I dislike bicycling in pants. I was reminded of all the reasons why a couple of days ago. Pants rub uncomfortably against my thighs, bunch up around my saddle, and drop low on my waist when I lean forward even slightly. Plus, they force me to wear goofy ankle straps on both legs. (Chain cases don’t help; the problematic part is the crank arm, which has ripped more than one cuff.) Not a good look and annoying to fiddle with!
The only pants I’m comfortable cycling in are jeggings, but since I can’t wear them to work, they don’t come out often.
Therefore, I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, with tights and leggings to carry me through the winter. This is 100% practical.
I think the concept of cycling in skirts may seem silly to outsiders or newbies, but once women experience cycling in different clothes, they must appreciate the comfort of skirts, right? And since more women are riding bikes for everyday transportation, perhaps skirts on bikes are slowly becoming the new normal. A couple of days ago Lovely Bicycle posted about normal-clothes preferences while bicycling, starting with a conversation she overheard of women shopping for bike-friendly skirts, and several women in the comments mentioned that they like cycling in skirts.
Ladies, which do you prefer for cycling – skirts or pants? How do you make pants comfortable?? Gentlemen, are you envious that society generally keeps you from wearing skirts (seriously, I wanna know)?