Female cyclists - what do you wear?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 14, 2013 10:31 PM Last Post By: CyclingAlong
Jul 8, 2013 11:55 PM
Female cyclists - what do you wear?This topic has got to have been covered before, but I swear I tried the search function and didn't get anything relevant... Anyway, lady cyclists, what do you wear when you're touring? I live in the tropics and I'm going to be biking the Pamir highway this summer, so I'm not convinced that my usual style of clothing is going to work (both for climate and cultural reasons). Any tips??
Jul 9, 2013 12:57 AM
Jul 9, 2013 10:31 AM
Jul 9, 2013 11:58 PM
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Aug 4, 2013 10:34 PM
4Bottoms: I mostly ride in a pair of long (knee length) board shorts.. they show off much less than spandex does. When I rode through Morocco I wore the board shorts while I was on the bike, but I kept a long wrap-around skirt handy so that I could put it on over the shorts as soon as was off the bike.. like going into a market or someone's home or whatnot. I actually highly recommend doing that - it's so fast and simple. I also had a pair of long socks to cover up the lower leg while riding... these are good if you just want to cover skin but don't mind it being tight on the leg. If I ever ride through a Muslim country again, I think I'd try and get something else to cover up the lower leg as well... maybe a pair of loose comfy pants. I've been looking into riding through Iran and I think long loose pants would be necessary for that.
I remember feeling like people didn't seem to mind that I was wearing shorts while I was on the bike pedaling (mostly people were surprised that I was a girl doing such a long trip, and I think because I was a bit of a novelty I was afforded a bit of leniency in the legs department... also being a white foreigner probably helped).... but the instant I stepped off the bike it was different... hence the skirt. I had one woman suggest to me that I should really be wearing a long skirt the entire time... but her son was quick to correct her that, because I was riding a bike, doing "sports" it was ok that I was wearing shorts. This might not apply anywhere outside of Morocco though.
Top: Most days in Morocco I wore a long-sleeved cotton shirt with a hood. The hood was great for anytime I wanted to hide from the sun or cover up my hair. Not really an issue when I had my helmet on... I also bought a head scarf when I was there so I could wrap up if needed. Loose, long-sleeved button-up shirts are also great for covering up and being cool in the heat. Cotton is key if it's hot out. Another life saver for me were "arms". I also got these in Morocco.. They're literally just arm tubes that I could pull on under a t-shirt to cover my arms up to the wrist. Pretty much, I found that as long as I was covering skin... everything was fine. It didn't matter what I had on, because I already stood out as a foreigner, people expected me to look and dress differently. But covering the skin was mandatory!
Hope this helps.... seriously, keeping a wrap-around skirt handy in a pannier is a lifesaver!
Sep 14, 2013 10:29 PM
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