-hee. I think this cartoon points out one of the ironies of bicycle transportation these days, though: people who think of themselves as “slow” cyclists, transportation cyclists only, no drop bars, no lycra…will often end up as pretty fast cyclists, without meaning to — when you ride every day, in all weather, especially when you’re used to carrying lots of extra cargo weight, you actually get pretty good at it. I went for a spontaneous ride with a couple of mostly-recreational cyclists the other day; they were on road bikes with no cargo and I was on my Raleigh 3-speed with Wald baskets and at least 20 pounds of books and computer, and I was totally fine; when we switched bikes, they couldn’t keep up with me. Not that I’m competitive…

    • @Zev: Your comment about transportation cyclist and gear is spot-on. All my friends are transportation cyclists, but with varying levels of sportiness. I don’t race cyclocross or go very fast at all on my commute, but I’ve spent 3 years commuting 20 miles a day on a loaded xtracycle cargo bike. Usually I’m at the back of the pack on a group loaded bike camping ride, but a year ago we had a group 90-mile tour as part of a wedding…but it was SUPPORTED. Which meant I was carrying nothing. I was at the front of the pack the entire day, liberated by riding a ROAD BIKE with NO WEIGHT. What a weird switch.

    • Quincyclist

      Brian:

      I think you’re on to something. I’m also a transportationist commuter (18 mi rt) with a heavy load strapped onto ancient and, I’m told, heavy 3 speeds. This past weekend I led a group ride, astride my 61 year-old Raleigh. I tried to go somewhat slowly but no matter what I did the group trailed me. Part of it might be the bike (and my maintenance): on downhills with absolutely no pedaling I rolled far ahead of the group.

  • I get in trouble when riding with friends because I do this too and then everyone thinks I’m mad and riding off in a huff. We can chat later, I gotta ride!

  • My beard! I never thought of that excuse. Thanks!

  • Love the totally manic expression :)

  • An open invitation to Bikeyface:
    If you are ever in Minneapolis, I would be honored to take you out to dinner and show you around our fair city. Should you ride faster then me, I would be delighted.

    Love, Love, LOVE the strip. As a lifetime reader of comics, syndicated and otherwise, and lifer in the bike industry, I find Bikeface to be a breath of fresh air, and a much needed voice in the conversation. Well Done!

    Cheers!

  • Woo-hoo! let’s hear it for the second kind of fast women. And dude, stop making excuses, she’s on a sit-up-and-beg bike, you’re on a lightweight drop bar bike. Put some miles under those wheels, lose some weight off your motor, and then you’ll have no problem keeping up.

  • I love getting pwnd by fast women on bikes.

  • @RichardMasoner That’s because you’re a secure man! ;) Hey @BikeyFace, I sure do love your cartoons! Thank you Richard for introducing me to them, they’re delightful. I’m really enjoying the cycling community and the friendships that evolve around this sport/life style; So much joy! Best, Lynne ;)

  • My boyfriend won’t ride with me any more for exactly this reason :)

  • My boyfriend won’t ride with me any more for exactly this reason! :)

  • Cute. However for quite a number of years, he was always faster than I. But now he’s slowing down a bit. I don’t care — dearie got me back into cycling again..20 yrs. ago.

    We haven’t looked back since then together on bikes.

  • Wow, I totally resemble that guy in the last panel. Bekka, your art and content is amazing, and I really enjoy reading it -thanks!

  • adam

    I thought it was always the responsibility of the faster rider to let the slower rider set the speed, so as to avoid making them miserable; or does that rule only apply to boys? ;)

  • Louie Garcia

    The first panel is hilarious. =D

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