So there was a slightly patronizing snippet in the NY Times about a "women's bike shop"
Which was really unfortunate, because it looks like a nice shop and seems like it carries a lot of good solid transportation bikes. It's too bad that the article trivializes it as a place for people who want designer bikes to go with their designer shoes. No man would ever be interested in a practical and good looking way to cover short distances in a dense city environment without a special outfit- how silly and trivial! And they come in pink! grrrr.
I found this article about Chinese resistance to Fixie culture much more interesting. Although I thought the article was too hung up on whether the chinese appreciate irony or not, I thought it opened an interesting window into bike culture in a country where there is no bike culture- just bikes and bike riders. I'm not sure how to unpack the semi-ironic importation of Flying pigeons to the US in light of this story..