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LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

Let’s face it everybody… spandex doesn’t look good on most people.  It most certainly doesn’t look good on ME.  And cycling jerseys aren’t very comfortable.  They are unfashionable at best and garishly annoying at their worst.  I’m just not going to play dress up like Bradley Wiggins (2012 Tour de France winner) and parade down the street on my big fat… steel touring bike. That’s just wrong.

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Padded cycling capris by Terry, Sperry Top Sider shoes, Nutcase Daisy Crazy Helmet, the top is a $3 Goodwill bargain

 

Besides there’s another very good reason NOT to wear cycling spandex on your bike rides.  It’s been found that motorists give more leeway to cyclists wearing normal clothing and pass more closely by spandex clad pedalers.  I think there are two reasons for this.  First is that a lot of motorists are generally ticked off by the spandex.  They find it annoying and snooty.  And second is that they assume a spandex clad cyclist is a more professional rider and not likely to wobble into their path as they pass.  I have no prideful wish for any motorist to think I’m a very professional cyclist.  Let ’em think I’m a newbie!  I just want them to keep their distance!

If you like to wear spandex on your bike rides, fine. Some of my very good friends do.  But know the cost (you’re going to annoy some people and cars will brush by you more closely) and this is important: DON’T ASSUME YOU HAVE TO!  Yes believe it or not, I’ve met folks who think spandex attire is REQUIRED.  I’m here to tell you that is NOT true!

Here’s what IS true, or at least what I’ve found to be true for ME.  Cycling attire can be comfortable, practical, AND fashionable and fun all at the same time.  Ladies, we can cycle in style!!

Padded cycling capris by SheBeest.  Pink Merrell shoes and my pink floral Lazer helmet.  Purple top and cute polka dot skirt were $3 each at Goodwill.

Padded cycling capris by SheBeest. Pink Merrell shoes and my pink floral Lazer helmet. Purple top and cute polka dot skirt were $3 each at Goodwill.

Let’s talk about cycling helmets.  Many women seem to have an aversion to wearing them.  But they are an essential accessory for cycling safety.  I’ve got too many friends with cracked helmets rather than cracked skulls to prove it.  My helmet saved my own noggin in one unfortunate spill several years ago.  So they simply must be worn.  Ladies, if you don’t want to wear a helmet because you think they look bad, I’ve got your solution.  Go shopping!!!  You don’t have to settle for the standard morel mushroom toppers.  There are tons of fun and fashionable helmets out there.  I’ve developed an addiction to cycling helmets over the years, I buy them like most women buy shoes.  I like to match them with my cycling outfits every day.

Despite all my spandex-dissing in my first three paragraphs, bicycling pants really ARE comfortable and easy to ride in.  And the padded shorts really do make cycling easier on your tush.  SOOOO what to do?  I’m happy to announce that after much trial and error and years of experimentation, I’ve finally developed my own unique style I call Little Old Lady (LOL) Cycle Chic which combines the benefits of cycling pants with the safety and style of normal dress.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and so I’m going to share!

Cycling top and padded cycling skirt from Novara (REI's brand).  Kid's Keen sneakers.  Circle patterned Lazer helmet.  Black sweater is a Goodwill deal.

Cycling top and padded cycling skirt from Novara (REI’s brand). Kid’s Keen sneakers. Circle patterned Lazer helmet. Black sweater is a Goodwill deal.

My personal LOL Cycle Chic style is usually a combination of padded cycling capris underneath a skirt or dress.  Stylish casual shoes for active living work well for my kinda cycling.  Merrells and Keens are especially good brands.  Don’t forget to accessorize with cycle friendly jewelry!  And of course I top it all off with a matching helmet from my large collection.

There’s no getting around it, cycling specific clothing is usually very expensive.  I normally don’t skimp when I’m buying my shoes, helmets and padded pants.  But there’s no need to spend the big bucks on the rest.  I often bike down to a nearby Goodwill store to cash in on excellent deals on tops, skirts, and dresses.

So whatever your cycling style, have fun with it and stay safe!

Wanna see more LOL Cycle Chic?  Click on the pics!

  1. Floral knit skirt & padded cycling capris by Terry, Merino wool Icebreaker top & pink floral Lazer helmet
  2. Cycling top & padded cycling skirt from Novara (REI’s brand). Kid’s Keen sneakers & Lazer helmet
  3. Boho Chic! Skirt & top were $3 Goodwill bargains. Pink Merrell shoes & Hula Lounge Nutcase Helmet
  4. Tennis anyone? Bicycle print long tee, grey knit skirt, padded cycling capris by Terry & Converse tennis shoes.
  5. Sporting my Crazy Daisy Nutcase helmet, a black knit hoodie, Teva Mush shoes, and my Detours Bicycle Bag
  6. Designer skirt from Czech Republic. Italian Sawako Furuno helmet. Black leather riding boots.
  7. My Loap Sportswear rain jacket from Czech Republic is incredibly warm! Full fingered Fuji cycling gloves.
  8. Scarf and hat set from Coldwater Creek. Target sweater & Goodwill skirt. Novara base layers.
  9. All bundled up with layers, knit cap under my helmet and mittens over my cycling gloves.
  10. Novara base layers with black sweatshirt, cycling pants & riding boots. Goodwill skirt.
  11. Padded cycling capris by SheBeest. Pink Merrell shoes. Purple top & cute polka dot skirt were $3 each at Goodwill.
  12. Terry padded cycling capris, Sperry Top Sider shoes, Nutcase Daisy Crazy Helmet, $3 Goodwill top

 

 

 

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