Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Take a ride on the wild side

I had been against riding in skirts since I can think of it. My friends didn't, and nobody in my family did. Mum used to tell us that cycling in a skirt is vulgar because it might ride up. Another reason not to do it is that I almost always ride on men's frames with high top tube and I thought that it would be difficult to get on the bike.

Only now my blog mates Anna from Barcelona and anna from Vienna encouraged me to try it.

Last weekend I spent in Vienna to visit the bike festival (anna wrote about it). I just had my KONA racer with me, but Sunday afternoon on the Danube island I gave it a go.

It's not too hard to get on the bike, although it feels a little strange to pull the leg over the top tube instead of just to swing it over the saddle. The skirt did not ride up (well, it was a rather long skirt borrowed from anna) to show my private parts but it was quite chilly between my legs. And the skirt got entangled in my rear brake quite often, so I would say that it is still improper to ride with a skirt on a road bike.

maff's rocking hard in a skirt (German: Rock)

Well, it could be deemed to be improper to ride in a skirt for men.
:D

6 comments:

anna said...

You're such a girl! I also have a high top tube and can easily swing my leg over the saddle, even with tight skirts.. Maybe you should get a skirt guard for your Kona ;-).

spiderleggreen said...

With those legs, perhaps you could get on Copenhagan Cycle Chic. ;) Better get a Mixte though.

Dottie said...

Ha - awesome.

maff said...

@spiderlegreen: Thank you so much! It's moments like photo shoots with anna why I shave my legs ;)

Mikael said...

Riding in skirts. Millions of European women can't be wrong.

Anna said...

Thanks for trying ;). But we girls have it easier as women's bikes frames are lower...

But I agree, it's inappropriate to road ride in skirts...you can, but it is not the best suit...

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