Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Riding in a Summer Dress

The winter season doesn't stop me from riding, especially in a skirt. Tights and boots are popular with younger women in Reno and although I like to wear tights with boots when I'm running errands during the weekends, it's not necessarily "appropriate attire" for the office.

This baby pink dress I am wearing is actually a sleeveless button front summer dress and is perfect for layering!

Asummer dress for winter riding with tights underneath
Under the dress, I wore a thin, long sleeve base layer with sweat-wicking properties. Then slipped a navy crew neck sweater over the dress and pulled on some soft, thick leggings in dark blue. Finally topped off with a light corduroy blazer and short brown boots but you can also wear taller boots if you like with knitted leg warmers if you tend to get cold.

I try to keep my layers to a minimum to avoid getting too hot (and subsequently sweaty) so that I start out a tad cold and then warm up a few minutes into my ride.

This outfit I wore on Tuesday morning did just fine in 34 degree weather, even with wind chill!! Nothing special, just ordinary pieces from my closet. Bicycling to work in regular clothing can be done. Even in a summer dress.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My First Bicycle

My first bike as an adult was a mountain bike. And I'll bet many people would think of getting a mountain bike over say...a road bike when considering a purchase. With its knobby tires and front fork suspension, a mountain bike can be great for hitting potholes, going over large curbs and crossing gritty patches of dirt along your commute.


However, they can be heavier and take more effort to ride on the road because their wider, softer tire with less air pressure flattens more when rolling on the ground. I would pedal several miles on pavement and be out of breathe. I thought, was I really THAT out of shape? I didn't know then that the flattening was "rolling resistance" which kept me from coasting along like I would with less effort on a road bike (which have  narrower tires, less contact with the road = less rolling resistance like ice skates on ice). I didn't really need to go fast, I just wanted to ride a few miles without huffing and puffing and breaking into a sweaty mess. That was probably because I was trying to keep up with my husband on his road bike ;-)

If you really like going off-road on the weekends (because that's what it is designed for) then a mountain bike could make a tough commuting bike. My mountain bike and I went on a few fun rides together but it never saw a dirt trail or gravel road. Sadly we parted and I imagine it is somewhere eating up mud on the mountains!!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Women on Bicycles - Annie Londonderry

There is a throwback Thursday for you! Annie Londonderry successfully cycled around the world at age 25. She only had her bike, a change of clothing and a pistol.

Women on Bicycles Annie Londonderry
This excerpt is from "The Girls' Bicycle Handbook" by Caz Nicklin. Order from Cyclechic and get a signed copy by Caz herself. Sounds like a great gift for that lucky girl - for Christmas or any occassion!!