| Women's Cycling Clothing |
Like most women’s fashions, women’s cycling clothing is designed to fit the shape of the female body. It is also crafted to be highly durable and functional, with specific cuts to accommodate multiple riding positions. Cycling jerseys are cut longer in the rear, to cover your lower back when you bend over to reach the handlebars. Women-specific jerseys are also cut for women’s arms, can accommodate a bust, and are formed at the waist to avoid pressing or bunching around the stomach. Shorts and tights are cut to accommodate slightly wider hips and thighs, and incorporate either a seamless or "baseball cut" padded insert ("chamois") for added comfort. Women’s riding gear also includes gloves for smaller hands, shoes built on a woman’s last, and helmets that fit smaller heads. As with bicycles, however, you should not feel limited to the women’s apparel racks.
Whether you’re just getting started or training for an upcoming event, set goals for yourself. One more day of the week on the bike, one more hour per week, or one more mile on your ride to work can have a huge effect on your overall fitness. Creating riding time is often a goal in and of itself for women who must balance any combination of family, work or school. Here are some ideas to help you stay on the bike and keep your sanity in the process: Cycling Club
Join a cycling club. Riding clubs aren’t just for racers; they’re social outlets for people who enjoy riding together at all different levels. Organized Events
Ride with friends or a group in an organized event such as a family bike festival or charity ride. Some events are offered solely for women, although you can have just as much fun riding with the guys. Skills Clinic
Participate in a skills clinic. Many coaches and bike shops offer them. They provide a great opportunity to build skills and confidence, and find new riding buddies. No Drop Rides
Organize or take part in a women’s ride. "No drop" rides are frequently scheduled by cycling clubs and bike shops in most cycling friendly areas. "No drop" means that the ride will re-group after hills and other challenges that might slow some riders. Social
Want to spend more time with your mate? Dates don’t have to include dinner and a movie; a bike ride and lunch stop also make for a great outing.
Riding is usually more fun with a friend, but can also be quite satisfying as a solitary activity. But let’s face it girls, we do need to be more cautious than men in many situations. Because of this, we recommend the following safety measures when you head out on your own:
- Always file a flight plan. Whether through a phone call or a note on the kitchen counter, someone should know where you’re headed.
- Bring your cell phone, identification and some cash. Put them in a plastic bag for protection, and place them in your seat pack or jersey pocket.
- Avoid remote areas and use your sixth sense. If it doesn’t look or feel right, turn around. (Note: mountain biking alone is generally not recommended for men or women.)
- Change up your route on a regular basis.
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