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Bike Commute Diaries: Dress for a Mess

26 Jun

When construction prep turned the bike path from hard-packed gravel to a wet mess today, I was so glad I was wearing a dress. Cleaning bare skin and sandals at work is much easier than cleaning long pants.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

7 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Dress for a Mess

  1. anniebikes

    June 27, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I’m jonesin for a ride so I’m going to suck it up and ride in the rain this morning, mud or no mud!

     
    • ladyfleur

      June 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Go Annie! I hope you’ve got fenders and an easy way to clean up!

       
  2. Alex

    June 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I am impressed that you rode in those shoes! When I ride to work, I usually leave a pair of heels at the office, and ride in either flats or sneakers.

     
    • ladyfleur

      June 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Alex, the shoes are easier to ride in than you would think–and you don’t have to lean the bike over so much at stop signs since you’re on your toes. :)

      I know other people who leave shoes (or whole outfits) at the office, but I have too many pairs of shoes to leave them all in the office. Plus I need to wear them places other than the office.

       
  3. fiedlerin

    June 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I bravely took on riding in heels after I found your blog… doing fine, just the Sofft heels I have don’t work. They simply don’t have enough “grip” to stay on the pedals. I slipped off when I wanted to take off at a stop light. I think rubber soles work best.

     
    • ladyfleur

      June 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Awesome! I’m glad you tried it, but as you learned you may find some shoes just don’t work–they slip off the pedals or don’t give you a solid connection.

      I rarely have trouble on the push off, probably because I almost always lift the pedal up before I take off so I get a good downstroke. That works best for me, except when I rented a bike in Austin with a coaster brake, which won’t let you lift up on the pedal. Drove me nuts until I figured out how to stop leaving the pedals where I wanted them.

       

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