One big change I am going to make to my bike riding is what I wear to do it. When I first got my bike, I simply – although, it must be said, much against the way of the cool kids of Melbourne – strapped an ugly bike helmet to my head and off I went. This was way back in 2007, and my wardrobe was very small: a few pairs of jeans, a couple of dresses a some heels on high rotation. I biked to and from work, through the middle of Melbourne's CBD and up and down major roads, and never had a problem with what I was wearing, which, whilst it was mostly pants, sometimes would be a dress or a skirt, too. My heels sat easily over the plastic (all important detail, by the way, if you want to ride in heels!) pedals and I always had flat hair, either left down or put up in a bobble when I arrived, so that was never a problem.
Now I wear a lot more dresses, and those dresses, and skirts, are often fuller – I don't know about you but I can't ride in a pencil skirt, although I have tried – I find it's much more of a problem. Of course, it doesn't help that Melbourne is often windy, too. Anyway, full skirts can get tangled up in the bike and that's never going to be a good thing. So I am going to wear pants when I ride, at least for the time being! Let's see how I go once I've got used to their comfort and practicality and forget skirts were ever a problem at all...
This was the last weekend of summer, when John and I went for a gentle bike ride around our local 'hood, up the hill to a park (and a bench for a much needed rest for me!) and then on to the green grocers before swooping back down the hill (hills home are good!) a couple of hours later. It really is my favourite way of seeing somewhere, as you can see everything without being in a hurry, but still get somewhere reasonably fast. Oh, how I love it. We discovered new bits of our area, big beautiful old houses that we had no idea even existed (and we would rather like one, please) and little lush green parks, hidden from the view of the cars that whiz along the main roads.
I mentioned flat hair, and here is one of my solutions. I'd waved my hair a couple of days before (using vintage metal waving clips) and I prefer to have a bit of hair around my face, and so kept everything together with a vintage scarf that matched my stripy tee shirt to a, erm, tee. I do love black, white and mustard together. This was teamed with my Scanlan and Theodore shorts (the ones like plus fours), which are just perfect for bike riding, although they sit very low – they are from the days when pants and belts sat below the hip bone. Oh how normal it seemed them, and how strange it seems now. Luckily my tee shirt, which once was John's (yoink), is long enough to stay tucked in, but I would prefer a higher waistline.