It’s National Bike to Work Week. I like bikes. But it does seem like we are starting to stretch the ‘national’ weeks a bit; virtually every day is some sort of special occasion. (Or as my boyfriend says, ‘always celebrating.’ That’s in response to my need to have champagne in the fridge at all times—you just never know.)
I adored the beach cruiser I used to have. I never tired of biking up and down the strand, and having a basket is actually more appropriate for an adult female instead of when you were five. It didn’t fit in my car however, so it was sold to an ecstatic freshman at Loyola Marymount during my move. (I knew I should have priced it higher on Craigslist like my roommate!)
There’s a few things I want to mention about bikes: what to wear while riding one and where to buy & build your own.
No, I’m not going to start posting spandex options. I’m talking about what to realistically where when a bike is your mode of transportation, not while you are training for a triathlon.
Things to remember: you are spreading your legs, ladies, so avoid super short anything. Not only will it creep up even higher but you don’t want your thighs sticking to the seat—especially when it’s real hot outside.
What to wear:
- Shoes that don’t easily fall off your feet
- Pants that aren’t extremely wide legged or flared. (These easily get trapped and ripped.)
- Cotton blend materials. When you sweat, these are frightfully unflattering (i.e. show sweat spots…on your ass, lovely.) This is why I don’t understand 100% cotton maxi dresses. Ideally there should be some type of blend (polyester) so that the moisture is wicked away and you don’t feel gross.
Lucky magazine has some interesting reader submitted bike riding shots, like this:
Where to buy a bike: Urban Outfitters has collaborated with Bike Republic. This 3D bike shop allows you to customize your own.
If you don’t feel like picking out every little detail on your bicicleta, then try Beach Bikes.net It’s where most everyone I know has bought theirs. (And the prices are reasonable.)
There’s a quote I like that involves a bike: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.”—Albert Einstein