Tips for Ridin’ ChicPosted: May 3, 2009
Here are mine – what are yours?
Floaty skirts — Not a good idea but they look fantastic if you can manage to prevent flyaways. Perhaps get some cute old-fashioned bloomers that roll-up and fit in a purse? It would just be a crime if the summer sundress had to go by the wayside while bike riding.
Pencil skirts — They work fine as long as there is a back slit. Watch for the upward creep.
Long (ish) skirts — No problem as long as you have a chain guard and can gather the material (under, around, or between your legs). A circle skirt would probably be a bad idea.
Heels — Definitely work as long as they stay on your feet. The pedal fits nicely in the nook between heel and sole. I highly recommend a rubber sole (Liz Claiborne Flex, for example) to keep from pedal slippage. A T-strap or ankle strap provides extra security.
Flats — Only work if they really, really stay on your feet. Hit the pedal at the wrong angle and you’ll end up with a shoe in the street.
Flip-flops and sandals — Delightful.
Earrings — Beware of anything both large and solid. You might arrive at your destination with your cheeks a bit battered.
Scarves — great for keeping you warm while riding. Looks super chic blowing back in the wind.
Great bag — Essential that it fits in your oh-so-cute-and-practical-basket. I have ridden around town with a laptop strapped across my chest and it just doesn’t look or feel as free. There are a few places that are starting to make some super cute panniers (bags that fit on the sides of your rack on the back) — perhaps that’s the next wave?