Fashion training

After reading my post about departing our wedding ceremony on tandem, my honey said, Of course, we can ride off into the sunset on the tandem. Then she asked how I thought that was supposed to happen in her wedding gown with its train.

My initial response, that I’d leave that detail to her, was met with an Oh no, you want it, you have to help figure it out. I’ve blackened enough pants cuffs and ripped enough inseams up the knee over the years to acknowledge this is a more pressing issue for the wedding gown. This is one of the reasons why I’m glad I’ve been reading Dot and Tricia’s excellent blog Let’s Go Ride a Bike. As a rule, of all the issues they cover – commuting, empowerment, bike reviews, products, events – I’m least inclined to be interested in their stories of on-the-bike clothing fashions and strategies for riding in cute skirts and such. Shorts or cut-offs are fine for me up to about 5 miles of riding, more than that I choose lycra cycling gear (I also live among the hills of rural Alamance Co, NC, so I’m not needing to cycle in nice clothes for date-nights, and tweed-themed rides haven’t really taken off here).

Now I’m hoping these ladies might offer some tips for securing a bridal gown from getting wound up in the drivetrain. Extra complication: there’s a chain on both sides in the stoker’s position, drivetrain on the right, timing chain on the left. Alas, the tandem is not equipped with chain- and wheel-guards and step-through frames like the Dutch bikes Dot and Tricia favor, but I’m not much for the slow bike movement, either.


8 Responses to “Fashion training”

  1. 1 Trisha September 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Hmm. That’s a tough one. There are a couple of DIY skirt guard tutorials out there on the web: Instructables and Cycling Chicken both have examples. Maybe you could make one in your wedding colors? I assume her wedding dress will have a bustle built in; maybe if you tell the shop that she’ll be biking in it, they can construct something a little different, or at least make sure it pins up high enough in the back that she won’t be sitting on it in the saddle. Good luck!

    • 2 pomocomo September 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

      The ideas are really helpful. Bustling + a DIY skirtguard + some other ingenious way of lifting and securing will work somehow. Still have a good long time to plan and wait – til next spring – but I’ll post the results for sure.

  2. 3 2whls3spds September 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Left a comment(or two) over on Let’s Go Ride A Bike for you.

    BTW another North Carolinian here.

    We were are Bridal Market a few weeks ago and saw a dress that the lower portion came off and there was a shorter less full skirt underneath. That in conjunction with a pair of white cycling shorts and you would be good to go.

    We used to own a bridal shop in Dunn, NC. We no longer have the shop, but still have a hand in the bridal business via a boutique in Fayetteville.


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