Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Not to Wear on a Bike

I get asked from time to time what kind of clothes are best for bike commuting.  I suppose I get asked this question because of my penchant for wearing high heels while biking in a mountain town where fancy shoes are more likely to be Teva sandals.  I really don't know if there is a right kind of dress for riding a bike.  Isn't it just what feels good to you the bike rider?  Is there anything one should just definitely not wear while riding a bike?  Perhaps, for me, it's running tights.  Once, while pedaling downtown and wearing running tights I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirrored window.  Ooh, not a pleasant memory.  Time to switch gears.

So anyway, it's finally sweater weather (although I'm always cold here so I pretty much always have a sweater on) and I've recently found some nice sweaters at the JCrew and the Banana outlets.  I love empire waistlines and this sweater from JCrew has one that ties in the middle.  Some people might find it too dressy for a bike but, for me, dressing up a bit makes riding a bike just a little more fun. 


I suppose pearls could be considered a bit much for a bike ride . . . . but these are faux pearls that belonged to my late Grandmother Geer.  Faux pearls are probably fine on a bike.  I love them and wear them all the time.  They are very heavy and just a little cold.  My mother-in-law recently gave me this amethyst pendant, which she thought would look quite nice on a strand of (faux) pearls.  You don't see pearls (real or faux) very often in Flagstaff but if wearing some makes you feel good and you have some and you have a bike, I see no reason why you (male or female) shouldn't enjoy them together.   I might have initially sold my VW Beetle and started bike commuting in order to economize but there is no reason why I should spend a second of my time feeling deprived (especially when I'm not particularly deprived in the first place).  Riding my bike while wearing my favorite, prettiest clothes, whether they come from the Talbots or Target, connects me with my inner-French girl.  She doesn't really care what anyone thinks and won't let me feel sorry for myself for very long.  

So do you have anything that you think you probably shouldn't wear on a bike but do anyway because of how it makes you feel?

8 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Gee, I'm not really sure I should try wearing faux pearls while riding my bike. I have enough problems already with my bike riding. Perhaps later on if and when I get better on the trails. Maybe...

CynthiaC54 said...

Cute shoes.

Adrienne Johnson said...

Heck, I'll wear real pearls on a bike! Time to pull out some outer-French girl! : D The only thing I will not wear on my bicycle is my Escada pencil skirt. I have to hike it up over my butt to be able to pedal and that just seems wrong somehow.

She Rides a Bike said...

Adrienne! Ha-ha. I have one pencil skirt and I do wear it on the bike but it is totally for the ego trip and a real pain in the ass. So funny!

Wore the pearls again today, BTW and was filled with self-confidence, although my inner-French girl got typically mouthy.

inspiredcyclist said...

GREAT outfit!!! Pearls and all!

Velouria said...

"Faux pearls are probably fine on a bike."
hilarious : ))

I'll pretty much wear anything on a bike, as long as it does not get in the way of cycling. I don't feel comfortable wearing a skirt on a diamond frame roadbike, so that is something I would not wear. But a silk dress and diamond earrings on a city bike? But of course!

Charlotte Ashley said...

I like that you have a cute outfit even though you are riding a bike. I need your advice. I've been asked out on a date and he's going to take me on a bike ride. What sort of outfit should I wear? I want to look pretty and cute but not too high maintance but not too frumpy either. Any ideas?

Muhammad Atif said...

Your outfits is nice, hope for you, some lovely ride out there.
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