Looking good on a bike involves wearing the proper clothing and knowing the “rules of the road” and the principles of maneuvering, whether you ride by yourself or with someone. A little mystique can’t hurt, but it’s more about competence and confidence than fashion.
Here are 13 tips for girls on bikes:
1. Dress the Part
No flowing scarves and no oversized shirt-tails to flap in the breeze. Slim, non-constricting denims or leathers, and proper boots, please. If you’re serious about riding, the investment in a well-fitted riding jacket and gloves is a priority. The most important thing is that you feel good, but clothing is a significant part of the biker lifestyle, so keep that in mind. Besides, if you’d like to meet single bikers, dressing the part is a good way to start a conversation.
2. Wear Your Helmet
It’s always smart to be safe. Being safe always looks good. Make sure that your helmet fits properly and is fastened snugly. Also, your entire riding gear should always be in good shape, for your own safety.
3. Check the Weather
Riding can be miserable if you’re not dressed for the weather. Like a good Scout, try to be prepared.
4. Practice Your Mount and Dismount
Know how to get on and off properly and safely. If you’re riding with someone, always wait for the rider’s signal. Use the foot pegs.
5. Master the Art
A good bike safety, operations, and riding course is well worth the time, effort and cost, as you need to know what you are getting yourself into. Consequently, there are some facts you should be aware of before you start riding your bike. Your partner will appreciate having a real partner on the bike, and you’ll feel much more self-assured. As for single bikers, you should be confident enough to go on a ride by yourself, meaning that you really have to master the art of bike riding.
The rider must look ahead and around — at the road, the traffic and for potential hazards, especially if you are on some of the world’s fastest highways. If you’re the passenger, you can help out by also watching for problems and hazards. Point out animals, children, and road conditions you think the rider may have missed.
7. Look Around You
Feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your face may be the movie version of motorcycle riding life, but part of the allure is the open road and the landscape. So, look ahead, look around and enjoy it! Notice the surrounding hills, the color of the wildflowers, and shape of the clouds. Really experience the ride!
Position yourself properly for navigating turns, to keep from sliding, to compensate for sudden braking. Never lean against a curve. Make no unnecessary or unexpected moves that could unbalance the bike or startle your partner. Practice safe signaling when communicating with the rider!
9. Indulge your Whimsy
If you ride as part of a group, and that is part of the fun, after all, indulge in a little fun. Flaunt your fashion sense once in a while with a funky t-shirt, a colorful belt, bright gloves, or a custom helmet. Remember, though, a little goes a long way. Unless you’re riding in a parade, forego the fringe and sequins! If you’re interested in biker dating, get to know your group a bit better and who knows – maybe you’ll find that special someone on the road.
10. Stow your Gear Properly
Even if you’re just on an afternoon ride, it’s best to pack gear in the bike’s saddlebags rather than wearing a backpack or slinging on a criss-cross shoulder bag.
11. Freedom of Expression
If you ride your own bike, develop your own style, whether it’s the way you sit the bike or the clothes you wear. Color-coordinate your jacket, your helmet, or your gloves.
12. On Your Own
More and more women are joining the ranks of bike enthusiasts. As a sole rider, it’s even more important to demonstrate control, competence, and knowledge. Learn how to troubleshoot, and learn maintenance basics. Complete a first aid course. You may not look better, but you’ll feel better.
13. Throttle Through
As with any other pursuit, you get back what you put in. Go for a ride with a friend and enjoy it. Or, not. But, if you are serious about riding, practice, and then practice some more, until looking good comes naturally!