This Bike Frame is Causing Major Controversy and It's Not Hard to See Why

Sexist bike frame makes an appearance at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Some are calling it an expression of art, while others are calling it blatantly sexist—whatever your opinion, this frame doesn’t leave anything to the imagination.

The beige flesh colored frame was presented by Abbott Cycles at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and since its appearance, there has been controversy. According to Adventure Journal, the frame, called Signorina, was accompanied by a poll posted on Abbott’s website that asked: whether you should “rider her hard and often” or “keep her locked to your bed.” The poll has since been taken down.

The frame even managed to stir debate among the judges of the competition, some thought it was no big deal, while others thought it didn’t deserve a spot in the show. One of the judges, Patrick Brady, who is a major part of Red Kite Prayer reportedly posted his comments online, though the page is currently down.

“Cycling has enough problems with being insufficiently hospitable to women without the addition of throwback attitudes that treat women as sex objects and objectifies their form,” he wrote. “It only serves to make many of the women we do have in the sport feel unwelcome, which is completely unacceptable.”

You can find photos of the frame below—tell us what you think, work of art or sexist display?

All photos are from Twitter/ @BoijonArtistsCC


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