Riding a bicycle isn’t the most glamorous past time, nor is it the most sexy, but there are certain things we can do, and not do, to enhance our appearance whilst spinning the wheels.
Whilst there are plenty of bikes out there these days that can easily be called ‘sexy’ it’s not about the bike. It’s about how you put the rider + bike package together, and I’m not just talking about coordinating colours, or having all the high-end gear.
I’m talking about smiling, being courteous to other road/trail users, stopping to help someone with a puncture - the kind of stuff that seems to be going out of fashion in the cycling world.
If you are hoping however, to get that edge purely on what you look like, you will find here some tips and some suggestions about the kind of gear that might make you ride better simply because you look and feel better!
The first DON’T when it comes to looking sexy on a bike relates to the good, old magpie deterrent device - the cable ties. Not only do they not look good, they don’t work. If someone came at me and my baby wielding a cable tie do you honestly think that it would stop me defending my family? Yeah, didn’t think so. So unless you can charge your cable ties with 240 volts of electricity, save them for that cable tie dress you’ve always wanted.
The answer to the cable tie debate is simple but not so simple, is the debate on socks. Ankle freezers versus those ones that come mid-calf that everyone seems to be wearing now and that just don’t do a thing for my legs. Needless to say, I am an advocate for the ankle socks, much to my husband’s disgust. “If you refer to Rule 27, Part IVof THE RULES, it says that ankle socks should only be worn by female tennis players.” Well booey to the rules I say. I’m not playing tennis and I’m not wearing those in-between length socks.
Another DON’T in your quest to look sexy on the bike involves headphones. Don’t wear them. It’s bad manners to maintain a conversation with another person whilst wearing them and you must always be aware of noises in your surrounds, especially when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Same goes for mobile phones, both a definite NO to enhancing your sexiness on a bike.
My list of do’s and don’t’s to looking sexy on a bike is endless and is certainly open for discussion. Personally, I think I am beyond sexy on a bike, so I just get on and ride. I’ve got a favourite jersey that I bought in New York seven years ago; my bike is the same age; I wear ankle socks and I drink Ribena.
Ultimately, you can wear absolutely anything that tickles your fancy, whether it’s the latest clothing, accessories or gear (be it on, or off the bike) because it really doesn’t matter what you look like. What matters is, how you treat all other road users; your approach to safety for yourself and all other road users; how you ride; the power in your mind and in your legs; feeling comfortable with yourself and your look; the conversations you make and the people you meet.
Happy riding, sexy!