|Is an A-line skirt bike friendly?|
You see, it has been a good three months since I started regular bicycle commuting so by now it has become a habit. I wake up, get dressed, pack my lunch and bags for my bike, swing my leg over the saddle and pedal down the hill. And always with a big smile on my face, of course! Well...sometimes it is a grimace, because the first and immediate 3/4 mile descent down 9% grade can be chilly in the winter and spring mornings.
This morning was no different than any other. I dressed appropriately for the temperature outside so that I wouldn't be too warm since I do not want to arrive at the office with my shirt dabbled with sweat. Correction -- women do not sweat. We glow!
I have this cute A-line skirt navy skirt with cream colored polka dots (pictured above) and I knew the minute I stepped up on the pedal, rested my bum on the saddle and started pedaling that there was NO way it was going to work! I was pedaling knock-knee and really couldn't get a full and efficient pedal stroke. I could:
- Stand and pedal but it would be hard to do that the entire 50 minutes commuting to work.
- Hike up my skirt into a mini skirt and flash all of the drivers who pass me by. But eh...that's not quite the image of a Cuter Commuter I want to project.
I have seen photos posted of other women wearing A-line skirts on blogs and the author claims these women ride their bikes in those skirts. On a bike with a standard diamond frame nonetheless!! To that I say more power to these women because I just cannot do it. Not for 9.3 miles where I have to get on and off the bike at stop lights and if I want to get to work some time today!
So I spun back up to the house, dashed inside and slipped on a pair of pants and rolled up my skirt into my bag. TIP: rolling your clothes is more forgiving of wrinkles than folding. These are Ponte Legging Pants from Uniqlo. The fabric gives these leggings a stylish look and there is a perma-seam down the front for a pressed look. They remind me of riding pants. I like that they stretch and have two back pockets yet they're still semi-professional and are also affordable! GREAT for bicycling to work (and tuck neatly and nicely into boots during the winter)!!
TIP: to make things easy, I keep some of my shoes that I wear for work at the office. That is one less thing to carry and one less pair of shoes taking up room in my closet!
|Save the hassle by leaving some dress shoes at the office.|