I have written before about the lack of stylish cycling clothes on the market. However, there is one wardrobe staple that is my go-to piece – the cycling skort. Mine is a black Louis Garneau Santa Cruz cycling skort that I purchased a couple of years ago. A skort combines a skirt with shorts, so that you can wear a skirt on your bike without showing off more than you intended. With this one, you can clip the shorts in or out, so you can wear it as a plain skirt when off the bike.
I find this skort far more flattering than spandex cycling shorts, or the loose fitting mountain biking gear which just looks strange when you are on a commuter bike. Best of all, this skort takes me elegantly from a bike ride into a restaurant for a snack.
The skirt part is a light-weight wrap-around that has detachable, padded cycling shorts underneath. This product has given me a lot of flexibility to wear the cycling shorts under other clothes and transform them instantly into cycling gear. In the picture below you can see the wrap-around design.
I wear this cycling skort from May to November depending on the weather, and after many many rides it still looks great. The material is polyester Microtwill with a DWR finish to provide some protection from light rain.
The best feature is the detachable shorts. The padding is comparable to Pearl iZUMi Women’s P.R.O Octane Cycling Shorts.
The fabric is a bit less fine, but has been very durable. As you can see from the front and back view of the shorts, there is padding to keep you comfortable on the saddle, but they are not super bulky.
The skirt comes with two inner snap loops on either side, that you can use to attach the shorts. It also has a side pocket to carry my keys.
What I like about the Louie Garneau cycling skort is that it has a wide waistband and is super comfortable. The length of the cycling skort is a couple of inches above the knee. The wrap-around design allows for easy movement on the bike.
The video below is out of Moscow and does not feature cycling skorts – however, it does make the point that women everywhere want to look stylish while riding their bikes, and want to see more bikes on the road. I’m not alone! This video is very sweet and well worth watching – it even has a cat on a bike!
What I didn’t like (initially) was the price, but given the excellent condition my Louie Garneau cycling skort is in today, after two years of use, it has been money very well spent.
I remain on a quest to find comfortable, attractive cycling gear. As I am not a tiny woman, that can be difficult. Happily, there are now some manufacturers catering to plus-sized athletes. For a start, a search on the term Plus Sized Athletic Wear on Amazon brings up a wide range of results.
Finally … good luck with finding comfortable and stylish clothes to ride your bike!
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