Come Join In The Singletrack Women’s Forum!

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Something new is here! The Singletrack World Women’s Forum is now live, so come on in and join us. As a little extra incentive, we’re also giving Women’s Forum members a free download of Singletrack Magazine Issue 147.

Here’s where we explained last week a bit about why we were launching it:

We know from Google stats that we have a good number of women reading Singletrackworld.com – but their voices aren’t showing up in story and forum comments. We’re not sure if the answer to changing that lies with a Women’s Forum, but we’re going to trial it and see what happens. If women don’t speak up in the comments section, or in the forum, then we don’t know as much about whether we’re writing about things they’re interested in, or what things they’re asking questions about that perhaps we could be looking into further.

Women: too busy riding bikes for lurking on the internet…?

There is much to love about the existing forum, with its depth and breadth of knowledge, and often compassionate responses to life’s trials and tribulations. Nothing about that will change – women are still welcome there. In fact, we hope that in time more women might join in the rest of the forum, as they get more used to engaging with the Singletrack Community via the Women’s Forum.

However, for those that would welcome a space for women, we’re going to try out having a Women’s Forum. Anyone choosing to access it will be able to see the Women’s Forum in addition to the existing forums. Fora? Forae? Where’s the hive mind when you need it?

Access is granted on the basis of selecting the pronouns ‘She/Her/Hers’ in your user profile. If you identify with these pronouns you are welcome in the Women’s Forum. Threads on the Women’s Forum will only be able to be contributed to or read by others with access to the Women’s Forum.

A word of caution before you’re tempted to be ‘that guy’ who thinks they’ll just set their pronouns for a bit of a nosey, or a laugh, or whatever. You get one shot at setting your pronouns, and you’ll have to email us to change them in future. The Women’s Forum will be moderated the same as the rest of the forum. Anyone who abuses the pronoun filter in order to gain access to the women’s forum will be dealt with harshly by the moderators. Get yourself banned from the Women’s Forum and you’ll be banned from the whole lot. And no, you can’t have two accounts – the rest of the forum rules apply.

We’re planning to launch the Women’s Forum early next week, so head to the profile section of your account to set your pronouns ready for the launch. Tell your friends too – maybe some of them may be about to discover why you spend so much time here?

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • Come Join In The Singletrack Women’s Forum!
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    nwgiles
    Free Member

    Define ‘women’.

    runs and hides

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    yoluka
    Full Member

    This is why Singletrack rules! You lot are the best!

    7
    scotroutes
    Full Member

    I was going to ask about the non-binary forum but this one already seems to default to hex sometimes …

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @nwgiles ‘Access is granted on the basis of selecting the pronouns ‘She/Her/Hers’ in your user profile. If you identify with these pronouns you are welcome in the Women’s Forum.’

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    sc-xc
    Full Member

    Great idea, I hope it is successful….and that we are not flooded with ‘men matter too’ type comments from some of the children.

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Will it be Mumsnet stylee?

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    jeffl
    Full Member

    Think it’s a great idea to garner engagement from women. For us fellas that can’t access it, be interesting if you can provide an update on how it’s going e.g. uptake and activity.

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    politecameraaction
    Free Member

    Will it be Mumsnet stylee?

    Odd that you think the Mumsnet forum is much different to the STW Chat forum. Swap “hammer in the sausages” for “taken up the Oxo Tower” and it’s pretty much the same thing.

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    Blackflag
    Free Member

    Great idea. Hope it really takes off. Nice one.

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    Bunnyhop
    Full Member

    Oooh – I’m in.

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    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Hope it really takes off.

    In a way, I hope it doesn’t. There are too few female voices on this forum already and it would be a shame if we lost those. However, maybe it will help get a few “new” women into STW-land and they might dare to venture over to the smelly side once in a while :-)

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    Spin
    Free Member

    Will it be Mumsnet stylee?

    Like the current STW forum you mean?

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    jamiemcf
    Free Member

    I think STW would need to disable the swear filter and actively encourage swearing to compete with Mumsnet

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    ton
    Full Member

    back in the day, there were quite a few women who contributed regularly to the topic/threads.

    loads even attended the STW rides.

    sad state of affairs that they dont contribute anymore, for whatever reason.

    and a woman’s forum is a great idea. hope it goes well.

    footflaps
    Full Member

    Women on bicycles?

    They’ll be wanting the vote next….

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    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Like the current STW forum you mean?

    STW forum is primary school compared to Mumsnet university

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    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Like women only club rides, I’m a little disappointed that “the club/forum” seems to put off women, but I understand that if this makes them feel involved and hopefully more confident in engaging on the main forum, I’m all for it.

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    Kip
    Full Member

    I used to comment/post regularly in the main forum but stopped because, well tbh, if you weren’t one of the cool kids it felt like you didn’t count.

    Just as a matter of interest, how are you going to police the ‘you can’t have two profiles’ issue?

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    tjagain
    Full Member

    I used to comment/post regularly in the main forum but stopped because, well tbh, if you weren’t one of the cool kids it felt like you didn’t count.

    thats a terrible shame if you feel like that

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    mrchrist
    Full Member

    …it’s a shame people made you feel like that.

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    Kip
    Full Member

    I think @tjagain did a fine job of clarifying my exact point!

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    tjagain
    Full Member

    Sorry Kip!

    Edit – said better by mrchrist “it’s a shame people made you feel like that. “

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    gordimhor
    Full Member

    I think a womens forum is a great idea and I hope it leads to more women posting on the existing forum.

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    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    A genuine question of why does it need a separate forum?

    I thought these days the Omnigender forum (yes I had to Google that) forum was quite balanced and grown up now that we are all getting old codgers and past our teenage years.

    I would have thought that the more things are discussed in the open rather than behind closed doors the more society becomes aligned.

    Like having a posh person icon, could have icons for those who want to identify themselves as being different

    Is this just all a cunning marketing ploy ?

    I used to comment/post regularly in the main forum but stopped because, well tbh, if you weren’t one of the cool kids it felt like you didn’t count.

    I had/have no idea or not if you are male/female etc etc.surly that is the beauty of a forum? Do people identifying as male really make it difficult for other people to post on a forum ?

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    I thought these days the Omnigender forum (yes I had to Google that) forum was quite balanced and grown up now that we are all getting old codgers and past our teenage years.

    Thanks dude, that’s given me a great laugh on this rather damp Saturday morning.

    Do people identifying as male really make it difficult for other people to post on a forum ?

    It might be the ladies aren’t interested in the circle-jerk shit-fests even the most innocuous threads often become. And fair play to them.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Do people identifying as male really make it difficult for other people to post on a forum ?

    clearly they do from the response

    drprofessor
    Free Member

    The Ayatollah will be pleased.

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    if you weren’t one of the cool kids it felt like you didn’t count

    I’ve got bar ends and a Rohloff hub, and I still own several items of ’90s neon lycra. The trick is to be so uncool, that you actually end up cooler than the cool kids.

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    cheekysprocket
    Full Member

    As someone who’s dipped in and out of the STW forum since its beginnings, I’ve generally found it a positive, respectful and helpful place to be. However as I hurtle towards the big 50 and the menopause, my urge to ride nice bikes in gnarly places shows no sign of settling. Being able to share that (rather rare in the real world) lived experience with others going through the same thing – and its associated challenges – would be ace if nothing else. I reckon it’d add to the STW platform, not take away from it.

    Cheers Hannah!

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    RustyNissanPrairie
    Full Member

    Good that it’s going to happen.
    A shame that it needs to happen.

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    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    Being able to share that (rather rare in the real world) lived experience with others going through the same thing – and its associated challenges – would be ace if nothing else

    It’s a shame that you don’t feel open to share that kind of stuff in an open forum. It is interesting to see the number of posts over the last few years of men approaching their 50’s + and the challenges it brings for them.

    The more we all share our experiences and challenges in life the more we can accept our differences and understand the difference between men and women IMO

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    cheekysprocket
    Full Member

    You reckon? Or is it just that a women’s experience of mountain biking as a sport can be a little different to men’s sometimes. (Mention trying to clear a jump with brain fog to a bloke, and they don’t get it, bless ‘em.)

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    cheekysprocket
    Full Member

    I envisage still using both. To quote Jo Cox, on STW, we’ve more in common than what divides us. However, there’s nothing like comparing notes about a shared lived experience (sounding like a social science researcher here) to make it feel a little less lonely out there when you’re the only woman on the uplift bus on a grim November day.

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    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    Hey Alexa – can you give me an example of showing me something’s a good idea without actually saying ‘that’s a good idea’

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    Mention trying to clear a jump with brain fog to a bloke, and they don’t get it, bless ‘em.

    I’ve been learning a lot about that recently. Won’t fully understand it, but we have a codeword so I know.

    ahsat
    Full Member

    I envisage still using both.

    This

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    burntembers
    Free Member

    Good idea to try to create a space where people feel more comfortable to engage. Hope it works and also encourages a more diverse mix on the main forum.

    Can we have a separate ‘politics’ sub forum to make the main forum a nicer place to be?😂

    Bunnyhop
    Full Member

    Tasha – I too will be using both.
    My own contribution to STW is usually ‘nature’ related. It’s a subject I know something about and feel ‘safe’ typing about it on the chat forum.
    The Bike side of the forum has always been full of info, even for the minority of mtbers which are women.

    If anything the new forum will be a source of information and we won’t get the ‘big hitters’ interfering ‘wink’. :o)

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    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    It might be the ladies aren’t interested in the circle-jerk shit-fests even the most innocuous threads often become. And fair play to them.

    and what about the blokes who aren’t interested in the circle-jerk shit-fests. Think this says more about the overall state of the forum, esp off topic threads, than anything else.

    BTW, good luck with this Hannah, hope it works out. And maybe brings something back to the main forum, though I think FunkyDunc makes a decent point- segregation is frowned upon in most other aspects of life

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    convert
    Full Member

    It feels a bit disappointing that this is needed/wanted. But I guess in an open forum world where without a bit of exclusion conversations are dominated by mansplainers who can’t help themselves even when it is obvious to everyone else they have little positive to contribute, this is the consequence. Like in a village pub where the resident pub bore at the bar feels able to lean into every conversation with their 2ps worth so in the end you move out to the garden even though it’s drizzling.

    Edit – I’ve just mansplained right there haven’t I!

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