My wife said it not me. Of course she was paraphrasing Jenny Joseph’s When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. Today, riding to the downtown farmers market is the first time I got my wife to wear biking clothes.
I have actually been trying to get her to ride for decades. A couple years ago I bought her a woman’s specific bike, a Specialized Dolce. The bike fits her perfectly and has a comfortable saddle … it has made all the difference.
This year after much prodding I convinced her to try cycling clothing. We were in Schaumburg, Illinois and I got her a pair of Terry bike shorts. It helped that one of the salespeople in the shop was a woman who (let me say this delicately) was not a typical 105lb cyclist. She gave my wife some excellent advice and shared her personal recommendation. My wife and I ordered matching neon yellow jerseys from Aerotech Designs. Finally I bought her Pearl Izumi SPD compatible shoes from my LBS. She doesn’t ride clipless yet but she likes the stiffer sole.
So today she and I wore our matching bike outfits to the farmers market. She said that the clothes were comfortable and equally important she did not feel self-conscious wearing them in public. As a bonus when we got separated in the crowd at the farmer’s market, the neon made her easy to find. 🙂