Cycling in a dress this fall is not as difficult as you think

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Spring is here, and it’s time for cycling in your favorite dress. You can rock your stylish frocks while cruising around town on two wheels. That’s right, you can bicycle in a dress. Who said you have to sacrifice style for practicality? Not us! In this article, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to cycle in style.

Cycling in a dress can be a fun and liberating experience, but for many people, the idea of riding a bike in a dress can seem daunting. Will the dress get caught in the spokes? Will it fly up in the wind? The answer to all of these questions is yes – with a few simple tips and tricks, biking in a dress can be easy, safe, and fashionable.

Choose the right dress

The first step to cycling in a dress is to choose the right dress. While some people may think that only certain types of dresses are suitable for biking, the truth is that any dress can work if you choose the right one. Look for dresses that are lightweight and breathable, with a loose or flowy silhouette that won’t restrict your movement as you pedal. A classic sundress, maxi dress, or fit-and-flare dress are all great options.

Once you’ve chosen your dress, it’s important to make sure that it’s bike-friendly. Check for any loose or dangling elements, such as long hemlines or decorative tassels, that could get caught in the bike chain or spokes. Tuck in any loose ends or tie them back to prevent them from flying up in the wind. If your dress has a longer hemline, you can also consider wearing bike shorts or leggings underneath for added coverage.

Essential bicycle gear

A chain guard is a protective covering that goes around the chain of your bike, preventing your dress from getting caught in the chain or spokes. It’s an essential part of any good bicyclist setup.

A dress guard, also known as a skirt guard or coat guard, is a piece of fabric that is designed to attach to the frame of your bike and cover the rear wheel. The purpose of a dress guard is to prevent your dress, skirt, or coat from getting caught in the spokes or chain of your bike while you ride.

Dress guards can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, or fabric, and they come in different shapes and sizes to fit different types of bikes. Some dress guards are removable and can be easily taken off when not needed, while others are permanently attached to the bike. Dress guards can be a great addition to any bike, particularly for those who enjoy biking in dresses or other flowy garments.

There have also been specially designed clips for cycling in a dress available at different periods of time that hold the front and back of your garment together and weigh it down. These can be magnetic, or have a snap clip fastener. Get creative.

Tips and tricks

• Another tip to consider when biking in a dress is to adjust the height of your bike seat. Ideally, you want your seat to be at a height where you can comfortably touch the ground with your feet when you come to a stop. This will help prevent any awkward wardrobe malfunctions or uncomfortable moments when trying to balance in your dress.

• It’s always a good idea to wear skirts that are short enough to not tangle in a chain. Looser skirts are best.

•You can also clip or tie the skirt together between your legs while riding using binder clips, safety pins, or hair ties.

• Consider wearing bike shorts under everything just in case.

• Ride at a slower pace will allow you to enjoy the scenery, and it will also reduce the risk of your dress getting caught in the pedals or rear wheel.

• Remember, the most important thing when cycling in a dress is to prioritize comfort and practicality. Avoid dresses that are too tight or restrictive and opt for materials that are breathable and easy to move in.

• Wear strategic layers.

Serious bicycle dress moves

The penny trick: If your skirt or dress is knee-length or longer, you can try the penny hack by putting a penny or something similarly heavy and small at the back hem of your skirt and then pushing the penny through your legs, grabbing it through the fabric at the front of the skirt and then wrap it up with an elastic band turning your skirt into a pair of pants temporarily. The penny or whatever you use will also help to wear the dress down.

The strategic tuck: Don’t discount the power of the strategic tuck can have. While on your bike with that beautiful skirt, grab up the extra fabric and tuck it around your legs and under your butt. Just make sure it isn’t so constricting that you can’t pedal properly. And, of course, if you stand up on your pedals or move around a lot, this particular measure won’t last long.

Or, do the knot

Knot it up: When it comes to longer skirts, your main issue will be keeping them far, far away from your bike’s wheels and gears. One great way to keep all that fabric in check is to simply knot the fabric of your skirt about 3/4s of the way down. It’ll keep your ‘fit from moving around too much as you hit the bike path or lane and once you arrive at your destination, you can simply undo the knot and you’re good to go.

Try more athletic designs: You might just want to shop for some skirts and dresses that were designed to withstand movement (and, ok, sweat).

And there are always cute skorts—also known as a skirt with built-in shorts—or materials that are made to be both stretchy and sweat-wicking. As long as your outfit allows you to move, doesn’t require you to readjust with every push of the pedal and you feel comfortable in it, we think it counts as a biking outfit.

Cycling in a dress should be a completely normal part of your daily bicycle routine as it is in many bicycle-friendly cities, but it does require some careful planning and consideration at first. By selecting the right type of dress, and using practical accessories, tips, and tricks, you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Safety should always be your top priority, so take the time to ensure that your dress doesn’t interfere with your ability to cycle safely. So grab your bike, put on your favorite dress, and hit the bike lane with confidence!

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