Biking in a Skirt

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It’s happening. Snowy photos have filled my Facebook stream, holiday decorations have invaded the neighborhood… In other words:

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Of course, here in California, this basically means 60-degree temps in the morning and, possibly, having to survive a mid-50s chill at night. No coat necessary!

One thing that is necessary, though, is cold-weather cycling gear. Running past sun-down in a long-sleeve race t-shirt, skirt and knee-high compression socks may be fine, but biking is another story. Unless you’re purposefully trying to lose a finger (or a butt cheek?), it’s time to bring out the gloves, long pants and long-sleeve cycling jackets!

Neither of which were part of my closet, so when Skirt Sports offered to send me some gear to review, the timing was quite perfect.

Now, anyone who’s read this blog at least once or twice before must know what a huge fan of Skirt Sports I am. I discovered them in 2006 and have never gone back to shorts. Why would I, when cute running outfits were suddenly available? My run gear drawers are now stuffed to the brim with their skirts, dresses, tri tops and pants, jackets, even visors.

One thing I hadn’t tried before was their cycling gear. Heck, I’d never tried proper cycling gear before, period! So once my package arrived, with Skirt Sport’s new Wilder print Cruiser Bike Knicker Skirt and Long December Top, I could hardly wait to take ‘em out on the road. (Though I guess that’s not really how you ride a bike?)So let’s start with the knickers. Ha! (Anyone else find the word “knickers” funny?)

Those things are so thickly padded and comfy, though, I honestly could care less if they were called old-lady cycling diapers. Seriously: once you jump on the saddle and get going, your butt will thank you. We rode only 25 miles that day, so not really a long ride, but I felt so comfortable, I surely could’ve gone another 25. And the best part, all that cushion-ness is nicely covered by a skirt, so even if you feel awkward waddling around when you stop for a break, you at least look cute! Length-wise, the pants reach mid-calf – I paired them with compression socks to avoid skin exposure to the early-morning chill.The top is warm, full zip and has two large pockets in the back that you can use for water, nutrition or more clothing layers (a thin windbreaker, for example, which I needed before I warmed up half-way through our ride).

I accessorized with $10 cycling gloves from Costco!

The jersey is 50% off at $42 on SkirtSports.com right now, ditto for the knickers (hehe) are ($66), so head on over to their site if you’ve been looking to gear up for winter riding! The sales goes until December 2.

While you’re there, enter their awesome sweepstakes, too, for a chance at winning some amazing goodies from their partners (see picture below) and a $150 Skirt Sports gift certificate! But hurry, the promotion ends today (November 26)!

Thanks again to Skirt Sports for outfitting me: with all those long half-Ironman training rides ahead of me this winter, the gear will get lots of use!

Disclaimer: I received the gear (clothes) featured here for free from Skirt Sports. Opinions are strictly my own.

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