what I wore : a typical ride - The Dainty Squid

what I wore : a typical ride

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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tank top - c/o The Home. T
shorts - Target
back pack - Lowepro
patch - Kimberlin Co.

Finally, an outfit that's a little bit more typical of what you'd see if you spotted me out and about including sweat, bike grease, and a ton of bruises! This is basically my biking uniform as of late. For a while I was dealing with the worst pain while biking, need I say more? I just could not get comfortable on my saddle. Most days I could deal with it, but it wasn't fun. There were even a few nights we had to call it quits early because I couldn't stand to sit on my bike longer. I bought a fancy new saddle built for ladies, which seemed to solve my problem for a few weeks then I started noticing it again. I finally gave in and decided to purchase the one thing I said I never would - bike shorts. I looked all around but couldn't find any that felt comfortable. Everything I tried was so weird and bulky. Plus they just looked like I was wearing a giant diaper. As a last resort I purchased these yoga shorts and wouldn't ya know it - they're perfect. My problem all along was the seam in my shorts, sitting on that for long periods of time is not comfortable. With these new shorts I feel like I could bike forever. Plus they're sleek enough that I could wear them under a dress if I decide to ride in one.

I guess this outfit isn't necessarily super cute but I feel really good in it. I'm still not sold on biking in a dress actually. Something about getting really sweaty in a dress doesn't feel right to me. Regardless if it's "stylish" or not, in this outfit I feel strong, which is the best. Riding in general makes me feel strong. On the day these were taken I hit 300 miles. That's more than I've ever biked in my whole life. Being active again feels amazing. Shoot, it's been since I was in middle school since I did anything "sporty"! It's incredible how great a little bit of physical activity will make you feel. 
xoxo

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  1. Ooh that seriously looks comfortable. That tank IS stylish, if it comforts you to know so. :) I certainly like it, anyway. I just picked up a pair of shorts like that for running and they are amazin'. I'm shy of wearing them alone though, like you, so they go under another pair.

    Gosh, though. Over what time period did you bike 300 miles? I'm impressed.

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    1. 300 miles since I got my bike in May! :)

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    2. Oh I'm glad you said that! I read and was like "300 miles... in one day, is that humanly possible? And then she looks that good in the photos?" I'm glad you solved the shorts problem, but it looks like you're still missing one important accessory: a helmet!

      Joy // The Harpy

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    3. Joy, some people wear helmets, some don't. I've chosen not to.
      http://www.howiechong.com/journal/2014/2/bike-helmets

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  2. I hear ya. I've tried bike shorts and they actually gave me rubbing problems as well. Yoga shorts are the way to go!

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    1. I didn't have a rubbing problem, just a way too much pressure on sensitive parts problem. But I can totally see how bike shorts would cause rubbing problems!

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  3. take care, when you drive. friday next critical mass in hamburg- yay! but i need a different style...
    jule*

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  4. That's awesome you'be hit 300 miles!! I bike in dresses and skirts a lot of the time, but I'm more of a casual biker, just around the neighborhood and stuff. If I'm gonna do more than a few miles I definitely wear something more like this!

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  5. Ohmigosh I totally love this! It's been years since I road anything but a stationary bike for indoor exercise, but this is making me want to break outside and feel the wind in my face.

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    1. Yes! Do it! You'll never want to ride a stationary bike again, seriously!

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  6. I used to bike to class every day, and I actually found that I was waaaaaay more comfortable biking in a skirt/dress than in pants. Unless they were leggings, because leggings are awesome (and totally necessary in the winter months.) The only thing I really had to watch out for was actually my skirt getting caught in the rear wheel brake. My solution to this was to keep safety pins on my bike basket that I could use to bustle up my longer skirts during the ride. It's neither stylish nor particularly dignified, but it saved me the trouble of having to change when I got to school. One of these days, I'm going to put a back basket and a skirt guard on my back wheel, but I'm a broke student right now and that money can be better spent on things like groceries. :)

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  7. oh, but the tank is super cute! i am not a big fan of bike shorts but otherwise i like all about this outfit ;)

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  8. I don't mind biking in dresses, but at the same time I'm never riding more than about 3 miles on pretty flat ground so that probably makes a huge difference

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    1. Definitely! I think a different type of bike would make biking a dress easier as well. On my bike I'm in a more aggressive position compared to if I were on a cruiser.

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  9. I've been riding bike a lot on the last months. I used to ride often a few years ago but with the university I slowed dowm. But lately I've been riding and, I can't believe how I love it! If I could I think I would go on bike everywhere! And everytime I can, I put the bike on the car and there I go somewhere new or somewhere I like :) And I've been dealing with the same problem you had. I did not but a new saddle but a protection with some kind of gel. It helped, still if I ride for more like an hour it begins to hurt. I just hate the bike shorts... But I think I'll have to gave up and buy one.

    By the way love your bike! My next bike will be like they ride in Netherlands, just love those bikes!

    Kisses

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  10. You're looking so healthy! Not that you didn't before, but this outfit definitely shows it!

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  11. I'm actually surprised to read that you haven't exercised since middle school! You've always looked really fit in your outfit posts! I guess I just assumed you had some sort of decent exercise routine you weren't telling us about... looks like you've got some good genes instead ;)

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  12. I'm not sure I could ever wear a dress while biking. The thought of getting sweaty in fancy clothes is so unappealing. I definitely need to snag a pair of these shorts for biking. I've been wearing jeans and totally get the seam thing. Also, you look so strong and badass in these photos! I love it.

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  13. I'm a yoga-trouser fan too! (it's not often warm enough for shorts in the UK)

    I have also found running tights/cross-fit tights give great support and come in really funky patterns!

    Sometimes the only cure for bum-ache is a day out of the saddle and a warm bath.

    Good luck!

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  14. Still can't get over how pretty your bike is! Is it a fixed gear bike?

    http://itsjpei.wordpress.com/

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  15. I love your outfit !
    Your tattoo cool, It's really pretty !

    www.pinkqueen.com

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  16. It's a great outfit! Feeling strong can be the best feeling in the world. Love it!

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