Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Butt Conundrum

Biking to work everyday is great, even if yesterday I was nearly hit by a car. People really don't care about bikes, and love to either cut bikers off or jump in front of them. People! The bike path is for bikes, not pedestrians or cars. I am made of flesh. I have priority. Have some respect.

Biking was even greater today because it's so freaking nice outside. Warm and sunny. And hence starts my trouble. The problem is that all of my pants are low-rise. Whose smart idea was it to make pants that when you sit down, well, either show your crack or your undies. In order to prevent exposing my lower back in a fashion deemed illegal in West Virginia, I ride my bike with either a sweater or a shell on, or both. This worked really well for me until my return home today. Picture this: at least 20 degrees out, everyone walking around in shorts and tanks, and a crazy girl on a bike with a black wind breaker. Not only do people look at you funny, but you feel pretty damn stupid and warm. So here is my problem: how do I keep riding my bike tastefully without having to wear unnecessary layers? Most of my tees and tanks are not long enough to fully or properly cover everything when sitting down and leaning forward. Does this mean that everyday I will have to wear big tees and give up any hope of looking good on a workday?

As well, how do one bike to work and not arrive at work sweaty and gross? It's pretty embarrassing when you have to "dry" yourself at work. And it also calls for unfashionable outfits.

Lastly, I realized today that I will not be able to wear skirts on workdays because skirts and bikes aren't great friends...

If anyone has any great ideas to any of these issues (especially 1 and 2), please let me know!


Blogger StarGazer said...

You could tie the windbreaker around your waist. That way it will cover your butt but you don't have to wear it.

As for getting to work without being sweaty, I've no idea. If someone comes up with a way to do that, they will benefit man- and womankind and should win the Pulitzer for something or other.

May 26, 2005 11:30 a.m.  
Anonymous Khajewan's husband said...

Wear a bike vest. I think Mountain Co-op has them (or a bike shop). It also doesn't have to be the day-glo orange kind. I belive they come in black and some are vented.

May 27, 2005 3:17 p.m.  
Blogger Magalie said...

i decided that i should buy a bike basket. that way, i can put my lunch in the basket and skip wearing a backpack. that should really help keeping me cool!

but i'm lazy, and i don't have many days left. maybe i won't get around to it, but i like the idea...

June 13, 2005 7:05 p.m.  

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