Welcome to Dear Genevieve, our new bike-life column. In celebration of Bike Month, the launch of bike share and the coming of summer, we’re psyched to introduce a venue for bicyclists and would-be riders to find answers to everyday quandaries. Got a question? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to ride a bike in the city, but I don’t want to be showing my hoo-hah to the world! What should I wear under my skirt? – Exposed
Yes, there are things you can do when cycling in a skirt to keep your embarrassment from being splashed all over Page Six. If it’s a flowy skirt, you can wear a garter that clamps hem to legs (keeping things from showing). You can wear shorts. Terry Bicycles sells Cyclo Briefs, which are essentially padded-ass undies for ladies. (Cute? Mmmm. That’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself.) “Bloomers” from My Alibi are a more colorful option. Or, you can tuck that skirt under your rear, pulling back to front so that you sit on the flappy bits. There’s even an ingenious new skirt made by Iva Jean with a zipper up the back, that opens to make an otherwise too-tight garment rideable.
But here’s the thing. There’s no getting around the problem of riding in a short skirt. It is one of the small yet undeniable inequities in life. Like housework. As Carol Channing once said, “Nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV. Your mommy hates housework, your daddy hates housework; I hate housework, too. And when you grow up, so will you… Housework,” the lesson concludes, “is just no fun.” And the ladies who smile as they do housework on TV? They’re being paid.
Tight pencil skirts, mini-skirts or those darling babydoll dresses? Sorry ladies. The gals you’ve seen in those, perched atop a fixie and backdropped by the pastel-tinged American landscape in an Urban Outfitters ad – they’re being paid. Because riding in that is just no fun.