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To be angry about the names of these bikes in Halfords?

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CalmConfident Sat 16-Jan-21 18:50:40

In Halfords this week getting essential car stuff...and had a look at the bikes. I was a bit taken aback to see these ladies bike names from the Apollo brand. Entice & Virtue. There was also Jewel.

AIBU ? If so, any suggestions who to shout to about it

The male equivalents were slant, phase and evade.

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cherrypie111 Sat 16-Jan-21 18:58:52

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whoamongstus Sat 16-Jan-21 18:59:35

Ugh yeah I think that's a bit gross, too.

Theunamedcat Sat 16-Jan-21 19:00:13

Sounds like they have run out of name ideas

Nomnomarrgh Sat 16-Jan-21 19:00:49

Its okay to avoid real problems with made up problems like this. It is not, however, okay to shout at someone about it. Therapy may help.

Newgirls Sat 16-Jan-21 19:00:57

Agree - stupid names

ilikebooksandplants Sat 16-Jan-21 19:00:58

The male ones seem worse than the female ones to be honest, especially evade and phase. (Although so many men go through a ‘cycling phase’ so perhaps quite apt!).

I quite like jewel as a name for a bike!

CareBear50 Sat 16-Jan-21 19:01:44

Seriously? I couldn't care less

FoxyTheFox Sat 16-Jan-21 19:03:03

Jewel doesn't bother me but Entice and Virtue are crap and play into female stereotypes where we must be either alluring or pure. I bet the names were chosen by a predominantly male design team.

StCharlotte Sat 16-Jan-21 19:03:19

They sound like rejected team names off The Apprentice.

I'm surprised bikes even have names (apart from the Chopper and Chipper of course).

endlesscraziness Sat 16-Jan-21 19:03:25

I think that if that's all you have to complain about, I'd love your life

Treacletoots Sat 16-Jan-21 19:05:18

Agree totally with @FoxyTheFox

JazzyGeoff Sat 16-Jan-21 19:05:57

Yeah I think they're a bit crap tbh.

I totally get why to some people it's a non problem, but for me, letting this kind of sexist nonsense, whilst seemingly unimportant continue, just allows everyday sexism to pervade.

JazzyGeoff Sat 16-Jan-21 19:06:38

My commas are all fucked up there, sorry.

Crunchymum Sat 16-Jan-21 19:06:54

Was your essential car stuff near the bikes?

Or did you go for an unnecessary browse? shock

tellmewhentheLangshiplandscoz Sat 16-Jan-21 19:07:17

OP, angry feels a bit extreme however I agree the girls bike names seem heavily gendered and the others have either neutral or names which imply a positive attribute. Maybe swap the tags over? wink Every day sexism grinds my gears and this is a great example.

As an aside, there an odd feel to MN this evening. Getting the impression some people have nothing left on Netflix to binge ...

pigsDOfly Sat 16-Jan-21 19:08:49

I honestly couldn't get worked up about the names given to a brand of bike.

All the names are awful tbh. Not because of any imagined offence one could take at them but just because they are rather silly and unimaginative.

Why on earth does it matter?

LloydColeandtheCoconuts Sat 16-Jan-21 19:10:18


They sound like rejected team names off The Apprentice.


LucyAutumn Sat 16-Jan-21 19:13:19


FoxyTheFox Sat 16-Jan-21 19:14:15

Why on earth does it matter?

Because its part of the culture of everyday sexism that reminds us we don't live in an equal society and a reminder that the perceived role of women is to be decorative (Jewel), alluring/sexy (Entice), and virginal/pure (Virtue) even when doing something as mundane as exercising.

OP, you can tweet the Everyday Sexism Project about it. They collect examples like this as part of their mission to challenge everyday sexism.

Witchend Sat 16-Jan-21 19:14:22

My bike was called Ellie. Can't remember why I chose that name. She was purple, and I got her secondhand as a student. She was lovely until you tried to go uphill. Last time I cycled I had 3 of us on the bike. Dd1 on the back and dd2 inside me.
That was an interesting, if uncomfortable experience.
She's in retirement in the shed. I sometimes say "hello" to her when I'm getting the birdfeed out.

Our car is Esha. DD2 chose the name.

Forgothowmuchlhatehomeschoolin Sat 16-Jan-21 19:14:40

Couldn't care less myself.

1stTimeMama Sat 16-Jan-21 19:15:47

I wouldn't even have noticed. And I absolutely don't care what a bike is called.

cyclingmad Sat 16-Jan-21 19:16:07

Erm no as a cyclisf I really don't care about the names, I mean when your cycling noone can see the name anyway unless your super fast when they cycle past and catch it between their leg moving or at lights.

I get more annoyed at the colours being girly in pink and purple and flower patterns ...Nice for kids not so much on adult bikes. No give me a nice white, black and dark blue any day.

EveryDayIsADuvetDay Sat 16-Jan-21 19:16:39

this is your biggest problem?
just don't buy one - problem solved.

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