The title says it all here, folks. There’s a short list of things that make me cranky in the cycling world (calling mixtes “women’s” bikes, people with their saddle too low, squeaky chains), and one of them is the idea that you have to have a step-through frame to ride in a dress, because it’s just not true!
As a matter of fact, riding a diamond-frame bicycle can help keep your skirt out of your brakes and spokes by being held up out of the way a little by the top tube.
Obviously a tight pencil skirt won’t work. But I’ve worn the most ridiculous clothes on a non-lady’s bike and been fine.
Examples! (all photos taken by friends and posted to flickr, click the pictures to go to their flickr pages)(most pictures taken on themed rides)
There are more if only I could find them!
Hints on riding in a skirt:
*If you wear a petticoat, the fluff seems to keep the skirt out of the rear spokes/brakes
*Every time your butt comes off the saddle for any reason, slide your hand over your backside before getting back on, so you don’t end up sitting on weirdly bunched-up clothes. Also helps prevent you from flashing people if your skirt is shorter.
*If you are, indeed, riding a diamond-frame: you need to decide whether you’re going to worry about flashing people when you get on the bike. I’ve decided I’m not worried, because to see my underwear, you’d have to be standing at a very specific angle and looking, and it would only be for a split-second anyway!
*In the summer, riding in a skirt is the best thing ever, but beware that some skirts will ride up enough to possibly flash your undergarments at people. My skirts mostly get right up to that spot but don’t go any higher, which is convenient.
*Skirts are great for covering up bike shorts. Because bike shorts do indeed make long rides comfier, but jesus are they ugly.